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Aug 29, 2012

Coming up to 100 Posts in Diary of a Videographer

Tomorrow will see the hundredth post in Diary of a Videographer.

I'm not sure what to post. It's a small milestone that should be marked somehow
I'll see what comes tomorrow. I'm just glad that it's still up and running, having survived an attack from the New York Times during which they demanded I shut down the twitter account, the youtube channel, neither of which I did; They are not significant in terms of followers, but it's a good feeling to stand up and say "No!"
They even asked for sales records from a cafepress site I set up: (I reported to them that I sold to myself  one apron with the Toimes logo on it as a present to my wife, which she never wears... but I do...)

I did change the name from the New York Toimes  to just The Toimes , which turned out to be a good thing as I travel so much.
Please subscribe in the box on the right if you like reading my posts. I hope the adventures continue to be interesting and fun!
Stay tuned for post 100.

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Aug 27, 2012

Episode 98 : New York's Ship Wreck : The USS San Diego

Off the coast of New York lies the sunken USS San Diego.
We went for a scuba dive on it and here's the video:

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Aug 24, 2012

Episode 95: A stroll in Manhattan's secret park neighborhood : Inwood

I took my camera down to the park to see what it was really capable of.
Here's a look at my neighborhood: Inwood.



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Episode 94: Ice Fishing Video passes the 4 Million Viewer Mark

The originality and execution of this video has really paid off in terms of views. Does anyone know if the guys who made it cashed in somehow? There's no advertizing on the video which is great. Here it is, if you haven't see it, you must watch!

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Aug 19, 2012

Episode 91: Shark Diver Toy ? Shark Week sales up ?

An Aussie friend of mine posted a picture of this toy on facebook.
I couldn't believe that there was such an obscure 'theme - toy'
There's a whole lot of them, each covering a different aspect of adventure/professional diving.
I wonder who is responsible.....
I wish I had this stuff as a kid....

The shark diver isn't too expensive... maybe I'll....




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Aug 18, 2012

Episode 90: New York Jet Skiers stranded in Inwood Inlet

Stranded by the Hudson's strong tide, 3 jet skiers were stuck in thigh deep river mud as the public and emergency services looked on from the river banks.
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The atmosphere on the river banks of Inwood Park was of amusement as the four fire engines and two police vehicles pulled into the park to assess the situation.
I overheard one fireman say that it had happen 3 times now.

There was no use trying to help the stranded men as the mud was impossible to move in once you were up to your hips in it. They had to wait for mother nature.

They police remained as the fire engines departed, leaving the jetskiers to wait for the tide to come in and lift their stuck vessels out of the river bottom.

There were smiles all around. Let's face it, no one really likes a jet skier do they? (canoeists don't )

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Episode 89: My wife's Sheherazade recording

As I await notes from a couple of clients and the sun shines outside, I find myself delving back into my computer.

Editing just the audio files for various people is a bit of a change from video. Quite often in a concert hall situation, the staff will set an overall recording level based on the loudest section during rehearsal.

Rinat Shaham - mezzo soprano
This can mean that everything else is too soft, which was the case with my wife's recording of Ravel's "Sheherazade" with the Berlin Philharmonic. So I spent a little time with it and it came out quite nicely:
UPDATE  sorry the Berlin Phil complained.
It's gone.....




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Aug 3, 2012

Episode 78: Some Underwater Video for the weekend


Here's some underwater video to while away the time:


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Episode 77: From Jay Ungar to sharp teeth

"Don't wear anything yellow" was the advice for this weekend's shooting session with the Blue Sharks off Rhode Island.

After spending the morning with a client editing the amazing footage from the 'appalachian concert' featuring Jay Ungar (wiki ), known for his music writer for Ken Burn's 'The Civil War'....  - stay tuned for video....
I'm being picked up to go boating and looking for the inquisitive and fearless blue sharks. I'll have the video camera in the water, useful to fend off overly nosey and toothy predators. I realize now that the weight belt that I never use is bright, bright yellow.....

We'll be snorkeling, but there will be lots of duck-diving and breath holding to get those shots if we can find those sharks in the big blue ocean off Block Island.

Meanwhile here's some footage of the more lethargic sand tigers from North Carolina:


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