Monday, October 20, 2014

New Pornographers - "Dancehall Domine" (#MusicMonday)

A new song by the New Pornographers?

A danceable dance-theme song that makes me want to dance?

A film-nerd video full of iconic film images and conventions?

All this makes this video, directed and produced by Leblanc + Cudmore, for the song "Dancehall Domine" by the New Pornographers a perfect all-Canadian Music Monday post.

Enough said, go dance!

The New Pornographers - Dancehall Domine from Scott Cudmore on Vimeo.

"Dancehall Domine" - New Pornographers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area (California) - In Another Minute (Week 233)

  San Francisco Bay Area (California) - In Another Minute (Week 233)

The San Francisco Bay Area (or simply, Bay Area) in California consists of the cities San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. And I love it!

It's what I suspected ever since I saw my dad's photos from 1977 when he and his friend Manfred reached San Francisco on their road trip along Route 66 from New York City. Over the years, more and more of my friends from Florida and Brooklyn had moved there and I'd been dreaming about visiting or even moving to the Bay Area myself. This week, I finally got to go... and yes, I'd move there in a heartbeat.

During my to-short visit, I got to enjoy incredible hospitality, outstanding food and drinks, inspiring conversations, and so many stunning and anticipated sights.

Most of the places in this video, my dear friend Katie Ainslie and I got to experience thanks to Josh Mitchell, who was the Best Man in the previous week's wedding and video: Catskills Wedding (New York) - In Another Minute (Week 232). Being on a serious mission to see as much of San Francisco in a single day as humanly possible (on hardly any sleep because of the previous Berkeley/Oakland night that started at Revival Kitchen...), he took us all over town by various modes of transportation - just to dip in here and there and get some shots. A champagne toast on Tony and Rochelle's balcony overlooking the city with the Golden Gate Bridge during golden hour was a definite highlight... and the dinner at Nopalito with more friends, Mezcal + bug powder was well deserved after that day. As desert, Kevin surprised me with making another dream come true: driving us across the Golden Gate Bridge!

Places in the video: Oakland home and BART station, view of San Francisco from Tank Hill (just below Twin Peaks), cable cars along California (the Powell cars weren't running), Blue Angels over the Marina (it was Fleet Week), Union Square, Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill, the Castro, street art in the Mission, a peaceful burger place in Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies and sunset sky in Alamo Square... and finally the drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Thank you, Josh, you are a rock star! Thank you, Katie and Kevin, for the icing on top (including taking me to Brown Sugar Kitchen on my last day for my very first Chicken + Waffles)!

Another huge thank you goes to Katie, Sonia and Aaron who were amazing hosts and made me feel immediately at home. Beware, I might come back soon...

Last, but not least, a heartfelt thank you to everyone, who met me along the way and made this one of the most wonderful and memorable weekends. I'm so grateful to have all of you in my life!

While in California, I also had an amazing day with old and new friends exploring all that Sonoma has to offer. But that will be another video for another week...

The dreamy song featured in the video is "Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor]" by Broke For Free / CC BY 3.0

Oh, and I don't know the guy making the silly face to the camera. But if you do that to me, you will be published.

View of Painted Ladies and downtown San Francisco from Alamo Square at dusk

Friday, October 10, 2014

Catskills Wedding (New York) - In Another Minute (Week 232)

 Catskills Wedding (New York) - In Another Minute (Week 232)

The Catskills (aka Catskill Mountains) in Upstate New York are a beautiful and very popular destination for people from New York City. Especially stunning in autumn with its colorful fall foliage, it was the perfect backdrop for the Catskills wedding of dear Brooklyn friends Alex and Adele this past weekend at Mt. Tremper Arts, near Phoenicia, New York.

Congratulations, Alex and Adele! We all are so fortunate to know you and wish you all the happiness you can handle.

I cannot describe the joy I experienced spending a weekend with some of my best friends in such a beautiful place... and the pleasure of a romantic weekend with my husband in a little cabin in the hills.

Do yourself a favor and get away for the weekend and spend time with those you love and whom love you.

