Friday, 23 February 2018

Summerfolk 2017 in 60 Seconds

A quick little slideshow of photos from Summerfolk 2017.
All the photos are being posted on Flickr. One photo a day until they're done.

This type of slideshow (each photo for a very short time, pan & zoom, no style elements) is something I saw years ago and liked. So, I tried it & liked the results, but it's so easy to over use or to use for something that doesn't fit the stripped down style.

It seems to work pretty well for Summerfolk. I think it could almost go a little faster.
Any thoughts?

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Canadian Raptor Conservatory - Teaser

I'm busy working on a series of projects that won't be finished for a while and I've finished one smaller project that I'm sitting on until after the official release by the client.

 With all the longer projects on the go I don't have much to put in the blog. So I'm posting something small, mostly because I haven't posted in a while.

One of the projects that's going to take a while to finish is the Canadian Raptor Conservatory.
It was was more fun than I expected and I'd do it again. I'll be writing writing more about it later and there will be a video at some point too. For now here's a short bit of footage from that day.

As I said, it's early days and as I post this I'm looking at it and making notes about things to do different for the final video. But,  that's part of letting other people look at things, it makes you look at it different. Things that are easy to over look are more prominent when someone else is looking.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018


Winter is a time when I expect to have a bit of extra time. Weather that's true or not is a discussion for another day.  Back to the topic at hand.

A while ago I added a daily reminder to my calendar "Watch 1 Tutorial". I have a long list of tutorials in my bookmarks. They accumulate there due mostly to procrastination. I'm working away and want a break before I start the section of work, procrastination. So, I check twitter and see an interesting tutorial in my feed. But, I don't have time for it now, after all I'm working. So, I bookmark it for later, more procrastination and a long list of un-watched tutorials.

I like tutorials. Most of the ones I watch are related to making digital media. From Graphic Designs through Photos & Videos it includes a lot of topics: writing, shooting, editing, effect, sound design, colouring, animation, treads, tribe building, social media awareness, and a ton of related topics.

I'm trying to master them all or even be proficient in all these areas. Many of them I just watch to have a basic idea how they work leaving the details and application to others. Know the basics of how other people do their job can add something to how you do yours.

One of my favourite things about tutorials are the "wait, what was that." moment before going back to watch that bit again. Sometimes it's about something I'm not going to do, I just want to know "How It's Made" and they say something that applies directly to the stuff I Do work on. It's that little piece of cross over that is all the cooler because it came from an unexpected source.

The other thing that happens over and over is a different type of "wait, what was that" moment. This time the thing that catches my attention is something that is glossed over. It's thrown out & run past like it's the most common thing in the world. It's never the focus of tutorial it's just a step along the way. "next you just do X, to setup for Y. To do Y you..."   Wait!   What?   X?  I didn't know about X. That's so cool, how come I've never seen X before that will solve problems and save time. Why has no one told me about this? It happens to me all the time.

I should probably be embarrassed by this (I'm not) but, I've learned a ridiculous amount from throw away lines in tutorials and interviews.   It's why I watch tutorials to the end. Even if the production value is kinda bad, or the topic isn't really what I was expecting, once I start I usually watch til the end. If I finish it and get nothing new, I've only lost a few minutes. If the whole thing is kinda of  2nd rate, I'll still try to watch. If nothing else I'll learn how NOT to make a tutorial.

If I stick it out for a few minutes I might see something that will save me time or become an integral part of the next thing I work on.

Now I'm off to watch a tutorial about making animated Easter Eggs in After Effects.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Quick Video to get a bit of Practice.

I was watching a few tutorials and took a break to make a coffee and ended up with this video.
It's an excuse to practice a few things I was watching in a very short project.


Some of the Specific things I was practicing are low key lighting, tracking for text, lumetri & adjustment layers.  Even this tiny piece took most of the evening to shoot, edit, finish & post. Which is part of the reason I should keep practicing.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Random Ideas: Could learning toki pona benefit an aging population?

 First, What's Toki Pona?

Short answer: A constructed language with only 120 root words.
Longer answers can be found  here Wiki &

The language is designed to be simple, minimalist, and somewhat universal. But, the specifics aren't that important to the original question. Could learning toki pona benefit an aging population?

The point is that the language work very different from ours. With 120 words you need to combine words and thoughts in new ways. You need to conceptualize things differently. More to the point you have to think differently and, from what I've read, thinking differently can be helpful in maintaining our mental faculties as we age.

So when I heard about this constructed language and how it works my first thought was "I should try to learn a bit of it" & the second was "could that be useful for preventing dementia?" I don't know enough about dementia to answer that question but, it did lead me to to another thought.

If learning a new language is supposed to be good for maintaining mental agility, wouldn't learning a language designed to make you think differently be the perfect choice?

I have  looked at toki pona, but I haven't learned any, just read a bit & looked.

Learning toki pona is for that magical day in the future, when I have time to spare and nothing to fill it with. When a day like that comes along I can sit down and learn Toki Pona.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Christmas . . . Still?

Yep!  . . . .  well, Sort Of.


Today is Epiphany, which is the traditional end to the Christmas Season.

The Twelve Days of Christmas are done, the Yule lads have all gone back to their cave til next December & regular work should resume on Monday.  At least that was the tradition. Today most of us went back to work long ago.

 This is my last Christmas post for a while. (I do have a folder for next year already)
A few pics to wrap up the season that's return seems to already be looming on the horizon.
I think the retail world is  planning to start their Christmas displays right  before Easter this year.
OK, that might not be completely accurate, but it's not too far from the truth.

"Bland January"
"Merry Christmas"
"Merry Christmas" is over 
"Bland January" is here.

(actually, I could use a bit of bland after all that food)

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Pic-of-The-day December 31 | Christmas Concert pt2


 A few more photos from the Special Christmas concert at St. Mark Church (Anglican in N.O.T.L. Ontario) to celebrate the retirement of Michael Tansley as organist.

We got reserve tickets in the balcony from Michael's husband barney.  The view was great, (best seats in the house) but it made it a bit difficult to get close up shots with the gear I had, Guess I should have planned a bit better.

At the end of the day the concert was great & I got some good photos.

*As a bonus I got to say Hi to Dracula (Allan Louis who played Dracula at the Shaw festival). It's not often you run into Dracula in a church.

You can see the rest of the photos in this flickr album.

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