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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Louise and Nic: A year ago this month!



A dreamy, magical, spring day in Kitchener where two beautiful, compatible souls tied the knot surrounded by friends at the historic Walper Terrace Hotel.
Music: "Angel" by Jack Johnson , and "If You Were A Sailboat" by Katie Melua

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Erika's Debut


March 15th.

My life's philosophy:

I also remember the Japanese philosophy that made them the economic powerhouse that they are now: "get the contracts first, and then figure out how to do it better and cheaper than anyone else in the world".

Friday, April 11, 2014

iPhone Diaries #676: another flying mystery

Photographed as as seen on a sidewalk. The symmetrical positioning and the (likely) similar cause of death is a mystery, one of very many that happens all the time, Flight MH370 among them. April 10th.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elmira and Maple Syrup


A cold and blustery day in Elmira for the 50th Annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Elmira is 19 km north of Waterloo, on Huron and Mohawk Indian lands that were settled by Mennonites in the very early 1800's. Shot with the venerable Panasonic TM900, an instant classic when it first came out in 2011, with a 3-CMOS sensor, reliable IS, 1080-60p, Leica lens, and one of the best IQ in the video industry. It continues to hold its place with video enthusiast, competing nicely with even the 4K offerings from Panasonic and Sony. It's been discontinued and although available on eBay, it's still hard to find locally as owners hold on to it for its IQ. April 5th.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The end of DSLRs for wedding videography

I can see the Sony AX100 replacing the DSLR for wedding videography. As in NOW!  For sheer functionality, the videocamera form factor beats a DSLR. Shallow DOF is the only DSLR advantage left; but even this is nullified by proper framing and composition (and wide-open at longer focal lengths), along with the 1" sensor. AX100 has a 1" sensor (excellent low light capability based on the few initial tests so far, on YouTube and on Vimeo), FULL manual controls, no downsampling (as opposed to DSLRs), superior IS, superior audio, full/manual focus, etc. 
Give me one of these babies and a regular 1080p cam for B-roll and I am good to go. You heard it here first!