Conventions

Drive-In Massacre 2014

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I went to the Drive-In Massacre which is the second year this was done at the McHenry Drive-In. Three horror films shown at the drive-in with a special guest. Last year it was The Monster Squad with director Fred Dekker in person, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, and Sleepaway Camp. This year the films were The Return Of The Living Dead with Linnea Quigley in person, the new 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Creepshow. I brought my Sony A7 with me and grabbed some shots with my Voigtlander 40mm F/1.4 lens.     One thing I did was take a couple of long exposure shots with my wide angle lens.

Filmmaking

Timelapse Test

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I am starting to do timelapse photography. I am so inspired by the ones I see that I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried it. There have been several times when I wish I had done one so I figured I should just start. I got out my Sony A7 and bought the add on to do timelapse and am doing some tests. Here is one I did yesterday.   Timelapse Test from Richard Diaz on Vimeo. I am really excited to be trying these. It is an involved process. I shoot raw files instead of just a video file in camera. So I take the sequence of frames (I think in this case it was about 960 frames) and brought them into Lightroom to color correct them. Then I exported them as high resolution jpg files and brought that into After Effects as an […]

Vague Ramblings

Vague Ramblings Episode 8

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A new episode of my new video blog Vague Ramblings is up. In this episode I have Post Office woes, plus some new film posters to add to my collection, an update on my upcoming short film, and a bunch of other ramblings in my vague manner.