Archive for January, 2013

Los Angleles TIMES photo essay

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Photojournalism on January 26, 2013 by William Hooks
A brief recent history of the TIMES

A brief recent history of the TIMES

I visited the editorial and printing facilities of the TIMES last week (while they’re still functioning), and this is a posting which summarizes the trajectory of the newspaper in the past 30 years.

My standard Nikon setup for photojournalism

Posted in Photojournalism on January 19, 2013 by William Hooks

My default setup includes a Nikon D600 with battery grip to incorporate a spare battery and make vertical shooting easy; I use a 24-70mm f/2.8 G Nikkor, allowing up to 24MP JPEG images in FX mode and smaller but very usable files in DX mode- where this lens approximates a 36-105mm f/2.8 zoom in coverage angles. Focus is in manual mode and I employ my RedRock Micro follow-focus ring on the lens to make focusing smoother- my hands are large, and it’s less work to grab it instead of the smaller-diameter lens ring.

The AF illuminator light is cancelled and beep is turned off, to be unobstrusive.

I carry a Nikon Coolpix S9100 which provides up to 20 seconds of recording for audio files per still image (for video, simply speak around the camera to engage the stereo mic) so that manual note-taking is almost completely eliminated. Because it doesn’t allow 24 FPS video, I set both cameras to 30 FPS to simplify video editing.

Flash is usually deactivated with both cameras. If I need flash for some reason, I’ll usually attach the SB-700 to the D600. The continuous frame rate of 5.5 FPS is usually adequate, and with these settings the buffer is most often sufficient for a burst of images.

Returning to part-time work as a radiologist after 14 month hiatus… and savoring winter

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on January 6, 2013 by William Hooks

Later this month, I expect to return to the universe of shifting electrons around on monitors and interpreting medical imaging studies. As much as possible, I hope to be able to continue enjoying my film-making and editing while moving on to new projects. Meanwhile, the winter’s in full swing and I intend to enjoy every time out there!

To all who follow my site- welcome to 2013 and may we all do better than last year, hopefully moving toward creating a society of which we can be proud for those yet to come.