Vixia Style…

My vixia waiting the plane in newtok next to Tim's Mark 3. The student and the teacher.
My vixia (on the right) waiting the plane in Newtok next to Tim’s Mark 3. The student and the teacher.

For whom not familiar with photography, Vixia is another video cam we brought during our trip to Alaska… At first glance, Vixia looks like a portable hair dryer, not even a fancy one… Everyone avoided it, and they prefer their DSLR cameras, the ones we used for all interviews, and most fancy B-rolls. Only me, a Bald man, had an intimate relation with his hair dryer for two weeks…

Back to our first meeting ever in February, the professors asked us a classic question: “What are you looking for in this trip?” It was my turn to answer after five consecutive classes, when I said the first thing came to my mind… “Working as group” I replied… Impressive answer, but I knew that it didn’t have anything with Tony, I confess…

I used to play the (one-man show) most of my life, enjoyed achieving my projects from A-Z. Especially when it is about videography and media… But Vixia taught me how to work in a group, and fulfilled my expectations. In other words, what was prepared for me to learn from this experience. 

Vixia was a good instructor, teaching me how to cooperate and collaborate with the entire team by discovering its own special features…

Vixia is light: Vixia has light weight, and it is small as I have already said. You won’t bother to carry it wherever you are. You can put it in your bag and forget about it until the moment you need it. I learnt how my presence with the entire team should be, a light present, goes harmonically with the crew. An aid instead of a burden…

Vixia is macro and tele: Vixia has the ability to take an extreme close-ups, and nice telephoto shoots. It extends the abilities of our major tools, where our DSLR stop functioning, Vixia has a complementary role. Vixia taught me to look into the tiny details at the whole scene, or look beyond the scene and trying to predict the next step. Vixia told me how it is important to have this complementary role where you are not the maestro of the play. Smoothly, as Vixia zoom in and out, I tried to notice where is a need, and tried to fill the gap, and complete the task.

Vixia is smart: With its 64 G.B internal storage, Vixia can restore “almost” the whole shots you take during a trip. It has a capacity to save everything… As I found myself among the group, I realized that working with group is working with human like me. They have passion for what they are doing, their own talent, and their own touch. So I start to memorize each single moment we shared, our greatest shots and the worst ones. Learn from each other, and save these special moments, sincerely in my heart (my heart capacity is approximately 128 G.B).

For those who really know Vixia, they will complain about the quality of the picture… I admit, they are right. When we came back and started watching all we shot, one can not deny the difference between the two kind of cameras… But it was another lesson I learnt from my Vixia… You don’t need to be perfect to work in a group. You need the group because you are not perfect… 

I am sure that when we will put everything together, Vixia’s shots will find a place next to the others’ cameras… Overall, we will present ONE beautiful documentary that reflects the ONE beautiful group who made it…

Finally, I admit that I wasn’t a perfect VIXIAN, I wasn’t light all the time, most of the time I was late. I wasn’t smooth when I was behind the scene, I jumped many times into the frame of others’ camera. And I wasn’t smart, I always forgot or miss something… All is fine because I am still learning, and maybe I will be better Vixian the next trip. 

Tony Homsy S.J.

About Tony Homsy S.J.

Tony is a Syrian Jesuit from the Middle East Province, he is 29 years old and is the webmaster for his Province's website. After he graduated from University of Aleppo in Bio-chemistry department, he joined the Society, spending two years Cairo, Egypt, after which he studied philosophy and Arab Civilization in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently a student at Creighton University in Omaha where he studies Digital Journalism and Computer Science. Besides studying, Tony spends time on photography translating to and from Arabic.

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