Time-lapse of DC

Just in time for #Election2016 I’m releasing various time-lapse shots of #DC.  Many of the shots are of #monuments and area #landmarks.  I love how a woman runner stops and lies at the base of the #WashingtonMonument, the clouds around the Winter Moon, the couple on the left side of the stairs of the #LincolnMonument doing multiple stair repeats with their headlamps on, and the two teenage girls who intentionally stand right in front of the camera inside the Lincoln Monument.  I think they thought they were ruining my shot.  All in good fun.

These shots are available as #stockfootage, and I’m working on more shots all the time.

Still Beautiful: St. Augustine, FL Celebrates 450 Years!

I had the pleasure of stumbling into St. Augustine, Florida just prior to its 450th Anniversary last week, while I was in the process of college tours with my daughter.  The town is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the U.S.  I am a graduate of Flagler College, situated in St. Augustine, and was happy to see my daughter include it on her list of potential schools.

The town was putting last minute touches on preparations for its scheduled weekend celebrations, which includes a visit from King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and a series free concerts including Aaron Neville, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell.

I had time to get a few photos of this beautiful town and unique college setting while we were there.

Nighttime photo of Lions Bridge and Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, FL.
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Nighttime photo of Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL.
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Dawn at Lions Bridge and Matanzas River in St. Augustine, FL.
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Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL.
St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos
Historic St. George Street
St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL.
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
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Flagler College, formerly Ponce de Leon Hotel, courtyard built by Henry Flagler.
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Flagler College courtyard, sundial, fountain.
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Flagler College
Flagler College
Flagler College gargoyle drains and tower.
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Flagler College courtyard.

The town has only improved with the passage of time.  As a tourist locale, there’s no shortage of things to do and see.

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone.

Historic St. Augustine, FL side street. ©Pawpro Media
Historic St. Augustine, FL side street.

Pawpro Media’s Photos in Newly Released Forkas book.

Just two days before the 2014 start of Race Across America, I am excited to announce that several of Pawpro Media’s photos from the 2012 race are included in the self-published book, What Spins The Wheel: Lessons In Leadership from Our Race for Hope” authored by Len Forkas, who successfully completed, won his age group, and finished tenth overall two years ago.

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I was a member of his 13 person crew and proud to have donated 15+ days (500+ hours) of my time, gear and professional video skills to cover the team and rookie racer riding to raise money for the charity he founded, Hopecam.org, which connects seriously ill children, who are homebound, with their schoolmates by way of online video chat.

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During the race I produced 33 videos, that helped promote Hopecam and Forkas and helped raise over $300,000, which in turn led to the latest fundraising endeavor of his book recounting the 2012 race. It was a grueling schedule as a singlehanded videographer, editor and voice of the reports filed, which demanded I stay awake for 48 hours at a time fueled only by Skittles and Mounds for sections of the race.

PAW_9799 Joe Barr Team Hopecam and Team Joe Barr meeting along the road in 2012 following Barr’s (shirtless, center) withdrawal from the competition.

In this year’s running of RAAM, Hopecam is supporting Team Joe Barr, a cyclist our 2012 Hopecam team became acquainted with before his unfortunate withdrawal from the competition in that year because of a serious bout with altitude sickness as he encountered the Rocky Mountains. Barr will ride this year to benefit Hopecam. Donations are welcome at Hopecam.org.

I wish Joe Barr and his team good health, good weather, good results on all accounts this year. Some consider this to be the toughest bike race in the world as it is a running clock, 3000 miles in 12 days, while the Tour de France is 2,200 miles in 23 days with stops and days off. Follow Team Joe Barr’s progress during the race at https://www.facebook.com/TeamJoeBarr.

Pawpro maintains a catalogue of video footage and stills from this 2012 event.

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Headed into the Mojave Desert on the first day of the race in 2012.

 

 

Pawpro on Deck to Produce Video for Lerner Enterprises and Oak Hill, and more.

Pawpro Media is keeping busy in March, April and beyond with projects from Lerner Enterprises/Oak Hill, N2Shape and RDB Running.

Pawpro will complete a promotional video for Lerner Enterprises, and its subsidiary Oak Hill this Spring which will feature a single family home community in Loudon County, Virginia.  This is a new client for Pawpro, so we’re eager to impress and complete this project.

Pawpro Media Video Production (Floor Install)

I’m also in the process of completing a series of videos for N2Shape, which is a VA and DC area fitness and training company.  Owner, Ellen Yates has years of personal training experience, and she leads and directs the company’s wide assortment of exercise classes and personal conditioning options, which range from spin, to group training, yoga, as well as personal one-on-one programs.  Here are two of the short form videos I’ve produced for N2Shape designed for placement on Website landing pages.



