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So like a bunch of us, I'm sure, I have a lot of video out-takes from larger projects. Some of these larger projects ended up being unusable for various reasons, or in some cases I started filming things only to decide later that what I had was a minute or two of interesting stuff but nothing truly video-worthy. What to do with these outtakes? I don't want to delete them and they might be interesting to others, but there's usually no real story or context, just a momentary vignette, a glance at life that is here and then gone.
So I'm putting together a playlist called "Coyote's Short Takes" and I'll see if it generates any interest. There are two video already loaded, one is being loaded as I type this, and another will be loaded later. Three of them are from a hunting trip up to the Idaho side of the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, another one features my dogs at an Oregon Trail interpretive site. I took almost 20 minutes of video only to find later that the howling wind made the whole thing utterly pointless (not to self: get wind sock microphone). I only had a couple minutes' worth of video that could be heard, and it was an impromptu moment with my dogs being silly. The outtake is called "Couch Wolves".
These videos are less than 3 minutes in length but as I mentioned, there's not really any "story" behind them. One of them just has some music that I felt was appropriate, since the audio was me and a friend having a conversation that would be meaningless to a listener. What do you think? Waste of time or an interesting use of otherwise discarded video material?
This is a question for anyone who visits old places and gets the urge to take something with them when they leave. I have NEVER taken anything but photos and video of the sites I have visited, but I am not going to lie, I have been tempted many, many times to take just this or that. Of course I NEVER do and NEVER plan too.
I am not talking about ripping down buildings or destroying places for scrap metal. I am referring to relics that many of us see at old places. Like an old bottle, and old cup, an old container, etc.
I have come across really interesting stuff and leave it there for the next visitors. Every time I return to a site, I will find the stuff either gone, or more often, it's destroyed, Either been shot up, burned, or just vandalized. I have seen this happen so many times it's not funny. I often wonder if I am doing a disservice by leaving something behind to be destroyed or vandalized. History to be lost forever. Or when the place finally collapses and the stuff is buried forever, never to be seen again seems to be very wasteful. The places I visit are mainly on public land, which means either the BLM will let it all rot, or someone will eventually grab it.
I have seen videos online where people find old abandoned homes full of stuff that is being completely destroyed by water. I often wonder why those explorers who find these places don't attempt to get parcel information to see if they can purchase these places for cheap. Many times these places will owe years of back taxes and some places will allow one to take over ownership after paying back taxes and jumping through some legal loopholes.
Anyway, I am not looking for someone to convince me that it's okay to loot or take stuff from the places I find and visit. I will NEVER take anything from these places as I find them more interesting with all the "stuff" that is left there. My main goal is to hear what others think about the topic.
Do you ever get the urge to take something? Do you ever take anything? If so, what is your "limit" on what you take?
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