Welcome to the first of my series of Special Reports as I inch closer to the 300th post.

Don’t mind me mumbling. Commentary is my only option for talking points.

I couldn’t be more excited to release this post as I’ve been wanting to do it for a very long time. The initial idea was to gather up all my “Last Call…” pictures and turn it into a video. As I was collecting it all, it turns out that I have too many to fit into one song. And so I decided to narrow it down to what I think favored the most by my blog readers. I actually did one a long time ago with the post, Kaleidoscope World, but the pictures and music are separated. I wanted to kick it up a notch as one whole video. I had this idea in mind for a very long time, but I never knew what the process is on how to create a video with pictures. When sixdegreephotography posted one for her anniversary post, it gave me inspiration and confidence that I’ll be able to execute it. I BEG of you to see the video she created.

It’s not hard to create. The hardest part was timing each pictures to match the lyrics of the song background. I had everything perfectly timed, but when I uploaded it, it didn’t do what I wanted it set up. The majority is still good, but some portions the timings are off. I used KilpMix application to create this. The very first Last Call picture is also the one I put first on the video.

I had this idea for a very long time, and for me, the song selection is crucial. I listened, listened, listened to my CD’s trying to find the right song to use for this video. The very first song I really had in mind was Francis M’s “Girl Be Mine”. But due to circumstances :D, the song doesn’t fit anymore. I wasn’t sure if I want more of a feel-good or lively song. I was thinking maybe a Dave Matthews Band, possibly “Two Steps“. Or maybe a Jack Johnson. I thought of  instrument-only songs. The closest one was “The Great Release” by LCD Soundsystem. Another is one of the scores of the movie, The Social Network. But having a movie soundtrack, I thought, is pushing it too much. I also had this guy, Adam Monroe, in mind. He does amazing covers and plays piano incredibly. The ultimate closest was “Arizona” by Kings of Leon. Sound-wise it is perfect, but the length is insufficient for me and the lyrics just don’t fit well.

I ended up with “You’re Free To Fly Tonight” by Savage Garden. Yes, Savage Garden is that 90’s duo band that a lot of people think are cheesy. Their albums and songs are excellent in my opinion. When I was thinking of the song to use, I was only deciding on sound. When I collected my Last Calls, I found that a lot of the pictures matches with the lyrics. I love the lyrics. It was inspired by a poem. You can interpret it in many ways, but the very bulk of the song meaning is actually about death, a dedication to someone who died. And so I have the right picture to end the song. see BLAQUE. I love, love playing this song when I’m on the road driving at night.

When I don’t know how to end a post, I resolve into posting a Last Call picture. 😀 It doesn’t necessarily be a winning picture. It’s also great for when I have a distinct picture but it doesn’t really belong to the very core topic of my post. Thank you for always paying attention at my Last Calls … here is The Best of Last Calls…



Here is MK Photographs and his post – Thank You, Mom!


45 replies »

  1. Very nice! I am impressed. I have a question: do you have to worry about the copy right for the song? Or this is one of those “free” on everyone can use?

    • No. Youtube has a lot of this type of video. It’s a very popular. I don’t think a blog is big enough to consider copyright when it comes to using songs. It’s like using a phrase or quotation out of a book or a movie.

  2. Wow….very good! I didn’t realise savage garden had this song but very meaningful lyrics to go with your photos…:)

  3. Wow! This is such a perfect music video, Rommel. Well done. You’re so right, many of the pics fit the lyrics exactly. I especially love the silhouette sunset pic. Have a great weekend. 😉

    • Yeah, I wasn’t aiming on matching lyrics and picture but it so happened that they do match with each other. It turns out very fine. The silhouette pic is always a favorite.

    • Oh yeah. They get kind of commercialized because Truly Madly Deeply became so popular and universal, but it was good that they still kept their own Australian unique sound on their sophomore album.

