Here is part two of my trip to Paris. I had a wonderful time there and as you know shot a lot of street style. I loved covering fashion week and shooting both still photos and video. I met lots of people got to hang with my Parisian family and stay in charming flat that I wish I could move in to! I hope you enjoy this video. And needless to stay I can’t wait to back next year.
Here is my first video/vlog on my trip to Paris. In this video I share a tour of the brilliant flat I stayed in when visiting Paris. I stayed in a wonderful neighborhood called Boulogne Billancourt, which is considered a “suburb” but it is not a suburb in the American idea of it. This neighborhood is ten minutes from the city center. It is more like Brooklyn and I like to call it the Park Slope of Paris.
I have never ridden a motorcycle before and it was quite the experience
I also share my trip to Versailles. Which I traveled to from Paris on a motorcycle. I have never ridden a motorcycle before and it was quite the experience. Just note, even as a passenger you are not just passively sitting there, you have to work to stay on the motorcycle. We took the long route as it is more scenic. And it was both exciting and scary! And read below for further technical information and the problem of “judder”.
You will notice a lot of judder in the video, at first I was not sure why. This happens when the frame rates do not match. So if the video is captured at 23.97 FPS then when you export the video it should also be exported at 23.97 FPS. It also happens when you shoot at 23.97 or 29.97 and slow it down in post. This is because when you “slow down” a video you are really adding more frames, and if the frames are not there on the original footage then the software has to compensate and you end up with a choppy video.
Well I have my camera settings set to 23.97 and I did not change this. I am using the G7X and I like to shoot in 23.97 as it is more cinematic looking. However everything I shot in Paris was shot in 29.97. I did not know why—at first. Then I figured out why—it was because when shooting I did not have the camera “set to” or have the dial on “video.” I had changed this to take some still photos and had not switched it back to video. I then started shooting video, which the G7X allowed me to do, even though the dial was not set to video.
I had no idea you could shoot video when not in video mode. So I discovered that when you shoot video on any other mode besides video it automatically defaults to 29.97. So I then downloaded and edited the film and exported at 23.97 and there is noticeable judder/ choppiness to pans. So I then tried exporting it at 29.97 and the judder was actually much worse. I thought that if I matched how it was shot it would resolve this problem. It did not. The judder was noticeable when exported at 23.97, and even MORE noticeable at 29.97. even though the frame rates matched. I was confused.
I then looked closely at the original footage and realized that you can could even see some judder on the original footage—that is footage downloaded from the camera and viewed in Quick Time pre-edting. And this not just shakiness from me moving the camera but choppy pans, or pans that are not smooth.
So I now believe that the judder could be inherent because my camera was set to 23.97, but the footage was shot in 29.97. So the frame rates did not match when shooting. When I switched off video (not intentionally) and shot in 29.97 if I had gone in first and changed the camera settings to 29.97 so it matched what I was shooting at, I believe I would not have had judder. And I think it is this discrepancy with the frame rates when shooting that could be the cause of the judder.
Figuring this out took a lot of trial and error and problem solving on my part. There was no information on You Tube on this specific problem. I wanted to share this with you as the G7 is a very popular vlogging camera and I could see this easily happening to someone else.
I have not traveled abroad in quite some time, and I thought I did all the researched that I needed to do, but apparently I had not, and I had a few me mishaps along the way. So now without further adieu I would like to share a few travel tips I learned so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.
1) When going down the stairs with your luggage, carry it—don’t let it drop down step by step. I did this as I was leaving the house and when I got the third step, one of the wheels broke off and took the plastic boarder along with it. More or less ripping one corner open. I had not even left for the air port yet. I had to drag my luggage while carrying an overnight bag on the train then through Jamaica Queens and on to the air shuttle. Luckily I was able to buy a new suitcase at the air port. This was not fun. And I mentioned my mishap to a couple of people who saw me struggling and they both respond that the same thing had happened to them. So apparently it is common. Don’t let his happen to you. Lift your luggage when going up and down stairs and steep curbs.
