first_imgLearn how to light your shot quickly and cheaply without overexposing your incandescent practical light. Let’s have a look at a basic setup to better understand the technique.All images via David GoodmanPractical lights are visible lights in your shot that can also provide much-needed illumination while motivating the way you light your scene. Lighting your scene with practical lights can be crucial when shooting a documentary or when working quickly. The problem is that practical lights have a tendency to overexpose if you keep them in your shot.When a practical light is overexposed, which should be obvious from the shot above, one workaround is to reframe your shot and use the illumination of the practical light while keeping the actual light out of your shot. But what if you want to keep the practical light in your shot? After all, that’s what makes the light a practical light.The trick is to put your practical incandescent light on a dimmer and control the brightness. You can then motivate the lighting of the scene and actually supplement the practical lights with the more professional movie lights of your choice. This demonstration was shot with the affordable two-light Lowell GO Pro-Visions Kit.Let’s go through the steps of carrying the lamp.1. Expose for PracticalsBy exposing for your practical lights, and cutting the overexposure, the rest of your image goes black. To correct for this, use your practical light as a guide. In this case, the main practical light is the lamp on the table.2. Set Your Front LightBy placing a Lowell light behind the practical light, you can carry the lamp and provide sufficient illumination to give yourself an exposure.3. Set Your BacklightOnce the front light is set, it’s time to think about the background of your shot. In this setup, there is already another practical lamp in the background but it doesn’t provide enough illumination to be of much use. Using the background lamp as a guide, you can motivate a backlight for the subject and the background.4. Front and Backlight CombinedCombined, and with the strategic placement of a background Beagle, the lighting effect produces a shot with more depth and visual interest.5. Alter Lighting Intensity With DimmerThe problem is that after adjusting exposure a bit for the front and backlight, the practical lamp in front is still overly bright. This is where the dimmer becomes useful. Using a very inexpensive dimmer, you can lower the intensity of your practical light and still keep the illumination of the Lowell light.Final ResultsThe behind-the-scenes lighting setup is quite basic and sets the lights in a diagonal line across from one another. As you can see, the light placement allows you to motivate lighting with the position of the practical lights, while also maintaining control of the way your practical lights are exposed.Carrying the lamp is a quick and easy lighting method that can be achieved with minimal means. It’s a good trick for any cinematographer to have up their sleeve.Have any experience with this technique? Share your behind-the-scenes knowledge in the comments below!last_img read more

27 Nov / 2019

Perfect match

first_imgThe pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick,The pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick dekko in the mirror.She then saunters out of the non-descript restroom at SW19 and prepares to enjoy a spectacle like none other. She is an A-lister and has a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon. Here the game is as much about the celebrity quotient as it is about the two fiery contestants- Federer and Djokovic, who are preparing to battle it out for the men’s title. To go to Wimbledon means doing it as the English look book dictates; if you have a ticket to view one of the big games on centre court you must obviously play the part.The sun-streaked grey swings crisscross patterns across the bare, tanned shoulders of the rich and famous as they turn up in their Sunday best. The Royal Box is being given the once over by Vogue’s formidable Anna Wintour as she pulls the lapel of her python-print coat close together. A Cartier-clasped wrist is raised to the mouth in awe as Federer serves an ace. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Givenchy glares reflect the mood of the moment. Every year, this is where royalty happily rubs shoulders with Hollywood, other athletes, musicians and anybody who is anybody. Here at Wimbledon, sport and excess hook up to create the year’s biggest ‘It’ event that is a serious crowd puller. When Wimbledon arrives in England, you know the season has turned. The smell of cut grass, the promise of strawberries fresh from Kent and sunshine, bare feet, fancy hats, red-soled heels, shorts, Burberry, wine-all the trappings of an extraordinary British summer.advertisementAnd chasing the Wimbledon dream is a brand that’s the official wine of the tournament: Jacob’s Creek. Bringing a touch of Australian whimsy and lassitude to the game for four years running, it represents a perfect marriage between the two. Wine spitzers line a neat tray waiting to be picked up as we make our way into the Jacob’s Creek hospitality marquee before the game. We are pleased as punch as the hint of wine, crushed ice and sweetness hits our throat. Much like the event, the wine brings about a sense of freedom and indulgence and depending on who’s drinking it, plays all tunes going from Bohemian rhapsody to Tchaikovsky. Versatility defines this wine and the game.The special ‘all white’ edition Wimbledon wine has lined the shelves at supermarkets across Britain in the run up to the game and is a worthy piece of memorabilia; it also helps that it tastes so darn good. Made from grapes grown in Australia’s Barossa valley, the chardonnay is easy on the tongue, its velvety fragrance reminiscent of the valley. Its pale straw hue with flecks of green is also the best accompaniment to strawberries and cream that have come to be regarded as one of Wimbledon’s rituals and a symbol of all that’s quintessentially English. The chardonnay works well if you want to taste some sunshine while sitting courtside but if the allure of the red is greater, the shiraz is an eager pleaser without being too rich or heavy. It has tasting notes of spicy berry, hints of dark chocolate and decadence. We are also served an elegant Wimbledon blend to be enjoyed at the marquee exclusively-sharp and sweet on the tongue with a touch of acidity, it offsets the well-curated meal. The wine sparkles like a bauble, the bubbles fraught with pre-game excitement and nerves.Jacob’s Creek wine maker takes us on a quick journey from vineyard to glass as we tuck into the goodness of flaky salmon and toffee cheesecake. We go the entire range from the red Sangiovese to the 2011 Reserve Barossa Shiraz which is a hit with many diners. The 2012 Reserve Reisling and the 2013 Fiano lead the whites but I am smitten by the Wimbledon blend which has the right amount of sparkle. The meal polished off, we make our way to our seats to watch the nail-biter unfold. Wimbledon is all things English and the dapper crowds are some of the more restrained cheer parties I have ever encountered.Silence and hushed moans of disappointment aside, the spectators measure their passion in wine-sized glasses and are never unruly. Halfway through the third set when it looks like all is lost for Federer, a round of Jacob’s Creek wine coolers is passed around, glasses iced to the rim and filled with wine and elderflower. The drink eases the blow and ignites some summer loving. It is evident that the brand has found a comfortable spot in England. Four years into its association with Wimbledon, it is equally at home in the Royal Box as the stands outside where picnic baskets laden with the choicest goodies are chased by a glass or two of this Australian delight.advertisementAs Federer turns away desolate after Djokovic is crowned king, we head to the marquee for our last hurrah. An English tea of scones, clotted cream, strawberries and bite-size sandwiches await us. I automatically reach for the crimson JC instead of Earl Grey, the shiraz rounding off the day in a way tea cannot hope to emulate. The agony and ecstasy of Wimbledon.last_img read more

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsAn award winning Nunavut program that teaches northern kids computer programming now has a full time address.Kent dropped by the opening of Iqaluit’s new Makerspace and has this [email protected]@kentdriscolllast_img

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – There is a great need for women to come to the forefront of the decision-making processes in the country.   This, according to female Parliamentarians, would ensure that issues relating to women are properly prioritized and addressed.   The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) sponsored a luncheon for the spouses of parliamentarians, department heads, and senior female government officials at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.    The event was held under the theme, “Strong Women, Leaders Unite.”Delivering the keynote address was Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.  Mrs. Minnis said that women need to be more visible in order to effect change in the country.   To this end, Mrs. Minnis said that she is pushing for an Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister.   She has already started the process by submitting a proposal for consideration by the Cabinet. She is currently awaiting a decision by the Cabinet.“I believe that as women, we should have a voice to speak to the issues that we face in the country,” said Mrs. Minnis.   “For that reason, I am pushing for this office, which I believe will help us to push for certain things relating to women and children, such as healthcare, the well-being of women and children and other issues.”Also delivering brief remarks was Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and Chairperson of the CWP, the Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle, who said that even though much has been done to advance the causes of women, more work needs to be done.“The only way we can be strong is when we are united, and the only way we are united is to speak with one voice,” said the Minister.   “We have come far, and together we can go even further.Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe delivered welcome remarks and expressed her appreciation as a participant in the event.   She noted, “We are all here today because of those who came before us who fought the good fight, which now allows us to enjoy some of the privileges and opportunities that we now have.”Past Chairperson and Member of Parliament for Englerston, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin also delivered remarks. After thanking the CWP for the invitation, she said women are still under-represented in the country despite representing over 50 percent of the electorate.   Currently, females represent only 2 percent of the country’s cabinet. Worldwide, the average hovers around 10 percent.“We must find common ground despite serving on different sides of the political divide,” said Hanna-Martin.   “We have to find ways to channel our energies and unite on fundamental issues affecting women.”Also in attendance and bringing brief remarks was Senator, the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis. Senator, the Hon. Dr. Jasmine Turner Dareus, offered the invocation.  Moderator for the luncheon was Senator, Dr. the Hon. Mildred Hall-Watson.   A video highlighting the contributions of women in the country was presented during the luncheon.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photot captions:Header:  Wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – Mrs. Patricia Minnis addressed the Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s on Monday.  At the table, clockwise: Wife of the Prime Minister Mrs. Patricia Minnis (left), Past CWP Chairperson Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin (opposite), Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith, Wife of Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Sonia Turnquest (at right), and Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and CWP Chairperson Lanisha Rolle (centre).  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Posted: March 15, 2019 IRS warns public of new phone scam KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Internal Revenue Service today warned the public about a new phone scam in which criminals are impersonating IRS employees. Similar to other IRS impersonation schemes, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.In the recent variation, scammers are making unsolicited phone calls to victims claiming to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service office in Houston or Brooklyn.Calls may be robo-calls that request a call back. Once the taxpayer returns the call, the con artist requests personal information, including a Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification numbers.TAS does not initiate calls to taxpayers out of the blue. Typically, a taxpayer would contact TAS for help first, and only then would TAS reach out to the taxpayer.In other variations of the phone scam, fraudsters demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often hostile and abusive.Alternately, scammers may tell would-be victims that they are entitled to a large refund but must first provide personal information. Other characteristics of these scams include:Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers to identify themselves;Scammers may know the last four digits of the taxpayer’s Social Security number;Scammers spoof caller ID to make the phone number appear as if the IRS or another local law enforcement agency is calling;Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their bogus calls;Victims hear background noise of other calls to mimic a call site;After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license or other professional license revocation, scammers hang up. Others soon call back pretending to be from local law enforcement agencies or the Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID again supports their claim. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more