Mikael Strandberg – Expedition England

Having two kids of my own I find Mikael quite nuts or to be a true adventurer. 🙂

I have just spent one of the coldest winters in my life. I was fully dressed both on the inside of the Victorian house and outside. This is Moss Side 2014, Manchester, England. It is one of Europes poorest areas, but one of the most diverse and vibrant. Not at all the England I expected. To find out more about contemporary England, I am walking 600 km to London with my daughter in a stroller. And a local girl from Bolton, Georgia.

 

If you haven’t heard about Mikael before you should check out a few of his other trailers on YouTube and see if you could watch one of his documentaries. I think I saw one of his adventures, the one when he walks across Yemen. It was shown on Swedish television about a year or so ago I think.

“You´ll die. Or get kidnapped by Al Qaeda. What you want to do is impossible!”
That is what all experts, analysts and the Yemenis themselves told me. But I have done the impossible. I have made my way into what many say is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter, and one of the most dangerous. Together with the Swedish journalist, Tanya Holm, Kensington the Camel and a few of the oldest inhabitants of Arabia, the Bedus, I have traveled through one of the hottest deserts on earth. We didn´t meet any terrorists, religious extremists and nobody got killed. I didn´t even feel any serious fear.
What we found during this adventurous walk, in our search of the real Arabia, was a Middle Eastern country very different from the one portrayed in the global media.

Read more at yourmiddleeast.com/features/making-a-pos­itive-documentary-about-yemen-video_1695­6

 

http://www.mikaelstrandberg.com

Canoeing

Today was the maiden voyage for my “new” canoe, at least for me. It’s old but solid 🙂

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The first stop of the day.

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Jon tipping the canoe over to get rid of some water.

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Coffee water in the making. The Sidewinder with the inferno insert performed even better with some additional wind blowing through it – surprised? No? 🙂

Waiting for the water to boil.

Waiting for the water to boil.

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Enjoying the weather and some coffee.

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Greenpeace – New Bees

Teaming up with Greenpeace and DDB in Paris to help raise awareness of the growing disappearance of honey bees, this short film was produced and animated at WOODBLOCK with support by our friends at Soilfilms.

This is well worth a watch and some thoughts… The footage is awesome too so you get two things at once 🙂

NG Live! – Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North

Some of the guys at work think that I’m crazy going out for a week in the summer or in the middle of winter in -25 degrees Celsius just sleeping in a bivy bag – I guess they haven’t heard of Andrew… Almost the same name but a different kind of crazy 🙂

Get the inside story of the gear — and the grit — needed by National Geographic grantee Andrew Skurka for his six-month, 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon.

Browsing different YouTube channels this video popped up in the this-might-be-interesting-for-you video bit and I watched it in awe.

Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic – Andrew Skurka

A great one hour presentation of how you prepare yourself for backpacking and more precise ultralight backpacking, with Andrew Skurka.

“Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”
A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this informative clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking fun, not an arduous chore. Skurka was named “”Adventurer of the Year”” by Outside and was described as “”a Superman among trekkers,”” by National Geographic; he is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

You will learn: (1) How to predict the environmental and route conditions you will encounter on a trip; (2) the best uses and limitations of lightweight equipment; (3) skills that will help keep you safe and comfortable with a minimum of possessions; and, (4) exactly what Skurka takes for a summer backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, and why.”

New season of Dual Survival

The all new season of the Discovery TV-series, Dual Survival, has aired as of this Wednesday. Truth be told I don’t have that high hopes for this new season. I think Dual Survival came to and end with Dave Canterbury leaving the show. Dave and Cody Lundin was a great set of persons that were interesting to watch. Now with Joseph “Joe” Teti and Cody I don’t find the show that amusing any more, Joe doesn’t really mix with Cody and it’s like Big Brother or some other crazy TV-show but in the wild…

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Anyhow, season four is here – and change is to come. Will it get better?

5Point Film Festival

The 5Point Film Festival is all about outdoor film. The festival has been going since 2011 and has brought some really nice outdoor films to our doorsteps. Here’s a preview of what’s to expect. The festival is running right now, 24-27 of April.

