In early September I was in Slovakia's High Tatras near Stary Smokovec and met Viktor Beranek, a local sherpa and widely regarded in those parts as King of the Mountain.
While I was fooling around trying to film in a blizzard, Chris Ord captured some great photographs of Viktor.
(All images Copyright Chris Ord and reproduced here with permission)
My short radio feature on the sherpas was broadcast this week by Deutsche Welle in English on Inside Europe :
From this day of filming and producing multimedia content in the field we came away with loads of ideas and also learnt a few lessons.
Having no wet weather protection for the Sony Z1 really inhibited what I could film while it was snowing. The Z1 is robust, but when there's ice crusting up on the microphone then it's time to pack it away. So when producing a short clip for the web there was not the luxury of having plenty of shots. What you see is really what we had.
A couple of times we tripped over each other which was bound to happen when two people are working in a visual medium, but it's important to factor in for sound if a shutter is going off during filming. As the trip continued we seemed to work out a better routine and rhythm for when to shoot or when to hold off.
As for a net connection, at our pensione my G4 notebook picked up a local wifi connection probably from a nearby house. And there lies some good basic questions to consider. How much content can you produce in the available time, with the available connection speed and what is the best medium to concentrate on?
We chose video and our ambitions were perhaps too high given the limited footage we had available and the need for translations. A faster alternative might have been to do either a slide show with commentary or a rough cut video with text.