 

Pawpro photos from Race Across America 2012 will also be featured in the soon to be published book, “What Spins the Wheel” by Len Forkas.  I’ll detail this project in an upcoming post.

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Pawpro Media’s Take on DIY Video for Business

The latest video produced by Pawpro Media is a good example of a business’ use of video, as well as a good example of why there’s a separate time and place for professionally produced video in contrast with do-it-yourself (DIY) content.  The video link below for a top-tier commercial real estate firm, Griffith Properties, LLC, would be hard pressed to produce a video of this quality, which includes animated graphics,  as well as professionally mastered music and voice-over.  The attention to the quality of the video sends as big a message to viewers, as well.   Businesses should care about maintaining a standard.

A self-produced video runs the risk of diminishing the reputation of a professional entity because of poor production quality.  Viewers fail hear the intended message and only notice that the company wasn’t willing spend the time or money to produce a professional looking piece.

As a myriad of industries slowly warm to the idea of providing video content on their websites and social media outlets, some get cold feet when presented with the price tag for a professionally produced segment.  To make matters worse, they fail to contemplate or recognize the cost of repairing their reputation from cheaper, poorly produced and planned media efforts.

So, who can use DIY video, and why?  The successful applications of homespun video have generally come from small entities, non-profits or individuals where the expectations and criteria for judgement is far different from the professional world’s.  And even then, there are plenty of examples of non-profits turning to video professionals and graphic artists to produce videos that look good, sound good, or if nothing else, leave you with a good feeling or call to action with homemade color and composition.  In some cases a video professional might be willing to produce at a lower cost for a good cause.

I have over twenty years of experience in video.  I’ve seen the industry adapt and change with technology.  When I started in the business one inch tape was still the preferred master format and professional editing could only be accomplished in a large editing suite that cost tens of thousands of dollars, which was way beyond the means of small business.  Today,  most online media projects don’t require top-level production, but they do benefit from professional eyes and ears and knowledge of the technology.

If you have a video project and need advice about where to turn to get it started, give me a call.  You tell me what you want to do and I’ll tell you how to get it done–with Pawpro Media, another video professional, or on your own.

Pre-Inaugural DC and POTUS Sighting

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Nearly every Sunday I go for an early morning run in DC.  We start under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown and work our way along the Potomac River up to the Lincoln Memorial, and then down around the reflecting pool which sits between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  Sometimes, we go all the way down to the Capitol when we are training and need a longer run.

This past Sunday, the day before the Inaugural Parade, we made the trek down the Mall to the Capitol to catch a glance at the preparations for the next day’s events.  It is a special time in DC.  I brought along my camera because I knew if I didn’t I Pawproweb2-3773would regret it.  Sure enough, on my way back home I happened upon the Presidential motorcade with both President Obama and Vice President Biden heading to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, an Inaugural custom.

My first Inaugural experience was in 1977 for Jimmy Carter.  As a ten-year old at the time, it was a miserable experience because it was the second coldest Inaugural.  We waited for hours, literally standing on a block of ice.  I don’t even remember if we saw him, or not.  All I remember is continually looking down at my feet on the ice as I slowly lost all feeling.  I think that was probably the coldest I have ever been.

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Fall into Pawpro

As the leaves begin to fall here in Washington, D.C., Pawpro is working on several projects.

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Three weeks left in the campaign and I’m putting the final touches on a Presidential Election video.  This pro-Obama video is to be released on YouTube within the next 5 days.

In November, I will resume night owl duty and a video presence for the second running of the Anything Is Possible 5K race, which is a national running event.  It’s held in cities all over the U.S. on the night the clocks turn back.

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This year that night is November 4 at 1:50 AM.  New to this year’s race, participants will receive a pair of PJ pants from Old Navy–while supplies last.  Each participating city provides its own unique after party.

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Anything Is Possible 5K/ Atlanta

American Odyssey Relay 2012 Video Released

Newly released, the American Odyssey Relay video for 2012 produced and shot by Pawpro Media.  Don’t miss the most spirited team paying homage to comedian Will Ferrell by way of vintage 70’s athletic swag and exhibitionism with a penchant for public nudity.  All in a day’s work, I say!  It’s always great to work for race director, Bob Fleshner on this great event.

And speaking of events, seven days to go before Pawpro takes off for the start of Hopecam’s Race Across America.  We’ll be following Hopecam’s cyclist as he makes his way across the U.S. in 12 days in this infamous and awe inspiring event.  Follow our progress in real time on Facebook and Tumblr.  It starts June 13, 2012.

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