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More Mesmerizing Instagram Work: Instantáneas

This video came to me with the following note:

Hola les dejo este video que hice con imágenes de instagram que viendo el contenido de su página seguro les puede interesar para publicar.

I stuck it into Google Translate but I think there’s probably a better translation out there. If you speak Spanish, please let us know what Lucas Otero said above. He’s produced a fabulous little video made up of photos from Instagram.

Muchos gracias Lucas. Your video earns a coveted seat in the PCN Screening Room.

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The Indestructible Soccer Ball

November 24, 2012 by Documentary, Inspiration

Talking head public service announcements (PSAs) are difficult to do. The line between contrived cheese and compelling content is hair thin. But when it’s done right it works well.

In this PSA about an indestructible soccer ball, the writer and the director find a good balance between the celebrity, the inventor and the story. I’m not a huge fan of the cut aways to the profile footage, but I get why it was done. Overall the PSA got me, and that’s what counts.

All that said, the indestructible soccer ball is a brilliant invention. And the charitable action you trigger when you buy one is righteous. PCN is ordering an official office ball so Michael and I can cause havoc and chaos by putting this thing through a few windows. We hope that you’ll get one for yourselves.

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It’s Much More Than a Retrospective of David Fincher’s Title Sequences

A few months ago we wrote about a great piece from Art of the Title about the opening tile sequence from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Art of the Title has done a brilliant follow up.

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Crazy Cycling Movies

While drinking coffee and randomly browsing the web today a theme started to appear, crazy cycling films. Not crazy like our resident DTLA street rapscallion we like to call the Bat-Shit-Crazy-Motherfucking-Cyclist who rides around on his mountain bike wearing a Rabbi outfit while doing tricks and yelling voodoo chants or singing Opera (he’s harmless unless you’re a film crew wanting quiet to roll). The crazy that I’m seeing in these films is the adrenaline rush of street cyclists who dart through cities break-less risking their life while pissing off pretty much everyone in a car or on foot. I commute by bike with a 20 mile round trip on city streets from DTLA to my office on Fairfax but I don’t condone or really admire these guys. I ride a single speed bike with breaks, reflectors and (horrors) a helmet. I also think that if you ride a bike designed for a track on the street with no breaks and no reflectors or lights because you think it’s cool, your a bigger fashion victim than Boy George. If you live long enough you will look back on your folly like I do my Adam Ant braided tail or my Flock of Seagulls haircut, although my youthful fashions wouldn’t get me killed (unless I walked into the wrong redneck bar in Texas). … Continue Reading

Olympus OM-D 5 Axis Image Stabilization Helps Photographer With Tremors

I’ve been keeping an eye on the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 since it was announced. The smaller form factor, weatherized body with 5 axis image stabilization and pocketable M43 sized lenses makes a very exciting package. Their 5 axis image stabilization is really raising the bar. This technology has allowed a photographer with a palsy or tremor to overcome his physical limitations to shoot sharp photos and smooth video. It’s great how technology can improve peoples lives. … Continue Reading

Ansel Adams Mount Williamson Pilgrimage

I attended a recent lecture by Alan Ross at the G2 Gallery in Venice that was presented in conjunction with the Ansel Adams Exhibit: Open to the Public.  The show consists of 22 national parks images which includes the iconic Mount Williamson photo.  I have always been interested in that image because I often go up to the Eastern Sierras at Lone Pine to shoot landscapes and I’ve wondered about the exact location where that image was created.

According to the G2 website: “Alan Ross is a renowned photographer who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant and who knows Adams’s approach and technique perhaps better than any other photographer today. He was personally selected by Adams to be the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition Photographs in 1975, an assignment Alan continues to this day, making each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques”

After the lecture I asked Mr. Ross where Ansel shot that classic image and he told me the general location of the dirt road.  That’s a good starting point but where exactly on the road did he stop and would I recognize it as I’m driving through the rocky arid terrain?  A Google search lead to some more details from others who have tried to find the exact spot the image was taken. … Continue Reading

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