***if you just want to see the video, scroll down. If you want some backstory, read. Reminder: reading is good for you, and one of your resolutions was probably to read some more.***
2015 is officially done and dusted, but let me pause for a second to take another look back.
I’m a reporter, but for the first quarter of 2015 I spent most of my time anchoring. In the spring I was promoted and ended up reporting full-time with a front row seat to the biggest events in DC (and Baltimore) for the year.
I had a plan to put together a hyper-lapse of all the photos on my iPhone 6. The idea was an offshoot of a New Year’s resolution for 2015, which was to post one photo to Instagram every day. It seems so silly and trite, but the payoff was something I didn’t anticipate. I became more observant, looking for that interesting tidbit to post daily. It made me more mindful and it made me a better reporter. It’s a habit I plan on carrying into 2016.
I thought it’d be neat to throw all the photos into a hyper-lapse to cap off the year. But, in the process of being more observant I also started taking more photos with my iPhone…a lot more, as in almost 8,000 photos in 2015. I was not to be deterred by numbers, but my Adobe Premiere timeline was. After a half-hour load time with each photo occupying one frame at 16 frames per second (a little slow for hyper-lapse) the video was 16 minutes long. I wouldn’t sit through 16 minutes, much less expect you to.
In the process of filing the media on my phone I separated the videos from the still photos. There were only about 350, but even stringing those together would be too long. Unless, I take only one second from every video. Done.
Here are the rules:
- EVERY video has to be included.
- No more than one clip from each video.
- Only videos housed on my iPhone (there are a couple of videos shot with my GoPro, but they were transferred over to the phone for Twitter/Facebook purposes.)
- Only nat sound. (Originally I planned a music bed, but the sound tells the story as much as the video.)
- The videos have to be arranged in the same order they were imported from the iPhone, which is basically chronological.
- No dicks. Mainly.
Here are the highlights:
- Lots of snow to start the year, and lots of me driving in the snow.
- More than a few airplane wings.
- Some harrowing moments covering the unrest in Baltimore.
- Flying in a fighter jet.
- Many Metro trains (I covered transportation exclusively until about April, then kept the Metro on my new beat.)
- Amazingly well-timed moments of silence. It seems that every time life gets loud I retreat to the woods.
- Bears. (see #6)
- A lot of riding bikes across the state of Iowa: RAGBRAI.
- Poignant moments on the steps of the Supreme Court and then inside the Metropolitan A.M.E. during a week marking the emotional apex of 2015.
- Concerts, jumping in balls and blowing stuff up on the Fourth. ‘Merica!
- Video experimentation at the Montgomery County Fair.
- I cover a lot of protesting. But here you’ll see the juxtaposition of shouting activists cut to emotionless bureaucrats more than a few times…just a matter of happenstance.
- Pope Francis!
- Dancing at an Indian wedding.
- Metro train doors working…and then not working.
- More running, this time at the Marine Corps Marathon as I covered the race from the lead vehicle.
- Lighting candles outside the French embassy after the Paris attacks.
- My late-year hyper-lapse binge.
- England and Scotland!
Even with all of that, I still manage to miss a bunch of great stuff from 2015…but this is a pretty good compilation nonetheless.
But I’m a firm believer in the mantra of our greatest president from the Granite State…otherwise known as the Bartlet Doctrine: What’s Next?
Here’s to an even better 2016.