HAPPY SPRING! As new buds burst a fresh start to whatever lies ahead for me, past fruits are buried into the ground no longer visible. Sometimes bitter & sometimes sweet … life always moves on.
Last spring I attended a Center for Digital StorytellingFacilitator Workshop at Stonebridge Farm, a beautiful organic farm just outside the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I have been using media to tell other people’s stories for many years … but what is the best way to mentor emerging Digital Storytellers? Their advice … First, tell your own story.
About a month before this workshop, my kitten died. The impact on myself and my husband was quite dramatic. I know, I know … how could a kitten’s short life have such an impact on me? I wondered too and knew this was my story I needed to tell. Now a year later, my story PRECIOUS CARGO is completed.
Ironically, during this workshop, the student I mentored also had a “cat story”. She did a great job and I learned a lot from her. Here is her story, NINE LIVES.
2012 is going to be an especially exciting year for me with my new DSLR rig!
Like most everyone, I fell in love with the image quality that DSLR large sensors and photography lenses offer to VIDEO. This technology is truly a breakthrough for an economical and beautiful FILM LOOK … even for us mere mortals.
Putting together my rig has been fun … but not always easy. After lots research and “Polish Ingenuity” I am pleased with a rig that nicely fits my shooting style for storytelling projects.
Here’s what I came up with:
Canon 60D with swivel out LCD viewfinder
Lenses: Canon EF-S 17-55mm Canon EF 70-200mm, & Tokina 11-16mm
Jag35 Monitor X attached to viewfinder via Ikan 10″ Articulating Arm
Re-purposed Sony camera plates
Zoom H4N Audio device
Attached Lowel Stud on Vinten Vision 10 tripod for Zoom H4N
Attached Lowel Stud on Manfrotto 516HDV monopod for Zoom H4N
Lowel adapter assortment attaching ZoomH4N to tripod & monopod stud
Of course a picture is worth 1000 words … so be sure to check out my “Canon DSLR Rig” photo album. See you at a location nearest you!