Bitter Sweet

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 Storytelling Facilitator 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.

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Happy DSLR New Year!

A Happy New Year with DSLR Video! 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!

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Video Project Gallery

Here is a more mobile friendly way to view some video programs. Tap image to watch video.
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