Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cuban Classic Wheels


Always wanted to do a piece on the vintage cuban cars. They striked me as living dinosaurs, kept together with makeshift parts, human ingenuity, inventiveness and sheer hard work. Once started I realized that all forms of transportation in Cuba were odd and half miracles. The rest was easy — pick music that would describe pride, uniqueness and identity and marry it to the great shared photographs of cuban forms of transportation from my Flickr colleagues. From then on the images just danced (with a little bit of prodding) to the contagious rythm of cuban salsa (with a small touch of rap).

Elements used in this production:

Photography all @ Flickr:

  • ZedZap – Nicholas Kenrick
  • Corto Maltese – Jens Unrau
  • elmambotaxi
  • Ggallice – Geoff Gallice
  • Hugo
  • StoptheRoc

Art, Post, HDR: Leo Bar

Cuban classic cars – Cars are the most valuable luxury items in Cuba. However, the skills and resources necessary to maintain a car are the main challenge. through ingenuity, discipline and sheer magic Cubans have managed over the years, to keep their vintage american cars humming and in good shape. Cubans cherish their car and its clean-running engine, as much as French or Italians prize their top wines.

Up until the revolution in 1960, Cuba was the largest importer of american cars, the big gas hogs, with lots of shiny chrome, big heavy metal monsters that today we call them “classics”. The american cars have lasted all threse the years, and still run well today. Most owners operate their cars as taxicabs, taking tourists around and making around $50 a day in a country where the average worker makes $20 a month.

The Camel – “The Camel” is a very large people mover that can carry lots of passengers. The name comes from the two “humps” that are on front and back. They are built from 18-wheeler semis, previously used to haul earth-moving equipment. These trucks will usually pack people very tightly.

In addition, Cuban inventiveness and sense of humor combine to solve problems and do it with a smile. The coconut taxi, or the “coco-taxi”, is a odd two-seater mostly used to do quick trips around the city. One can also see the bici-taxi, a typical cycloped, human-powered one or two seater used for tourism and getting around the old town of Habana.

Six Videos w 1K plus views


Six of my videos have surpassed the 1,000 views mark, as of last week!!

They are:

  • Tremendo Tango
  • Patagonia – Argentina
  • Dead Sea – The lowest place on Earth
  • Black Paint
  • Tango Al Horno
  • Flamenco

I’d like to thank all my friends, colleagues and contacts that were part of this event. Thanks for watching and voting.

You can see any or all of these videos @ Http://Vimeo.com/leobar/videos

Thank you for your support,

Leo

Navajo Lights


Navajo Lights – Monument Valley, Arizona, part of the Navajo Nation

I have beeen experimenting over the last 3-4 videos with the intensity or lack of light. Since images are all about light and imagined textured, depth and contrast, one of the few ways to cause a major impact is through light manipulation.

HDR (pseudo) has been one of the tools used frequently. Also, I have been experimenting with (pseudo) time lapses showing sunrises and sunsets. While my techniques could improve, I am begininig to feel that light modulation is causing the difference on my stories. This production benefited from a wonderful set of photographs from Chris Luckhardt that I added to some older ones of mine. 

Ya’ At’ Eeh – Navajo Greeting
The Navajo Nation stretches from the Four Corners Monument landmark across the Colorado Plateau into Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Located within the Navajo Nation are Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the Hopi Indian Reservation, and the Shiprock landmark. The seat of government is located at the town of Window Rock, Arizona.
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Elements Used in this Production:

Photography: MotionBlur Studios – Chris Luckhardt; Leo Bar; Wikimedia
Art & Paintings: Yellowhair
Research: www.Navajo.org ; www.NavajoNationParks.org
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Four Cardinal Light Phenomena
Time and space are defined by the four cardinal light phenomena: Dawn (white, east); Midday (blue, south); Evening Twilight (yellow, west), and Night (black, north).

The four cardinal light phenomena are results of the sun’s apparent daily motion. These phenomena are a composite of the four directions, the four times of day, and the four sacred colors linked with them.
– A Navajo thinks of the east, Dawn, and the white color of the sky at the beginning of the day. This is the thinking direction.
– At midday, the association is with the south which is usually “horizon blue” or “blue haze” in reference to the band of relatively darker blue that lies on the horizon at midday. This is the planning direction.
– Evening twilight is associated with the west and “around the area becomes yellow”. This is the evaluation direction.
– Darkness is associated with the north and with the blackness of the night sky. This is the direction of change.

I hope you enjoy this video,

Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining

Old New York


Old New York

New York City — visited at the end of the 19th century, from 1890’s to 1930’s.
This production is the third in a series about New York City; a fascinating and unique world metropolis. It’s my adopted city since I arrived to the States. These memories (some imaginary, some real) are forever etched in my brain and inspired me to expose this human amalgamation from different angles, timelines, spaces and interests.

Enjoy,
Leo

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Elements used in this production:

Music: Blue in Green by Miles Davis Photography: Public Domain
Paintings: Oil Paintings by Janet Ternoff
Additional Art: Leo Bar
Film Clips: American Mutoscope & Biography Company
1903 footage by C.E. Price

Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining

Antelope Canyon Magic


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I am always in love with the desert. As opposed to what most people envision, life thrives in deserts (seasonal), and the beauty is almost always hidden, but of dramatic proportions.
I always felt that this canyon was magical, so I surrounded this production with unique sounds to form the background music. It has influences of Navajo chanting and drums, surreal vibrations and deep throated flute sounds. Once the sound was constructed, I just let the superb beauty of this place guide me… 
 
 Antelope Canyon is located near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is a unique formation known as a slot canyon full of vibrant colors, light and shades.
 
Elements used in this production:
 
Music:
Photography:
 
Background and History:
Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.  It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.
 
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or “spiral rock arches.” Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
 
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during rainy season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock.
 
Flooding in the canyon still occurs. A flood occurred on October 30, 2006 that lasted 36 hours, and caused the Tribal Park Authorities to close Lower Antelope Canyon for five months.

Hope you enjoy it,

Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining