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The Calm Before The Storm

I have been meaning to get together another short video. This one is from Playa del Carmen the day before hurricane Paula arrived. The entire video was shot and edited with a small handheld Flip Mino HD. If you would like a look at my inexpensive HD production studio, you can find it here. For the email subscribers out there, you will need to visit this site to view it.

News: I would like to say hello to every 1 in 14 people in the world. now has its rightful place on Facebook. If you would like to ‘like’ it, you can find it here. Also, if you really like what is all about, please suggest it to your Facebook friends.

Approaching Denali – The Movie

I hope you enjoyed last week’s photo essay, Approaching Denali. As promised, here is a short movie I made from the flight. You should have seen me. My Flip was in my jacket’s chest pocket, iPhone in the right hand pocket, Sigma 15mm fish in the left hand pocket, and the D700 w/ the 17-35 on my lap. My hands were flying around and my head was on a swivel. I’m sure our pilot was worried I was going to accidentally pull the handle to the ejection seat.

I normally carry a small Flip video camera with me when we travel. It is a great little camera. If you are interested in it, feel free to read my review here:

Flip Mino HD Review

I hope you enjoy the video. I did my best to hold the camera steady in a turbulent small aircraft.

Note: If you are an email subscriber, you might have to visit the site to watch the video. If so, here is the link:

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Music By: Cary Brothers
Song: Ride
Album: Who You Are

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Cary Brothers is a great band (it is actually an individual singer song writer with a boatload of talent), and I can’t recommend him enough. If you liked ‘Ride’, I think you will like the rest of his work.

Holding The Night Together

My first evening photo crawl with a great local photo group started out in high fashion. We met at a local pub/coffee shop in Denver, got a quick route briefing, and then headed out. I began the night by making the traditional expansive images of highway lights. However, my eye began to be drawn to the details along the footbridge we were crossing. Maybe it was my heightened focus or an unconscious interest in civil engineering. Either way I found a composition that inspired me. It was a fun evening and I look forward to joining them again next month.

I took my Flip MinoHD camera with me, and made a quick video. It is in my standard directing style, but this time I added a little ‘Holiday Bop’ to it.

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Nikon D300
Nikkor 16-85 VR II
Gitzo Traveler

Capture (1 image)
Adobe Raw (Temperature and fill light adjustment)
Nik ColorEFX Pro (Darken/Lighter Center)
Nik ColorEFX Pro (Tonal Contrast cut highlights/midtone contrast, boosted saturation and shadow contrast)
Photoshop (resized)
Nik Sharpener (Output for display)

If you are interested in the photo walk, or some great workshops you can find more information about them here:

Tip: When working at night I have found that I primarily shoot in Manual Mode and set my shutter speed to ‘Bulb’. I will make an educated guess at the time, make the image, review (chimp), and then adjust. If you are taking a 5 sec exposure, don’t worry if you accidentally shoot for 6 sec. To overexpose a 5 sec exposure by 1 stop, you will have to shoot a 10 sec exposure. Even with a generous margin for error while working at night with long exposures, you still might want to take a stopwatch. Also, you will need a steady tripod and a cable release. The cable release is optional, but it always use it.


This site is about sharing inspiration through stories and pictures. I hope this post doesn’t violate any self imposed rules. What the heck, I make the rules so I guess I should break them. With the addition of a Flip MinoHD to my travel kit, this site is now about sharing inspiration and stories through the occasional moving picture. The Flip is a great little device for traveling light. It lives up to the hype as one of the easiest video cameras to operate. Little did I know that the included software turns my Mac into one of the easiest production studios to operate. The Flip, and the included software, has its limitations but just like using a single prime lens you can create inspirational movies. This movie was made from a series of clips that I downloaded, ordered, and then with a click of a button fed to the ‘Magic Movie’ machine. I added some music and viola!

I apologize in advance for some shaky footage. I had never operated a scooter before, let alone drive it single handed while I filmed our ‘Road Less Traveled’ tour of Cozumel. I hope you enjoy the movie. It is a precursor to the new content I will be providing next year (it is only a week away).

Click on the ‘Play Button’ and give it a second to load.

Tip: Having never shot footage before, I quickly learned to let your subject inject motion into the scene. Panning only works if you have a hydraulic boom.