I shot this back in January with my little HG-10 camcorder. This was before I took the Platypus workshop, and before I had a clue about how to do video. I have only now acquired the skills to cut this into something like I imagined at the time.
A contra dance repeats the same figures (in this case, eight of them) over and over again. I kept the camera running for the duration of a single dance, and got 16 repetitions of the dance from various angles. I made subclips (128 of them) and labeled them by figure.
I cut the music to a 2 minute duration, and fudged the transitions between them. I had actually 3 different tunes in the medley I had to makes seams for. Harvey also increased the tempo about a third of the way through the dance as well.
A sharp observer will note that people change partners mid-figure with alarming frequency in the dance. Nothing is very in sequence.
The Nelson dance holds a mythic status in the contra dance world. The apocryphal story has it that people have been contra dancing in this town hall for 200 years. The fiddler is Harvey Tolman, who plays in a Cape Breton style, and who was a recipient of a New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award last year. The caller is Don Primrose, who calls with a classic yet inimitable New England cadence. I don't know who was on the piano that night.
Tomorrow, August 27th, is the opening (and closing) of the online registration for next April's Photolucida Photo Reviews. Last time the event filled in about a half hour. If you are serious about getting in, you should be at your computer at 8:59am PDT, and keep hitting the refresh button.
I delivered the wedding photographs last Saturday, and boy, did they gush. I asked Katy to put her thoughts in an email for me. Here's what she said:
"I originally asked a friend of mine who is a professional videographer and amateur to shoot photos of my wedding. She very artfully and quite forcefully told me that I needed to hire a professional! She was right - having you shoot our wedding really drove that home. I was referred to several photographers and looked at their websites. I noticed that the general feel of wedding photos is very "fuzzy" and romantic. As soon as I saw your website I thought "Wow. He is taking pictures of the wedding, rather than shooting ideal photographs of people in love (not that these are exclusive!)."
"You told the whole story of our wedding day; from the small moments like Rob's family making a train of coolers to the big moments during the ceremony when light was radiating behind the bride and groom while we exchanged our vows. Your photos captured some of our friends and family in the best, truest sense of who they are. They were not merely wedding photos, but great portraits of the people we love. You had a sequence in which you shot, following the slow build-up of excitement, the tension in the moments just prior, the sacredness of the ceremony and the glory and fun following our vows. There was a beginning and an end, and a thoroughness of capturing the people, the environment and small details that spoke to the quality of the day; the bus that delivered guests, champagne bottles splayed over ice, flowers co-mingled while being arranged in vases, a homespun sign flapping in the wind.
"Viewed as a whole, your photos have the structure of a story, while each one gives insight into the characters involved and illustrate the feel of the event. They are a pleasure to view, as they remind my husband, friends and family of the many delightful moments that unfolded throughout the day. Your pictures reveal the depth of caring between him and I, between us and our friends, and between family members. And they are simply beautiful."
I'm learning by making mistakes, and then learning by how to cover them up. As in, I wish I had more B roll. I wish I knew when the camera was really in focus (I blame my bifocals). But I'm a pro, I don't apologize. It's the Doug Plummer, v.2.0 beta. We'll fix the bugs later, once we learn what they are.
I've been shooting with the Canon G9 exclusively for the last week. It's a great walking around camera, but I'm frustrated by the noise level at anything above 200, and at a slight shutter lag. I've also sensed that processing the files is more sluggish than my 5D images.
I use Adobe Raw Converter for everything, and 99% of my work never gets any further than ACR processing. I process my files daily, renaming the day's photos, adding metadata, and applying default and individual image corrections.
With the Powershot G9 images, it seemed this goes a lot slower. The sliders hesitate and I have to wait a second or two for any change to register. Today I did a side by side test.
I put a hundred images each in a G9 and a 5D folder. I purged the image cache in Bridge, and I manually deleted all the .xml sidecar files. Then I did some test processing.
I could process the 5D files with an instantaneous response to my adjustments, even with a hundred files open in ACR. The G9 files were slow and hesitant. A great test on processing speed is to hold down the Option key when clicking either the Black or Exposure slider. This gives a black or white point preview. Response was instant on any 5D file. The image took a second or two to display with the G9 shots.
It seems that Adobe's code for reading the Canon RAW files is more robust for the pro camera than for this P&S. Anyone have experience with other raw processors?
...I got married. It's the best thing that ever happened to me.
Marriage, at its best, is how we expand into our fullest selves. We grow each other up into possibilities that are unattainable alone.
Receiving unconditional love and support, and learning how to give it, has made me into a better, fuller human being. It makes me able to reach deeper into myself in my artistic process. We have a safe place to have our differences (there is no intimacy without conflict), and we come through them closer and richer.
And we're more gooey with each other than just about any couple we know. Especially today.
Follow this link to see our storybook wedding invitation.
Two blogs I'm following that give deep insight into the Chinese Olympics mania:
Vincent LaForet is a Newsweek photographer blogging on the subject of covering the Olympics from his vantage as a world class sports photographer. He is sincere, modest, and revealing, and I'm so glad I don't have his job. James Fallows is the pre-eminent Atlantic correspondent, who is writing about the Chinese Olympics as an expat observer. An erudite viewpoint you won't get anywhere else.
The last few months most of my spam has been in non-western alphabets. With too much time on my hands one night, I used Babelfish to translate a recent selection on them:
The curriculum content actual combat, technical, lodges the theory in the actual combat method, the classroom is vivid.
Sets up the professional spirit which the staff and the enterprise crosses a river in a boat together.
I greet you, Sergey. Postponement of the payment of tax to the profit for the prolonged period and its minimization; Everything about the legal decrease of the taxes.
I greet, Complete collector of all Soviet cartoons and children's films on [DVD].
Outstanding solution for all amateurs to sing under the original (!) musical tracking. ═ This is cheap " [karaoke]" , badly imitating the original.
How do you do, They are glad to present to your attention the first catalog of official plants and factories in C.P.R. (Chinese Peoples' Republic). To find any, interesting goods became easy.
Presently, with 47 metropolis and districts the middle to elderly-aged man and woman has been disordered hotly. By all means, in at this opportunity don't you try being disordered in the meeting of physical interchange?
I think the last one is about sex. Hey babe, wanna get disordered?