Reinventing The Vision


Contrary to local belief my Head is full of ideas, most of them fleeting and unformed. Some reoccurring, but needing some form of outlet. A few are actually pretty good. Lets see what comes up!
Looking for something motorsport related consider visiting our sister site www.speedovision.com It's HOT!

As of today consider this site a work in progress. Things just are to dated and in no way reflect my current level of competence. Look for lots of unannounced updates, and structure updates. A total redo if you will .. But it all has to start somewhere. Like now!

Torn, and torn again. But happily now on the mend

Yes I've been remiss.  It's been a while, almost  a month the be exact, since my last entry. But this time I have an excuse.  Well..  some what of a excuse.    

Drum Roll Please ……. 

I've been spending a lot of time over at Speed Vision of MD  which in case you haven't heard is the new home for all my  Motor Sport images.  Web sites never come easy and because of the bleeding edge design, this one is taking some extra time to fully stand up.  But I am happy to report there is some faint light at the end of the tunnel.  Logos (well at least 1st gen) are done, Flickr, Facebook and Zenfolio sites and galleries are in place.  And if by magic (not ) content is finally starting to appear.   Not to much additional to add right now. But a "Arnold" said "I'll be Back" 

-bye- 

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Aperture 3.3 and the power of Smart Albums

First off, I am a fan of Apple's Aperture program, have been using it since V1,0 (had lots of opportunities for improvement then ).  Currently it's at V3.3 and it's developed into a mature, feature packed, stable program.  I currently have about 110,000 images and videos in multiple referenced libraries, living on DROBO raids,  Aperture has no problem tracking, managing, and modifying the images as I see fit.

Recently I received two requests for images, One was a request for a specific rider, in a specific motorcycle race,  The 2011'  Barbara Fritchie Classic .  Easy enough as I only shot around 1200 images at the even.   The next request involved one rider, and a whole series of races held by the Baltimore County Trail Riders Association in 2011. A bit tougher as I shot almost 9000 images at the race venues in last year.

Here's how Aperture and more specifically the Smart Albums made the task easy.   First pass I looked at the images from the event date in "thumbnail view" which allows very fast scanning of galleries.  I then used keyboard command to assign a color tag to all images that met the search requirement.   Then I create a smart album based on that color.  Paste in the riders name and # in the keyword metadata.   Delete the color tags, and redefine the Smart Album criteria to reflect the riders name and number.   I then use the Zenfolio export tools to move the requested products to a specific gallery. The Flickr export plugin to post to Flickr so I can post a link to Facebook.   I was really surprised how quickly these tasks were accomplished..  Shout out to Apple, keep up the good work, allowing me "to get things done".

#30s Jason Isennock in the mix…  BCTRA Indoors 121011 #3 Brett Friedel Takes the Checkers

 

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On two Winter weekends, not so long ago.

Christmas Eve 2011

Seems the Holidays are not only fast approaching, but there here!  And while I will, like so many, will extend Holiday greetings and wishes for a Happy New Year.  I'd like to slip in a non-holiday thanks you.

First thanks to the Baltimore County Trail Riders Association for all the unsung efforts in making these events happen for 30 some years, and allowing me to capture the digital record of the events..  Thanks to the riders, sponsors, crews, family for their skills and sacrifices to provide us with the finest of 2 wheeled competition.  And thanks to all the fans who brave the cooler temperatures in order to support this effort.

Should one care to visit the 4000 images from these two indoor events, enjoy.

 

BCTRA  "Second Time Around"    12/17/11

 

BCTRA  "Gone in 1 minute, 42 Seconds"  12/10/11

 

 

Best Wished for a Very Merry Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gone in 1 Minute 42 Seconds.... BCTRA Indoor Flat Track Racing 121011 on Vimeo

How bout some back story on this Video? When I shoot motion related events I like to shoot a lot of images, lots a lots of images. Why motion is hard to catch, it's easer out side with lots of light, but that makes indoors is even more of a challenge due to the lower light levels. And it is most important to have the camera pointed in the right direction, and focused on the subject(s). To me more shots = a greater chance of catching that "Once in a lifetime" special moment.

Behind every winner, there is a Mother.

This image i shot at a NASCAR race at Dover Dl. Was totally a fluke. The wreck was already in progress and for once I had the camera to my eye, focused on the action, and a clear view, I actually squeezed off 5 shots before before everyone stood up.

But I ramble .. When one is looking at 1800 images, one better have a great workflow tool, and I use the best. Apple Aperture 3. It only took about 1 hour to do a 3 pass selection to get the real keepers and start post production. And what can I do with 1500 some images that are left? Make a movie out of them.. Of which you seen the first quick version I more or less threw together with Apple Final Cut Pro X NLE (Non Linear Video Editing) software and some event sound I recorded on a Zoom H4n. As long as it stays fun, it's all good right?

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How fast is too fast, how close is too close?

Shot the first of two BCTRA indoor events last night.  Had at fantastic time and have 1798 images to proved it.  Of course now I last nights images to deal with but also a backlog of images from Tuesdays Chapelgate There tics, production of "It's a Wonderful Life".   And the Christmas light that don't work… Busy Busy Busy. More on both projects when I'm dug out a little.  The link to images from last night will be posted on the website shortly.

It's a wonderful life"

341:365  It's a wonderful life …   Really

 

Some teasers from last night to include Megan Bell being awarded for her scholastic achivement .

Megan Bell Always a winner

 

 

And what racing posting would be complete with out a crash?

345:365    Anatomy of a Crash

 

How bout some racing action?

345:365   How close is too close?

 

 

Plasma Burn..

Behind every winner, there is a mother.

 

#95 Flying Ryan. Showing us how it's done.

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A Tale of Two Days Rolled Up Into One.

October 1 2011 Some days are pretty much empty, some are full. Saturday was one of the full ones. Dateline AM. 1115 Scott Kelby 4th Annual World Wide Photo Walk - LochRaven Dam Townson Md. Cool, cloudy, a hint of moisture. Rain will come. I will hold it..   LochRaven Dam  HDR Been meaning to visit this place for some time.. And todays PhotoWalk made it happen.. I love dams, flat-out simple. Germany, Pa., of MD.. It doesn't matter, I will go out of my way to visit them. Dateline PM - 1700 Baltimore Trail Riders Association MC Flat Track. Delta Pa. Cooler, a light mist in the air turning to a light drizzle. BCTRA  Delta   - The eyes say it all. If one would have offered a wager this event wouldn't run to completion, I would have taken it. And of course lost the wager.. Maybe one of the fasted cards on record, but every one who came got to race. And in the course of shooting I hit on something technique wise that might pay off at the indoors. Test
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"Dust-n-Dirt" - A peek into the (my) creative process.

I will fist preface this posting with a single statement "It has been a struggle with this project to date" This video is dedicated to the memory of Gary Nixon..... Over at www.fdphotovideo.com I've finally posted a link to a shot teaser video, ( well a short teaser of the intro segment) of my current video project currently titled "Dust-n-Dirt" (Always subject to change of course, as is my customs) It will be composed of HD video captured on my 5DMII, stills DV video from tape, captured audio from my Zoom 4HN audio record over the last 4 years at Baltimore County Trail Riders @ AMA motorcycle flat track events. Final Cut Pro X has been both a curse and a blessing. A blessing because I understand it more than any of it predecessors, bar none. It's allowed me to do things I never could with the older versions. And I'm still learning which is part of the curse. As I learn something new I want to go back and change what already is in place. So nothing is really completed, ever. And a curse because FCPX & the New Lion OS can really tax a 5 year old low memory computer. Like bring it to a complete halt, freeze, stop, whatever. Until I can "Push Z Button" reboots are now a way of life.

Dust-n-Dirt - Intro Trailer - (Teaser) from DigitalDoug on Vimeo.

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BCTRA After the Gold Rush A retrospect

226:365  - BCTRA  After the Gold Rush  Pano 1

A visit to the track the day after the final event.

 

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How long has it been? July 3?  I'm falling behind almost too much to catch up on but I'll try.

(Quick note, seem my old favorite blogging software BLOGO doesn't support the new Mac OS 10.7,  so I'm giving MarsEdit a try until…….  BLOGO comes up with an updated version, I find something cheaper <$39.00-ouch> , the 30 day trial is up and I have to buy.)

But I digress, back to orginal story line.

The 5 race  BCTRA Kevin Mcnicholas Memorial Short Track Racing Series has come & gone  As schedule would have it, I only had the opportunity to attend the 4 Friday night sessions, but I'll take what I can get.  How can you even begin to look back at those 4 night of action?  The racing was hot (so was the weather for the first 2 sessions if I recall), attendance light compared to other years.  Seeing as the new groundbreaking Mac video software package Final Cut Pro X is in my toolbox, this year I decided to try something completely different.  Less captured images, more HD video for a project I decided to undertake, attempting to capture some of the special magic offered up by the BCTRA and the dedicate army of local racers. Unnamed as of yet, it has been quite the learning experience. The video part is easy as long as one keeps it simple, trying fancy Hollywood techniques, like extreme DOF in daylight using neutral density filters, maybe not the best idea. Slide tracks, again a cool effect, but a real PITA to drag around. The interviews presented a "whole-nother" challenge, like sound. Which bit me in the but all 4 nights. I got better at it but their is room for improvement.  End state I shot less images, maybe less then 2K for the whole series compared to the 10K I shot at last years events. But captured over 2 hours of interviews, race and "B" roll segments. Enough for now, back to processing media from Friday night.  1385 stills 1 hr of DV video, 38 min of HD video. Lots of material to work with.

Gary Nixon RIP  You will be missed by me and the local racing community.

(Note: Links to all my racing images can always be found at my FDPhotovideo Website)

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