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I had a chance to go photograph fellow East Brunswick Alum JAX at an afternoon concert she played at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on March 4, 2017. Thanks to JAX, Tommy, Christina and John for letting me join them for the session. She was playing songs off her new album FUNNY which is available on Itunes now. I was also testing the new Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 Art lens for some of these photos. Crisp lens, but can be rough when hand holding since there is no stabilization in the lens.

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I was having some fun with some motivational posters in the office. These were all in good fun and spirit to remind our staff to upload video on time and make sure they check their lenses for fingerprints before shooting. These were crafted from WWII and Propaganda posters that already existed. I added some imagery I created and modified text. All images are copyright of their respective owners and posters were made in satire.

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As some of you know In July of 2016, I took a road trip. It was a great trip and relaxing and something I needed. The Cross country drive for My Friend Jon’s 40th Birthday. We started in New Jersey and made our way to Arizona and back. Five high school friends on a trip, in a car together for 2 weeks.

Some of you may have followed the journey on twitter and Instagram but here are some more photos from the journey.

It’s some of the visual, some of the weird and some of the fun. ENJOY!

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I basically keep this site to photos and drone videos, but hey, gotta change things up every once and awhile.  Posting this for 2 reasons,  1. I’m a fan of the product and  2. When I was researching it, there was very little out there telling me about it. So, lets get going.

As Someone who shoots video on a DSLR and on the GoPro, I am always looking for ways to improve sound.  I have used wireless microphones, boom poles, specialty microphones for the gopro, even my Tascam DR-40. While all of these work well they all present some problems.

The Wireless: Great sound but often at risk of batteries dying or interference on the track, plus you need to have a receiver mounted to your gear or an external recorder, making things bulky.

The Wired: Usually good, but you need cables, sometimes another person to hold a boom pole, it can sometimes gets in the shot.

The portable Recorder:  Can be used with wireless or wired mics but can get bulky, especially if you need your talent to put it in a pocket and wear it for awhile.

I can work around much of the above but I was looking for an item that was compact, easy to carry, could hide a microphone easily and record a back-up track for safety.

I googled, I youtubed, I searched away.  My first find was the Little Darling by JuicedLink. The product looks good and they are a known name but to me the product was just un-refined. The buttons look quirky, the edges are hard and the interface seems very confusing and not very user friendly. I’m sure it will improve as the product is in its infancy, albeit a few years old.

After some more searching I finally came across the Tascam DR-10C Recorders.  Ultimate problem..they don’t sell them in the U.S. The U.S. version is very similar but has a fitted XLR connection and can be very handy for interviews and events. Apparently a patent issue prevents U.S. sales, however  after searching some vendors I located a unit at www.juno.co.uk  out of the U.K. Anyway why do I like it?

This thing is Tiny,  compact and awesome. You can see below a size comparison. Plus it has multiple connections available based on the microphones you already own. If you have sennheiser wireless packs, you can get that connection. Shure Microphones, you can get that connection. This was an Awesome start.  You can also buy other connection ports and change the connection if you or a friend has different microphones. I wouldn’t recommend doing that often. Changing the connector is simple but I think doing this on a constant basis would damage the internal connector you need to swap.

The Unit performs great, Put an SD card in, turn it on, check levels and then start recording. You will get a track at your set level and a -6db safety track. Best part about the TASCAM DR-10C, it fits in a pocket easily, clips on a dress, you name it, easy to mount. Battery life is also long, nearly 5-7 hours on 1 AAA battery.

I welcome questions and have posted some photos below, also the video I found online showing the unit in operation.

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As many of us in News Television, once in awhile we get to enjoy a shoot we go on. This was the case yesterday when I went with a co-worker to see the newest baby animals at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ. They are currently raising a Lion cub and Tiger Cub together. These two little girls were adorable!!. Here is a picture of the Tiger Cub when she was getting a belly rub and the Lion cub licking my hand OH, and an extended version of the bottle feeding of the Lion cub, via a GoPro mounted on the bottle. Full segment posted below Raw File..

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So I recently started an art project that is out of my hands…literally. I sent a Moleskine 3.5″ notebook in the mail On December 18th to a friend. She then will send it somewhere else. I have no record of where it goes, what will be put in it, but I can only hope it comes back to me in Three months. The goal of this was to give people a chance to create something anonymously (if they choose to be) and just share it with a group of people. Inside was an explanation of what I was doing and then I had some simple rules to follow…

  1. Choose a page and write, draw, paste, etc something into the book.
  2. Write your city in the lower right of the page, so at least I know what the path of creation was
  3. Get the book back to me by March 31, 2016 (address included)

Now, it’s very possible I sent this book into the wild and will never see it again, but it would be awesome for it to come back with all this creativity from people around the country…maybe even the world. I will document the pages when the book returns.

People were also welcomed to tweet about the book when they get it @notebooktravels  However I still have yet to see any activity from the notebook.

We can only hope I see it again. Below are the two photos I took before putting it in the mail.

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