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Got the Blues Again… 2010!

November 5, 2010

So just before the weekend rush at Dubbins Air Force Base for the Great Georgia Air Show 2010, my dad and I parked at the Lincoln car dealer ship across from the base to see the amazing Blue Angels perform a private show for military and aerial performers! Amazingly we got a chance to really experience them up close and personal as they flew just a few hundred feet above us!! It was truly a great spot to capture them with such clarity and consistency!

The Blue Angels are know across the world to have the tightest formation in aerial performance! They are so precise with their aerial maneuvers that they get as close as 18 inches from each other! WOW truly remarkable. The wildest and craziest bit is that each pilot is watching each other rather than whats in front of them. Imagine yourself driving you sport car traveling at over 300+MPH and just watching the driver next to you as you are only inches apart maneuvering around turns. Its just simply crazy to imagine… thats why I take photos of these wild cats rather than imagining that madness.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 68 air shows at 35 air show sites in the United States during the 2010 season, as the team celebrates their 23rd year of flying the F/A-18 Hornet. That would be amazing to follow their tour all over. They just performed in Hawaii… I could only imagine the pictures over the cool crystal water and Hawaiian mountains!

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Great Night For Tribute Bands

October 4, 2010


Before the ultimate Tool cover band Eulogy head lined, I was surprised by another excellent tribute band called, ‘Soaked In Bleach.’ These guys are an Atlanta based Nirvana tribute band! I was very impressed by the lead singer to have such a resemblance to the legendary Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. I’ve never seen these guys performed so that night was a very special treat. The grunge was back and it made my hairs on the back of my neck stand up! I would close my eyes just imagining what it would be like to hear Kurt sing again, well this guy did an amazing job maintaining the likeness of stage appearance and vocals. The whole place was exploding with awe as they performed songs like, Breed, In Bloom, Lithium, Drain You, Heart Shaped Box, Aneurysm and many more favorites! All in all, they are a respectful rendition, yet a tasteful representation.







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Great Night For Cover Bands

October 4, 2010


Not long ago, I got to see a great cover band by the name of ‘Eulogy‘ who are a Tool cover band that performs with close likeness to the sound and stage presence. Since the last show I’ve been waiting to see them again and this time I was ready by bringing my camera in hope to capture the lead singers dramatic stage appearance as he paints his entire body from head to toe, this time with a blue powder.
As a huge fan of Tool, Eulogy brings out the energy of each fan as they intensify the feeling of excitement and rage within. The experience is explosive and electrifying! “Like the best live experiences, it is not only seen, but felt.”






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Beach Shoot!

September 7, 2010

What a beautiful day it turned out at the beach in St. Simmons Island. I brought a very cool flash dome that a friend made from scratch that attaches to the Canon Speedlite 580 X II. What this dome does is, it controls the direction of the light so it doesn’t just spill every where. Its a very cool device without having to spend lots of money.
These were shot at the beach in the middle of the day witch is no problem as long as you use a good bit of flash power.
Shiloh Bigles
(F/11 1/200 shutter ISO 50)
Shiloh Bigles
(f/11 1/200 shutter ISO 50)
Shiloh Bigles
(f/11 1/200 shutter ISO 50)
Before the beach we went to the amazing mossy Oak Park… the lighting was perfect under a huge branch right after a quick rain shower.
Shiloh Bigles
(f/2.8 1/200 shutter ISO 50)
Shiloh Bigles
(f/4 1/200 shutter ISO 50)

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X3 Sports Youth/Teen Program

August 6, 2010

During the time I was battling with the corrupted files from the main video, I was asked to create a promo video for their youth boxing Marietta, Ga and teen training program in Atlanta, Ga. I had just a few days to complete it. This created a new challenge since I was having issues with my current video editing program. I had to make sure to edit it quickly and exported before any more problems occurred. Well I was able to finish it with plenty of time and my client X3 Sports loved it!

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Its Over & Done!

August 4, 2010

So I know its been a few months from my last blog and I do apologize for my absence. I have been editing the heck out of some picks from my latest venture plus an on going and I mean “an ongoing” project for my client X3 Sports (mixed martial arts gym). A promotional video for their team training program (along with other short promo videos). A production that I have been working on for months. Its been an up hill battle with series of issues from files crashing, program failing, software corruption hiccups… multiple trips to the Apple Store for assistance regarding my Final Cut Express program corrupting. Finally I was told that the only way to recover any of my files and my 98% complete project was to purchase the Final Cut Pro software. Apparently, this was the only program to recognize the encrypted files from the Express edition. I was not one bit impressed about the news… (yes, I was happy that not all my hard efforts was going to be lost)… the fact that this program retails over $1000 made me even more frustrated. With no other choice other than to start all over (which I was really not looking forward too) I asked my client to go ahead and pay the remaining balance of the project so then I could purchase the program and finish it. The story goes even further with more crazy drama but to put in a nut shell… I had to re-shoot some missing footage to fill in the blanks. Wheeww, I just finished it a few days ago! The best part now is to see it all complete. I learn a few things along the way and I am getting more familiar with the new Final Cut Pro. I’ve recently purchased an Advanced Edition paperback to get even sharper and faster with my work. This only means more production projects to come. This is by far the longest video, its over seven minutes long. I am extreme happy to be done so I can move forward with other projects.

I really enjoyed producing this video and I am already working on new projects for individual fighters. For the obvious, the music selection has to be fast paced so that one can get pumped up and motivated (especially me). ¬†The video and pics also have to show that rush feeling too. This means quick cuts, tons of material (for best diversity), ¬†organization, and an idea of how its all going to flow. Thats the toughest part, filling in the gaps… oh boy I gotta say thats harder than it sounds. Thats why after I get back from the gym, (while it still fresh in my mind) I begin organizing the files and watch the material and decide what stays and what goes. Usually I only use a few seconds of recording for the quick cuts and for those extra long recordings, I cut them or chop it up to give it different effects, like slow motion or sped up. Once thats done then, I view it with music and see if it needs any other changes. Thats pretty much to it. I mean there’s other things that you can do. If you have any inquires about the program or the video please leave me a comment and I’ll respond promptly. Thank you and I hope you enjoy it especially if you are a fan of this extreme sport!

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John Queiroz X3 Sports

May 1, 2010