The weather was hot, nearly 96 degrees. The sky was mostly clear and there was a light breeze, which made the hike bearable.
Even though it was hot, I had an excellent time! I was so busy setting up shots and making camera moves that the time just flew by, and I actually ran out of time to finish the hike. Also I ran my camera battery down to 17%, using the FILMIC PRO App, so I had to shut my phone off on the return trip to conserve power for an emergency phone call in case I needed to make one. The next time I'll bring my Solio Bolt backup battery.
And the trail was excellent! Traffic noise died down pretty quickly and I didn't hear anything mechanical except a couple boat motors in the distance and an occasional airplane overhead. A lone trail runner guy passed me twice, but that was it for people outdoors. I really enjoyed walking by the river. The trail was well-marked, the bridges were in good shape (can be an issue in super-humid Florida), and there was lots of wildlife. I did come across a large turtle, found some cardinals flitting in a bush, followed squirrels along tree branches and heard lots of splashes in the water and bird whistles in the air.
I got into the rhythm of setting up, practicing a move, getting the shot and moving on. I did miss not having wide angle, macro or telephoto lenses for some shots, but I will get them later. I missed having full manual control over the camera like I used to use, but the video came out fine. I didn't use the lavaliere microphone yet, but that will come soon.
When I returned home and recharged the batteries, I loaded the clips into the iPhone's camera roll, opened Adobe VideoBite and began editing. After a few minutes I was intuitively using the App, trimming and dragging clips around. It was cool to edit within the phone. It was very, very easy and it is very, very limited. But I do like how it came out. The finished product is below, and it gives you a feeling of what it is like to hike this trail. I hope you enjoy it.
Many years ago in a previous life I was a TV news photographer. I really liked what I did, I was respected by my peers and I was welcomed to work on the other side of the crime scene tape daily. Though I am many years out of practice, I felt a little bit of that goodness today, and it was wonderful!