Archive for October, 2011

Hanging out at a beach house in Santa Monica

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel, Video on October 25, 2011 by William Hooks

I’ve been working here for almost 2 weeks and may finish this job at the end of this week, or possibly continue it. Meanwhile, it’s been pretty cool weather here by the Pacific and I have been able to replace my stolen notebook computer since last post, as well as configure most of the imaging software; and to my delight, this machine runs Premiere Elements 9 like wildfire!

Next week I plan to take a vacation, and perhaps head back to the Bay area for a few days. It’s possible I may go to Joshua Tree NP as well, and certainly I plan to do some more videography and photography.

Occupy LA is going strong, and with luck I will have another chance to document what’s happening there- and maybe even contribute some items to help those people live more comfortably such as tents, stoves, and other camping gear.


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Occupy LA Wall Street Protest, 1 October 2011

Posted in Photojournalism, Reviews, Video on October 2, 2011 by William Hooks

I shot HD-video at this event, located at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, prior to the start of the march to City Hall.

The D7000 was set for 1080p/24 FPS and I found the 17-24mm D- Nikkor to work very well in close quarters, although it would have been nice to have brought the 70-200mm for some shots of the legal team as they gave advice to the protesters from a makeshift stage. The shoulder rig was excellent for this kind of ENG.

Audio was captured with the Rode VideoMic Pro, directly into the camera. I was very satisfied with the sound quality in post.

The parking was only $6 for all day- not bad, but I wasn’t about to talk about that given the subjects at hand….

Concurrently, there was a massive related protest in NYC centered at the Brooklyn Bridge- take a look at the site or, CNN, RT, etc for more information.