VP (ROMEU_2AM)  ➊➊  if it’s a portrait, is mine

 
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Introducing dragonflais to Leo while DIY project

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photo by Am Am  

My dear Leisnky,

Whazup buddy?!!! How are the cucumber’s arm, the poo eater fish and Wurli?

I’m at the countryside and the pond where I’ve been swimming last 10 days is full of LIFE, I thought that holding such interest in every single little detail about nature’s processes you would fancy a description of this pond’s fauna, flora another day.
In the pond that we call lake ’cause we wanna make us bigger too, there are a myriad tiny armies of tiny beings with huge eyes battling for best spot or yummiest meal, normally one is associated with the other. If it’s all right with you, We’ll now focus on the main 2 animal collectives which are frogs and dragonflies.

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Frogs are amphibians (mostly wet) squeaky creatures and they come as far as the Triassic. Here in the pond-lake they’re on top of tiny beings’ food chain as their predators are bigger animals like polar bears, french, chinese and vietnamese cooks, snakes and pterodactyls; so they’re pretty much the bosses of it all.

The most important thing to know about frogs it is not that they are slippery gawky jumpers with huge weirdly funny feet and witnessing eyes; or that they cannot really talk because their tongue is so lengthy that has to be kept rolled up inside that big mouth and when they want to eat they thow it to wip their prey with it and hopefully the lunch gets stuck in the gummy accumulated saliva made out of unspoken frog words… or that every single frog regards her/himself as an Enrico Caruso; no nothing of that. It’s not even soooo important to know about frogs being permanently stoned with 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine or DMT to abbreviate; scientists think that only some (mexican tods) frogs produce this substance, but they obviate international frog dealership.

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Anyway, important thing to know about frogs is that when you’re swimming in the lake you might be gently checked out (constantly observed for sure) to see if you’re real or an hallucination. Honestly I do the same back to them all the time. But they mean and would do no harm… just curious. Frogs love lotus flower or nenufar as singing and quick naps’ platform. Finally and among other insects frogs eat dragonflies.

And Leo, I LOVE DRAGONFLIES, almost as much as I love anchovies or bees, but bees are more… tender and community based hard working explorers that have a vital role in pollination and if that was not enough they make honey… mmmm honey. In comparison dragonflies or libelulas (which I prefer as it’s beautifully onomatopoeic) are hyper fast lazy bastards (no contradiction) who just want to go flying faround, having fun, having sex, laying eggs and eat in fancy restaurants… well actually this may not be very accurate, but you get the difference.
BTW frogs and dragonflies both like mosquitoes as this one sucking my precious blood right now!!! That’s how you recognise a female… mosquito, nhiF!

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- Wait just a sec, have to go check something!! ….. another little mouse went in the trap, must be at least the 35th… it’s sooooo cute und small… but they leave a trail of tiny shits (much like the colourful things people sprinkle pies with, but black and not sweet) and make holes in everything. On holidays you go little Mini, raus!!!

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So dragonflies… something you might not know is that the earth’s most powerful creature is the fly, it happens so because they’re ruthless pieces of PITA flying beings and just too many. So five thousand hundred million light years ago (a light year less or more) when chinese manufactures wanted to implement the libelules as the new flying sensation, they asked for flies’ permission and these, reunited and decided that as the retarded humans had their mythological invisible dragons they also needed something visible to call dragon and thus was the dragonfly borned into basically a tiny inoffensive dragon on alpha‑methylphenethylamine or amphetamine, they cannot stop and are always shaking their heads, wikipedia says that what goes inside a dragonfly head is some video-game like this

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But in reality it is more like this as dragonflies have multifaceted eyes that allow them to watch 7253 female dancing shows at the same time and that’s the truth behind the head shaking, as they constantly saying check it out yo, it’s too good it’s too good, all is flowing dharmakaya papichulo!!!

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That may explain the strange reproductive ritual dragonflies carry around, I call it ass-wetting hardcore sex; male and female interconnect and form and organic and orgasmic multicopter that bends so that they can lay the eggs in most dangerous possible place, frémissement!!! Frogs are good and attentive neighbours and help them with the excess of weight, eating as much as they can, if possible also parents; just lovely to see.

