Dec 202014

After the last video I put up with I thought I would share something light.  A common phrase you here today is “Happy Holidays”.  To be politically correct everyone says happy holidays instead  of Merry Christmas.  It can be suc a confusing time.  Jews like myself celebrate Hannukah.  Others celebrate Kwanza.  Christians celebrate Christmas and some of them think that Hannukah is my Christmas and want to know what do I do for Christmas.  If you are now confused any similarity of the three holidays are that they all take part at the same time of the year and invovle some kind of gift giving

I found this video on line that may clear up some of the confusion.

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Dec 162014

Topaz Glow is a new plug-in from Topaz Labs that works with Lightroom and Photoshop.  The preset I used  is “Airbrush II”.  There are about 8 or so presets and than you have control over the degree of correction.

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Dec 142014

Hard TimesThis was supposed to be my first ever video interview with John.  This was going to be my first video interview with anyone.  I went to the place where he always was collecting bottles so he could support himself.  Sadly I found that John had passed away during the week. One of his friends was standing in for John and he agreed to do the interview.  As I said it was my first ever interview with anyone and I forgot to turn on the mike.  So I decided to do my own first time self interview.  

I had been taking street portraits for a few years and John was one of my first subjects.   John was very receptive to talking to me about his life and his goals.  His daily life was among the large recycle receptors.  There he would take the bottles and cans that people were throwing away and turn them in for money.  He told me that most days he would take in $20 to $30 which he would turn in to cash.  He always said it was enough to get by on.  I don’t think he ever missed a day.  He was always there no matter what the weather.  In the end he was there with his oxygen bottle because of COPD. 

I will miss John.  He was such a good person.  What else does a person need for an epitaph? 

Dec 082014

My son-in-law Peter celebrated his 50th birthday this past Saturday.  It was held at an Irish pub called the Fields in Cambridge, Ma.  I am posting this just to describe the process of creating the video.  I used my Canon 60D and I had purchased an external mic because the quality of the internal one is not good.  I tested it once to find the quality pretty good but when I attached it I forgot the linking step so the audio for the video was non existent.  I downloaded appropriate music from Amazon but YouTube is very fussy about copywrite so I needed to change the music to one they had and fortunately is fit pretty well.  

Of course I used the pop-up flash for the stills and for the video a new light from Neewer that was ok but I should have added more light or boosted the ISO. 

The best part is the processing.   For that I used Adobe Premiere Pro which is the best I have ever used.  The learning curve is not bad and I know someone who is using it at a TV station for editing so it is professional grade.  I give the final product a B.  What do you think?