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Chris Hondros – another conflict photographer film

Come across this and thought I’d share.

Seems Chris Hondros was injured/killed in the same incident as Tim Hetherington. Wiki says he was a finalist for a Pulitzer on two occasions.

Just the trailer so far – so hard to tell how good/bad it might be.

The Trailer website: http://www.chrishondrosfilm.com/trailer/2015/4/9/hondros-teaser-trailer

 


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Interesting tech, innovation, maker video

Less about photography and more about tech this one.

For last couple of years I’ve thought about playing around with ardunio tech, wanting to make something both technical and creative. In parallel I’ve also wondered about some day pushing something like this beyond the point of just messing around or doing for fun – i.e. launching into a wider audience by starting a company or similar.

Just come across this video which is really interesting on many of those aspects plus maker community, open source etc – and thought I’d share.

 

Original source is here: http://99u.com/videos/52119/chris-anderson-how-and-why-i-built-a-drone-empire-with-a-19-year-old

999u.com seems really interesting – will follow their video feed.


Never too late

Wow – been a while since I posted something to my blog – oops sorry. Been busy doing lots of gigs and such. Not really posted much on that here but does a few bits on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dafowen/
I intend to start a 500px page too.

Anyway – back to the issue at hand – here’s another inspiration video for you. Shows it’s never too late to be / do whatever you want to do.

Found via Kottke.org


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Grunge & 90s Style Mags : Video

Been a while since I blogged anything – mostly as I’ve not had the time – covered (photography) a couple of London Music festivals and have other editing I’m way behind on. Will likely post some of these in time.

During my lunchtimes I often read photography (or related) blogs, news feeds and such like which sometimes include videos. One that’s not usually photography related (iD Magazine YouTube upload feed) has recently featured a video which covers photography and fashion of the 90s Grunge scene. Thought I’d share.

It’s part of a series on UK youth culture:
Episode 1: Grime & Emo – http://bit.ly/1eCWMxP
Episode 2: Jungle & Cybergoth – http://bit.ly/1UvT0XU
Episode 3: Grunge & 90s Style Mags – http://bit.ly/1K5gNL7
Episode 4: B-Boys, Ibiza & Acid House – http://bit.ly/1Dq3FIO
Episode 5: Soul Boys & Casuals – http://bit.ly/1Mk4xqI
Episode 6: Skins & Scooter Boys – https://youtu.be/5PpAWL1FVxY


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Another Inspiration video

I do like my inspirational videos and enjoy sharing them.Well here’s another.

I usually prefer videos which aren’t so targeted i.e. not about inspiration itself but about other people doing what they do, and doing it well sometimes in the face of adversity – but this is a direct one. However if you look at the creators other videos – you see there is a creative pattern there too.

Originally found on Zack Arias’ Dedpxl blog, from the series The Society of Good Stuff – by Meghan Arias. Specific post has several inspirational inspired items.

Video is by Maximus Thor


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Video : Forensic Photography

Came across this interesting video about Forensic Photography on the Vimeo Staff picks feed. Thought I’d share.

Fascinating stuff – but don’t think it would be for me – I much prefer photographing people. The little challenges would inspire me though I think.


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Inspiration: Honey shoot

Links to the honey shoot from Blake Little has been doing the rounds a fair bit on social media. He has a book of them : Preservation.

At the time it struck me as such a simple yet clever idea. Although there are of course logistics to consider like buying and controlling honey, different models etc – ultimately it’s simple and beautiful. The kind of thing where I think “Oh – wish I would have done that”.
I keep wanting to do more creative shoots but the impending organisation usually stops me or to be correct – I don’t event start. I just need to commit some time and just do it.

Recently came across a BTS video of the series and thought I’d blog it tagged as Inspiration.


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Albert Watson Documentary

While viewing something else on eBay (a short video on Jay Misel) I spotted another video that sounded interesting. One by BBC Scotland in a series called “What do artists do all day?” This on on photographer Albert Watson.

I’ve only started watching it but thought it worthy of sharing. It;s in two parts.

Finding it tricky not to be bemused by his accent – Scottish one minute and American the next.

Here’s a link to the whole series.

 


Inspirational Video : Making time count

Came across this little video linked by a friend on Facebook.

I wholeheartedly agree with it – likely why I’m constantly so busy and always have stuff to do. I seem to fill my time up without trying.


Paris through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67

Love this so much I thought I’d share.
Simple but effective and very inspiring in wanting me to take the camera out.

If interested there’s some behind the scenes stuff here : http://petapixel.com/2014/08/23/stunning-video-paris-captured-viewfinder-old-pentax-67/


The Long Game : Inspiration to keep going

During my usual lunchtime blog viewing I came across a couple of videos I thought I’s share.

I love inspiration videos – of various guises – to create art, help those around you, share knowledge, find new skills etc and these are similar but a little different. They show how we shouldn’t give up – that over much of time “success” (however you judge that) often isn’t a quick thing, isn’t immediate. I think the films are correct in stipulating that in the modern age we’re used to getting everything quickly – the hear and now – which can mean we’re more impatient than we used to be. So hopefully they may help anybody who thinks it’s too late for them to “make it” or similar.

