What was old is new again – the NEW Kodak Super8 Camera

Really? Kodak is bringing back the Super 8 Home Movie Camera?

Shooting a a film format invented in 1965, Kodak’s modern update of the old Super 8 camera is here!

The $2,000 camera, due to go on sale this spring, shoots Super 8 film, a format invented in 1965. Each film cartridge costs around $25 and delivers just 2.5 minutes of shooting time. That’s a hundred bucks to shoot a 10-minute movie, not counting the cost to develop the film!

Obviously this will be a camera for dedicated enthusiasts and perhaps music video and retro advertisement shoots.

 

Behind The Scenes: Trainspotting at Morant’s Curve

Morant’s Curve Banff National Park Canada

Just a quick bit of video from our trip to Banff a few summers back and specifically a look at Morant’s Curve.

“Morant’s Curve is located on the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway near Lake Louise. It’s a beautiful spot that the railway passes through. The location was made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He took photographs for the company during the middle of the 20th century.”

Morant's Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada

Yes, the water in Banff is that color blue! Morant’s Curve is just a few minutes outside of Lake Louise and just about an hour from Banff.

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We had been driving around the area of Lake Louise and Banff looking for a hiking spot and just happened to be “racing” a train through the woods.  The trains travel slowly through the valley so we were able to get ahead of it and station ourselves right at Morant’s Curve as it thundered through the valley.

Its a single track along the river and the strangest thing is seeing a train coming in the opposite direct soon after witnessing a long training going the to the other way.  Obviously there is a staging area before going through the pass.

I kept the video of the trains going through Morant’s curve long for the train buffs.  Non-train buffs might want to speed through the video.
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Overall the Banff area is beautiful and surprisingly close to Calgary. I think it was only an hours drive. Of course this means its going to be crowded at all of the famous spots but if you are willing to risk getting eaten by a grizzly, you can find solitude on the hiking trails. The week we were there it was mostly rainy and overcast. You have to expect some extreme weather as you are in the mountains.

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You can see more of my photographs of Canada here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/canada

GoPro Hero 5 Black

The newest GoPro Hero 5 Black finally has some specs I’ve been looking for – 4K video and 12 mp stills.  Mine comes on Friday.  I had considered the GoPro Hero 5 Session which is a tiny, one button version but decided the touch screen on the HERO5 Black and the better technical specs made the slightly bigger regular GoPro a better choice for my first GoPro.

Timelapse taken with the GoPro Hero5 Black

The 4K video beats my Canon 6D and I’m glad to have a dedicated video capture device.  I’m also interested in seeing what the GoPro software can do as opposed to editing in Photoshop as well as playing with the in camera time lapse.

Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combine with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on any device. Then, create amazing videos automatically with Quick, the GoPro mobile editing app. Your life as you’ve never seen it-HERO5 Black.

What’s Included:

  • HERO5 Black Camera
  • The Frame (HERO5 Black)
  • Rechargeable Battery (HERO5 Black)
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Mounting Buckle
  • USB-C Cable

 

Recommended Memory Cards for the New GoPro Hero5

The reason you don’t need the fastest memory card for the GoPro Hero5 is the camera is limited to shooting a 60 Mbps data rate, this is 7.5MB/s. USB transfer speeds from the GoPro seems to also bottleneck at around 12MB/s. Even the slowest card I tested still was able to write at around 20MB/s.

AmazonBasics Carrying Case for GoPro – Large

Zookki Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 SJ4000 SJ5000 Camera, Black – Silver

SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter (SDSQXVF-032G-GN6MA) [Newest Version]

Top 10 3D Projection Mapping Art Projects

10 great examples of the 3D video projection artform. An exciting blend of moving visuals and stationary objects. Building, sculptures and more can be transformed by artists using video projection onto stationary objects without harming the original.

3D projection is any method of mapping three-dimensional points to a two-dimensional plane. As most current methods for displaying graphical data are based on planar (pixel information from several bitplanes) two-dimensional media, the use of this type of projection is widespread, especially in computer graphics, engineering and drafting.

