In early July I stopped off at the Huka Falls on a trip north. Made a short video from clips I took while checking out what is apparently New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.
The Huka Falls are located on the Waikato River close to Lake Taupo. The approximately 100m wide river get squeezed through a 15m wide canyon carved into ancient lake floor sediments and drops 6m with the flow sometimes approaching 220,000 litres per second.
So it’s not a massively high waterfall, but with that kind of flow it’s pretty impressive.
This video is collection of holidays snaps rather than a promo shoot or a fancy ‘travel vlog’ sort of thing. I like to document places and experiences to capture the feel of the moment for later reference – while actually enjoying the moment. So these days when I shoot travel video I’m often more focused on the being present in a place, taking it in, appreciating the details, the sounds, the smells, the ambience, than getting that ‘perfect’ shot.
Sometimes there’s a fine balance. It’s certainly an ongoing journey to both document and enjoy, and where those two aspects actually compliment each other. The screen is a tool but it can also be an addiction, whether it’s a phone or viewfinder.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to jump on the traveller blogger bandwagon and scramble for internet fame and fortune nor have my travel experiences turn into an extension of my already digitally overloaded work life.
I don’t do social media with photos or videos on the spot and often not at all. Aside from being a distraction and general pita, as far as I can see (and from what some others say) it can be a creatively destructive path. That’s putting to one side the negative psychological impact it seems to be having on a lot of people. Yes, Instagram, I looking at you (great marketing tool though, if that’s your purpose).
Aside from documentation, making videos in new places is obviously a learning experience, and yep, of course they’re a great way of sharing experiences with people who do actually care about what you’re up to…
And that’s all I have to say about that.
For an optimal viewing experience try the 4k version – ideally on a larger screen and with some good audio.
For an even better experience, check out the physical version of the Falls next time you’re in that part of the country.