Slow TV: 6 Tips For Maximum Relaxation

Whenever you need a moment of peace, slow TV is there for you. Based around long, calming videos of things like hikes, sunsets, train trips, and more, slow TV offers an intoxicating lack of action in a non-stop world. It’s also one of the easiest and most satisfying types of video to create. So, what slow TV tips do you need to know before you start filming? Let’s take a closer look.

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What Is Slow TV?

Sometimes, you need to chill out and take it slow. Whether you want some ambient background video for a party, are desperately searching for sleep at 2 a.m., or just need a few moments of peace in a hectic week, slow TV may be exactly what you’re looking for. But are you asking yourself, what is slow TV? You’re not alone. This remarkably peaceful genre of largely DIY material is waiting for you to discover.

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Schooley’s Mountain Park – State Park Spotlight

Schooley's Mountain Park Lake George
Schooley’s Mountain Park and Lake George – July 2021

Tucked away near the Pennsylvania border, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ is a hidden treasure of nature and history dating back centuries. One of the best places to experience both of those is Schooley’s Mountain Park, a quaint county park located near the towns of Long Valley and Hackettstown. With more than a half-dozen trails, a lake, and tons of room for outdoor activities, it’s the destination for this State Park Spotlight.

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Wildwood: Doo-Wop, Boardwalks, and Wide Beaches

Wildwood Doo-Wop Sign
Wildwood Sign – June 2021

The Wildwoods of New Jersey are a beach community unlike any other. Few towns have such an extensive claim to parts of music history, not to mention one of the best boardwalks and beaches in New Jersey. But those outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may have no idea that this treasure of a town even exists. So let’s take a closer look at the beaches, boardwalk, and of course, Wildwood Doo-Wop style that has made the area a summer destination for decades!

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Cape May Lighthouse and the Lost City of South Cape May – State Park Spotlight

At the very southwestern tip of New Jersey, you’ll find the Cape May Lighthouse. The 157-foot tower has protected ships in the area for more than a century and a half, and seen the rise and fall of military defenses and even an entire town! So let’s take a walk and learn more about this structure and the area that surrounds it.

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Park Views: Piney Branch Parkway

Piney Branch Parkway, Looking West From The 16th Street Bridge – April 2021

If you drive through Northwest Washington, DC, chances are you may have found yourself on Piney Branch Parkway, an offshoot of the more well-known Beach Drive. It’s a nice drive, but how does it measure up on foot? We’re taking a closer look in today’s Park Views.

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Slow TV: After-Work Music on Kennedy Street

Some slow TV this evening. A trombone player practices outdoors in the alley between Kennedy Street and Longfellow Street in Northwest Washington, DC in the late afternoon of April 22, 2021.

Nothing groundbreaking here. Just appreciating a rare moment of peaceful music in an alley more often filled with the sounds of dump trucks backing up.

There’s more where that came from. Have a relaxing night.

-Nick

Beach Walks and Slow TV

Beach Walk Vol. 1 – Sanibel Island, Florida, April 6th, 2021.

This is a mid-morning walk down the Sanibel beach, starting in the Middle Gulf Drive area.



I think I first heard of the idea of Slow TV at a party at the apartment of my friends Kyle McKernan and Michelle Kennedy in Princeton, New Jersey, probably in 2018 or 2019. So I should thank them for putting on one of those videos of the trains traveling through Norway.

Recently, I came across Night Walk, a supremely relaxing piece of overnight filler television that kept insomniac Canadians company for seven years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is exactly what the name would imply – a first-person style camera walking or driving through the late-night streets of 1986 Toronto. The same three episodes aired every night for years, and in reality, the whole thing was designed as some sort of complicated royalties scam. But 35 years later, it still holds up. You try staying awake watching this.

With the realization that I should get a camera to document this trip, I recently purchased a GoPro Hero8 Black. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the video quality, stability, and versatility so far. I shot this with the camera mounted on my chest using this chest harness.

I find these videos very relaxing, and I hope you do too. There’s more to come – hopefully without my hands bumping into the shot so much.

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