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  • Listening to: Rihanna
  • Reading: Mining the Skies
  • Watching: GoT
  • Playing: KerbalSpaceProgram
  • Drinking: Brewdog!
Cant afford a 5DIII at the mo, so I picked up a 700D and will rent a 5DIII where necesssary. Expect more on-set stills, especially test shots of my zombie 'gun instruction for idiots' short :)
  • Listening to: Rihanna
  • Reading: Mining the Skies
  • Watching: Falling Skies
  • Playing: BF3
  • Drinking: Neurodrinks!
Things are looking up. New fulltime job. Some extra work on a feature film. Planning to get new 5D III in a couple of months and expand my range a bit more (more stills, more portrait).
  • Listening to: Rihanna
  • Reading: Mining the Skies
  • Watching: Falling Skies
  • Playing: BF3
  • Drinking: Neurodrinks!
Having to sell nearly a dozen lenses on ebay in order to keep a roof over my head, this month its a toss up between a lens and the camera body. I suppose I can always buy them again once Im working and cashflow is better... *logic* :(
  • Listening to: Paramore
  • Reading: A Cat called Norton
  • Watching: Legend of the Seeker / Spartacus
  • Playing: Stargate Resistance / BF Heroes
  • Drinking: Neurodrinks!
First skyscraper with built-in wind turbines -
inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/first-skyscraper-with-built-in-wind-turbines-opens-in-london inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/first….

Turns out Ive been documenting its build over the last couple of years :
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  • Listening to: Paramore
  • Reading: A Cat called Norton
  • Watching: Legend of the Seeker
  • Playing: Stargate Resistance / BF Heroes
Decided to stick to 3 lenses - EF 50mm 1.4, EF IS 28-135mm and EF IS 70-300mm DO. Everything else is going on Ebay in the New Year. Just dont seem to have the capacity to carry more than a couple of lenses at a time, and a 400mm sounds great in principle, but not really practical for around town :(
  • Listening to: Billie Myers / Michelle Branch
  • Reading: A Cat called Norton
  • Watching: Dead Snow
  • Playing: Company of Heroes (still)
Im looking at trying to consolidate my lens options. At the mo, I use a standard 28-135mm f3.5, but when Im down by the thames, chasing zooming birds and documenting life on the river, I need something higher, at least 200mm. I tried a 400mm f4.5, but it was too bulky for anything other than planned trips. So, Ive just tried a 70-300mm f4, but again, a little too bulky for carrying round in a sling bag. Sigma do something like an 18-200mm f3.5 for the EF-S mount, but not EF. Anyone suggest an equivalent good versatile ' photojourno ' type lens for about town? I cant afford an 'L', dont need something superfast.
  • Listening to: Billie & Michelle
  • Reading: Apple's Streaming Specification for OS3.0
  • Watching: Krod Mandoon
  • Playing: Company of Heroes
Sold my 40D, decided to use the funds to buy some new Sigma lenses. Picked up an 18-200mm stabilised lens, only to find out Sigma use DC (Digital Camera) to mean the smaller APS-C frame lens, not full frame. Massive vignetting at everything except full zoom. Jeez, Sigma! Tell me this before I buy it, not in the small print of the manual that no-one reads anyway, after you buy it.

urgh...

Fri May 22, 2009, 1:11 AM
  • Listening to: Beth Hart
  • Reading: Sniper One
  • Watching: Over There
  • Playing: Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan
Anyone used FD lenses on an EOS body?

Apparently, every year my [new] employer gives out a bonus. If you are average, you get 10% of your salary. Usually no-ones above average, except those who are being fast tracked (12.5% bonus) and very rarely does anyone get 7.5% or below. So, I decided to buy a new camera, only to find... yes, this year, no bonuses! no payrise! its a credit crunch. So I have a very expensive new 'toy' that I cant just write off with my bonus, so now Im finding maybe I should actually justify the expense. Like... going on a course to know how to use it? Basic photography lessons? Lighting 101?
Not even that - its an EF mount. So my EF-S lenses dont fit :o More expense.

FD Prime Lenses

Thu Apr 10, 2008, 7:35 AM
  • Listening to: Beth Hart
  • Reading: Sniper One
  • Watching: Over There
  • Playing: Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan
Anyone used FD lenses on an EOS body?

Ive noticed on ebay that Canon FD lenses are MUCH cheaper than EOS lenses for the same specs (ie a 50mm 1.4 FD is about £30-50, but a 50mm 1.4 EF is about £200). Whats the difference apart from the fitting? Ive seen FD-EOS adaptors going on ebay, for the fitting, but am I saving money by doingn this or using inferior lenses?

  • Listening to: Beth Hart
  • Reading: Sniper One
  • Watching: Over There
  • Playing: Lord of the Rings Online
Go Satsu.

