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Takeoffs and Landings - a Travelogue

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Getting to the West Coast often includes a stop in O'Hare - this tunnel is a favorite stopping point - I always look for something calm in the middle of the hustle.

San Diego for a convention...

When the exhibits ended a 5 minute walk to the hotel, change into walking shoes, and explore the city and nearby Coronado Island...

Home a few days later...

next stop - Grand Rapids...

This is why they call them Rapids!

They have a pristine Frank Lloyd Wright House in Grand Rapids:

Like Chicago, Detroit has a cool underground tunnel - this one is like a Disney attraction

Onto a plane heading home - for a few days at least...

A few days later off to Chicago for the day

Back home within 18 hours makes for a long day...

...home for 24 hours then back to the airport and off to LA...

One cool aspect of producing is the liberation of flying without camera gear, hiring local crews and getting to see the latest tools in action. Here in Tinseltown we used a new Canon EOS C300 full frame 35mm HD camera.

After the shoot, with no flights home before the next morning, I took a drive up to Burbank to visit ProMax, then worked my way back to Santa Monica for the night, hitting Mulholland Drive for some scenery...

I'm getting more familiar with the manual functions on the Canon 7d - long exposures, bracketing and RAW.

I also like taking behind the scenes pictures of different setups. Another benefit of hiring local folks is getting different nuances of doing the same setup. Where one guy uses a Kino Flo, another uses a Rifa Light or Chimera. One man's Arri 150 fresnel is another's Dedo Light.

I also have a running list of some gear to pick up when possible or necessary. I happened upon this place in Burbank and had a quick look inside. We don't have corner stores in Connecticut that sell 50 colors of gaffer tape and C-Stands!

And the adventure continues...

See you on the next installment...

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:05:56 pm travel, photography

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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