Our mission

5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

The story behind the wallpaper we’ll never forget

Here’s the story about the picture we’ve all have seen and probably never will forget. Even if you’re a Mac-guy like me you’ve probably seen and used a XP-machine over and over again in your school- or work environment and seen this picture. Quite an amazing little story about it – Enjoy!

From today on (April 8 2014) Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image ‘Bliss’, with it’s green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn’t the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That’s why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O’Rear.

He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.

Should you get the GoPro Hero3+ Black- or Silver Edition?

I’ve been a Contour camera guy for as long as I’ve known about helmet cameras. When the first GoPro camera came out I laughed hard at the guys buying them win the ridiculous FOV and bulky housings. As the years have passed GoPro has sailed past the Contours in terms of image quality, not so much at the mounting part as they still were quite bulky. Lately when the Hero3 was released the bulkiness has come to a stop and the mounting options has been improved. It’s still not possible to attach it to a helmet the way I prefer it (on the side) but that might just be the only thing they really cannot do (in a way that the Contours can).

So I went to the store today after browsing and contemplating hard for the past week or so. I didn’t really know how much difference there were in image quality between the Hero3+ Black Edition and the Silver Edition.  The guys at the store basically were just talking bigger sensors and improved battery time but not that much about image quality. And when I asked about it he couldn’t really tell the difference so I bought the Silver Edition, happy with saving about 1000SEK.

On my way home in the car I was trying to tell myself that I’ve done a great deal and that it couldn’t be that much difference between the two. When I was in the store I even did some quick Google-Fu but I couldn’t really make out which one to get… Probably because many forums are full of crap and that there’s no real information on most of them. Just people arguing with small non-interesting, non-vital stuff on the cameras.

So, as I’m a nerd, there you go, I’ve said it… I started going on YouTube and really looking at the most important part, the image quality, and I found this video…

In the video this guy, Mark Hawk, really goes with an in-depth review on the Black- and Silver Edition. And I don’t know why I didn’t watch this one before but the first frames that comes out of it I was immediately aware of that I had bought the wrong version… Yay!

The picture to the right looks better, Silver Edition, not as flat as the Black Edition.

The picture to the right looks better, Silver Edition, not as flat as the Black Edition to the left.

The Silver Edition is pretty much pre-color graded, meaning that they have changed the output of the video right out of the camera. The Black Edition however isn’t. To anyone that doesn’t care, or know, the Silver Edition might come out as the better camera as the image isn’t as flat as on the Black Edition. But! Because the Black Edition isn’t color graded you have much more information left in the picture to work with in post-production. Post-production is the part where you edit your video before putting it on YouTube, Vimeo or whatever, making it look good.

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Here you can see that the Silver Edition has much more vibrant colors.

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However what this does is it gives less data to work with when applying grading and doing color correction in post. It’s like editing a .jpeg picture compared to a RAW-file.

The other part of image quality is the quality itself meaning the sharpness. The Black Edition is waaay sharper than the Silver Edition. In the picture below you can see the same place as in the first picture in this post but with 100% zoom. The Silver Edition is really blurry and you can’t really make out any detail in the asphalt as where the Black Edition is really sharp. This was the main difference why I went back to the store and got the more expensive one.

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Zoomed in 100%

Here you can see the Silver Edition in the middle at 200%. Quite a big difference huh?

Here you can see the Silver Edition in the middle at 200%. Quite a big difference huh?

Good for me though I never unboxed the damn thing so I could return it to the store and get the Black Edition instead.

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For anyone doing some serious video-work you should get the Black Edition, no doubt about it. You also get the WiFi remote basically for the cost that it costs to buy separately, if you need it that is. Also with all the other added bonuses in terms of video quality… But if you don’t really care and only want to get some nice footage of your latest skiing trip or whatever you’re into – just get the Silver Edition and be happy. It’s still a great helmet camera and you won’t be disappointed!

Here you can see the complete video that I’ve referred to in this post.