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 […]

Filmmaking

New Sigma 105mm Macro Lens

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As much as my wallet is wishing otherwise I am trying to build a lens library since I switched to an interchangeable lens camera system a year ago plus getting back into photography. That is the nice thing about having both of my cameras be the same brand. Any lens I get I can use with both my Sony FS700 video camera and my Sony A7 still camera. Sigma currently has an instant rebate offer on a couple of their lenses through the end of March. One of the ones I have been eying for awhile is on the list so I couldn’t resist. I love shooting macro photography. Macro is where you can get very close to objects especially with small objects. Getting so tight onto things that you don’t normally see in such a way. It can make even the most mundane thing seem very dramatic. I have […]

Filmmaking

New Year And Stuff

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A little behind in updates but this has turned into the busiest January I think I’ve ever had. It’s a new year so I hope everyone is getting it off well. Despite these insanely cold days. I directed and shot the short film Nose Hair And Peanuts written by and starring Mike Pusateri whom I have known for several years. He was in my film Distortion plus we also did the the short film The Interrogation together as well. I’ll have some more details on that soon. I went to New York for two days for a work shoot. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid. There wasn’t enough time to see anything but I was able to go to the mother of all camera stores, B&H. How I wish Chicago had a store even remotely like it. We needed to pick up some lights and I was […]

Photography

Testing GH2

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Recently I purchased a new still camera. I weighed different options but I am partial to Panasonic. We all have our brands. So I looked into and really liked what I read about their still cameras. I have been using their prosumer video cameras for years starting with the DVX100, then the HVX200, and now the HPX170. I am upgrading from a Sony still camera which was a good camera but it was time to upgrade. So after much research I decided on the Panasonic GH2. While still learning all of the in’s and out’s of the camera you can expect many different posts examining different parts coming in the near future. Both photography and video (it shoots HD). I need to get out and do some real tests in different environments but for right now here are a few inside pictures. While not the kind of pictures to show […]