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Takeoffs and Landings - a Travelogue

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

Where in the World is Mike Cohen

Ok, when I'm wearing a winter hat and scarf I do sort of resemble Waldo - you should have seen me in 8th grade!

Since the new year I have been criss-crossing the US in a variety of roles - shooter, producer, audiovisual support and sales. Each stop along the way I try to find something unique to either take photos of, or an activity that makes the most of the hours spent in the air to get from here to there and back.

Actually, these trips are a great time to write these blogs, so stay tuned for some more in depth looks at some of the activities.

The most recent trip (actually there has been a shoot or trip per week so it gets a bit mixed up) was to San Diego for the annual Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons meeting. It's like NAB for video-assisted surgery. So there are displays for video gear used by surgeons, 3D, HD, Sony, Olympus - ok it is basically NAB without those cool dioramas for testing cameras, and no models.

We had our usual 20 foot booth to display our books, DVDs and medical education services. We get to interact with old friends, new customers and chat with folks from around the world. Amazingly everyone speaks English pretty well.

At this show the exhibits got out at 3:30pm, so we had a few hours to explore San Diego.

The Gas Lamp district is cool, just don't walk too far north. Our hotel had a roof deck with some great day and night views of the city.

The former World's Fair site now called Balboa Park has some great architecture and museums.

There was also a cool event on board the Midway WWII era carrier.

On the last day after we packed up the booth we took a water taxi over to Coronado Island and saw some nice scenery and did a LOT of walking.

I'm been experimenting with HDR photography - takes some practice - and a tripod which I don't generally carry around. In this case I had a video shoot one of the days so I did hit the roof deck one morning around sunrise with a tripod and take some bracketed shots with the 7d - have not processed these yet.

I got home from this trip on a Sunday and two days later was back on a plane to Grand Rapids, Michigan. After seeing the Grand River that runs through town, and the brave fishermen in the water, I know where they got the name from.

Interesting city with the added bonus of a nicely preserved Frank Lloyd Wright house just outside the downtown area. I have an amateur interest in architecture and specifically the Prairie Style and Art Moderne periods, so any chance to see a specimen is worth the effort. Still waiting for a reason to visit Racine, WI.

Getting ready for a marathon trip out to LA - more on that later.

For now, thanks for your interest.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:25:01 pm

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.

Follow me on Twitter: med_ed_mike

I'm also on LinkedIn if you can't get enough of me!


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