1. Oak + Oar and Handcraft Creative are pleased to present the fifth instalment of Homegrown, a series dedicated to catching up with some of the homegrown talent with ties to the city of Winnipeg.

    After a few emails we had arranged to meet up with former Canadian National Speed Skating Team member Scott Van Horne at the new home of VH Footwear in the south end of the city. For Scott skates had always been a passion. So much so, that he began tinkering with skates at a very young age in his parents garage. This love for hands on creation and innovation resulted in a very successful venture into custom speed skates called VH Footwear. Over the past couple years VH Footwear has manifested itself into a full fledged hockey skate division. Scott now finds himself hoovered over the industrial sewing machine producing the skates for some of the league's most talented players, including the likes of Jonas Hiller, Ryan Miller, Duncan Keith, Andrew Ladd, Mark Stuart, Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien.


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  2. License 'Well Kept' by Ryan Taubert on Musicbed: mscbd.fm/wllkpt

    Composer Ryan Taubert was drawn in to making music initially through visuals. After teaching himself to compose by reproducing scores from movies as a kid, Ryan is now a highly sought after Composer making some of the most captivating pieces of music for film.

    Hear more from Ryan + license his entire catalog on Musicbed: mscbd.fm/ryntaubrt

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  3. Opening titles for Europe In 8 Bits documentary.
    Direction, Design, Animation & Music: Device

    EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary directed by Javier Polo that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

    Watch the documentary: vimeo.com/ondemand/europein8bits



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  4. GMC shoot up in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The coldest place I've ever shot - minus 30 degrees. In the dead winter. And the Red Epic and Red One survived completely fine!! Just the LCD screens froze! But it worked!!! I was so nervous!

    Production company: Acne Media
    Director: Tyler Manson
    Exec Producer: Johnny Parker
    Line Producer: Peter Murray
    DP: Ed David
    Assistant Camera: Diana Eliavoz

    Agency: Leo Burnett

    Shoot notes: Shot with a Red One MX and a Red Epic in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Minus 35 degrees F. The cameras performed perfectly. Used Leica R lenses.

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  5. "Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures, however their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.

    Make sure you watch it on a large screen! You won't be able to appreciate this clip or see individual cells moving in a sponge on a smartphone. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions.

    Visit my website to see more work: microworldsphotography.com
    Learn more about what you see in this video: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html

    The answer to a common question: yes, colors are "real" and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. I have only applied basic white balance correction. When photographers use white light on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colors. Read more about fluorescence and why these corals are natural: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/fluorescent-colors-of-reef-coral.html

    The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours.

    === Technical details ===

    To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

    I am glad that I abandoned the idea of making this clip in 3D (with two cameras) - very few people have 3D screens and it doubles processing time.

    - Cameras: Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
    - Lenses: Canon MP-E 65 mm lens, and a custom photomacrography rig (custom lenses are better for this type of task)
    - Lights: adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models) - they were needed to recreate natural underwater illumination.
    - several motorized stages, including StackShot for focus stacking. StackShot, is sadly not 100% reliable at all and kept destroying my footage.
    - multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).

    Edited in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Zerene Stacker, and Helicon Focus.
    Music: Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.

    === Sharing/Use ===

    Inquiries/licensing/press: find my contact details here: microworldsphotography.com/About

    Please do not share this clip to promote or endorse marine aquarium industry. I simply want people to admire life, but not to be told to buy stuff, especially poses captive animals
    More about using my videos:

    (consideration to buy a print from my website or to use the tip jar below the video is always welcome, but this option is better: secure.marineconservation.org.au/donate.php?campid=701900000006kqX)

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