Gotta luv DarkHorse for doing it first ;)

update q1 2008

Fri Feb 22, 2008, 6:12 AM
  • Listening to: Beth Hart
  • Reading: Sniper One
  • Watching: Over There
  • Playing: Lord of the Rings Online
tired

1. keep getting outbid for new lenses on ebay. do I really need one?
2. my dragon on facebook got attacked. just minding his own business (Minki).  I won ;)
3. dipping in and out of Lord of the Rings online.
4. just got my BBC/Siemens contract renewed and also my NTT/UEFA retainer renewed.
5. realised I can barely afford to buy a studio flat in west london for £325K (about £1000 per square foot - so looking at moving to Vancouver!)
6. have several scripts and havent filmed any of them so far.

7. need a holiday/soul recharge ... :/

wwwah

Fri Oct 19, 2007, 1:03 AM
missed opportunities

I saw the perfect photo on the way into work... from the train.
It was about 8 degrees, the indian summer days are fighting with the autumn nights, and I go past an inland lake on the way into maidenhead. It was cold enough to see your breath and the sun was low enough to pick up the mist coming off the lake. The ducks on it, were silhouetted against a clear blue sky. The shot was perfect, but I saw it from the train... without my camera... too far from a train station anyway (I would have no idea how to reach it on foot) and even if I knew, the chances that I would know that those conditions would be replicated (its about 1 hr 30 mins from my house, about 20 mins from work) were minimal. The conditions were perfect and unlikely to happen again anytime soon.

c'est la vie...

filming under a church at the weekend. in a crypt. in pitch black. filming a horror film. summoning the dead. :)
might also be doing stills.

if you see something on the news, you know what happened...

some photos here of the shoot :) www.petewallington.co.uk/badju…

bugger

Wed Aug 8, 2007, 11:21 AM
bugger

bugger. you may, or may not, know that Im shooting a short script in a couple of weekends time, entitled 'FrontLine Support'. its a series of running jokes about two soldiers on the frontline, in a battlefield, who call up for artillery support, evacuation etc, and constantly get cross lines, call centre idiots or on-hold messages (and a radio dj hosting a phone-in).
anyway, the ideas good, everything's sorted, the jokes funny and... what happens... transformers!!
seen it yet? theres one scene that pretty much sums up our series of skits - a soldier in the middle of the battlefield trying to get support and is hampered by a call centre guy asking for his credit card etc. thats our joke!
damn, bugger. etc. because everything's arranged, we're probably still going to shoot it, but my hearts not in it, cos transformers beat us to the punchline.

:(

(on the plus side, I can now drop my sucky low-paid client because I have a new well-paying client, albeit with a daily 3-4 hour commute !)

Redlight

Wed Feb 21, 2007, 5:22 AM
I've un-greenlit 'The Locket'. :(

About a month ago I put out feelers for cast/crew for 'The Locket'. Altho there was some interest, this hasnt been converted into offers of hands. This is probably down to the fact that its a poor script and a 'webisode' rather than a short film, so Im pulling it and revisiting when Im feeling more creative.

Also, I havent been able to do the test lighting that Id like to. The piece is dependent on the mood set by low lighting and digital video cameras are notoriously insensitive to low light without adding noise. (I have a Sony HVR-Z1E).

So... Im temporarily parking the project and coming back to it later, when both my creative lighting adventurous spirit returns and my creative writing bone is tingling.

Not anything to do with DA, but Whiskey died this morning. He was 14/15 years old (100ish in dog years), which was a very good innings. He'd had a weak heart for the last couple of years, and fluid on the lungs for the last 6 months and I suppose even the best medication couldnt help indefinitely. At some point you have to balance the quality of life he has against the discomfort. He's been a large part of the family for 15 years, but now hes at rest and Im going to miss him.

www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…

woo

Wed Jan 10, 2007, 7:33 AM
My first short film (except for Rush) will go into pre-production this month. Its probably under 4 minutes long, but has everything you want - tension, dark houses, a ghost, a swat team, oh and a detached head :)
Im part of a film-making group in London and we make short films for festival entries. Hopefully, this one won't suck. It's called 'The Locket' and the focus is going to be on cinemaphotography and spooky lighting, filmed in HDV.



Visiting my folks, came up on the train cos flights were grounded. Heavy fog at the mo, with excellent potential for shots, but unfortunately, I didnt bring my camera, so I had to borrow my Dad's Fuji. Just when you're getting to used to one camera, the Fuji's different yet again :)
In fact, yesterday, I took lots of shots with the high speed option mode. Didnt realise till I connected the laptop and took a look at them - very grainy and overly dark. I noticed someone else out on the stray with a tripod, so I wasnt the only one to spot the potential.
Merry Christmas, and a cold new year :) (its -6 here tonight!)
Ive been in all week, babysitting the builders putting in a new kitchen, so I decided to get out my video camera and make a short film. So here it is... a couple of days spent NOT watching daytime TV :)

www.video-fu.com/d3lf/rush.wmv (right click, download as, 5.8mb)

and yes... apparently I have the king/queen pieces mixed up. :D
+ bonus points if you use a backup drive

+ bonus points if you actually remember to backup all your personal data along with project data before reformatting and reinstalling windows

- minus points if your backup drive chooses that exact moment to die

= did I do something really bad in a previous life?