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Greatest Hits Volume XII

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Beginnings of new years bring reflections of years past. Here are a few memories that come to mind:

First time shooting with the Canon 7d. No fancy shoulder rigs, just hand-held for stills and the occasional video to see what you can do with it. On a tripod, the video is actually quite awesome. A couple of months later I shot numerous setups using the 7d as the B camera and wished I had one for the A camera! Today we use it mainly for stills needed for textbooks, cover art, DVD packaging and of course to supplement video. Have a particular project in mind for the year ahead, though a full frame camera such as the AF100 may be better.

Next major shoot I was asked to get some beauty shots for journal covers and editorial support - this is one of the best ones. Looks good in color too, but my scrapbook is BW!

Same shoot, we needed a bunch of instrument shots. The shallow DOF lets you get some interesting compositions not possible on your garden variety handycam. At one point I put the 7d on a tripod gaffer taped to a wheelchair and did some interesting dolly shots of instruments laid out on a table.

This was an actual surgery shoot. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have a large Plasma monitor or LCD mounted on the wall of the OR. Makes life easier for us and the surgeons.

I have been to approximately 25 medical conventions - normally held in convention centers with no windows and often underground for days on end. In 2010 one of our meetings was at the Gaylord National resort outside Washington DC. It was nice to see some nature and natural sunlight. Adjacent to this structure is a contrived Disney-town with hotels and some pretty good restaurants. Not a bad place to be stuck for 4 days.

December 2010 we were managing a meeting at a hotel in Times Square. During some downtime we got to walk around Rockefeller Center which was all decked out for the holidays - lots of people but a nice break from PowerPoint!

Same meeting we did a live to Adobe OnLocation switched video of the meeting with simultaneous video reinforcement, and 15 surgeries beamed in from all over the place. This was cool. Setting up and troubleshooting AV until 4am - not so much, but it all came together!

2008 - the last shoot with the AJ-D700 DVCPRO25 camera. It served us well for 10 years. We do miss the nice lens on the small form factor camcorders.

A more typical view nowadays.

A more recent i-mag situation in a training lab.

With the end product.

2012 and beyond should provide many more and varied experiences to share and to learn from.

Note, I have excluded photos of my dinners, which I often include. Just look for food keywords and you'll get what you are looking for.

Oh heck, here's a particularly tasty one:

Ok, ok, that's likely the most disgusting thing I've ever posted on here, though on a midnight drive home from LaGuardia an egg salad sandwich and a half-hot-chocolate-half-coffee beverage hits the spot.

Here's a better one - I think this was at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Yeah, life is tough.

Hope you enjoyed the look back. I did.

Thanks for reading/viewing/not throwing up (you should see the pictures I left out!)

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jan 7, 2012 at 11:25:22 amComments (1)


Re: Greatest Hits Volume XII
by Mark Stuart
Thanks for sharing your adventures with photos, Mike. Pictures really are worth 1,000 words. I think I'm going to start carrying my little pocket still cam with me more.

That egg sandwich looks disgusting! :-)

Have a great day,


Mark A. Stuart
Madison, Wisconsin

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

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