Projection mapping, also known as video mapping and spatial augmented reality, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects or theatrical stages. By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object.[1] This technique is used by artists and advertisers alike who can add extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects. The video is commonly combined with, or triggered by, audio to create an audio-visual narrative. – Wikipedia

“Each art has its own medium and that medium is especially fitted for one kind of communication. Each medium says something that cannot be uttered as well or as completely in any other tongue.” –John Dewey

A Quick Look At Tiki The Wonder Dog

A short little video about Tiki the Wonder Dog and his photographer master – Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com.
This video was created using Adobe’s new “Spark” system which is a quick, easy and free way to create meme’s, stories, videos and more. It can be used online and doesn’t require an Adobe membership, although I do have the Adobe Photographers package of Lightroom and Photoshop CC which I highly recommend.

Prints, licensing, framed art, and products such as throw pillows and tote bags are available from my online store at:

 

 

“Explore our variety of best-in-class layouts, colors, and fonts. Then tweak them with text and photos to fit your needs. Share everywhere – Share your creations via social or email and capture attention with your amazing designs. Mobile and web – Projects are automatically synced across the web or the iOS apps so you can work whenever inspiration strikes.”

Video Postcard from Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Beautiful sunsets along the sandy beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Enjoy this little slice of vacation.

My parents live down in Fort Myers, Florida, not far from Sanibel Island so I managed to sneak down there a few times each year.  Unfortunately the trips during the long cold winters in New Hampshire are too short but I do manage to create a few magical camera moments while I’m there.  I have pay for the Mojitos somehow.  They certainly don’t drink themselves or pay for themselves.

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Mojito Recipe 

  • Ingredients
  • Ice
  • 6 ounces light rum
  • 12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Club soda
  • 4 slices lime

 

Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

The following fine art photographs of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and Sanibel Island are available for purchase as prints, framed art, metal prints, canvas prints and more!  Tote bags, throw pillows, giant round beach blanket towels and more!  See all the images here.

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Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,277 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Fort Myers Beach fishing pier juts out into the Gulf of Mexico at the foot of the bridge from the mainland to the island where the town of Fort Myers Beach overlooks the Gulf and the famous Sanibel Island which is known for its great seashells. There is ample parking among the many shops and restaurants that surround the entryway to the pier. In addition if you would like to park off site there are several “vintage look” trolleys to help you get around on the island. They are a great way to shop for picnic supplies or any other items you may need for your fishing adventure.

Postcards from New Hampshire

Video Postcards from New Hampshire

With summer like weather lately, I decided to strike when the skies were clear and hit the road around rural New Hampshire this week and grab some photographs and a bit of video for my stock video collection on Shutterstock as well has create some promotional videos.

The above video features some rural scenes from around the Upper Valley, White Mountains and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire.  New Hampshire doesn’t have one single feature that you can put your finger on and say “Oh that’s New Hampshire”, rather its the sum of its parts, a small but vibrant sea coast region around Portsmouth and Rye, the lakes region dominated by the large body of water known as Lake Winnipesaukee, the Upper Connecticut River Valley with Hanover, home to Dartmouth College and other compact villiage towns and the mountain region of The White Mountain National Forest.

Tucked in and around the region are small family farms, quaint country stores, covered bridges, wildlife, hiking trails, recreational trails, mountains, forests, camping, history and more.  There might not be one single thing to describe New Hampshire with but its the sum of its parts and the totality of outdoors activities you can find here.  Now wonder so many people from the congested Boston area head to New Hampshire on the weekends.  New Hampshire has room to breath in the fresh air.