I do feel this occasionally – photography is my passion however not my career – I work in IT, but at least in a photography related industry. As with many people with a passion but not profession in such field I sometimes wonder if I could/should/would be any good as a professional photographer – but also think that maybe at 38 it could be too late. Thankfully it’s never too late …. or so say these videos 😉


Inspiration to do your own thing, have your own style

I’ve posted some videos in the past that inspire in various kinds of ways – creativity, technical, to actually just go DO something rather than think about it – etc.

Just come across this one which I thought I’d share.

It’s by Ryan Brenzier who’s a photographer I follow – usually for technical reasons.
Its inspiring in terms of business a bit – but more so for encouraging the viewer to find their own style and pursue that – whatever it is. When developing in something like photography I think there’s a lot of personal pressure to be like someone else or to produce work like someone else, either a peer or hero. This shows that it’s likely a lot more productive to develop one’s own style instead.

Taken from Ryan Brezier’s blog post.


Inspiring Behind The Scenes videos

You’ve all likely seen the great looking Milk/Pinup photos by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.

Milk by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

While browsing another site – I came across a link to a behind the scenes video he’s done. Seems he has a few and I find them all rather good – to the point, informative, and inspirational.

It’s interesting how he makes things look so simple, yet puts a huge amount of planning and setting up into a couple of them (e.g. The Trial)

The videos on his site are here : http://aurumlight.com/!videos

Or his Vimeo Channel.

Here a re a few:


Interesting videos on filmmaking

Although I’ve not really recorded much/any video yet – as I have a Video capable DSLR and we do some video at work (my day job) I now keep an eye on some video stuff and read some video blogs.

Thought I’d share a feed/channel/etc which I’ve found particularly inromative – which is Film Maker IQ on Vimeo.

Here are a few of the video’s I’ve particularly liked.
Some are on practicalities of film making now, while others show the history of some of the technologies used over time and how they’ve shaped what we use today. All very interesting. Some are a bit technical, but then I’m quite a technical person.
Thought worth sharing.

Introduction to Colour in Digital Filmmaking

The History and Science of Color Film: From Isaac Newton to the Coen Brothers

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio

Composition Techniques for Widescreen Aspect Ratios


GoPro London to Brighton Video

Stepper Bike UK Do London to Brighton - clapham

Here’s a little video that friends and I recorded last June during the London to Brighton Bike ride.

My friend Zoe is the main person behind the UK distribution of Stepper bikes: http://www.3gstepperbike.co.uk. She’d got a team of friends together to do the charity ride on them and asked me if I could do some photography for them. I thought we could do better than just photography – why not video it using the GoPro’s we have at work!

So armed with 6 GoPros and various attachments we kitted out their bikes and one helmet to record it. Needless to say we have HOURS of footage. I’ve only recently found time (and remembered!) to put something together. The internet being what it is with a short attention span I wanted the video to be limited to 3-5 minutes. So I found a suitable song and put a few clips together. Shame it’s so short but it meant only one (long) evening for me.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/63502580]

After producing this someone mentioned that Premiere Pro has a stabilising effect inbuilt – if only I’d known! Don’t fancy re-doing it as I’d have to upload separately and Vimeo free account will only allow one HD video a week.

And a few photos.


Aerial + Slow-motion + Action sports

How good is this!

Love all the elements, more so when put together.
Originally from Fstoppers.


Steve McCurry clips

Interesting shortish (22min) interview with Steve McCurry (photographer of the famous “Afghan girl” photo :

I thought people might be interested in:

Here’s another with him in a bit, following him down the street:

I notice in this second one he completely swaps over his hands and grip compared to what one would normally do.

(Originally found on PetaPixel)


Bullet time + Painting with light

Ok – so you’ve all seen painting with light – some examples better than others.

And you’ve probably seen Matrix-esque “Bullet-time”  setups where there are lots of cameras in a ring all fired at the same time or in very quick succession with the resulting shots turned into an animated gif or video.

Well this is a combination of both 🙂 Pretty Nifty I thought – so sharing.

Originally seen via Peta Pixel.


GoPro video fun

In November I went to Kenya to photograph my friends Ed + Poppy’s wedding. Rather than just the wedding we had a week at a beach resort, the wedding on the Friday, and then week after a few of us went on Safari. So watch this space for lots of safari photos and some wedding photos. I’ll probably go into depth about the fortnight in another post.

But thought I’d share this – I also took along a GoPro. Tried it in the pool a few times but there’s only so much you can do with it without creeping people out 😉 However the wedding party (or at least pre-week group) as a whole all went on a Dhow trip. A Dhow is a traditional kind of boat.

This is of course recorded with the waterproof casing.

I recorded at 60fps (Frames per second) which is roughly double speed of what standard videos are – the benefit of doing so is that you can later slow it down without it being too juddery, or that’s the theory at least.

