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Friday, July 23, 2010

THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE SHAUN "SHAUNY FRESKO" ADORNO. WHO WAS MURDERED TODAY JULY 23, 2010. HE LEAVES 3 KIDS AND A WIFE. RIP I LOVE U BROTHER. HE WAS ONLY 31 YEARS OLD..



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Death came knocking for a Mariners Harbor man today -- wearing a gray suit.
Shaun Adorno, 31, answered the door of his apartment on 70 Heaney Avenue at around 8 a.m. only to be greeted by three bullets from a well-dressed man with a gun, according to police and eyewitness accounts.
The bullets struck Adorno in the neck and chest. He died of his wounds at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton hours later.
The gunman -- described as a stout and olive-skinned, and dressed in a "charcoal gray suit," tie and dress shoes -- fled down Wilcox Street and has not been apprehended.
The motive in the shooting is unknown, and there are no suspects at this time, police said.
Adorno was living in the apartment with an unidentified woman with whom he had a child, law enforcement sources said. The woman told police a man had shot her "husband" -- though no court records indicate the two were married.
Court records, however, did indicate Adorno had a troubled past.
In 1998, at age 19, Adorno ran a stop sign and struck a 7-year-old boy while driving a friend’s black Lincoln Continental in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, according to court documents and news accounts. Adorno fled the scene, as an off-duty police officer chased him into Manhattan, where he struck another car. At that point, Adorno got out his car and fought with the officer, striking him with a steel steering-wheel lock before running away on foot.
Adorno turned himself in two days later, after his friend was charged in the hit-and-run.
It is unclear what charges Adorno faced, and how that case was resolved.
As more than a dozen investigators and Emergency Service Unit cops worked at the scene this morning, the front door of the home stood open and a line of what appeared to be blood could be seen on the walkway in front of the house.
Police kept a large area of the neighborhood around the Heaney Avenue home blocked off, forcing drivers to make U-turns in the middle of the street to avoid the scene.
The three-story home, part of a row of townhouses, is at the corner of Heaney, near the Western Beef shopping center that’s on Forest.
An in-ground pool could be seen behind the home, with a child’s pink plastic chair and a small swing on a nearby porch deck. A pink, child-sized swimming vest could be seen drying on a railing.
Crime Scene Unit cops covered the passenger side of a silver Range Rover parked across the street with brown paper and what appeared to be a black plastic garbage bag. It is unknown if the vehicle belonged to the victim or was involved in the crime. Police also looked at a dark Galant sedan, with no license plate on the back, that was parked in front of the home.
Neighborhood residents who came to look at the crime scene said the incident was shocking. None knew the victim or anyone who lived in the house, but said that the people living there had only been in the neighborhood for a couple of years.
"This hits a little close to home," said Frank Magliocca, a longtime Islander who has lived in the neighborhood for nine years. "After that arson in Port Richmond the other day, Staten Island isn’t Staten Island anymore."
Linda Morovic, who has lived across the street from the scene of the shooting for 21 years, said the neighborhood is generally safe.
"Never did something like this happen," said Ms. Morovic. "But you don’t know what people are involved in. Why would you just knock on someone’s door and shoot?"
Another resident, who didn’t want to give her name, said the shooting was "crazy" and also wondered at the motive behind the incident.
"You hate to see anything like this in the neighborhood," she said. "There’s something weird about this. They have to figure out why someone would do this in broad daylight."
Another resident echoed her puzzlement.
"It’s like something out of a movie," he said. "Nobody shoots you for nothing, right?" 
-- Reported by Peter N. Spencer and Tom Wrobleski

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MATT WORKMAN ONE THE MOST POPULAR D.P (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) OUT NOW. EXPLAINS THE 7D CAMERA RIG.

Canon 7D Rig Breakdown - Matt Workman


Canon 7D Rig Breakdown - Matt Workman by mattworkman.

HDSLR Canon EOS 7D Camera Rig Breakdown

A major difference with my setup is that I connect the tripod baseplate to the Arri Baseplate which is a much nicer and safer design than others I've used. The Redrock Baseplate is only to connect the camera to the Rig. This way I can dynamically adjust the balance point of the system without any back counter weight or a AB/IDX battery solution.

I'm planning on adding the Arri FF1 Follow Focus and gearing a couple zooms as well. The Cinevate lens gears and the Chosziel gears seem like the best options at this point. I'm also planning on adding the Black Magic HDMI to HDSDI box some time soon.

