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The Wednesday Rundown 11.23.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have some of entries from the 2011 Behind The Scenes Contest. It is amazing how great these videos are and it’s great to see our readers’ own work. Check out these four shoots and send them some feedback on the forum. Hurry up and finish your video before you go into a food coma over the holidays! If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on “submit content” above.

[Pic] Is This The Most Well Known Landscape Image Of All Time?

I’ve always wondered what who actually took the amazing images that come with our operating systems to be used as desktop wallpaper. I’ve never seen a name or heard a story about how they got the shot. Sadly I still don’t have the story but we do have a face. Someone just sent me this image of the guy that took the shot that came with every Windows XP machine back in the day. Does anyone know who this is? Let us know in the comments below.

[Video] The Ultimate Strobist Backpack

Now despite the way this apparatus looks, it’s actually something that has been discussed by major photo industry companies. Event photographers continually struggle with needing to have their lighting equipment in just the right spot while simultaneously needing to be somewhere else to get the shot. Even if they do get everything in place, seconds later they will need to somewhere else. In the current economic slump, not everyone can afford an assistant, so what can you do? Build yourself a strobist backpack, that’s what.

The Wednesday Rundown 11.2.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have a flying bride video. With the help of a trampoline and some creative ideas these brides become weightless in all white. Check out the short animated film that comes to life from folded paper. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on “submit content” above.

The Wednesday Rundown 10.19.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week We have a wide assortment of videos, from Kid photography to some architectural work. Take some time to check out how these photographers pulled off their shoots. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on “submit content” above.

The Wednesday Rundown 10.12.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have a haunting image created in a pool of water in the woods. We also have a vintage bus shoot that takes place in Switzerland. They have an amazing vintage bus that looks great in the photos. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on “submit content” above.

The Wednesday Rundown 10.5.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have a sick Football club shoot that captures great action shots. This video also uses water effects to really add to the image. We also have a swimsuit shoot at the Santa Monica pier. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on “submit content” above.

NYC Fstoppers Meetup Tonight! Update: The Party Is Over

Patrick and I are currently in Peter’s studio putting the finishing touches on his DVD and all three of us will be coming out tonight to the meetup. This Fstoppers get-together will be “Las Chicas Locas” at 160 West 25th Street where we have met before. The owner is reserving the bar/restaurant just for us, so let’s try to pack it out. Everyone is welcome no matter what level photographer you consider yourself, and the party begins at 9pm. Hope to see you guys there.


Behind The Scenes: Throwing Lenovo Laptops Out Of Airplanes

Laptop makers Lenovo have released a new series of laptops that they claim can startup in less than 10 seconds. The new ThinkPad T420s and IdeaPad Y570 are using a new technology called Rapidboot which they claim makes their computers boot up faster than any other computer on the market. Lenovo teamed up with the ad agency McKinney to prove just how fast their Windows 7 computers can start. The idea was to throw a laptop out of a plane at 12,500 feet and see if it could trigger the parachute after loading Windows. Check out the behind the scenes video below and then head over to the full post to watch the final commercial. I’d love to see Apple run a marketing campaign like this!

What It Takes To Get “The Shot”

You feel butterflies in your stomach, adrenalin in your viens and joy in your heart. As a photographer this means you either just fell in love OR you just got, “the shot”. Marc Montocchio of Occhioinc.com sent me his video of how he fell in love… no wait, of how he got the shot, shown below. Come to think of it, he does seem pretty obsessed with marlin so it’s hard to tell either way.



And for all you gear heads who want to know what camera Marc uses and how he got the cover shot for the Feburary 2011 of Marlin Magazine, read the full post.

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