Great lighting and Johnny Cole.

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I love the lighting in this shot.

I was hired as the official photographer of the Topanga Film Festival. These girls were selling candy to raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. They really made those outfits look great.

A while back, while cruising the web for interesting material regarding Hebrew and Judaism, I stumbled across the linguistic research of Professor Isaac E. Mozeson.  Through his database of related word cognates from the various lingustic dialects spoken around the globe he has begun to establish the common threads which tie these varying tongues to a single ancestral spoken language.  He’s dubbed this language “Edenic,” he’s published books, a power point slide show and now even a video game which you can play at http://www.edenics.net.

When I first saw the Power Point presentation I wanted to take the opportunity to make that presentation available through some of the newer “web 2.0” venues like youtube and facebook.  It also turned out that Professor Mozeson had a few changes in mind for the slideshow.  So, I set out to update what was already a fantastic tool for introducing people to the concepts of Edenics.

Finally, that update is ready and has been officially released to the public.  It is a bit shy of 35 minutes in total and broken into four parts to meet youtube’s 10 minute time limit.

So, without further ado, please enjoy the new Introduction to Edenics 5770:

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A truly amazing documentary shot and edited by one man with a single camera embedded with 8th Marines, Echo Company, Second Batallion during the summer of 2009.

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I can’t wait for this filmmaker to release the finished product.

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The BlackRapid Double Strap Mini Review « Photofocus

This is a review by Scott Bourne of some remarkable camera gear which begs the question: what kinds of photographers really need this kind of gear? Which slaps me in the face with: am I that kind of photographer?

I can see the appeal of strapping on a two camera harness system giving me free reign over the entire wedding, concert, live performance, celebrity stalking event and eventually the entire galaxy. Though, I think it is safe to say that even Darth Vader would probably take it off for more structured studio or location work where he’d have more control over his projects.

The connector screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera body, so the lens points behind you and the grip slips right into the palm of your hand.

They also make a single strap version called the R-strap that has even seen combat with the U.S. Army. I wonder how well this would carry a medium format rig.

I suppose the greatest appeal to me would be that obviously it would mean that I’d have more than one DSLR in my arsenal – but then, there are always camera rentals.

So the shortest answer is: The “Double Strap Mini” by BlackRapid is basically a rig for double fisted glass slingers who absolutely, positively must have two cameras available at all times!

Am I that kind of photographer? Not yet. >.>