Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meet Scott Falivene (Creative Director) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 260)

Meet Scott Falivene (Creative Director) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 260)

Scott Falivene (or F. Scott as some of us like to call him) is one of my oldest New York friends. We met not long after I moved there, when we both worked as graphic designers in the financial industry.

Our supervisor then was Anne Hanson, about whom I've made the very first In A Minute Portrait video: Meet Anne Hanson (of knitspot) – In A Minute Portrait (Week 219)

He is one of my favorite people to go to concerts with and roam the bars and streets of New York City together. So it was a real treat when he came through Denver this week with two other great guys, Gabe and John, and we could catch up and indulge in some delicious cocktails and amazing food (Linger!!!) and try to stay out of the rain.

Yeah, the weather was surprisingly awful that day, considering how amazing spring had been in Colorado so far. And yes, that's when F. Scott came up with that philosophy.

F. Scott is not only an incredibly talented designer and creative director, he's also a great musician. I was sorry to hear that he doesn't have a band he plays out with right now. But I trust that he'll put together a band again soon. Bring back Pants!!!

Scott Falivene - Creative Director
New York City

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tri-State Marker (Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 259)

Tri-State Marker (Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 259)

To get to the Tri-State Marker, where the US states Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska meet, you have to turn off a dirt road unto some dirt tracks across a field and hope that your four-wheel-drive will get you through the deep dips by the windmill and that there actually is a marker on this field. There is!

There are no signs by any of the roads or dirt tracks that will assure you that you're headed in the right direction. The only way I found it was by following the GPS coordinates, which weren't exactly accurate (N 41° 01 W 104° 03) and eventually just turning onto the field near the coordinates on a wing, a prayer and the intense winds up there this week.

Because this was definitely one of those cases of the journey itself being the destination, I'm showing you some of the roads leading there and our trusted 4Runner. Because the wind was so intense, I also kept some shots that are a bit wind-wobbly and one of Whiskey with her ears blowing in the wind.

Coming from Colorado, I first drove into Wyoming (Co Rd 161) and then headed back south a bit (Co Rd 164). The areas in both those states leading up to the tri-point are so beautiful (Pawnee Grassland and the Pine Bluffs) that I highly recommend this excursion and I plan to return for more hiking and filming. Expect to see a video on the abandoned farms of the Pawnee soon...

An interesting fact: In 1896, the original marker was placed a few hundred feet away from where the states where actually supposed to meet. Instead of moving the marker, the powers that be found it easier to redraw the map. So this marker actually determined where the boundaries are, which makes this place a little more important than it seems (considering there are no signs to find it).

By the way, the highest point in Nebraska, Panorama Point, is not far from there. Again, I plan to go back to that area...

The song in this video is called “Mountain Sun” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Jason!

Tri-State Marker of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bingham Hill Cemetery - In A Colorado Minute (Week 258)

Bingham Hill Cemetery - In A Colorado Minute (Week 258)

Bingham Hill Cemetery (between Fort Collins and Laporte, Colorado) may or may not be a haunted cemetery. It is definitely an unusual pioneer graveyard. Established around 1862, it originally held mostly unmarked grave sites. Even if there was a stone, it didn't necessarily have writing on it - and there were no burial records.

In the 1980s, over a hundred years later, local farm owner Rose L. Brinks managed to discover the names of over 150 people buried in the cemetery and published the book "History of the Bingham Hill Cemetery." Those people are listed on two large stones at the back of the grounds.

Since then, many of the graves have received new tombstones. This is something I have never seen (at least not on such a scale): modern gravestones with birth and death dates from the 1800s! Even more fascinating, I found the combinations of seeing the same name and dates on an old grave marker and on a modern one right next to it.

Being used to mostly urban cemeteries in Europe, I was also struck by all the pennies and dimes on the stones and the toys around graves of children who had died 150 years ago. I've not seen those traditions before. Personally, I also found the juxtaposition between faded plastic flowers and ancient rocks very photogenic.

As with most of my 1-minute videos, I've had to decide to not show a lot of what I filmed. One decision was easy, I wasn't going to include any of the memorials to people who have passed away in the last few years out of respect to them and their families. Photos of other things I had to leave out of the video, I will post on my personal blog soon...

I am a bit disappointed that I couldn't find room to include the amazing huge and hollow tree along the path to the cemetery - especially with the big goose sitting on top of it when I returned an hour later to pick up the sunglasses I had dropped in the graveyard - or did a ghost pull them out of my back pocket?

While there are accounts of ghosts and spirits in the cemetery, I didn't encounter anything unusual - but then I'm also not looking for something on that level. I can tell you that it was super windy and freezing when I first got there - but then it became sunny and warm. And my dog Whiskey had as much fun as she always does.

Unfortunately, the reported guest book was no longer there. Apparently, people had been stealing the books so often that there isn't one any longer. People can be so lame!

The song in this video is called “Acoustic Meditation” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

Bingham Hill Cemetery, Colorado


Monday, April 6, 2015

Marijuana Strains (Selection from Flower Power Botanicals) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 257)

Marijuana Strains (Selection from Flower Power Botanicals) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 257)

A few weeks ago, I was asked to take pictures of the large variety of marijuana strains grown at Flower Power Botanicals in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Of course, I was excited to take the challenge and try to capture the beauty, variety and intricacies of these plants. A selection of the photographs will be displayed soon in the two lobbies (medical and retail) of the marijuana dispensary. Since by now, I've already accumulated quite a selection of marijuana photographs, I thought I could share some of them in one of my weekly videos. In the coming weeks, I'll still take many more photographs since there are still many more strains to capture...

If you want to see the photographs on a wall or purchase products made from these weed strains, go visit:

Flower Power Botanicals
1308 Duff Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 672-8165
flowerpowerbotanicals.com

Taking photographs in a grow room presented an interesting challenge. The grow lights have such an intense color temperature that getting a correct white balance was nearly impossible. It probably explains why so many people take photographs of the plants with a flash (as I did of the Tangerine strain) instead of the grow lights. Alternatively, I could have brought in my own lights and relight the room. But that sounded like a less fun challenge.

List of strains seen in this video (all grown by Pascal and Amanda, who are *crushing it*):
Bahia Blackhead
Blue Dream
Bubba 76
Cat Piss Romulan
Confidential Cheese
Critical Plus
Durban Poison
East Coast Sour Diesel
Girl Scout Cookies
Jackie White
Lavender
OG Ringo
Purple Diesel
Silver Kush
Special Queen
Tangerine

The reason why this week's video is so late is that Peter, the owner of Flower Power Botanicals and long-time friend, got married this week, and Scott and I were pretty heavily involved in this week's festivities. Congratulations again, Peter and Deanna!

The featured song is the instrumental version of “Big Disco Ball” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Purple Diesel at Flower Power Botanicals