Ostuni, Italy

I’ve been loving experimenting with drone photography this year. I took this photo with my DJI Spark in Ostuni, Italy back in October. 

Let me know what you think.

Ostuni, Italy. October 12, 2018. 8:10 am. 

Ostuni, Italy. October 12, 2018. 8:10 am. 

Movies of 2015

  1. Under the Skin
  2. Nymphomaniac Parts 1 & 2
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color
  4. Boyhood (Friday January 16, 2015)
  5. The Imitation Game (Wednesday January 20, 2015) [Theater]
  6. The Interview (Sunday January 25, 2015)
  7. Birdman (Tuesday February 3, 2015)
  8. Coherence (Sunday February 8, 105) 
  9. Terminator 2 (Wednesday February 11, 2015) 
  10. Edge of Tomorrow (Monday February 16, 2015)
  11. The Theory of Everything (Wednesday February 25, 2015)
  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (First week of March 2015)
  13. Going Clear (Monday April 28, 2015) 
  14. Horn (Monday April 28, 2015) 
  15. Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D (Thursday May 4, 2015) 
  16. In A World (Friday May 8, 2015)
  17. Wetlands (Monday May 11, 2015) 
  18. Mad Max: Fury Road 3D (Wednesday May 20, 2015) 
  19. A Girl Walks Home At Night (Tuesday June 2, 2015) 
  20. Jurassic World (Sunday June 14, 2015) 
  21. Ex Machina (Friday June 19, 2015)
  22. Fast and Furious 7 (August 21, 2015)
  23. John Wick (September 13, 2015)
  24. Welcome to Me (September 14, 2015)
  25. The Sting (September 17, 2015)
  26. Dumber and Dumber To (September 19, 2015)
  27. The Martian 3D (October 1, 2015)
  28. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (October 11, 2015)
  29. Wild (October 12, 2015)
  30. Steve Jobs (October 16, 2015)
  31. Sinister (October 17, 2015) - Didn't finish. Finished October 26. 
  32. The Awakening (October 19, 2015)
  33. Charade (October 22, 2015) - Fell asleep.
  34. Trainwreck (October 26, 2015)
  35. Lucy (December 13, 2015)

Critical Mass

Here's another Hyperlapse video I have created. This time Critical Mass Chicago of August 2014 is the subject. Biking around Chicago was an amazing time with such a large group of mostly-positive people. 

It's a bit shaky due to my iPhone 5 only being mounted with a Joby GorillaPod and a Glif+. Also, the Hyperlapse was processed at 8x, but I then doubled that speed when editing it together in iMovie. This reduces the amount of stabilization that Hyperlapse automatically provides. It was a sacrifice I chose to make in order to get the video to be of a reasonable length. Without the 2x speed increase in iMovie, the video would have been well over 10 minutes long.

Sidenote: does anyone know of any better iPhone mounts out there for handlebars that will allow for video to be recorded? 

This is a Hyperlapse video taken on Friday, August 29, 2014 of Chicago's Critical Mass. The route starts in downtown Chicago's Loop at Daley Plaza and then heads to Chicago's south side. Music track is "34 Ghosts IV" by Nine Inch Nails, available on the 'Ghosts I-IV.'

My First Hyperlapse Experiment

Instagram released an interesting new app the other day called Hyperlapse. It's a clean app, with only one button to record. I hooked up my Joby Gorillapod for iPhone to my Surly's handlebars and hoped for the best after hitting play. While the ride was very bumpy, Hyperlapse performed admirably. I chose to have it play back the video at 10x normal play speed to compress the nearly 30 minutes of video into approximately two minutes. Check out the video below and let me know what you think. 

You can also get a great overview of Hyperlapse from Instagram's blog here.

Storm Front in Lostant, Illinois

While driving out of Chicago on June 21 to head to my good friend Brittiney's wedding at Camp Wokanda (pictures coming soon), I took Highway 39 south and was being chased by this massive storm front the whole way. The air was cold instantly and the wind was very strong. Eventually, I stopped in Lacon to grab something to eat. There it started hailing and the streets flooded instantly. Quite a lot of power behind these ominous clouds. 

A storm front moving south near Lostant, Illinois.