My photographs and artwork from around New Hampshire and the entire New England region can be seen and purchased as prints and products at my portfolio – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/new+hampshire

Barns of Etna New Hampshire

This video presents some of the classic New England red barns you can see in Etna, New Hampshire.  Etna is the rural, laid back part of Hanover, NH and is popular with bikers, cross country skiiers, joggers and even Back Country Tours.  The Appalachian Trail runs through both downtown Hanover and rural Etna.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km)[a] long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina,Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

See more great barn photography and artwork here:  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/barn

 

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Classic New England red barn in color pencil effect from an original photograph by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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A beautiful old red barn found along Route 10 or the Dartmouth College Highway which runs along the Connecticut River on the New Hampshire side.

Plein Air Painting at the Cornish-Windsor Bridge

This weekend my son’s pastel class with Derek Bell from the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire headed out to the Cornish-Windsor bridge to do a little plein air pastel painting. This bridge spans the Connecticut River connecting the towns of Cornish N.H. and Windsor, Vt. and is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.  They set up in a nice spot at the boat launch between the entrance to Saint-Gauden’s and the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge.  There is a nice flat, grassy spot with a perfect view of the river and the bridge.

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Video of a plein air pastel painting class working on landscapes in the Cornish and Windsor area of the Connecticut River Valley. This region is home to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, USA, preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s foremost sculptors.

The Cornish Art Colony (or Cornish Artists’ Colony, or Cornish Colony) was a popular art colony centered in Cornish, New Hampshire from about 1895 through the years of World War I. Attracted by the natural beauty of the area, about 100 artists, sculptors, writers, designers, and politicians lived there either full-time or during the summer months. With views across the Connecticut River Valley to Mount Ascutney in Vermont, the bucolic scenery purported to resemble that of an Italian landscape.

The central figure of the Cornish Colony was Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Beginning around 1885, Augustus attracted a summer colony of artists that grew into a single extended social network. Some were related, some were friends, some were promising students from the Art Students League of New York that Saint-Gaudens had co-founded, and some were Saint-Gaudens’ assistants who developed significant careers of their own.

While the students painted I had a chance to retrace my own paths to some of areas natural and historic treasures.  I spent a fast hour attracting ticks, poison ivy and photographing and filming the waterfall and historic buildings around the Blow Me Down Mill on the Maxfield Parrish Highway near Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.  I also grabbed some reference photographs of the Cornish-Windsor bridge for one of my colored pencil techniques of altered digital works.

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The Longest Covered Bridge Within New Hampshire!

The Longest Covered Bridge Within NH!

 Longest Covered Bridge Within New Hampshire

The covered bridge in the village of Bath, New Hampshire is the longest New Hampshire bridge that has both ends within the state.  I took a visit to the area one morning when I had jury duty at the Grafton Court House in North Haverhill.  It’s about a 45 minute trip that travels along scenic Route 10 straight up along the Connecticut River.  Pleasant enough drive and I was prepared for having the afternoon free to photograph in the area. Turns out, jury duty was cancelled so I had the whole day to explore.  The weather was rather drab but I’ll surely return to this sport on another day.

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Black and white works to cover up the terrible drab overcast sky.  I tried several post processing methods to bring out some color from the very de-saturated and low contrast light nature gave me on that day.

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About the Bath Covered Bridge

The Bath Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River off US 302 and NH 10 in Bath, New Hampshire. The bridge, built in 1833 by the town of Bath, has a span of over 390 feet (120 m) and a roadbed that is just over 22 feet (6.7 m) wide. The bridge consists of four spans supported by Burr trusses. When originally built, it had only three spans, but when the bridge was raised in the 1920s, a third pier was added, as were laminated arches to strengthen the bridge.  The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The bridge is now only open to single lane traffic.

