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ABC Juice for Mission: Camera Ready

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Oh how I wish getting fit could be exclusively handled in the gym.  If only I could lift and Spin my way back to Warrior JD with just my blood, sweat and tears.  Unfortunately, a good deal of fitness happens in the kitchen and while my muscles get their fair share of punishment, my taste buds take the most abuse.

In order to give a boost of micronutrients from time-to-time one can gulp down a juice.  Today, I did just that and I am am going to share the experience with you.

Keep on reading to see what the ABC Juice and how you can make it for yourself….

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2 Lumias + TapShoot App = Better Selfies

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If you’re like me, then you too are your own favorite model.  You not only have the looks and camera presence, but there’s an amazing relationship between photographer and subject.  These can be key ingredients for the magic to happen in the lens.  Look at the magic right here, that I caught during ‘Movember.  Don’t worry, the stache is stashed away now.

There are challenges to getting a great selfie.  It takes more that mere aesthetic prowess.  You can stick your arm out and generally aim in the right direction, but you’re better than that. Our beautiful faces deserve perfect framing, not a guess.  You can also use the front facing camera, but please.  You can’t entrust the capture of your image, your personality and your self-important brand, to inferior megapixels.  There has to be a better way, right “me”?  You guessed it “myself”.  Hey “I”, show the good people our secret to better selfies.

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JD Rants – Negativity

Yeah, yeah, yeah…the irony of this is not lost on me. It’s a RANT, I don’t care!

You know the nuts and bolts: Shot with Nokia Lumia 1020 and Edited with Sony Vegas Pro.  The whole thing is stream of conscious from me, Jeff Daly.

Enjoy and BE POSITIVE…OR ELSE!!

Home Turf

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My mission: To put my #NoExcuses manta to work.  Last week, I wrote some mini-short scripts and now I wanted to shoot them.  I was having trouble scheduling with anybody to help me, so I picked one that I thought that I could shoot on my own and I just decided to do it today.

It took a good portion of my afternoon, but I like how it turned out.  I was able to show off the Nokia Lumia 1020’s HD capability.  I was also able to (hopefully) show a bit of the funny that exists in my head.  Most of all, I just got something done and that is so important in creating the habit of creating.

OK, let’s jump into it.  I’ll give a few tips along the way…

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A PureView of the Pacific Design Center

I took a little walk and thought that I’d share the Pacific Design Center exterior with you.  Enjoy the campus of modern buildings and fountain in a garden style setting.  Obviously, I used the Nokia Lumia 1020 to capture it all.  It’s all handheld and I wasn’t being particularly careful so the Optical Image Stabilizer was working hard.  Also, you can see that the microphone works really well…almost too well for standard host-style speaking, because it picks up everything.

DalyDose of Cowboy Studio Light Kit

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 does well in a variety of shooting situations, but one can never have enough light.  I have access to bigger, professional lights when I can coordinate with my friends who own a production company, but I needed something to use at any time.  I hopped on Amazon and found this inexpensive kit with a good reviews from The Cowboy Studio. 

Here’s the Amazon link to the kit: http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-Photography-Portrait-Continuous-Umbrellas/dp/B003WLY24O

How’d they work? Well, you know I shot a video right?  LIGHTS, camera…action!

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1020 Test – A PureView Mini Tour of Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial Park

WP_CM_20131028_104051This is my last video test of the Nokia Lumia 1020 before I start doing scripted  videos.  You will see that the phone did a good job with both audio and video.

This little park is at the bottom of my hill. I walk through it just about every day as anyone who follows me on Foursquare will testify to.

Keep following along to see the video…

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Lumia Getting Me Fit

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I spend a lot of time talking about the imaging features of this amazing Nokia Lumia 1020 device, but it has other uses.  There are a bevy of apps that I should probably be writing about, but I can do that after my time with the 1020 is over.  I mean, I do have my Lumia 920, running the same operating system.

Photography and videography are one thing, but I find myself frequently on BOTH sides of the camera, so I need to keep an eye on  my fitness.  Obviously, vanity and aesthetics aren’t the only reasons for getting into shape, but they are powerful motivators for this guy.  No matter your reason, the Windows Phone powered Lumia can help buff you up, slim you down or just add to your performance level.

You can see here that I have the phone posing with my running shoes and a nasty post-run t-shirt.  Too bad Lumia can’t do laundry.  Never mind that though.  Like Olivia Newton John said back in the day, “Let’s Get Physical”. (BONUS – I added that music video to the end of this blog)

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A PureView of Solstice Canyon

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My friend Sara and I needed to scout out a location for a photo shoot that we have planned.  It’s not accessible except by hike, so I was glad to only carry along the Nokia Lumia 1020.  The DSLR can stay home until we lug the equipment up there.

In Solstice Canyon there is this mansion that burned in 80’s.  For more info on the trail and park, visit: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm/index.htm

For more of MY pictures from this hike, keep on scrolling!

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Contrast in Venice – California

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Contrast in photography is technically the difference between the lights and the darks.  I look for contextual contrast, as well.  The soft petals of this flower resting peacefully on the hard, cracked pavement of the alley is a prime example of something that catches my eye.  Let’s see what else in the proximity of this moment caught my eye.

All pictures were taken today with the Nokia Lumia 1020, using the Nokia Camera Pro app.  There was no post-processing, other than cropping/reframing, which was done inside of the same Camera Pro app.

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