Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's been released.

Canon T1i

Now the question is how long before they fix any bugs. It will do 720p at 30 fps, and 1080 at 20 fps. Unfortunately, it takes a different memory card than my Digital Rebel XT, but I guess that means I'll just have to sell them with the Xt.

Oh yes, Canon, if you would like me to use one of these while shooting the Watsonville Airshow, please send me a note. I promise to take care of it...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

I spent a Saturday there with my wife, we wandered around the Bio dome and I was very impressed. Not only from the photographic standpoint, but how it was all put together. On a Saturday, the wait was fairly long, 30 minutes. But once inside it presented plenty of opportunity to photograph free-flying birds and butterflies.

There are also exhibitions of the smaller animals you can find in the various rain forest area. Warning, the cockroaches are huge, but they don't fly free.

The Moss Room is a great place to relax and have a wonderful lunch while waiting for your entry time into the Planetarium. The Morrison Planetarium is a must see item. While I have fond memories of the old projector, the new system is fantastic. The screen covers almost the full visual field, and in doing so induces an amazing level of false motion when the image moves. The show I saw didn't seem to cause any ill effects on anyone, but if you're especially sensitive, take care.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cinematography and Photography

One thing that I believe is necessary to a good film, is good imagery. While it does not make a complete film, it helps incredibly. I have been watching Discovery's Planet Earth Series and have been very impressed by the cinematography in it. The shots are amazing, and show an amazing amount of skill and thought. Given some of the issues that they had to go through (the diaries on Disk 2 about the Polar Bears is frightening), they managed to get some fantastic shots.

One other film I saw within the last year is One-Six Right by Brian Terwilliger. It was shot in High-definition video, and has some amazing shots, air-to-air and more. These two DVDs should be required watching for anyone who wants to be a photographer. Turn the sound off, and start dissecting how the shots are put together, what makes them work. When I was working as a staff member in the Film Department at U.C. Santa Cruz, I petitioned the department to have Brian Terwilliger give a talk on the work in One-Six Right. Unfortunately, I was not successful. I think it would have been an interesting seminar for the film production students on what makes a good shot.

Then turn the sound back on an grab a bowl of popcorn...

P.S. No, I don't think the enclosed photo does justice to the work in "One-Six Right."