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More on Multimediography @ CES 2011

January 10th, 2011 by Rick


I had a great time over the past 6 days working as a multimediographer for the Techpodcasts team at CES 2011!  My primary role was shooting video while the individual show hosts interviewed exhibitors on the convention floor.  These videos were fed into a Newtek Tricaster for play during breaks from the live streaming, and for play overnight.  These videos, including two that we shot at the NBC Universal set (above) will also play for many months to come at Techpodcasts.com (we shot a TON of content!).

For still photography, I broke out the Nikon D7000 to grab photos from the show, including shots of the show talent, products and a few behind-the-scenes shots.  I shot RAW + .jpg in the camera (RAW on one card, .jpg on the other) which helped us get the files uploaded fast.  Most were shot without a flash (thanks to the great high-ISO performance of the D7000) and I got the vast majority of them right in the camera.  These photos are up on the Techpodcasts Flickr stream now and will soon be in my Flickr stream and in this gallery.  We covered the gamut of technology at CES 2011 including everything from pocket sized USB gadgets all the way up through the just-announced 2012 Ford Focus Electric.

I also had a chance to run the Tricaster for a couple of hours during live streaming (above).  Very, very cool…  I got a few tips from @planojac and then jumped in.  I made a few mistakes, but kept the show running while Jack jumped out to take a look around on the exhibit floor.  It was awesome to see the viewers participate via chat during the live streaming – it added another dimension for them (and for us!).

Six days, many miles walked and some very sore muscles, but it was a great experience!  It was great to be able to jump into both the video and photography worlds, all at once, in a fast-paced environment.  Photographers who aren’t brushing up on their video skills should be, and videographers who aren’t learning photography are missing out as well.  Multimediographer skills are necessary in New Media!


“No Hands” Photography of the Las Vegas Skyline

December 4th, 2010 by Rick

Here’s a short video of Eddie Yerkish (Eddie Yerkish Photography) shooting photos of the Las Vegas strip from a hilltop on a cold and windy evening.

Las Vegas Snapshots

December 2nd, 2010 by Rick

Last night I ended up at the Aria and on the Las Vegas Strip with the D7000.  I had a chance to shoot, but with conditions – handheld only, and do it without unduly slowing down the people I was with (my boss and her boss).  They’re both patient and accommodating, but they didn’t come to watch me take pictures…

Within those boundaries, I think things worked out pretty well.  I was shooting bracketed for HDR (all of the gallery photos went through Photomatix).  The D7000 did great – I shot at 1600 ISO, at F2.8 with my Nikon 17-55.  The Aria is full of interesting sights and of course the strip is always interesting…  It reminded me that although I live here in Vegas, I don’t get down to the strip as often as I should to shoot photos.


Sunrise on Lake Havasu

November 29th, 2010 by Rick

Even on a cold November morning, Rotary Beach is a great place to watch the sunrise!  While much of the country was in the shopping malls on Black Friday, I took the opportunity to take a few videos and photos.  This short video clip shows the Lake Havasu Marina and the Nautical Inn from Rotary beach.


Nikon D7000 Continues to Impress

November 28th, 2010 by Rick

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to shoot more photos with the D7000.  These three photos in Lake Havasu City, Arizona were bracketed and processed with Photomatix.

This image of the London Bridge was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise.

A few minutes later, I found my way to the top of the bridge and took another series of bracketed photos of Havasu’s “founding fathers”.

A few minutes after sunrise, I made my way out to the edge of the lake.  Combining multiple images helps to smooth out the water (it was just a bit windy).

I continue to be impressed with the images I’m getting out of the D7000!  For a few more examples from “Lake Havasu City in November”, check out the gallery!  You’ll find a few more HDR images along with some single exposure, “native” photos.


Las Vegas Skyline with D7000

November 23rd, 2010 by Rick

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the Las Vegas skyline with friend Eddie Yerkish and the D7000.  Eddie is a great photographer – be sure to check out his work at http://www.eyphotogallery.com/

It was a cold and very windy evening on top of a local hill.  So windy, in fact, that our tripods would blow over if we weren’t careful!  Despite the challenge of keeping the camera still in the high wind, I ended up with some nice shots!  This single exposure shows the Las Vegas Strip from the southwest looking northeast.

Photomatix already supports Nikon’s camera raw format.  Thanks to Eddie’s eye for composition, I got a series of great shots of the Las Vegas Strip and the rising full moon framed through this rustic shelter window.  Photomatix made the HDR easy.

The high winds were part of a storm that left snow on the mountains west of Las Vegas earlier in the day.  Although most of the storm had moved out before we started shooting, the remaining clouds glowed at dusk.  Las Vegas is a surreal city, so the surreal look of HDR fits!

The D7000 did an admirable job of capturing these scenes.  I’m still getting used to all of the extra pixels that the 16 megapixel sensor captures.  The noise was low (as expected at 100 ISO).  I also shot a few videos which I’ll post later.


HDR Video from D7000?

November 21st, 2010 by Rick

The possibilities had me curious.  I didn’t see a way to get true, multiple exposures without a setup like this (which is way beyond my means).  But, since Photomatix has began to make interesting “HDR” images from single images, I wanted to try.  Two caveats:

- Purists:  I know this is not actually HDR; leave a comment if you must though.

- This particular example was processed using a variant of the Photomatix Black & White preset, just because I thought it created an interesting view.  I did experiment with overly saturated extremes that have become popular – it works!

I’ll leave you with this for the moment!  Enjoy…

Shoot For The Moon!

November 20th, 2010 by Rick

Who can resist when there’s a full moon?!?  Enjoy…

Nikon D7000 Example – 720p 24 fps

November 20th, 2010 by Rick

After having the new Nikon D7000 for a week now, I’m getting more and more familiar with its video capabilities.  This 720p video was shot with an 18-200 3.5 lens, edited in Adobe Premiere CS4 and exported using Premiere’s “Adobe TV 720p” preset.  I’m interested to see if this will play on an iPhone / iPad, as the other examples I’ve posted do not work.  They should, since JWPlayer is now HTML5 compatible (and that’s what I’m using to bring these into WordPress).

So far, I’m completely impressed with this camera’s capabilities.  Although I haven’t posted any of the photographs I’ve shot with it, trust me – they’re gorgeous!  Some knock the lack of 50 and 60 fps frame rates and the 1080i mode of the D7000, but that’s not a big deal for me.  My work is destined for the web, and for my purpose it works wonderfully.  And, of course, I’ve got one camera to work in both the photo and video worlds.


[Edit]:  After originally posting this, I found that the video is still not visible on an iPhone / iPad.  More troubleshooting (learning) to get HTML5 figured out.

D7000 Example – 1080i to 720p

November 16th, 2010 by Rick

Originally shot at the maximum size & quality (but using auto exposure settings), this sample was downsized in post to 720p.

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