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Northern California Family Trip 2013

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We returned from a family trip a week and a half ago.  I finally took the time to pick out some of my favorite photos from the excursion, enjoy!

Armstrong Redwoods




Fun at the Park





San Fransisco







 The Coast and Bodega Bay

























Windsor and Wine Country

Fedora Pictures Reel - 2013

Film making is a collaborative art and the projects highlighted in this reel feature the talents of many others: Gold Moon Films, Moonstream Pictures, Power and Industry, Binding Light Productions, Rothschild/Martinez Productions, JMills Entertainment, Studio 33, and Anna Kaelin Music.

 Music: Duality by Yuri Sazonoff

My Dream Digital Cinema Camera

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Just about every 6 months or less a new camera is announced with even more amazing features for even less money.  There have been a few cameras that have peaked my interest over the last year: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon C100, Sony F5, and as of this week Blackmagic's Pocket and 4K Production Cameras.

But of all the cameras I've looked at not one of them is my perfect dream camera.  Each camera has strengths and weaknesses.

Ten years ago the Panasonic AG-DVX100 was the perfect camera for its time.  While the technology world has raced on and thereby making this camera obsolete it will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first professional quality camera I got my hands on.

The DVX had a lot going on for it.  A fantastic ergonomic design, multiple frame rate options including the coveted 24fps, a fast Leica lens, and a slue of professional video and cinematic features.  It had a good run of over 5 years and was an extremely popular camera.  No camera since …

Hanging with the Horses

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Kim and I moved recently into a small house that shares property next to some horses.  I feel like I've escaped the city in a way when I see these horses hanging out behind my new home.

On a lazy Saturday I pulled out my Canon T2i and slapped the nifty-fifty on it and grabbed some shots of these horses.

iPhone HDR

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Trapped indoors on a snowy afternoon, I found myself bored and playing with my iPhone's camera yet again.  The following images illustrate a concept I often find myself explaining to clients or students new to film making.  It shows why I prefer to shoot a flat image and play with the contrast and saturation later as opposed to doing it in camera.  The iPhone's camera is decent for a smart phone, but it doesn't hold a candle to a DSLR or professional camcorder.  So due to the lack in quality and the low lighting in the room these images aren't the sharpest or cleanest.  But they still get the point across.
In this first image I exposed for the vase.  It shows the limitations of my iPhone camera's dynamic range (the values from black to white).   This is similar to what the contrast looks like when a camera is set to standard video settings.  The windows are blown out, and even the highlights on the flowers are clipped.  While the image looks subjectively "good…