Archive for February, 2012

Music composition with Steinberg’s Cubase LE5

Posted in Music, Video on February 22, 2012 by William Hooks

Partly because of the inspiration of Whitney H’s incomparable voice, I started creating some music this evening on Cubase LE5 and enjoyed the experience tremendously. After a lifetime of loving music as my favorite of all the arts, I’ve made a promise to myself to try to return to it in earnest and devote time to exploring it all over again- but now in the digital realm, instead of with a piano and a shelf of woodwinds.

Here’s to MIDI!



Au revoir, Whitney Houston.

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Music on February 12, 2012 by William Hooks

I am deeply saddened to have heard of the death of Whitney Houston, one of my all-time favorite vocalists, at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in southern CA this afternoon.  Cause of her death has not yet been determined.

I have to say that in all honesty, I’m in mourning. Tomorrow afternoon will be the Grammy Awards presentation, and  I intend to watch for the tributes paid to Whitney. In my lifetime I don’t think I’ve ever heard greater vocal talent than she and her cousin- Dionne Warwick- displayed. It ‘s at least a comfort for me to know that Dionne is still be able to create her magic.

First time in a while that I’m having trouble seeing straight, because of the tears that won’t stop….

Nikon announces the D800- do I really need two lungs?

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Studio Portraiture, Video on February 7, 2012 by William Hooks

From what has been initially posted regarding this new machine, it appears that I will be trying to get my hands on one sometime this spring if possible- the video capability of the D800 seems very comparable to that of the D4 at about  50%  of the price.

For those like myself who already have an 11 FPS FX Nikon (the D3s),  pairing with the D800 could be a very efficient way to shoot both stills and video for action and landscape/studio applications!

Now I need to  decide whether to sell my right lung or my left lung.