Archive for May, 2012

General audience Prescreening of THE RIDDLE OF MONZONITE next Saturday

Posted in Music, Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Travel, Video on May 27, 2012 by William Hooks

We will have the event at TriCommunity School of Photography in Covina, CA on Saturday, 2 June 2012 at 1PM. The telephone number for the school is (626)-974-6816 and it’s located  at 252 West Puente St, zip code is 91723.

If you ‘d like to attend, we’ll have you use a questionnaire to make any comments you wish about this 30 min version of the documentary. We may also show a trailer.


And happy Memorial Day!

Returning to Joshua Tree NP for, additional climbing and documentary shooting

Posted in Photography, Reviews, Travel, Video on May 20, 2012 by William Hooks

I spotted what appeared to be an outstanding route with an easy approach on the northeast aspect of Chimney Rock in JT last week, and plan to return there to climb next Wednesday with some crew. We’ll shoot more takes for a special effect I want in the piece, as well as HDR and timelapses.

My videography and photo equipment has held up very well in the heat and taken the abuse out there, with the exception of 2 older light stands which were destroyed by fractures of the aluminum tubes near the mounting ends. I suspect that was due to twisting (torsional) stress while repeatedly positioning and adjusting them.



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Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Science Fiction, Studio Portraiture on May 16, 2012 by William Hooks

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Check my Facebook site for newest documentary shots and a video clip

Posted in Photography, Travel, Video on May 14, 2012 by William Hooks

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Great shoot this weekend in the (hot) desert, with a LOT of editing to do in coming weeks. We had a wonderful experience with the featured climbers. Much more to come- catch the action on FB and I’ll be posting stills here as well.

First still shots for my documentary from the high desert, southern CA

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Travel, Video on May 11, 2012 by William Hooks

Met up with the featured rock climbers of the piece this afternoon and set up my part of camp in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree NP, CA. They are from Alaska (Kye Klamser) and New Mexico (Adam Funaro) and work part-time at the Nomad Ventures climbing shop outside the park, where we got together for the first time today.

Follow my documentary by finding me on Facebook  if you wish, as it takes form over the next several weeks.

My crew’s enroute and we plan to begin video shoot at 0930 tomorrow, after the stills unit heads out early to do timelapse/ HDR/ panoramics centered around sunrise.

Final crew rehearsal today for JTNP climbing documentary

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Travel, Video on May 9, 2012 by William Hooks

We complete our preparations as a group this evening, and head to the desert Friday. The crew numbers approximately 10, in 2 units (video, stills) and  2 combined teams. Still to be determined: who brings which wine coolers- and malt liqour empties to be used as props…..

Weather forecast is for standard spring conditions for the high desert, we’ll see how much wind but the blimps will handle that if needed. Now to resume my joke research, for the campfires- wait! Michelle Bachmann just declared dual US-Swiss citizenship, I should be able to come up with something good from that ————–





In the beautiful San Francisco bay area, vacationing…

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Travel, Video on May 5, 2012 by William Hooks

The drive was fun. I’m finishing some documents needed to instruct the participating climbers in next week’s project and those needed before the last crew rehearsal next Wednesday.  The weather’s spectacular here, I always love to return and with luck I’ll someday come back here to stay.

I almost finished that gallon jug of Arizona lemon iced tea from last week, and find that you can only eat so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in one day…. but I feel fine and may take in a film this evening.

Tomorrow will be very busy recording videos of my mother, describing memories of the family and her life as she approaches her 80th birthday on 29 June. She asked specifically to eat at Red Lobster by saying, “do you have Red Lobster money?”


I’ve been climbing for the past week in southern CA

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photojournalism, Travel, Video on May 1, 2012 by William Hooks

Next Friday, I head north to go home to the SF bay area for 2 days and visit family. Planning to shoot a series of legacy videos featuring interviews of my mother, for my personal archives It will be so good to return there after too long, and to take a break from the LA area for a few days before the week we shoot the Joshua Tree NP project.

For lighting the interviews I will be using daylight-balanced compact fluorescents in 3 units, including a softbox  and silver umbrellas (see my equipment list page).

Now to plan some stops along I-5 for good eating…..