Monthly Archives: July 2012

HDx35 B4/PL Optical Adapter Test

July 29, 2012
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HDx35 optical adapter on the Arri ALEXA

ABOUT THIS TEST The HDx35 is an optical adapter that allows you to use B4 lenses, which were originally designed for the 2/3″ HD format, on a PL-Mount camera. The HDx35 is one of those products that looks really good on paper, and gets your creative juices flowing; “hey, I can get a 10x zoom on my ALEXA and stick it on my shoulder, and basically use it like an ENG camera. Or I get the equivalent of a 24-290 Optimo on my Alexa for a tiny fraction of the cost.” Hello, documentary shooting, here we come. I did this test to see how practical the adapter is to use in real-world situations, and what are the compromises and tradeoffs we face by putting another piece of glass between the lens and the camera…similarly, I wanted to get a feel for the adapter so I can decide whether or not to recommend it to my clients, and to find out what shooting situations would call for it. This test...

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Sweet Shot of the Week #15 – Kung Fu Wall

July 28, 2012
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WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava Steadicam: Rick Tullis First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “The Fuel,” From Bloodsport, by Sneaker Pimps Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 25 – 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K Arri 18mm CP.2, 25mm CP.2/li>

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Sweet Shot of the Week #14 – Playing With Fire

July 28, 2012
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WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “First Cool Hive,” From Everything is Wrong, by Moby Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K ISO 800 Arri 35mm CP.2 @T=5.6

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Sweet Shot of the Week #13 – Kung Fu Factory

July 26, 2012
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Kung Fu Factory

WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava Steadicam: Rick Tullis First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “Burn The Clock,” From Now And Them, by Freeland Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K Arri 21mm CP.2 @T=5.6

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Frustrated with OS X Lion

July 24, 2012
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Tally of time wasted. 8 Hours: Merging Mail from server with mail backups generated from Leopard. Problem: Mail.app on OS X Leopard has this “idiot protection” feature that, when moving mail from one mailbox to another, actually creates a duplicate of that message. I discovered about 5 hours into a very complex process that my mailbox was 27 GIGABYTES. Whoa. Start from scratch. 2 Hours: Getting my customized SSH scripts to work on Lion. Problem: Lion inexplicably renames AirPort as Wi-Fi in it’s new Terminal lexicon. Once I figured that out I could change the scripts accordingly. Documentation for such name changes? Good luck. 1 Hour: Getting my Epson laser printer to work. Problem: OS X Lion demands different drivers than Leopard. Epson’s site doesn’t explain this, even on the micro-site for my printer, it just has a driver for “10.5.” Logically, that would be the latest driver for everything newer than 10.5 right? Nope. Google search reveals a mention of “Lion” and “EPL-6200L” as part of the link description – that...

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Replacing Stolen 17″ MacBook Pro – Time For A Retina?

July 24, 2012
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Easy question: Which more painful? Losing your computer or losing your data? I’ll tell you what’s more painful than either: stupidly falling asleep with your front door wide open, waking up to find that you’ve been robbed. Now you’ve lost your computer and your dignity…for you suddenly realize, while walking around in your underwear chewing on a handful of almonds, that in spite of promising yourself to lock the door before going to bed, you not only forgot, but you closed your bedroom door and blasted the AC all night, sleeping the deep dreamless sleep of a real-life Homer Simpson. DOH! Luckily for me, a mere two days before this practically self-inflicted home robbery, during which the ballsy thief made off with my MacBook Pro and my Nikon D700, I realized that I needed to back up six month’s worth of work files sitting on my laptop. In the intervening week since it happened, I’ve managed to reconstruct most of what was lost, with a few paltry exceptions that will cost...

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Hiatus

July 24, 2012
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Apologies for the long silence… I’ve been working hard on many different projects, so I guess this site is working, in terms of reaching out, getting work and so on…but also my laptop was stolen and I’ve spun my wheels for nearly a week getting my digital life back up to speed. Coming Soon: New Sweet Shot of the Week Professional Dilemma: Choosing between 17″ Mac Book Pro and “Retina”

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Away

July 3, 2012
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Apologies for lack of updates – got involved in a whirlwind project, writing, directing and dp’ing a romantic-comedy for educational purposes from International Technology College based in San Jose, CA. When I come up for air in four or five days I’ll try and get back on top of things and continue to post my Shots of the Week and other fun stuff.

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