 

So Leo, my kiznit, what’s happening in your nearest pond?
Now I “have to” talk about this other boring thing, so you can go and check =)

Hasta ahorita, your crazy uncle that loves U at least as much as the frog loves the dragonflay ay ay

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TECH-numb-me-NOW
 
I wanted to try and capture up close all this incredible relationing I was telling my nephew about with my nikkor push-pull 80-200mm f4.5 – 160-400mm equiv on µFT

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Rûmi Chants d’Amour – Je Suis Et Ceci Et Cela. Je Ne Suis Mien (extract)

 
I apologise for parkinson footage, it’s not that I had slept for almost 3 hours and only drank 16 coffees, it’s ’cause the tripod didn’t exist and neither I wanted to (fake) stabilise in post. As anyone who had handled such a non IS zoom would know it is very very difficult to maintain parafocalness (a new word just have been borned). Add to this fact that this lens is over 40 years old and very moody. So with the flightiness of improvement the experience I built, well more like wrapped up within, this thingie. As an early and probably only prototype, it was made improv style with materials at hand, in this case too thin wraps and some disembled printer parts from a NASA satellite, actually that’s not true, it was from an old Vostok (SOUND: men only chorus of super athletes dressed in tiny shorts)

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Anyway thicker black straps would be and look better, more bad ass or pro like, your taste, your choice, your call.

This incredible piece of shit, I mean ‘of mesmerising engineering’ has a double lock system and a zoom limiter, fancy ein? First lock system can be done either under or over the metal bar, depending if further focus fine tuning is required; under (see #7) would allow infinite, over (see invisible #6) closer focus. In the second locking possibility (see #1, uncomplete) the strap would move from the focus ring to the front barrel and around the rubber, this will allow a total lock of focus and only zoom would be possible. Also depending if you want and at what FL to limit the zooming, you can move rubber alongside the steel rod (see #8 and #9).

 

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Last but not least a beautiful dragonfly trippin out as always
don’t be deluded, lens is different ,-)

 

SOUNDTRACK
Yair Dalal – Dombuktchi (extract)
 
 

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video hack grading tits, oh oh fucking shit!! I mean tests

Hi there unflagging travellers ,-)
Let’s get down to business, meaning 3 tests I brr-ringg 2 U:

 

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Over Personal View asylum, je je, there has been this discussion topic about 4k downscaling and an user by the name of Karl (thank you man) implemented an interesting script for ffmpeg – all the dirty laundry —> HERE. And as my religion obliges me to test this things, I cannot do by be a good believer; resulting in

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The best MIDI I may have ever Created for Synthesia by CPsMusic
a bit reworked with my own fins :P

 

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If you’re a geek, you’ll already know, but if you’re not, there has been 1 more crack in the industry of imaginary. Last week Paul Rean managed to “easily” enable his Sony F5 as a 4k recording video device and then shared his method with the rest of the world. For understanding the impact of such an action, just visualise someone spending 16.500$ in a video camera which “limitations” you could overcome by spending some more thousands in an official upgrade or buying bigger brother F55 for some thousands more (29.000$). The camera came abridged from factory only by software!!!

A nice laid back chat with P.Rean 

Anyway, the F5 new 4k delivers beautiful pornographic amount of DR an detail =)
Here’s a Q&D “neutral” grade with no sharpening only downscale (using Karl’s script ,-) of one shot in Paul Rean’s 4k test video

 
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If you recognised that sound on the second half of the video, it could mean 2 things; either you’re spanish or grew up in Spain or you desperately “need” to leave a comment –> HERE. If you didn’t (recognise it), well you’re a looser, a beautiful one just like me, cheers!!! =)

 
 

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Finally and also over at PV forums, Apefos has been working in an improved version of Flowmotion hack for GH2 called WorkHorse. If interested in highly technical details, proceed to read –> WorkHorse thread. With Apefos permission and blessing I did a really superficial, quick ind dirty grade on his images. Case you want to peep on a decent –> FHD x264 (360Mb) copy; if not here’s melange d’purê

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon (extract)

 
 
I would like to finish with something more to earth than these tremendously interesting tests… and I cannot think of something more down to earth, ass sniffing, jap looking, finger surplus, big, heavy but unlimiting piece of tender living being than OTIS, the rafeiro alentejano, yooo szznuppyy fluffy nice doooogggy
 
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A million breakfasts • 000003

 
 
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Half-matured goat cheese with home grown small radish
and a splash of sweetish mustard

 
 

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GH3 TL issue workaround and Hybrid x265

First a visual proof of concept, effect color stabilizer + ft-auto white balance only applied to lower right. Video by Amedeo Gallo, hope it’s OK with U bro ,-)

Mind you, it’s not the best video example as:
A – the clouds interfere with WB and luminosity in the overall image and
B – source it’s a highly compressed vimeo downloaded from vimeo =)

IF working within a raw sequence results would improve vastly, either syncing Auto WB in camera raw or inside LR and with TLtools (free). This AE approach would still be valid and probably would carry enhanced results.

 


Then the BTS or behind the scenes ,-)


 
Over at Personal View, we were talking about this illness that Panasonic’s GH3 developed in timelapse mod, see GH3 Issues Topic posts

Where on my last entry I said:
 
Ok, I really don’t think is such a good idea to

I gave up, probably the only one who could find a solution is Panasonic itself.

