One of the things I discovered during the lockdowns was a virtual walk. While we were limited to local walks and certainly no travel, it was fun to virtually “walk” anywhere in the world! It has become a staple piece of viewing for lunches at home on the weekend and has taken us to places like Miami, Tokyo, New York and even London. Seeing how much I enjoy watching a virtual walk, I thought I would get creating some too.
It was my birthday on Friday, which fortuitously landed on the first day of the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend. This meant that it was the perfect opportunity to get out walking. I received a gimbal for my GoPro, which was a really fun addition to my camera kit. With my new kit in hand, I headed out to give a virtual walk a go in Styal and Wilmslow in Cheshire.
Getting to Grips with Filming
I will be the first to admit that I am a bit rusty on the old vlogging skills. It has been well over a year since I have taken my camera out on a trip. It took a little while to get to grips with it again, as you will find out from the outtakes on the Wilmslow video!
Once I got into the swing of it. Got my GoPro balanced, if upside down, on the gimbal. I was off and ready to film. I was impressed by how much more stable the filming was. It even counteracted my falling into a hedge!
I have found that I enjoy a bit of ambient walking and the ones with commentaries, so I can learn a bit about the area in the virtual walk. I have been playing over the weekend with doing it both ways, and I can’t decide which I like best. Do you have a preference when it comes to virtual walks? (Let me know in the comments!)
I think for now I am going to do a bit of both. It is currently still very fun for me to be a beginner, so I am sure it will change and develop the more virtual walks I make.
However, I do need your help, please! I would love to be able to live stream walks so you can ask questions, get involved and we can interact. But to do that I need 1,000 subscribers on YouTube. So if you like a virtual walk, please do head over and give me a subscribe to help me along the way. (Thank you!)
If there is anything you would like to see, or for me to include, let me know and I will see what I can do!
For now, though, thanks for your support and here’s to playing with making another virtual walk now that we can travel further for our adventures!