Colombia – Part 1: Caribbean Coast

Photography, Travel
Colombia – Part 1: Caribbean Coast

It’s definitely time for some new photos, it’s been (very busy) months since my last post. There we go, with the first part of this summer’s Colombia trip.
I arrived in Cartagena after a long trip via Luxembourg (train from Bern, modern & clean HI hostel, modern airport with free unlimited Wi-Fi), London Heathrow (stopover with 45mins of free Wi-Fi) and New York City (40$ AirBnB room in Jamaica, Queens). From Heathrow to JFK, I was in a huge and modern Boeing 777-300 with good food, service and entertainment system (and expensive Wi-Fi).

Review: Joby Gorillapod Focus

Photography, Reviews

I bought my copy of Joby’s Gorillapod Focus 2.5 years ago, used for about 80$, off some private seller through a Swiss photography marketplace website. After some first tests, I was convinced that this great little tripod thing would be a lot of fun to work with during my coming two months of traveling. I did not have a fitting lightweight ballhead for it, though, so I planned on buying one in New York’s huge B&H megastore. I used it without a ballhead for like two days and even like that, due to the enorm flexibility of the «legs», it was performing quite well.

Nice

Photography, Travel
Nice

We took a trip to Nice in Southern Franca over the Easter weekend to enjoy a litte sun and the beach. The sun didn't come out too often and the beach was closed for some kind of renovation on the first day. The (really expensive) city of Nice has a nice (haha) small oldtown and a beautiful harbor.

Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf

Filmmaking
Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf

Rock'n'Roll maddafucker! On April 8, 9 and 10, the play "Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf" will be broadcasted on syncitylive.ch, live from Theater Neumarkt in Zurich. The livestream is provided by me and my fellow students at Zurich University of the Arts, major Cast / Audiovisual Media. The official trailer of the livestream as well as many more videos, such as portraits of the main characters, are available on the YouTube channel. News and more information on the Facebook page. Trailer: Portrait of Berlin-based theater collective "Das Helmi":

New York City

Photography, Travel
New York City

Finally back to New York! I only stayed for less than a week, temperatures were freezing, I did not take all that many photos, but it was still great to be back. And I'm looking forward to the next time. The only warm day was the one before my flight back, it was around 13°/55° and the sun was shining. The next day, it was snowing heavily. My flight was delayed for four hours and the gate was changed three or four times. After changing to a rebooked plane in Berlin, my bag did not arrive in Zurich with me.

Motion Control – Part 5: Cables

Filmmaking, Photography

There are a bunch of different cables needed to connect the controller, camera and perhaps additional equipment like a pan/tilt head and its controller.
When I was still waiting for my rail and controller’s parts to arrive, I started with building the shutter cables (2.5mm jack and N3 – for Canon EOS 500D and 6D).
I used the 2.5mm stereo jack with a cable I have ordered and soldered on a 3.5mm stereo jack on the other side. Pretty easy. This one’s for the 500D and similar models.

Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

Filmmaking, Photography
Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

So, all the parts I have ordered have arrived a long time ago.
Let’s talk about the rail now… Mr. Chronos Chris Field has made some pretty useful videos explaining how to assemble it. I think these should explain pretty much everything needed. I’ll just shortly sum up my steps. First one was to create the four threads at the ends of the rail with the 3/8 x 16 tap & die. This was kind of a pain-in-the-ass job and took quite some time, though it’s important to do it thoroughly and hold the tap & die really straight in order to get clean, straight threads. I got the screws for these holes at a nearby Harley Davidson garage, they’re pretty hard to find around here cause we have metric standards.