This is a compilation I put together from that footage. Some is real time (and I’ve generally left the sound in a bit on these), some half speed I think and some at a third. (Afraid I did it a while ago so can’t remember exactly).

The shots of guys (Ed the groom + others) jumping in towards the end are the pieces that are slowed down the most. Opening and ending sequence are also slowed down a bit too – although you might not be able to tell. I think it looks a lot better – steady waves or swell of the sea.

All put together in Premiere Pro. I think it’s worked better than the colour on my canal boat timelapse. One thing I had read was that Premiere Pro didn’t cope well with GoPro mp4’s – so I re-encoded them first using Streamclip.  Essentially just open it and then SaveAs “mov” –  it will re-package the video without affecting the actual frames themselves. This video lark is quite complicated.

Oh – it’s also worth updating your Premiere Pro if using CS4 – there are pre-made HD sequence packages that prove quite handy.

Oh – and apologies for the thumb in shot occasionally 😉 Something to remember when using a fisheye gopro next time. Left that in as it’s only a bit of fun video.


Travel Video

This is cool

… that is all.

Ok some blurb from the page 🙂

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..


Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer Documentary

What a funky name – eh!

I’m loving the random content that I’m seeing on the RETV feed at the moment. Have a few to go through but will quickly catch up with it.

This one looks like another indie / Art-house documentary to look out for on a street photographer. Rather than up-market celebs as my earlier post, this one is hip-hop culture. Although I like a bit of Hip-hop (more the jazzy kind – Jurasic 5, Herbaliser, DJ Format etc) I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan – however I am of course a massive photography fan – so will try to track this down. If anybody spots it (or anything similar really) showing in the UK/London – please let me know.

Link to The Film.

And Jamel Shabezz.

Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer


Duffy – The Man who Shot the Sixties

Two post in one day!

Another of the Photographers mentioned in the June Edition of Professional Photographer was Duffy. (This one I did know about)

According to the Magazine:

“As a child during the war, the young Duffy (he was rarely called Brian, his first name) played in abandoned, bombed-out houses and was moved to a new school every time he got into trouble. Landing at an institution that took waywayrd youths on cultural excursions he was introduced to a world of art galleries and opera, and went on to study dress design at Saint Martins School of Art. While freelancing at Harpar’s Bazaar his interest in photography grew and he set about applying for assisting roles before shooting his first fashion story for the Sunday Times. With David Bailey and Terence Donovan, he captured the spirit of 1960s London and shot for fashion magazines in London, New York and Paris. One of his most famous creations is the 1973 image of David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” album. The iconic image of the rock star with a lightening bolt flash across his face was inspired by the design on a Panasonic rice cooker. Despite working in advertising in the late 1970’s, by the end of the decade he had become disillusioned  with photography and set fire to most of his negatives. Thirty years later, just before Duffy’s death, his son found some had survived and staged a retrospective.”

 

Aaaanyway – getting to the point. This video has just popped up on one of my feeds – looks like it’s an hour long – thought I’d share it.


Time-lapse with a twist

As mentioned before – through work I do a bit of time-lapse work. I’m not really involved with the collation of the images together into the video, but instead just the technicalities of getting the images in the first place.

So I do tend to keep an eye open for timelapse videos that come along. They are starting to get mre creative now – with HDR ones and ones on dollies that gradually move very very slowly with stepper motors.

Anyway – came across this one today – bit of a twist to it (ho ho). It’s a timelapse of stars moving across the sky (milky way I think) from an observatory in Chile – but someone has re-edited it so that the stars stay still and it’s the planet that moves. Nice twist – boom tish 😉 I’m a bit curious about the crazy buildings that twist and what I guess is a laser that goes up into the sky.

Anyway – here it is, enjoy.

Credits for original video:
ESO/José Francisco Salgado (http://www.josefrancisco.org)
ESO/S. Guisard (http://www.astrosurf.com/sguisard/)

PS – Yes I’d love to do something like this (with the stars) but there’s no chance unless I go to somewhere distant like the Scottish Highlands.


Film on Street Fashion Photographer

Bill Cunningham New York

Just something I’ve come across that thought I’d pass on.

Being into all things photography I try to see as many films about photographers as possible (be it conflict photography as in my previous blog post HERE, or anything really e.g. think there was an Annie Leibovitz film – I’ll go dig it out). A new one seems to be out about a street fashion photographer.

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

Due to the internet and more-so of late – blogs – the niche of street fashion photography has risen to fame. I think the most famous of which is The Sartorialist. But in reality – it’s nothing new – just that blogs etc have made it so much more accessible.

The film seems to be about this eccentric character Bill Cunnignham (which I must admin I hadn’t heard of) who’s been doing it for decades.

Here’s a trailer.

Looks like it might be interesting for many different reasons – photography, fashion, and the human story of Bill himself.

The website (www.billcunninghamnewyork.com) seems to only list showings in the US – but hopefully it should get some form of release in the UK – in independent or art cinemas. I’ll keep a close eye on the ICA listings.