Kissed by Evening Sun

Podcast 238 : Meguro River Sakura (My First Short Movie!)

Here's my first short movie "Meguro River Sakura" as this week's Podcast episode, along with just a little bit of background information on the project. The Podcast stream and iTunes will contain only the iPod/iPhone optimized version. You can view the full sized version below, or on YouTube. It's High...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Al
    Posted at 01:25h, 11 April Reply

    Really enjoyed that. So interesting to see another culture like that.

    The gentleman at 3:28 made me laugh. Reminded me of the times I try and take a photo and then realise I’ve forgotten to turn the camera on!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 11:00h, 11 April Reply

    Thanks Al! I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

    That guy is funny. Filming the entire afternoon, I was able to capture a number of moments that I might have missed if I’d been shooting stills. Of course, the reverse is true. Had I not been shooting video, I’d have got a lot more nice stills. Both is difficult to do fully. 🙂

    It was a lot of fun though either way. I look forward to doing more.


  • Marcus
    Posted at 11:55h, 11 April Reply

    Fantastic short movie !!

    Loved the shots of sakura foreground dof blocking the street signs and the evening shots with the lanterns. Watched it with my new born son Hal – he was born on April 6th – I think he really loved the music combined with the soft sounds of the world.

  • yeongbing
    Posted at 01:34h, 12 April Reply

    Really good short film! I love it!

    Gave me a sense of how the people really enjoying being around the sakuras. I think your eye for composition helped you in finding interesting angles to film.

    Hope to see more movies from you.


  • Susan
    Posted at 08:41h, 12 April Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I really enjoyed your short movie this morning. I have a week off from work this week and you have inspired me to go out with my gear.

    I like the peaceful feel to your work. The music complimented your vision. I enjoyed the way you presented the capture as a story; it was easy to follow and the beauty of the area really came through. It is amazing that this was city and not country.

    Best wishes for further adventures in short videos!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 21:16h, 12 April Reply

    Marcus, congratulations on the arrival of your new son Hal! I new he was on the way, but that is great! I’m thrilled for you both.

    Yeongbing, Thanks! I didn’t really appreciate my eye for composition until I saw the completed movie, then I realized that it had probably helped a lot.

    Susan, I’m pleased you like this, and that it gave you a little inspiration. Thanks for the kind words too.


  • Jack Andrys
    Posted at 22:03h, 12 April Reply


    Thanks for the work you put in, I watched it in HD on a large LCD and it puts my Nikon D90 movies to shame. Thanks for sharing the setup info also.



  • Tony
    Posted at 10:04h, 13 April Reply

    That was so cool. It took me a moment to slow down to the pace of the video, then it was very peaceful. For me the shallow depth of field was really nice. I love the section just before night, very pretty. It was fascinating for me (not of this culture) to see the blossom in that urban environment and the people etc.

    PS its probably my machine but I found if I played it in itunes or quicktime it was stuttery. Nero played it fine though and I seem to be able to play other mp4’s. Might just be my PC though, see what others say?

  • Nancy Lehrer
    Posted at 15:14h, 13 April Reply

    Bravo! That is all that needs to be said.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 20:11h, 13 April Reply

    Dude this is epic! Great choice of music as well.

  • Mike Byford
    Posted at 20:20h, 15 April Reply

    Fantastic short movie Martin – it’s inspired me to learn about the video capabilities of my 5d mk2 to hopefully do a ” fusion” of moving and still images
    Many thanks


  • Michael Glennon
    Posted at 12:39h, 17 April Reply

    mmm beautiful, love your choise of shots and movement through the frame, interesting focus pulling too. I plan to walk the 88 temple pilgrimage later this year so very inspiring.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 13:36h, 21 April Reply

    Sorry for the delay in replying here, but thanks for all the kind words everyone!

    Jack, you’re more than welcome, I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

    Tony, one of the reasons I stopped putting the large video in iTunes is exactly that. It’s very jerky. I found streaming from the Web, or downloading and playing with just about any other player is better. It’s pretty vexing too, because the best encoding method I’ve found is customized for Apple TV!

    Mike, that is one of my intentions too. I have a few nice clips from Hokkaido in February, that I’m going to interweave into a slide-show of still photographs, just as soon as I make time to put it together.

    Thanks Michael! I’ve considered the 88 temple pilgrimage too. I don’t think I’ll get to it very soon though, although I could certainly do with the exercise. Good luck with that!

  • Stan Dye
    Posted at 14:26h, 22 April Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. Really nice to here music that really fits the mood of the subject. I really enjoy all of your work that I’ve seen and heard.

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