Canon 5D Mark IV: Initial Impressions

Ever since I saw it advertised, I have been lusting for the new Canon 5D Mark IV. I’ve shot hundreds of thousands of images with my 5D Mark II and have generally loved the camera. But, like everything, it has some quirks. Auto focus is a hemorrhaging ulcer, especially in low light. But, I digress… So, on Friday, I stopped… Continue reading

Replay: A Saturday in October

Replay I first heard of this simple iOS movie app, Replay, in the Apple Keynote this past week. It’s free. I thought I would check it out. Indeed, it works as represented: a really easy way to select photos and video from an event or day and create a fast, relatively interesting movie with a variety of theme choices available.… Continue reading

My New iPhone 6 Plus

Initial impressions about my new iPhone 6 Plus Above is a screenshot from my iPhone 6 Plus’ home screen1. So here are my reflections on the plus after having only had it for 2 days:Size: It’s big! It’s too big for me to hold comfortably in one hand and simultaneously use it with that hand. Size: It’s big! I’m… Continue reading

360º Panorama Time Lapse Videos!

Vincent Brady Firefly Long Exposure on Lake Photo I hesitate to use a photo for this post, because each segment of his video has such a different look, and, as fantastic as they are, a photo misrepresents the most vital element of his work: the live motion. But these photos were on his site, which I recommend you check out!… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Mother Nature’s Drama

A week ago today I was hunkered down on the west peak of Mount Tamalpais. I felt as though I were on top of the world because the wind was blasting dense fog straight toward me, just barely over my head. I could reach up and almost touch this ceiling of fog. Coming from the Pacific Ocean, the rapidly moving… Continue reading

Random Acts of Kindness

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]eople who know me are aware of my love of dabbling with photography, video, Final Cut Pro X (FCPx) and the like. FCPx can utilize plugins to help producers realize their creative visions. One such plugin, created by Yanobox, is Nodes, which is distributed through FxFactory. I first became aware of Nodes, a generative motion graphics plugin, about 9 months… Continue reading

I’m Fixin’ to…

That’s what we say in the south when we’re about to do something. I’m fixin’ to go on a video shooting spree—shooting video (with a camera) of everything I can in the bay area. In preparation for this adventure, I’ve been doing some test shots with my 3 cameras: the GoPro, iPhone, and Canon 5Dmk2. I would prefer to travel… Continue reading

Video: A Sunday Afternoon (Rescue) in the Headlands

The entrance to the north bay is through the “Golden Gate” under the Golden Gate Bridge. The area was once owned by the military but was given to the National Park Service in the 1970’s I think. Today, it’s commonly referred to as the Headlands, over 66,000 acres of gorgeous, undeveloped wilderness. I rather enjoy roaming around out here. Sunday,… Continue reading

Well, It’s Finally Here…

The hardest part of creating this short video was deciding what to leave out! Unlike any video project I’ve ever posted, this one actually has some video footage in it: from my iPhone (in horrible wind and weather) and 5Dmk2 (in a shaky helicopter). Even with advanced stabilization in post, the footage is, well, interesting! This video also includes some… Continue reading