ABC7: IndyCar drivers pay tribute to Justin Wilson with drive across Golden Gate Bridge.
Minor discussion of closed cockpits.
NY Times: Usain Bolt Wins Easily but Is Run Down by a Segway.
Couldn’t have helped his back, though. I’d be cautious saying he’s uninjured. Besides, using a Segway that close? Crazy. I know folks want smooth pans, but really now.
Connect/DPReview: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats.
Purists may have a hissy fit, I suppose.
ReadWrite: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.
“The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. But then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons.”
Fusion: Second Life college campuses - A tour of abandoned worlds.
I had more than one client believe the hype. Luckily they listened to reasoned argument.
Mashable: Newark airport stores will stop selling drones ‘immediately’.
Airports. Selling drones. I ask you. How idiotic can one be?
DSLR Video Shooter: Here are 7 Ways to Speed up FCPX.
Most are obvious, yet the article still has some good tips.
Youtube: Can You Spy With a Consumer Drone?
Tests how much you can actually see at common and uncommon distances. Useful for those who are nervous about quadcopters.
Motherboard: Wildlife Drones May Stress Animals Out, Study Says.
As I’ve mentioned before, when you encounter one at a crowded event, stalking you for a photo opp, they’ll get your predator-alarms going too.
Youtube: Lana Del Rey - High By The Beach.
3:40. Feel strongly about papparazzi, do we?
Microstock Diaries: Is it Too Late to Get Started in Microstock?
“Manage expectations.” Indeed. True everywhere in this economy.
Economist/moreintelligentlife: A revelatory portrait of Brando.
“The film proceeds more or less chronologically, from the 1950s to the 1980s, but Riley is something of an editing whiz, skipping around in pursuit of hunches and intuitions, leaning into the curves of the career at all the right points.” Okay, that pricked up my ears. Sounds like a must-see.
50 free videos, gathered from around the ‘net. Variable length and value.
EOSHD: Sony A7R II Review - Part 1 - Summoning the devil.
FYI, you mirrorless video fans.
Digression: I was just talking the other day with a client/friend about the importance of mentors, and how in some cases you can find this same flavor of information on the ‘net. I pick up sources randomly and then gauge them by how their advice works real-world. The good ones I keep and continue to recommend. If they sour, I drop them. I am not paid or influenced to link these sites. I reward them for helping me out, plain and simple. Photozone.de is my default for lens tests. I never rent a lens without consulting them first. EOSHD is ad-free, I’ve not detected any manufacturer PR in the articles. Never led me wrong yet. If I do purchase the A7rII (after testing a rental), you’d better believe I’ll be picking this up. And EOSHD has guides for other hardware as well. Andrew’s recommendations will give you a huge leg up. A single setting on a camera can make all the difference in your video quality.
Mashable: Kacey Musgraves sparkles on Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’’
Sorry, Mash, Nancy’s got more vocal sass. I like Ms Musgraves, but her voice is curiously devoid of any vibrato. When you notice it, it’ll bug you.
Youtube: rag & bone FW15 Campaign feat. Gabriella Wilde.
The response from Porsche aficionados across the globe: “And people complain about Cecil the Lion.” What this has to do with the clothes, I have no idea.
Guardian.UK: Drone’s heroin delivery to Ohio prison yard prompts fight among inmates.
DSLR Video Shooter: Panasonic GH4 vs G7 Video Review.
EOS HD: Hands on with the Sony A7R II.
EOSHD: Canon profits down 16%.
Cinefix: Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time.
Register.UK: Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California.
“Possibilities include jamming drone control frequencies, shooting them down, or just letting firefighting aircraft drop water on a site like Cajon without fear of getting sued. With the popularity of drones increasing steadily and forest fire season coming to California, the politicians feel that legislation is needed.” I can’t blame them. One tap in a tail rotor, and down goes a helicopter. Difficult enough with airplanes and ‘copters in the same area [an aircraft pilot can’t tell, while in the air, what direction a helicopter is travelling in. Helicopters can move in multiple directions, not necessarily in the direction of the nose of the craft. This has caused so many crashes.] Drones? Even worse. Drones don’t belong, unless controlled by the emergency services themselves. Even then, it’ll be dicey with all the air choreography required.
If I were in a firefighting area and lives were at stake, you’d better believe I’d draw a bead with a shotgun and knock down the drone.
Photo Attorney: Must Watch - “Everything You Know About Copyright Is About To Change”.
Guardian.UK: Teen’s video of handgun-toting drone prompts federal investigation.
Sort of expected, yet there’s a worrisome twist at the bottom of the article: “Haghwout made news last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach.” I hope the kid’s not bitter.
Barry’s Blog: The Gig Economy and the Arts.
“Recently there was news about a robot performing an opera, so the issue of machines replacing artists may not be as fantasy like and far-fetched as we might imagine, and though I think it easy to make a convincing argument that we are a long way from even sophisticated AI machines being able to replicate the ‘soul’ of human creativity, nonetheless the door is open.” Could a robotic drone be programmed to shoot beautiful landscapes? I’m betting so ... probably in the next five years.