Mostly ’cause panachonik it’s too busy selling cakes ,-) to care about “old fart” GH3. So I downloaded @yellowapple video from vimeo and tried many things, mostly focusing on the ones that didn’t involve payed software… but only within AE I managed a couple fixes:

In both I created a mask around problematic areas (over exposed in yellowapple’s video to enhance the issue), which I used as a track matte and I had a copy of the layer for background.

First, the money burner; RE:Deflicker at a whooping 250$, oh yeah!!!
Despite the steep price, I got the best results from the plug and it works in 32bpc.
I triplicated the effect and used it averaging each channel and despite I set time range to the whole comp (146 fr) the analysis was pretty quick.
 

Second, the “free” one; Color Stabilizer + ft-auto white balance (name your own price plug). Maybe AE inbuilt plugs, auto levels or autocolor could also work, dunno didn’t try it out.
This one only works in 16 bpc, but IMHO results seemed good enough to use it and move on. If interested U can READ and download over the thread
 

 

You don’t need to TL using jpeg @yellowapple @Odur !!! Try this =)

 
 
Then the x265 and Hybrid bit.
For those of you cats who doesn’t know what a codec is, here’s wiki to rescue:

A codec is a device or computer program capable of encoding or decoding a digital data stream or signal.[...] a codec is a program (an implementation) which can read or write such files. In practice, however, “codec” is sometimes used loosely to refer to formats.

Regarding video I personally consider a healthier wider (also spread) practice to “use” the wrappers as if formats; mp4, mov, mts, avi, etc. So now specifically about the x265 codec, wiki again:

x265 is an open source free software and library for encoding video using the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265) standard.x265 is currently licensed under a dual GNU General Public License (GPL) 2 license and commercial license, similar to the x264 project.

Basically x264 was the best free implementation ever of the h264 codec (AVC – advanced video coding) found at the core of most mp4, movs, mts (avchd), etc. dominating the scene for a decade. The people behind the mask behind the wall behind… are claiming x265 is the same to revolutionary codec h265. The revolutionary part is because, as image files are getting bigger in resolution and size, this codec allows for faster and bigger compression; meaning more quality in less size done quicker; EFFICIENCY is gonna get us kill.

See Bilu and JardaIn
 
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So I wanted to play with the codec and I downloaded very nice Hybrid app (free for win and mac) and I compressed a file; it took a very very very long time but I check the ultraslow box, so have to make more tests comparing with other codecs. At the time of writing this youtube doesn’t seem to accept x265 (wrapped in mp4) files, but vimeo does… and I went there and uploaded a video; of course vimeo recompressed it as a h264 mp4 =)

And that’s it, here & now; fixing the past and prepared 4 the future :P
 

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para Ami en sus 33

 


 
 

para Ami en sus 33

 
 

Her skin smelled like toasted cinnamon and honey

 
 

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Slowed down version of Enrique Morente & Lagartija Nick (L. Cohen) – Manhattan
from Omega album (1996)

 
 

 

This is what Ami my little brother
gave me as 33 birthday present, feat Leinski

!!!Me caguen dios!!!

 

 
 

Hi there brothers and sisters =)

In this fifth deliver of the skoria series and after seeing this great video by Borjazzz vimeo user and with the excuse of my brother’s birthday,  I decided to keep the same linear juxtaposition simple edit concept but really pushing the looks  … too much maybe =P

Anyway the grading process was a PITA, as I tried to do everything in 1 blow and end up getting too complex inside of AE, 46 shots quickly became a hard to tame wild yard of pre comps and effects within pre comps and adjustment layers, LUTs, opacities, mattes and transfer modes; rendering was pretty insane too.

08 – used solely Minolta Rokkor MC 50mm f1.4
09 – used solely Rpkinnon 12mm f2 (some in ETC mode)

 

For many years I’ve wanted to use the great Enrique Morente & Lagartija Nick rendition of Leonard Cohen’s First We Take Manhattan. Wiki says:

It was originally recorded by Jennifer Warnes on her 1987 album Famous Blue Raincoat, which consisted entirely of songs written or co-written by Cohen

L. Cohem himself ended up doing his own version of his own beautiful lyrics, see video below

 

 
 

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Farewell to Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall

 

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This guy was a force of nature, a good actor and a truly compassionate funny and most histrionic being. Well, for sure no more suffering for Mr. Williams in this life (1951–2014)… meanwhile, farewell also to Lauren Bacall (1924–2014), what a gorgeous talented cat-eyes chick; if any doubt ask Humphrey.

 

At Personal View, user igore7 wrote

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up. Man bursts into tears.But doctor He says, I am Pagliacci.

 

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone. — Robin Williams, RIP

 

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