Not shown is this photo, but I typically use the Zacuto Finder v2 or v3, especially for handheld. This photo shows the Nikon AFS 80-200mm f2.8 but I usually use the Canon 70-200 f2.8 L and other Canon Zooms.

Also shown is the Rhodes Shotgun Mic. We usually use the Zoom G4N Recorder for DSLR shoots or we have a sound mixer/boom record to their own dedicated recorder.

Here is the equipment breakdown:

1x Canon EOS 7D Body

1x Arri MMB-1 Mattebox
1x Arri MBP-1 Baseplate

1x Tiffen 4x5.6" ND.9
1x Tiffen 4x5.6" Linear Polorizer

1x Redrock Micro - DSLR Baseplate
1x Redrock Micro - Micro Shoulder Mount Deluxe Bundle
1x shoulderpad with integrated tripod plate
2x rod clamps
2x rubberized handgrips
1x handlebar clamp
1x 4” handlebar rod
1x 8” handlebar rod
2x 18” 15mm carbon fiber rods

1x Zacuto Zonitor Handheld Kit
1x Marshall 7" HDMI Monitor
2x Sony L Batteries 



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Thursday, March 11, 2010

CHECK OUT THIS POST I FOUND "WHAT IS RAW?" BY NERWIN.NET


So you just bought your first DSLR camera and now you have more buttons, dials menus, settings and you got to learn.  You understand ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, but what’s raw?  Mostly likely when you buy a DSLR or even some high end point and shoot cameras will have optional file formats likes, Jpeg, Jpeg Fine, Raw and Raw+Jpeg.  You are wondering what Raw is aren’t you?

Raw is uncompressed data, in camera terms its raw data right of from the image sensor.  When you shoot in jpeg format, the camera isn’t done after you take a photo, it compresses it and adds some simple edited tot he image.  Which in almost all cases jpeg format will be much shaper than Raw and that is because Raw files are Raw, you have to do the edited, there camera doesn’t nothing to it. 
Alright, lets do a little comparison
Raw is…
  • not a image file, like it’s not a jpeg so windows natively will not open it, you need special software like Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • is a proprietary format, meaning Nikon and Canon use different format of Raw files.
  • uncompressed, like say if your camera is 10.1 megapixels, the file size is going to be 10megabytes (or at least around that anyways).
  • 8 bit per color, though most DSLR’s these days are 12 bits per color.
  • lossless data straight from the image sensor.
  • is normally higher in dynamic range, meaning the ability to display better looking shadows and highlights.
  • much lower in contrast, the photo will appear flat, washed out looking.
  • not as sharp as jpeg.
  • not very suitable to be printed with out post processing first.
Jpeg is…
  • a standard format readable by any image program or photo frame.
  • exactly 8 bits per color.
  • compressed data, which doesn’t always mean the photo will be low quality.
  • smaller file size
  • lower in dynamic range
  • much sharper
  • great for printing, sharing and posting on the web with out any further post processing
  • able to be manipulated, though not without losing data each time an edit is done.
  • processed by your camera, no need for manually processing, unless desired.
These are major differences, you shouldn’t shoot in raw all the time, and you shouldn’t shoot in jpeg all the time.  You should choose which format that depends on the situation, general photography will be just fine with jpeg, I shoot in jpeg most of the time because I had good luck getting excellent photos from using jpeg format, I also use jpeg when i’m at car shows and other events where I will be taking many pictures and not want to edit them.  Most journalist, press photographers use jpeg so they can instantly upload the photo of George Clooney right to web.
Now say if you want to setup a perfect shot, maybe an interior shot of a home, or maybe you want to do HDR (High Dynamic Range) you should use Raw format because it offers better dynamic range, it has more data and is lossless, so no matter how many times you save it, the data is always going to be there, it never gets lost, unlike jpeg.
Now for my personal experience, I hardly shoot in raw, I took many shots with raw and jpeg and of course the jpeg looks fine right of the camera, the raw is flat and washed out, but after the editing, the photos look just about the same, of course it really depends on the situation.  I actually know a lot of professional photographers that rarely shoot in raw nowadays. Which is partly because the technology is getting so much better that someday Raw format may never be used anymore, and that’s how it’s going to be.
I also tried doing an HDR shot with jpegs, came out like crap, did it with Raw and it came out perfect.  Raw and Jpeg are two different formats that will depend in your situation.  When you get your first DSLR, you wont be using raw format right of the bat, your going to being jpeg for a long time and you may never use raw, but you should at least try it and learn it.  It will come in handy someday to get the perfect. Remember chose raw or jpeg that is appropriate for your saturation.  Read more about Raw and Jpeg.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

