February, 2011

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Shoot what you are passionate about

Monday, February 28th, 2011

As a pretty fanatic Twitter user I spend some time every day reading what different websites, photographers, friends have to say. I love reading the educational pieces that the different websites post.

One of my personal favorites is PetaPixel, which posted a great article on “Shooting a 300ft redwood tree”
Trees is not something I am personally passionate about, but the “how they did it” part of the video was very interesting to me, and the why.

I love the last advice at the end from the photographer Michael Nichols.

The article with the videos is here:
Shooting a 300-foot-tall Redwood Tree

A skydiving classic

Monday, February 21st, 2011

A movie from skydiving cinematography pioneer Carl Boenish.
Shot on 16mm!

Skydiving with inflatable toys

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I wanted to share a short hilarious video with all of you that I filmed at the American Boogie 2010 at Skydance Skydiving in Davis, CA

My friend Michael “Butch” Horn brought an inflatable “toy” to the event that he wanted to make a skydive with. We got together with a group of friends who all wanted to be part of this fun, and did this jump!

Enjoy the visuals. I did not put music on the video or anything, so it is “noisy”.. the sound of fun at 120mph!

Another “Downfall” parody

Friday, February 18th, 2011

To follow the trend of all the “Downfall” subtitle jokes and hilarious rewrites, a fellow skydiver and videographer (Bill Voelker) made this hilarious video, using the footage from the movie Downfall and rewriting the story with some typical skydiver lingo that applies to the “new kids on the block” that want to fly fast parachutes like the very experienced people.
For non-skydiving followers of my blog:

Swooping:
is an advanced maneuvre where you accelerate the rate of descent of your parachute right before landing and at the last minute you transfer this downward speed into forward speed, which allows you to speed across the ground.
Femuring is doing swooping WRONG. (ok, that was sarcastic)… femuring is the act of “breaking your femur”. A bone that tends to get broken a lot with swooping injuries.
Velocity 79 is “the Ferrari of parachutes”. The Performance Designs Velocity is a parachute only for the most experienced parachutists out there. It requires a great amount of experience and skills to fly this parachute safely, and is not a parachute for someone with only 50 jumps. The bar should probably be set closer to 1500 jumps and someone that is very very current..

Anyways, here is the video… small warning, some of the language is strong..

Just a little reminder to backup your files…

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This is just a quick reminder to make sure your photo and video files are backed up.

Hard drives fail, so it is VERY important to make sure you have backups.

PetaPixel has a nice short article on what your harddrive sounds like just before it’s about to say “bye bye” to you…
At PetaPixel: learning the sounds of a failing harddrive

I wrote an article last year that discusses my setup that ensures that my photos are always stored in two places:

Pro Workflow on a semi-pro budget

Remember… 2 copies is better than 1!

Happy shooting.