My First Home Video

As one who really enjoys photography and the post processing that goes with it, I also enjoy a good movie. For a long time now I have wanted to get into making some sort of short film, or even a home movie. I finally got the nerve up to put something together, and once I got rolling on it, it became easier to do and my confidence seemed to get better.

It helps to have such a great subject to work with, our Chinese Crested PowderPuff Hannah. Here’s “Hannah in the Snow”.

Please leave a comment or critique. Let me know if there’s anything I could do to improve… besides getting my hand in the way. Ya… I saw it too.

Someone’s Farm

Someone's Farm by gregmcmillan
Someone’s Farm, a photo by gregmcmillan on Flickr.

On a recent day trip to the McMichael Gallery we wanted to get some pictures of an old abandoned house. As I jumped out of the car to start our little venture, this farm across the road caught my eye. I spent all of about three seconds composing and shooting the scene.
The display at the gallery consisted of images by Edward Burtynsky and Ansel Adams. As you can see by the edit on this image, I was very influenced by Adams. I truly believe I will never be able to produce a black and white edit that would come close to Ansel’s work, but I will definitely be studying the Zone System in a lot of my future works.

Was Nostradamus Right?

I really don’t know what to make of Nostradamus. As a Christian, I reserve all my belief for the word of God as it is written in the bible. Biblical prophecy has always intrigued me, especially when I see how it has come true. Nostradamus made some bold predictions in his day, and arguably, most of them seem to have come true to this point.
To be honest, I haven’t really paid that much attention to his predictions, but one that has surfaced lately is quite interesting, and one might say that it may even have ties to the Mayans. It is as follows:

“From the calm morning, the end will come
When of the dancing horse
the number of circles will be 9”

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It appears that this prediction – and I refer to it as a prediction, not prophecy – pertains to the Korean sensation Psy, and his massive hit YouTube video Gangnam Style. Do you see the correlation? Let me explain.
Korea, and I don’t know if there is any stipulation over North or South here, is known as the “Land of the Morning Calm” because the character script used to write the name Korea is often translated into English as “calm morning/sun”. Well, that pretty much gives us a geographical location for where this prediction is said to originate, “From the calm morning”. Psy hails from the Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea.
Now the prediction gets a little sketchy for me because the next few words pertain to the end of something, but what? He just said “the end will come”. This, to me, is where I think Nostradamus makes a connection with the Mayans, specifically with the fact that their calendar came to an end. The first thing most people think of here is the end of the world, but we all know that didn’t happen. I think when he says “the end will come”, he is merely predicting the end of the Mayan calendar. But how can we be sure of that?
It is a well documented fact that the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Some people have taken this so seriously that they really thought the world would end on that day. I didn’t believe it for a minute. But something did indeed happen on December 21, 2012. Psy’s video for Gangnam Style, where he dances like a guy riding a horse, reached one billion views on YouTube. That’s a 1 with nine zeroes. “When of the dancing horse the number of circles will be 9”. Ok, this is where I got freaked out a little.
Nostradamus most likely had no idea that YouTube would exist, only that there would be a relation between Korea, the end of something, a dancing horse, and nine circles. I’m sure he knew that the circles might be part of a number, but there’s no way he could have pictured in his mind a guy who likes to “dress classy and dance cheesy”. I don’t know, maybe he was just phenomenal at guessing.
Or maybe Psy read the prediction and decided he would orchestrate the song, the dance, the fact that he didn’t stop all the copying of his style so it would get worldwide attention much faster, the timing of its release on YouTube so it would hit the billion views mark on December 12… nah.
Whether Nostradamus was accurate with his predictions or just plain lucky, only God knows. But I couldn’t help writing about this one. God Bless.

My 2012 Project

Hello World. I was challenged to a little project just over a year ago, and that project was to take a photo a day for 2012 and post it on Instagram. Well, I did it!

Ok, I didn’t post all of them on Instagram (that’s a story for a different blog post), but I did post them on Flickr. The image below is a “poster” of my whole year. I hope you’ll go to Flickr and have a look at them. Some will be good, some not so good. But I must say, I rather enjoyed doing it (for the most part – it got a little gruelling at times trying to come up with a subject) and it sure taxed my creative genes. You can see the series HERE.

I have to give a big thanks to my friend Lynn Reket for getting me into this, and I can assure you Lynn, I will never do this again, lol. As good as it feels to have completed a task of this nature, it isn’t something I want to commit to again.

I hope you enjoy the series and as always, comments are welcome.

 

 

2012