  4. Rommel, you did great on this and excellent song choice.I agree it’s hard to time each photo with the music (hence why mine is a short video) but you did really good here.You sure have taken some awesome photos!
    Well done!!

    • I had this post idea in a while, and when you post yours you really pep me up. With the song selection, I have to give you credits for. It is hard to find the right kind of music. You have a great instrumental on your video, and I pretty much kind of aim for something with the same ambience of sound like yours have. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  5. Wow, Rommel! This is fabulous. I love the song (I had not heard it before) and your wonderful photos go right along with the lyrics. I am so impressed (and a bit jealous)! You said it was easy — I’m not so sure I buy into that one! I would imagine you spent many hours pouring over photos and music before you put this together. I wish I knew how to do this! I know people who do it on their Mac but I’m strictly PC! Anyway, did I tell you how fabulous this is? heehee! 😀

    • Bwahaha… I’m so busted! 😆 The whole process is easy, but my process took longer time. I had to revisit my posts. I had to time the pictures to match the lyrics. And I had a very hard time figuring out how to upload the video from my cellphone to youtube. I only used cellphone apps. If you ever want to do this post, I’m sure you can find a video making app.

  6. The lyrics of the song fit your each of exquisite photo perfectly, don’t know how much time you spent on this one. I’m in awe! I really believe you posts, every single one, tell stories; stories that touched your heart. I’ll always love the sun, flowers, people… of this post.
    Thank you so much, Rommel, for making this special post for us! Grazie mille 🙂

  7. Love the music, cool photos, even though I’m gutted not to have made the cut 🙂 🙂 🙂 the picture of you is still my favourite! A wonderful post Rommel.

  8. This was wonderful Rommel. Your choice of song was superb and your photos flowed so nicely. I would have had a difficult time choosing the photos and the song, not to mention had to do the video in the first place. I hope you do another one of these sometime. Love the photo of you at Muir and and the one with you and your grandmother.

    • I do strongly feel like wanting to make another one of this as soon as. But I think it’ll be a while again. I have to be patience.

  9. What a lovely surprise, Rommel 🙂 I came here not knowing what to expect, and overdue a catch up. It’s wonderful when the passion for something shows through. I loved the video and doesn’t she have a beautiful voice! Now I need to go and follow the links. Sigh! A blogger’s work is never done 🙂 🙂

  10. Nicely done, rommel! I enjoyed the collage of photos in this format, and perhaps will try to put one together for my 2nd year blogoversary at the end of the summer! I like that your slideshow reflects many of the everyday details that make life so special.

  11. Creating a video/movie requires time and patience and in the process the songs sticks in your head for a very long long time. I like the song you used and it flowed very well with your last calls. Well done Rommel!

  12. Rommel, your blog is one creative surprise after another. love it. The slideshow is beautiful, song choice perfect, and the shot of the lily is lovely. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  13. Hi – well I missed the six degrees ann. video – so I will be checking that out – and I did not watch your video yet, but just wanted to say that I enjoyed what you shared and wish I was around your blog a while ago. Looks like good things have been going on.

    And I like what you share about the time it takes to find the right music – I agree – even though usually I can find the right song pretty quickly. However, I have actually processed one video – and published it – to then take it down because the song was off. Also, many times I do not think too much about photo placement – it depends – but what really amazes me is how sometimes the pics and music sync on their own – and it can save time to just toss them in – add the song and then work from there. I dunno – anyhow, enjoyed reading this – and now on to the video….

    • well thanks for linking sixdegrees blog to where I did not lose my page with yours – very helpful!

      and your video – nice job! I like your work a lot. And let me know if you want any other feedback – but what great idea – and I can see why you like that song – it is soothing and very interesting….

  14. This is really incredible…great song and the photos flow with the melody. Enjoyed all the feeling of life & nature in this video, really inspirational. The photos of the last 30 seconds were great, as they seemed to scream out ‘enjoy and get all you can out of life’. The kayak picture was pretty fun! Cheers to a great weekend!

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