May 2010


You know that erupting volcano in Iceland whose name nobody can pronounce? Here’s an AWESOME (all caps and bold because the video deserves it) time lapse video created by photographer Sean Stiegemeier using a Canon 5D Mk II and a motorized dolly.

His Vimeo page is here: Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

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After five weeks in the United States of America, traveling from West Coast to Midwest to East Coast and back to California, enjoying the cold spring weather, I am finally back in sunny, sweltering, seething Manila. We did the whole John Candy – Steve Martin bit, riding Planes, Trains and Automobiles plus a few bus rides thrown in for effect. While I wasn’t able to find and purchase that Stereo Realist camera I’d been pining for (and still do), I was able to pick up three new toys for my camera bag.

Nishika N8000 and N9000

Both cameras are 4-lens lenticular 3D cameras from the Eighties. The N9000 is the newer model. It’s more compact and only has two aperture settings, cloudy and sunny. As far as I can tell it doesn’t really provide any metering and is more the toy of the two. The N8000 has a heftier bulkier build, comes with an additional flash aperture setting, and has a built-in albeit primitive exposure alert. Yes, this is my second N8000, but the first one I had I received in pretty bad shape. Time for that one to retire after a year of faithful service (having shot Lady Gaga, Charley Boorman, Marie Digby and a bunch of local celebs).

Kodak Playsport

The third toy I picked up is the recently-released Kodak Playsport, a compact HD video camera with 5MP still photo capability. It’s Kodak’s answer to the Flip MINO HD, but uses SD cards instead of built-in storage. It can shoot in WVGA, 720p (30/60fps) and 1080p. While the video won’t ever compare with even the lowest-end Sony HD Handycam, it’s still a very useful tool to have when you want to capture more than just still shots. What’s more, it’s waterproof up to 3 meters. I liked this so much I bought three more of these haha! One for my dad, and two bought for friends. At only USD150 (and cheaper if you buy through Amazon), these things are a steal. Just remember to buy extra batteries because the included batteries are shit.

It’ll be a while before I manage to sort out the 36 or 38 rolls of 110 and 135 film I shot during the trip and over 35GB worth of digital photos, so, in the meantime, here’s something I shot using the Playsport.