Monthly Archives: September 2009

Cape Cod in Summer

Hello – Summer is over!

Had a good time making this montage. Was working with some great photographs released to me by Christopher Seufert Photography from . In addition, used my recent ones and some oldies from vacations to the Cape, when we were living in California.

Cape Cod In Summer

I tried some new aerial shots, and used rotation techniques to simulated in-flight filming. This technique needs to be refined; while I’m learning the program and trying new approaches. There was at least one obvious glitch in the whole production. One person has caught it so far, since I published it. I decided to leave it in and see how many people can catch it (sort of like a game, catch me if you can).   I like to have fun too while doing all this stuff.

Here’s the link to the video ==>

I hope you enjoy the video, and fell free to comment and share your thoughts.

Fall Season is Here

Fall Season

Working on Three Projects at Once

Just wanted to go on the record and let you know that I’m working on 3-4 projects, simultaneously. I always like to multi-task, keeps my juices flowing and the synergy is great!

Here’s a preview of what they are:
1. A new Tango (modern) with a bunch of photos and film from Montevideo, Uruguay (my native land). Some of the photos I’m using are from Vince Alongi who captured the city of Montevideo at different places and moods, over a long period time. This one is so easy to work with… The music is guiding the images. The tempo is great, and everything seems to be flowing smoothly. Should be finished within the week or so. I intend to publish it in about 2-3 weeks after others that are ready and in line to go.

2. An interesting and picturesque video on the “Sacred Valley” of Peru. This one is on HD and it includes lots of photos from the local native american population (Incas). It’s a pleasure to work with such nice images and the beauty of the descendants of these ancient people. The sad part of it is that the majority of them live very modestly or near poverty, and subsist from day to day. They are a humble and proud people with deep beliefs that keeps them bonded as a nation in itself.

3. A production on New England (3 different sections). One will concentrate on the Fall season, I’m using older photos and scanned slides from years ago and of our excursions when we use to come and visit from the West Coast.
The second video is about Cape Cod in the summer time mainly. It’s almost finished.
The summer Cape Cod video is made possible by the generosity of Cristopher Seufert a Cape Cod professional photographer who has been kind to allow me the use of his beautiful images mixed with mine.

The third is in the idea stage and it would be about Cape Cod in the fall season. The photos are being sourced, and 2 photographers have granted permission to use their images, which will be comingled with mine.

Well, there you are (or should’ve said I am!)
See you later at the picture show…

City of Peace – Jerusalem

    Happy New Year – May Peace Be With You

I started this video production very reluctantly, yet with a sense that somehow, the full story needs to be told.
The name Jerusalem means City of Peace. Yet, throughout its history spanning more than 6,000 years, it always saw conflict.
In the course of history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎), Yerushaláyim; (Arabic: القُدس) al-Quds; is the capital of Israel and its largest city in both population and area, with a population of 747,600 residents over an area of 125.1 square kilometres (48.3 sq mi) if disputed East Jerusalem is included. Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern tip of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown beyond the boundaries of the Old City.

The city has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and the spiritual center of the Jewish people contains a number of significant ancient Christian sites, and is considered the third-holiest city in Islam.

Despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometer (0.35 square mile), the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.

I chose to include in this video all three peoples’ and their places of prayer.

The old walled city, a World Heritage site, has been traditionally divided into four quarters, although the names used today—the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters—were introduced in the early 19th century. The Old City was nominated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage Sites in danger.

City Of Peace – Jerusalem from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION on Vimeo.

Real U.S.A. – Don’t You Run

The making of a video based on a series of candid portraits from the 1930’s.

I fell in love with a series of archived films from the Ivan Besse collection, that depicted common folk being filmed candidly as they passed by through downtown Britton, South Dakota.
The photogapher/camera man was positioned across the Strand Cinema (a relic still today), where he worked as projectionist. When done filming for the day, he would show the clips at the cinema as a preview before the real movie.

At first it was difficult to conceive a way to present the short edits I had extracted from more than 6 hours of film. I finally decided on doing it as a documentary of portraits with a theme. The music did it, and inspired me. From then on it was a pleasure to construct it.

Real U.S.A. (Don’t You Run) from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION .


Where Tango Lives… La Boca

Barrio La Boca

Tremendo TANGO – Just released

Tremendo TANGO is my newest, just released photo-montage video. It was a real challenge to develop and construct. tremendo tango
Due to the type of music and cadence, the segments were not as sharply defined as in a traditional tango. However, I was captivated by the music in such a way, that I forgot about the nuances of imagery. The consequences became clear later. After I thought that I’d finished, I waited 3 days and watched it again. I didn’t like it at all!The result was a total redo. Started from scratch kind of deal. Painful but necessary.

When I get so involved emotionally with a piece, it invariably happens, a semi disaster, until I have time to review and rethink. This one was just like this.


The Dead Sea – Lowest Point in the Planet

This one came to fruition after a long editing and re-editing period.

It was very cumbersome to build since it required 3 different rendering software tools, due to the complexity I chose to introduce into this video, the time to assemble, synch and splice tripled from my normal productions.
Luckily, I had the most beatiful images to work with, thanks to Nir B. Y. a professional photographer with a keen eye for the unique.

Dead Sea – Lowest Point in the Planet from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION.

The Dead Sea is a combination of landscapes all the way from the desert, oases, waterfalls, a most saline lake (people float without trying) and the flora and fauna.
It was tough going and long hours, but in many viewers opinions it’s one of my best productions.

Using New Tools and Different Media

I have begun experimenting with new software tools and media. That includes a new program to make images pan/zoom/and turn at the same time. In additon, I am using an HDR software to enhance photographs. Also, began using HD rendering for my videos. Lastly, I am mixing photographs, paintings, modified images, HDR (High Dynamic Range), new photo techniques, and vintage film (sometimes colorized or modified).
The results are:
Images have a unique and complex motion to them.
The images themselves are richer in nature and texture.
The story telling has much more range and visual appeal.
When combined, these images result in a better looking and more dynamic rendering.

I will continue to explore and experiment, so don’t get accustomed to anything I do…
Stay tuned.

A Desert Landscape, New Video

I began constructing this Video after having sourced some of the most beautiful photographs taken by Avi Morag, a professional photographer who was generous enough to share his images of the desert for my production.

As I started, I had no idea of where to go with this, slowly it started taking on its own life and that’s when the decision to make it on HD came about. The sheer vastness of the images lent itself nicely to this format. Posted on Vimeo on August 22, 2009.

Arava from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION.