Held at the ING cafe Pixel hack Day aimed to bring together the creative talent of Toronto, mainly software developers and designers, to create photo related hacks — small but functional apps that use one or more of the photo APIs. I was invited to document the event and edit together a short 2min video.

Over the past months I have been working with the marketing manager from the Network of Angel Oragnizations-Ontario to shoot and edit interviews with angel group members across Ontario. This video features excerpts from the interviews interwoven with some b-roll shot in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. It features business incubators such as Mars, Communitech Hub, and Ryerson DMZ.

I have gained valuable experience working in mixed lighting situations and interview composition. One of my primary challenges was to achieve a consistent colour throughout. I also spent quite some time in post colour-correction and I think this may have to do with using the cinestyle profile (which is intended for heavy grading). I rather shoot with more contrast and saturation to save time later in postproduction.

I have also noticed that the ND fader I typically use adds a green/yellow/brown colour-cast to my image, in addition to softening it significantly. This means that my sharp lenses are not so sharp which is not good. This tells me that I need a proper matte-box setup and a set of ND filters, rather than fader. The french door found on a matte-box is also crucial in obtaining correct exposure. When you use an ND fader, you loose the ability to attach the lens hood, hence the need for a matte box. Also, it’s next to impossible to use both a ND fader together with a circular polarizer because they both rotate and often interfere with one another.

I am without a doubt, a self-confessed burgerholic. Along with many others, I was thrilled to hear that in celebration of their one-year anniversary, the GridTO is sponsoring Burger Week from May 30th to June 2nd. The deliciousness culminates on June 3rd with Burger Day at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, where all 18 participating restaurants will be preparing sliders.

I visited Burger Brats, Holly Chuck, and The Stockyards with my new pico flex dolly and a Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 USM Macro lens, to cinematize this celebration.

I will be the barns on Sunday, and I hope you will be too.

I shot these interviews on a Canon 60D w/ Sigma 30mm f1.4 & Canon 50mm f1.8 using the cinestyle picture profile (left), and apple colour for primary and secondary corrections (right). No look-up table (LUT) was used.

On the weekend I taped Bill King and friends at the Royal Cinema. Most of the evening featured songs from his new album Gloryland. It was a privilege to be around such talented artists. I am thrilled that Stephen Smith from mycompassstv invited me to film the event with him. I really look forward to working with Bill and Steve in the studio in the upcoming months. Here is a video of Bill and Jackie Richardson performing “I’ll Chase that Rainbow”. It is a beautiful song.