About the Village of Bath

Bath is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,077 at the 2010 census. Now a tourist destination and bedroom community for Littleton, the town is noted for its historic architecture, including the Brick Store and three covered bridges. Bath includes the village of Swiftwater and part of the district known as Mountain Lakes.  The village includes  The Brick Store, built in 1824, is today the oldest continuously operating general store in the United States and Bath’s Upper Village, a cluster of Federal style houses based on the handbook designs of architect Asher Benjamin.  Economic dormancy of the Victorian era preserved much early architecture in the village, particularly in the Federal and Greek Revival styles.covered bridge art for sale

 

MORE COVERED BRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AROUND NEW ENGLAND

Fine Art Photography: Hawaii

See the entire portfolio of fine art photographs from Maui, Hawaii in this gallery:

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/memories+of+maui

I was born in Hawaii, my father was stationed at Schofield Barracks training for an eventual deployment in the Vietnam conflict. I only got to spend six months in the tropical paradise before my sister, mother and I moved closer to family in Connecticut while my Dad went over to Asia to fight in the 1st Cavalry Division.

I wouldn’t return to Hawaii for 47 years. A trip to Maui allowed me to explore the island from the very top of Mount Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano, which towers 10,023 feet high above the magical island of Maui.

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To the rocky volcanic lava flow beaches, to black sand beaches, tropical jungle waterfalls and slippery muddy rain forest trails.

Featuring fine art photographs from Edward M. Fielding’s collection of images taking in Maui, Hawaii and produced in book form as “The Last Resort”.

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Fine art photographs from Maui, Hawaii by Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) are available for purchase as canvas, metal and framed and matted prints as well as prints rolled in a tube for your own local framing.  Cards and products such as tote bags and throw pillows can also be purchased.

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Kite Beach, Maui Hawaii – One of the newest sports on Maui is Kiteboarding/Surfing. Kanaha Beach Park is where beginner, intermediate and advanced Kiters gather. It is known as Kite Beach. Kiters share the water with Windsurfers who have dominated the area since the early 1980s. Since 2008 there has been an explosion in the number of Kiters mostly due to advances in equipment and safety.

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A surfboard is an elongated platform used in the sport of surfing. Surfboards are relatively light, but are strong enough to support an individual standing on them while riding a breaking wave. They were invented in ancient Hawaii, where they were known as papa he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language; they were usually made of wood from local trees, such as koa, and were often over 15 feet (5 m) in length and extremely heavy. On Maui one can find a few surf board fences made from discarded surfboards.

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This black sand beach of Honokalani beach is a small but beautiful gem just outside the town of Hana Maui at Waianapanapa State Park.

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Ocean Safety Officers (OSO), or lifeguards, are on duty every day from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

As part of the island-wide 9-1-1 Emergency System, all OSO are trained above and beyond Unites States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certification and all are certified in American Heart Association (AHA) CPR for Health Care Provider and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Each OSO is skilled in rescue techniques using equipment such as rescue boards, tubes and fins, jet skis, four-wheel drive ATV’s, and first aid supplies.

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A fantasy composite image of a NYC taxi cab on the beaches of Maui. Too bad, no taxi service to the mainland. I guess you’ll just have to stay in paradise!

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Along the misty highlands of the Waihee Ridge trail where hikers can look DOWN on tourist helicopters flying around the valley below.

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Notes: Schofield Barracks is a United States Army installation and census-designated place (CDP) located in the City and County of Honolulu and in the Wahiawa District of the American island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Schofield Barracks lies adjacent to the town of Wahiawā, separated from most of it by Lake Wilson (also known as Wahiawā Reservoir). Schofield Barracks is named after Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield, Commanding General United States Army August 1888 to September 1895. He had been sent to Hawaiʻi in 1872 and had recommended the establishment of a naval base at Pearl Harbor.

The 1st Cavalry Division (“First Team”[1]) is one of the most decorated combat divisions of the United States Army, as well as the other four branches of the U.S. military.[2][not in citation given] It is based at Fort Hood, Texas. It was formed in 1921 and served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the Iraq War, and in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present). As of 2013, the 1st Cavalry Division is subordinate to III Corps and is commanded by Major General Michael Bills.

Maui is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian island chain and known for its beach resorts, diverse geography and outdoor activities ranging from hiking and biking to windsurfing and snorkeling. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, Mt. Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Oheo Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway.