Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RCS_9301 - Red Tail Hawk - Photo Blog

This photo shows how sharp the Nikkor 70-200 VRII lens is even at f10.

Exposure0.003 sec (1/400)
Focal Length150 mm
ISO Speed200

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 Video Camera

The VG in Sony NEX-VG10 could stand for very good event camera. In the video below it performed well even on a windy day. All audio was recorded on site in windy conditions.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Making a music video - two camera setup - Photo Blog

Here we are using a Sony NEX-VG10 with the 16mm f2.8 lens and a second camera Sony NEX-5 with a Nikkor 50mm f1.4. Here's the result:

Friday, September 24, 2010

RCS_4196 - Sony NEX-5 / Nikon Evil - Photo Blog

Using a RainbowImaging Nikon lens to Sony NEX NEX-3 NEX-5 Camera Mount Adapter I turned my Sony NEX-5 into a Nikon EVIL. It still works in the auto modes but I focus and set the f stop manually.

Here are some low-light samples:

Friday, September 03, 2010

MacPro Three Monitor Setup - Photo Blog

My Mac Pro workstation. Want to run three DVI monitors with your 2010 Mac Pro? See video and setup tips below: Also see my Mac Pro unboxing video at:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cranes in the Fire Mist - Photo Blog

Cranes in the Fire Mist, originally uploaded by Scott Bourne.

Scott's Note: This is an image I've had in my mind for 12 years, but never been able to capture because the conditions I hoped for never happened, until today. I call it Cranes in the Fire Mist. Shot with Nikon D3, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 lens.

RCS_4576 - Miss Maryland Week Teens - Photo Blog

For video see:

Camera: Nikon D700 ;Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60); Aperture: f/5.6; Focal Length:200mm; ISO Speed: 3200; Exposure Bias: 0 EV; Flash:On, Return detected

This photo shows the range of the Nikon SB900 Speedlight. This shot was at about 60'

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Senator David Brinkley - photos and video clips

Friends and supporters of Senator David Brinkley gathered at the
Linganore Wine Cellars to kick off the Senator's re-election campaign.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

RCS_0295 - Pangaea Dancer - Photo Blog

The dancer was in a shaded tent with hot noon-day sun behind her. The D700 with 70-200 VRII lens did a good job of nailing focus and exposure in shutter priority mode.

Camera:Nikon D700; Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640); Aperture: f/4.5; Focal Length: 200mm; ISO Speed: 200

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 cool flickr tool!

Below is a screen shot using the tag "areaguides". Go to and try some tags and you'll be amazed.

The TWiT Network Takes Off!

Tech broadcaster Tom Merritt joins TWiT - 'Buzz Out Loud' anchor moves to This Week in Tech network; TWiT also names CEO


Petaluma, CA -- The TWiT netcast network has hired Tom Merritt to bring several news- and geek-oriented shows to the channel. Owned by longtime tech broadcaster, president and Chief TWiT Leo Laporte, the five-year-old company sees Merritt, his experience and following as the next step towards becoming a full-fledged 24-hour technology network.

Merritt leaves a position as co-host/co-creator of the popular daily tech news show "Buzz Out Loud" and the shows "The Real Deal" and "Top 5" on San Francisco-based CNET/CBS Interactive, where he has worked since 2004. He also currently co-hosts several independent geek and culture podcasts, including "FourCast," "Current Geek," "East Meets West" and "The Sword and Laser." Merritt has frequently appeared on TWiT's namesake show, a Sunday tech news roundtable with 175,000 viewers/listeners (as ranked by Podtrac).

"TWiT is a pioneer doing Internet video and audio right. Their live streaming, coverage depth and loyal and intelligent community have always impressed me," Merritt said, "I'm really excited to join Leo and the whole TWiT team."

"I've always seen TWiT as a place where great content creators could come and bring their visions to life," Laporte said. "Tom has my highest respect as a journalist of unquestioned talent and integrity, yet he also brings a broad knowledge of various tech-, science-, and geek-centric topics that are unmatched. We're thrilled to have him join the TWiT family."

TWiT is home to many of the world's most popular shows about technology, including "This Week in Tech" and the most popular shows about Apple, Microsoft, Google, Web 2.0, computer security, and more. The network broadcasts 20 live shows each week on its live-streaming channel, offering most shows for download via iTunes and elsewhere.

Merritt and Laporte previously worked together at the cable network TechTV, where Merritt was executive web producer and morning host of the TechTV Radio morning news and talk show.

"Tom is so much more than a host," Laporte said. "I look to his expertise and experience to enhance TWiT and bring even better content to the network. His insight and talent bring us ever-closer to our goal of being a 24-hour network with incredible shows."

TWiT names CEO

Additionally, Laporte has named Lisa Kentzell as TWiT CEO. A former controller for the quarter-billion dollar real estate developer Basin Street Properties, Kentzell had been serving as vice president of finance for TWiT.

"We initially brought Lisa in as a consultant, and she immediately set about establishing the fiscal rigor that a growing company needs," Laporte said. "She quickly gained my confidence in all areas of our business, absorbing not only the ethos of our network, but visualizing the heights to which we aspire. Just as I see Tom as a partner in TWiT's content, in Lisa I've found the operations partner that will help take TWIT to the next level."

About Leo Laporte and TWiT
Leo Laporte is president and Chief TWiT of the TWiT netcast network and host of "This Week in Tech" (the world’s most popular technology podcast) and the nationally syndicated "Tech Guy" radio show. Laporte is the former host of "Call For Help" and “The Screensavers” on TechTV. He and other hosts currently create more than 40 hours of live technology programming each week, streamed live at

Friday, April 16, 2010

Free Portrait - Photo Blog

If you would like a portrait of yourself or a loved one or of your whole family all you need to do is follow me on twitter and attend one of the events I'm covering and we'll make it happen! You will have a keepsake photo to remember the event and you may even become famous!

Follow me at

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hot Air baloon Fiesta - " The Night Glow " - Photo Blog

IMG_9024 - Newswear Rig - Photo Blog

I'm often asked how I carry all the heavy camera gear that I often use to cover events. The answer depends. Sometimes all I carry is my Canon point and shoot and an iPhone and other times I carry: Nikon D700; 24-70 f2.8; 70-200 VRII; TC-20E II teleconverter; 50mm 1.4D; GPS pickup; SB-900 flash; and other odd items. When I work heavy my newswear Chestvest is a great solution. Not only does it carry all the above gear but it serves as a resting place for the D700 when it's not in the firing position. As you can see in this photo the camera lens (24-70) is behind the shoulder strap and the body is resting on the top of the vest. Believe it or not the camera is very safe in this position. The camera can ride this way with the 70-200 lens as well but not with the 50mm as it's not long enough to slide behind the strap and lock into place. But this is ok because 99% of the time at events I'm using the 24-70 and/or the 70-200. I can ride the Segway, walk, ride a scooter or even drive the car with the camera held in this way. Sometimes if I lean forward it will come out and this is why the camera strap is around my neck just in case. But, in general, this solution gives me fast access to the camera and the other gear and allows me to carry everything for hours without back and shoulder pain.

Newswear Mens Digital Chestvest, Digital SLR Camera & Lens Carry System, Black. $114.95

PS: If you look close you will notice the modified camera strap. The strap can easily be removed when not needed such as when I'm using my Spider Holster or working in the studio. In the photo it's used only as backup if the camera slips out or I drop it during shooting which to date has not happened but I like having it there just in case :)

PS2: Sometimes at events I use two DSLR camera bodies and when I do the second body is usually carried in my Spider Holster and often it's the body with the heavy 70-200 VRII lens as the Spider Holster handles the weight with ease.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ski-A-Rees Team Work - Photo Blog

Team work is important in new media as well as world-class water skiing.

Ski-A-Rees Sarasota, Florida - Photo Blog

Here is a good example of the co-branding of rich content.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Prevost Motorcoach HDR - Photo Blog

I took this photo with my iPhone and then edited it in the iPhone using the Best Camera and Photoshop iPhone apps. I then uploaded the modified photo to flickr direct from the iPhone on the ATT 3g network. Total production time 2 minutes.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Mobile Office edited by Best Camera - Photo Blog

This panorama was produced and edited on my iPhone and then uploaded to flickr and then posted to my Blog direct from flickr! The photo was edited using the iPhone Photoshop app and Best Camera apps.