If you'd like to spend more time watching my Brooklyn friends, check out these videos:

Thanksgiving In Brooklyn – In A Berlin Minute (Week 31)

4th of July in NYC – In A Berlin Minute (Week 62)

German American New Year's Eve – Silvester 2012 – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 88)

Sanibel + Captiva Islands (Florida) – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 104)

And if you're in the mood for seeing glimpses of other friends' weddings, then please enjoy these videos:

California – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 78)

Meeting Bobby Brown + New Edition – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 103)

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of “Crazy Glue” by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you, Josh!

Fall foliage in the Catskills, New York
On a technical note: yes, I certainly do need a new on-the-go camera that shoots in 1080p and does well under dark lighting. Unfortunately, I have my mind set on the updated version of my Panasonic Lumix, which shoots in European PAL. Currently saving money for it. If you'd like to help, please make a donation via this PayPal link or leave a tip via a link underneath your favorite video on its Vimeo page. Thank you!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

South St. Vrain Canyon - In A Colorado Minute (Week 231)

South St. Vrain Canyon - In A Colorado Minute (Week 231)

The fast drive through stunning South St. Vrain Canyon (along South St. Vrain Creek aka St. Vrain River) was actually an accidental one. When we drove (and filmed) the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway in all its autumn glory this past week, we missed the turn from Colorado Highway 7 onto Highway 72 and discovered this little gem. Not accidental was the stop along the road to give our dog Whiskey the chance to catch some water, which seems to be here current favorite thing.

If you want to see what the world looks like from Whiskey's perspective, please check out last weeks video, shot by Whiskey herself with a GoPro: Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 230)

If you want to see the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway video, please check back in over the next few weeks. It may or may not be next week's video because tomorrow we're traveling to the Catskills in Upstate New York... where I might just shoot a new video.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of “Invisible Light” by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you, Josh!

South St. Vrain Canyon along St. Vrain Creek (aka St. Vrain River)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230)

Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230) 

Our Whiskey dog runs down to Horsetooth Reservoir and fetches a stick - all captured via the GoPro camera strapped to her back with the new GoPro Fetch harness.

Whiskey pretty much comes everywhere with us. And many times, I've wanted to film our excursions from her perspective. When a few weeks ago the GoPro dog harness came out and I watched fun videos of other camera-dogs (mostly Yellow Labs, it seems), I had to try it out as soon as possible. This week, Whiskey, Scott and I tested the harness for the first time at our favorite playground: Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Two things become immediately clear: Whiskey loves running, swimming and fetching... and the GoPro camera and Fetch harness are really intended for bigger dogs. The camera lens ends up so far above the pivot point on her tiny back, that it pivots so much, one could get dizzy from watching. But I believe the joy she seems to have and the fun of watching action from her (just behind those floppy ears) perspective overwhelm the technical issues. To make it a little less jostling, I slowed down the footage a little bit.

The lighting wasn't so great either, with the sun having just disappeared behind the Foot Hills. So I had to brighten the footage up a bit, which took away a lot of the beautiful colors of our ginger dog and the wonderful scenery. I'm sure we'll soon try to get brighter daylight footage with her, and there should be an onslaught of Whiskey Business episodes to come as part of my weekly 1-minute web series Moving Postcard.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of "Learn To Fly" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Josh!

Other videos heavily featuring Whiskey aka Miss Whisk aka Whiggles aka Reservoir Dog:
Snowshoeing With Whiskey Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 198)
Poudre River Swim – In A Colorado Minute (Week 225)
(Flooded) Poudre Trail – In A Colorado Minute (Week 214)
Roadside Attractions in Fort Collins – In A Colorado Minute (Week 199)
Dancing Happy Halloween Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 183)

Of course, as an overly photographed and video recorded dog, she also has her own tumblr: Shots of Whiskey

In the next few days, I'll also be uploading a video from my perspective of Miss Whisk swimming with the camera on her back on my LuciWest YouTube channel. Will link to it here then.

Whiskey dog swimming towards us at Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness

Whiskey Dog leaps towards Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness
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