call your bank and inform them that you will be out of the country and the dates you will be traveling. Otherwise they will suspend your card thinking the activity is fraud
2) As we know electrical systems are different abroad then the U.S. So to that end I went out and bought U.S. to Southern Europe adaptors thinking I was set. I was not. First I tried to plug in my curling iron in the bathroom outlet…nothing. Hmmm. The I tried a heating pad at the same outlet…noting. I thought it must be the outlet and then tried the heating pad in another outlet. And as soon as I flipped the on switch there was a loud boom, a flash of white light and the distinct smell of smoke. Then I noticed the TV and gone off. OK, that can’t be good. Turns out the voltage is also higher in Europe then the U.S, so you also need a converter in addition to an adaptor. Hmm good to know. And I found this out when I texted Josephina of Josephina Collection who was also in Paris for PFW, she informed me she burned out her hot rollers making the same mistake. Luckily the wiring in the hotel was fine, it just tripped the circuit breaker. But my heating pad is toast. So if you plan on bringing multiple electrical devices abroad make sure to also purchase a converter.
3) No one mentions this: but call your bank and inform them that you will be out of the country and the dates you will be traveling. Otherwise they will suspend your card thinking the activity is fraud. I learned this the hard way.
4) And finally—pay attention. One afternoon I stepped in to a Starbucks to use the restroom, the wifi and to get a quick bite. Well when I reached in to my bag and unzipped my wallet— no ATM card. I knew it could not have been stolen as I still had my wallet and it had been zipped shut. I started to freak, but calmed myself and thought when did I last use the card? It was the night before at the Monoprix where I stopped to buy some dinner. I got back on the Metro and went back to the Monoprix and…yes they had my card. I had left it there. Whew! So pay extra attention when traveling and always, always double check you have your ATM card after every transaction.
Well I am back from Paris and back at work. It was a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to go back. Paris is needless to say a beautiful city and everywhere you turn or glance is like a work of art with excuisite architecture, sculptures and fountains. Everything is pleasing to the eye; even sign posts and street lights are ornate and beautiful to look at. And the metro blows NYC’s transit system out of the water. The trains every two minutes and they are faster with a smoother ride. No one pushes and shoves to get on the train, or tries to hold the doors open. The conductors don’t yell at the passengers to stop holding the door open, and for the most part no one is angry. But when the trains run every two minutes if you miss it, no biggie, you will just get on the next one. I was surprised how easy it was to get around Paris.
My step brother took this picture and I had only been in Paris a little over an hour. He took me to the center of the city to walk around so I could marvel at the majestic buildings around me. We also took the family dog Maya with us, and if you want to make friends in Paris just walk around with a cute little dog—everyone will stop you. I was exhausted but so excited, no sleep after my over night flight so I was running on adreline. But this was just the beginning of my trip. I attended fashion shows and presentations, I went to the Shop Style Social House event held in Pairs, I went to the theater, out to dinner in the west end of Paris and even got a blow out which I researched online and found my way to and communicated my desires all on own! Not bad for an English speaker, right?
even sign posts and street lights are ornate and beautiful to look at
And the biggest surprise of all I got a text from a friend who inquired if I was in Paris. I was quite astonished as I had not spoken with her since May because she spent the summer in London finishing up her studies. She works at a montessorie and is in training to advance in her career. She has gone to London the last three summers and generally returns to NY at the end of August. But with my step family visiting from Paris in August and then NYFW immediately following this, and then my trip to Paris immediately following NYFW I did not have time to connect with her. She is not on social media so I had no idea how she knew. Turns out a mutual friend of ours saw my posts on Instagram and told her. I didn’t even know this person was on Instagram as she rarely posts. At any rate I replied back to my friend Gail, that yes I was in Paris. She texted me back that she too was in Paris. What? She then texted, that she was living there. Double what?? She was offered a job at the end her studies in London to speak English to pre-school French children. She left her job in New York of eighteen years with one weeks notice, and went directly from London to Paris.
I couldn’t believe it! What a surprise! So I got to spend the second half of my trip running around with my friend Gail. Crazy right? And stay tuned for more posts on my trip to the city of lights.