I spent a foggy morning along the Potomac recently, watching the fishing done by men and birds near Chain Bridge. The birds seemed to be winning, both the Great Blue Herons and the Red Faced Cormorants. I also spotted a Raven and an Osprey as I crossed the historic span headed home.
A little Chain Bridge history: There have been 8 bridges in this spot beginning just before the beginning of the 1800’s. They were destroyed or deteriorated by time, floods, and fire. At one point Confederate soldiers stood on one side and Union on the other. If I’m not mistaken, the current footings for the bridge date back to the 1870s. Today, the steep, steel gray, stone cliffs along the Virginia side are decorated with luxury homes towering over the fast moving waters below that still feel wild.
Down among the heavy, jagged rocks that characterize the Potomac River Gorge, just downstream from Great Falls and Mather Gorge, I also found a lot of trash and other debris strewn and left along the rocky banks. Certainly some of it comes from the river, dumped when the water runs high, but much of it comes from those who frequent this fishing hole.
I hate to see summer come to an end, but I can hear and feel the approach of fall each morning as I head out early to get photographs. The subtle changes are already in motion. Here are a few shots from around our region in the last couple of weeks.
I’m more of a summer person and it’s a lot easier to drag myself out with the warmer air, but I am looking forward to the colors of fall and fewer bug bites!
What few people looking for video production services know is that it’s easy to get oversold, and pay for crews and equipment that are beyond what is needed for the average online video content project. There once was a clear distinction between consumer grade cameras and those used by professionals. The advent of the DSLR video camera really hammered home the blur between equipment deemed professional and amateur. In the online video world, what’s best isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and streaming video is different that television broadcasting. In the last ten years a near cataclysmic shift in the professional video production world occurred–not just in Washington DC but everywhere. The average business consumer probably didn’t realize the impact of the change because they were too busy enjoying YouTube video content on their smart phones. YouTube, editing software changes and other technological advances have made high quality video not only attainable but easily distributable on a mass scale for the mainstream. Whether you are a video production wannabe or a business looking for video content for marketing, a new world opened up. Long time video professionals who spent tens of thousands of dollars on camera gear were suddenly getting real competition from smaller businesses with the newer, cheaper equipment with a faster digital workflow. As with any business, lower overhead usually leads to lower rates, and that was and is certainly the case with video production. As you can imagine, long time video professionals, deeply invested in the more expensive gear, weren’t so thrilled by this shift In the end, there’s no gain in paying for that better equipment and more expensive crew if the difference isn’t seen in the end product. The newer DSLR gear is more than adequate for online use. If you don’t intend for a video to be broadcast on television, there’s no need to pay for broadcast level equipment and the crew that goes with it.
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Managed to get downtown yesterday morning before the rain hit to get some photographs of the Cherry Blossoms, which are a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. A traffic and pedestrian nightmare surrounded the pink forest on Friday evening when the weather was perfect for viewing and photographing. You take what you can get, I guess. It was a damp, overcast and cool morning.
Online video appeals via e-mails and social media sources by charitable and non-profit organizations have a proven success rate. Nearly all online searches involve a searcher watching videos. There is also a proven success rate for harnessing the power of inbound marketing, that is being at the right place, online, at the right time–when a person interested in your charity goes Google. Make the best use of that searcher’s time by providing an appealing and clear video message. This is what Pawpro Media does best.
What’s that sound? It’s not coming from a dust speck, people! It’s coming from the great efforts of Horton’s Kids, a Capitol Hill based organization which provides tutoring and support to students and families of the lowest-performing schools of Ward 8 in Washington, DC. Pawpro Media will be producing a series of videos for this great organization led by Brenda Chamberlain, and founded by Karin Walser. It’s only fitting that we make this announcement on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
While filling her car with gas in 1989, Karin had a chance encounter with a group of children from this troubled area of our nation’s capital, and it inspired her to recognize their need as well as their presence in the shadow of her everyday life working on Capitol Hill. It was as if they were calling out, We are here! We are here! We are here! just as the tiny Who’s in Who-ville did in the infamous Dr. Suess book, Horton Hears a Who.
For 20 years Horton’s Kids has advocated, transported, and enriched the lives of these neediest of children with educational tutoring, mentoring as well as the basic necessities of food and clothing when necessary. Horton’s Kids’ work is funded entirely by donations. Please visit hortonskids.org/donate.html if you would like to make a donation.
Pawpro loves the photography tutorials by Dom Bower because they’re easy to understand, cover useful topics, and, at moments, a little tongue-in-chic. That’s right, chic, not cheek. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he does offer hundreds of instructional videos for the casual user, as well as the serious photography hobbyist/pseudo professional. He has a couple of YouTube channels and Websites, so you’re sure to find help on most any photography topic you desire.
If you plan on taking photos for your own Website, you can’t beat these tips. Real estate brokers who take their own photos could really benefit from watching of few of these videos.
Pawpro is stepping up to The Today Show plate. On October 29, 2010 The Today Show announced a competition to produce the next great viral video using clips provided by Today mixed with or without your own original video, artwork, or music. The clips provided were generally funny outtakes from The Today Show in production including hosts Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Hoda Kotb, and Kathy Lee Gifford.
Pawpro submitted a 40 second high energy video that we would love to show you, but can’t because of the competition’s rules. Pawpro fingers are crossed as we wait for the results. We’ll keep you posted.