"I will probably have to close because I haven’t got insurance and I can’t afford the repairs,” - Aaron Biber Aaron has been in the Tottenham area for 41 years and at 89 is devastated by the damage to his livelihood. Let's use the internet for good, spread this and all donate a couple of quid so Aaron can get his shop back up and running, so he will not have to worry about how he's going to make a living at his age. http://keepaaroncutting.blogspot.com More about this and BBH Barn here: http://bbh-labs.com/keep-aaron-cutting+ More details
A demonstration of a method of cleanup using clone-painting from adjacent frames on a stabilized plate, in NukeX 6.0. Also demonstrated is plate stabilization, "patching" areas of the frame with a still image, and degraining and grain-matching using the Furnace grain tools, in order to preserve the grain structure of the shot. The shot used is from the animation "High Strung", produced by Tommy Thompson at The Evergreen State College. http://blogs.evergreen.edu/tommythompson/ http://blogs.evergreen.edu/photo/2010/03/29/two-hours-of-sleep-and-a-pressing-deadline-leaves-evergreen-senior-high-strung/ This video is also on my website in a post about cleanup work in visual effects. http://jedypod.com/nuke-vfx-cleanup/+ More details
A simple tutorial in Nuke on how to clone from one area of a moving image to another, using 2D tracking and stabilization, and basic compositing. Uses a shot from The Hotdog Cycle, produced by The Last Quest in Seattle. www.thelastquest.org This video is also on my website in a post about cleanup work in visual effects. http://jedypod.com/nuke-vfx-cleanup/ Update: 2011-05-23 I have learned a lot since I made this tutorial, and wanted to point out something. The method I am using to stabilize the plate and then invert the stabilization will result in a loss of quality. Stabilizing results in a "filter hit" for the entire image, and then inverting the stabilization creates another filter hit. A filter hit is when a 2D transformation is applied to the image. In Nuke you have the choice between many different filtering methods, such as Cubic, Riffman, Parzen, etcetera. They vary in sharpening, but all will degrade your image. A better approach would be to create a tracker, or bring in a cornerpin track from Mocha, but matchmove only the part of the image you are altering on top of the original plate. This will result in the least image degradation. There are a lot of other things about this little tutorial I would do differently now also. The new "clone from source" feature of roto nodes in Nuke 6 would make doing this technique possible in a lot fewer nodes than I am using. Perhaps I will make some better tutorials when I have time soon!+ More details
This past Easter weekend was one of the year's busiest times for the boulders of Fontainebleau, and a crew from Black Diamond's European offices (along with BD athlete Nalle Hukkataival) were there, ready to make a difference. The group had self-organized a grassroots clean up and education event, which they dubbed "Chasin' The Rubbish." The group rocked up in the mornings to three of the forest's most popular areas (Bas Cuvier, Isatis and Trois Pignons) and rallied the 5000-plus boulderers there that weekend to help clean up the forest by handing out recyclable trash bags, as well as educated boulderers about how to care for the boulders. The plan: fill a trash bag, return the trash to BD in the parking lot, and the BD crew would dispose of it all. The result: more than 1200 bags handed out and more than 250 kilos of trash collected. Wow! Below is a report from Nalle about the weekend's efforts, as well as this quick video with Nalle that captures the spirit of this fantastic grassroots effort to keep Fontainebleau's boulders beautiful. ==================================== I spent my Easter in Fontainebleau, helping out with a Black Diamond organized event called Chasin' The Rubbish. Fontainebleau is one of the biggest and best-known bouldering areas in the world and Easter is the busiest time of year there. Climbers from all over the world come to visit the forest and it can get very crowded at the boulders. One day we counted over 500 cars in the Trois Pignons parking lot alone. That's thousands of people in just one of the areas. With crowds like this, the impact on the climbing areas is big. One of the biggest issues in Fontainebleau seems to be trash and so that was the main focus of the event. We wanted to get three messages across to people visiting the areas: - Don't leave ANY trash in the forest, and if you see thrash on the ground pick it up - Clean your shoes before climbing, because dirty shoes severely polishes the footholds - Brush off tick marks and chalk, so holds won't get polished For most climbers these things are, and should be, obvious but it's good to remind people (for example, not everyone was aware that climbing with dirty shoes is bad for the rock). The purpose of this event was not so much to directly go clean up climbing areas, but more so to educate people to do their own part in keeping the forest clean. However, with the help of a lot of people we managed to remove about 250 kilos of trash from the climbing areas over three days!! Bas Cuvier, especially, was looking cleaner than I've ever seen it! Luckily there haven't been any area closures in Fontainebleau yet, but the traffic can be seen on polished holds and worn through footholds everywhere. We can all do our part to keep the areas open and in good condition also in the future. It's important to remember that YOUR impact on the areas is just as big as anyone else. Happy climbing to everyone!“ — Nalle+ More details
A vignette from Sound and Vision, a feature length film about cleaning up and Protecting Puget Sound and beyond. Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sound-and-Vision/178591345548425+ More details
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This is a demonstration of Lay-n-Go! See how easy it is to cleanup in seconds. No more need for containers, bins, baskets or storage systems that are "ok" but that always fall a bit short! We feature the famous "shake test" and all steps to easily cleanup or get back to playing with your LEGO® bricks or whatever your favorite toy is these days...thanks for checking out Lay-n-Go!+ More details
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the people of our town pitched in to help each other out. The real gift was receiving all that amazing help yesterday. I know so many people have sustained devastating losses, but in my own little world this has been incredibly overwhelming to go through. I am tired to the bone, but feeling so much love and support yesterday makes it possible to take the next step. One day not to far down the line, this will all be behind us, but I hope people can remember how all of Fairfield came together to help each other when it was needed most. Peace. Shot on the Canon 5D Mark III Canon 240105 L F/4 Sennheiser G3 with Tram TR-50 Music by Shockwave-Sound.com Special Thanks to http://tonyhwang.org+ More details
Since the late 60s Dumbarton Rock has been Scotland’s most popular climbing venue, partly due to its location and ease of access, but mainly due to its vast quantity of top class boulder problems, trad and sport routes. It has numerous boulder and sport climbs between the 6th and 8th grades and is home to a plethora of trad climbs, including one of the hardest trad routes in the world. However, sadly Dumby is more than often overlooked by the climbing community. To those who haven’t visited, its reputation of being a littered and graffitied venue, occasionally frequented by dysfunctional youths drinking and smashing bottles, is too much of a frightening prospect for a day’s climbing. If you do manage to pluck up the courage to visit Dumby and you get used to the climbing style and the infamous basalt, so polished in places its friction resembles that of glass, it will without doubt grow on you. You’ll forget about the broken glass and the graffiti (much of which is now gone) and you’ll get down to some serious climbing. Once you experience an evening of clear blue skies and a beautiful sunset over the mouth of the Clyde you will be sold... This short flick is about a recent event at Dumbarton Rock, where climbers, dog walkers and local Dumbartoners alike, came together in an attempt to clean up Dumbarton climbing area. Hopefully seeing this will encourage you to relinquish any preconceptions you might have about Dumby and give it a shot if you are in the neighborhood. Now would be a great time to go as it has it is litter and ‘almost’ graffiti free, following a recent effort by Historic Scotland. For a full and far more eloquent depiction of Dumbarton rock climbing have a read of ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’, an excellent short article written by John Hutchinson - http://www.dumby.info/history.htm. If you’re keen for a trip www.Dumby.info has everything you need to know. Thanks to The Climbing Academy, Stone Country, Glasgow Climbing Centre, West Dunbartonshire Council, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Force Ten for supporting the event.+ More details
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