MY FIRST DVD COVER DEDICATED TO THE GREAT LATE NOTORIOUS B.I.G

          WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL I HAD TO CREATE A DVD COVER FOR MY PORTFOLIO DVD. I ALWAYS LOVED THE ARTWORK OF THE READY TO DIE ALBUM COVER. I DID TRY TO MIMIC THE NAS "ILLMATIC" ALBUM BUT IT WASN'T RIGHT FOR ME. I COULDN'T ADD MY BUILDING WITH A CHILDHOOD PICTURE IN THE FRONT. SO IT WAS EASIER AND CLEANER TO RE EDIT THE READY TO DIE ALBUM REASON WHY THE COLORS WHERE TIMELESS (BLACK WITH RED FONTS AND WHITE BACKGROUND) AND IT DEPICTED A BABY SYMBOLIZING THE BIRTH OF SOMETHING NEW. I FELT LIKE IT WAS SOMETHING CHRISTOPHER WALLACE WANTED TO SHOW THAT HE WAS BORN TO DO THIS. SUCH A IRONIC TITLE THO "READY TO DIE" WITH A PICTURE OF A BABY. I NAMED MINE "UNDYING LOVE" TO SORT OF MATCH THE THEME BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF DEATH I LOVE TO DO WHAT I DO, SO IT'S UNDYING TO ME. SO I HAD TO PAY MY RESPECT TOWARDS THE ARTIST WHO MADE THIS CLASSIC ALBUM COVER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST NOTORIOUS B.I.G
          I TRIED TO GET SOME INFO OF THE DESIGNER OR ART PROCESS IN THE MAKING OF THE COVER BUT GUESS GOOGLE DIDN'T COME THRU.
The album was released with a cover depicting an infant resembling the artist, though sporting an afro, which pertains to the album's concept of the artist's life from birth, to his death. It has been listed as among the best album covers in hip hop.[4] Rappers Raekwon and Ghostface Killah however, would imply disdainfully on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (Loud, 1995) that this cover concept was first used by Nas on his debut album Illmatic.[5]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010



5D Mark II EOS MOVIE firmware update due soon

Canon has announced it will release a firmware update (Version 2.0.3) for the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR that will add 24 and 25fps recording to the EOS MOVIE video functions, plus a range of other video shooting enhancements. This firmware will be available as a free download in mid-March 2010.
The firmware update was developed in response to feedback from photographers and cinematographers and further enhances the video performance of the EOS 5D Mark II. The addition of new frame rates expands the video potential of the camera, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920x1080 and 640x480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps.

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© Richard Walch
Click here to watch Richard Walch’s stunning movie ‘I Love My Friends’ that was shot with the EOS 5D Mark II and Canon lenses.
The firmware goes beyond frame rates and will also deliver a new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av), and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.
Launched in September 2008 the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR has a full frame CMOS sensor and compatibility with the wide range of Canon EF lenses, including the L-series lenses. After its launch the EOS 5D Mark II quickly established a reputation amongst filmmakers for its outstanding HD video performance and flexibility of use. The camera immediately created a wide range of new possibilities for photographers and videographers, and the addition of new frame rates and manual audio levels extends those possibilities even further – allowing movie makers to shoot stunning movies to suit practically any creative purpose.

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© Richard Walch
Click here to watch a film that explains exactly how Richard Walch’s ‘I Love My Friends’ movie, shot on the EOS 5D Mark II, was made.
The extreme sports photographer and filmmaker Richard Walch was one of the first people to shoot with the EOS 5D Mark II with the updated firmware and he has produced the stunning snowboarding movie ‘I Love My Friends’ from a 25fps shoot in Laax, Switzerland.
Walch commented: “The addition of the new frame rates opens up a whole new range of possibilities. If you’re a cinematographer, independent filmmaker or just enthusiastic about making your own movies, get out there and give it a try.” You can view ‘I Love My Friends’ shot by Richard Walch on the EOS 5D Mark II with the new firmware here at CPN along with a special ‘behind the scenes’ video in which Richard Walch explains how he shot the movie.
The EOS 5D Mark II EOS MOVIE firmware will be available to download from mid-March from the usual Canon EOS firmware downloads website. Look out for further details on the CPN website about the exact availability of this firmware.

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