Longmont Balloon Pilot

BALLOON_PILOT© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

On Sunday, June 2, 2013 my alarm went off at 5AM. I was headed to Frederick to follow a hot air balloon pilot from take off to landing. This was a photo essay I had been wanting to work on for some time. I was interested in finding a pilot who was passionate about flying and it took some time to find a source that wasn’t a commercial pilot.  When I did finally find some one, I found exactly the person I needed.

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Raw Video: Myers Gulch Road House Fire

I shot this video at a structure fire on the morning of April 22, 2011. I was actually on my way up to shoot a follow up picture at another fire when I heard about this one on my public safety scanner. I will post a couple of photos from the chaos of last weekend when I get a chance. For now, take a look at the video.

Cheap Video Solution for Newspapers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

© Matthew Jonas 2010

Web video is here to stay. And with the roll out of the new web platform I mentioned previously, we have been tasked with creating video content for all of our publications. I really want this to work out for us but I have made it clear to our editorial management that this will not be a “quantity versus quality” endeavor. Not every story will include video. I set our goals at 1 video per week, per paper. So basically I will probably end up cutting together 4 videos a week. It’s not going to be easy. But I like a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, the company actually purchased video cameras for the staff. In a time of furlough days, pay cuts and expense reductions it was a nice surprise. However, (let’s face it there is always a however) with the limited budget the equipment purchased was not the Canon XH-A1s and Sennheiser EW G3s that we would have liked. Instead we were given the Kodak Zi8 pocket video cameras and Audio-Technica wired lavaliere mics. The photo above shows the camera and mic along with my haggard Think Tank Photo Trim Changer.

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For all you wedding shooters out there


UPDATED: Here is another video. This time it appears to have been shot by what I assume to be professional photographers. Really nice stuff. Although, I am sure the RIAA would love to know whether they licensed the music that accompanies the video. I am a little concerned about the lack of natural sound that I am seeing in some of the videos. I am planning on getting a video capable DSLR soon and will use it for editorial (interviews, etc.) work so I would like to hear more audio. Shot with a Canon 7D. Any way, check it out.

UPDATED: I finally figured out what I was doing wrong in the embedding code, so now I can embed the video in the post itself. No more linking out of the blog!