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Snowy Moods

Shot from early morning to midday on December 26, 2012

After a major snowstorm over December’s holidays, I got up early on Dec 26, and armed with everything I thought was needed, decided to go do some video shooting around the Blue Hills area. The Sun hadn’t come out yet, and the sky was still laden with storm clouds.  It was cold! My plan called for shooting macro and closeups framing the striking looks when snow embraces plants and trees. And so, I did for a while.

As the morning progressed, the sky cleared up and the sun made its shy appearance. The crystals formed on branches and bushes began glistening and sparkling and all trees appeared to be colored with golden hues. The scenery changed totally and my plan changed accordingly. I switched from closeups to long shots, and began panning to capture the beauty of the colors. Whatever eventually showed up in film, wasn’t quite the spectacle that my eyes saw (and my brain remembers). So, here’s my humble rendition of a glorious, cold, beautiful morning after the storm.



Autumn golden mist

When the struggle for supremacy between Winter and Autumn – night and day begins to unfold, we can witness amazing events, light, darkness, cold, fog, mist and colors. These are observations beginning with early twilight prior to sunrise and continuing as the day progresses, offering us the richness and beauty of the season.
I hope you’re having a peaceful Autumn, and are getting ready for the Winter.

My thanksgiving wishes to all, for a beautiful season,

Music: Troppo lontano da te – Andrea Rossi ::  http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/752163/troppo-lontano-da-te
Remix by Leo Bar
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Photographed during October, 2012 in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Pizzaiolo Pazzo – Mad Pizza Maker

Tempted for many years to create the best pizza Napoli can offer and not succeeding. Unfortunately my baking and dough preparation skills lack severely. So instead of making a pizza, I’ve concentrated in documenting the steps to achieve the perfect “Pizza Napoletana” as officially sanctioned by the Italian Department of Agriculture and the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.

According to the rules proposed by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, the genuine Neapolitan pizza dough consists of wheat flour (type 0 or 00, or a mixture of both), natural Neapolitan yeast or brewer’s yeast, salt and water. For proper results, strong flour with high protein content (as used for bread-making rather than cakes) must be used. The dough must be kneaded by hand or with a low-speed mixer. After the rising process, the dough must be formed by hand without the help of a rolling pin or other machine, and may be no more than 3 millimetres (0.12 in) thick. The pizza must be baked for 60–90 seconds in a 485 °C (905 °F) stone oven with an oak-wood fire. When cooked, it should be crispy, tender and fragrant. There are three official variants: pizza marinara, which is made with tomato, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil, pizza Margherita, made with tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil, and pizza Margherita extra made with tomato, mozzarella from Campania in fillets, basil and extra virgin olive oil. The pizza napoletana is a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (Specialità Tradizionale Garantita, STG) product in Europe.

The video was sped up by 30% to create a more dynamic feel. The selected music is a live performance of Funiculì, Funiculà by the famous three tenors José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, directed by Zubin Mehta.

In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita, as shown in this video.

Lyrics for Funiculì, Funiculà:

Yesterday evening, O Nannina [short for Carolina], I climbed up,
Do you know where?
To where an ungrateful heart can no longer vex me!
Where a fire is burning, but if you flee
It lets you be.
It doesn’t chase you, doesn’t melt you, with just one glance!
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Let’s go to the top, Funiculì, funiculà!

Let’s go from here below up to the mountain, O Nannina, a step away!
You can see France, Procida, and Spain,
And I see you!
You rise, pulled by a cable, quick as a wink
into the sky.
We’ll rise up like a whirlwind all of a sudden knows how to do!
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Let’s go to the top, Funiculì, funiculà!

My head is spinning, O Nannina, It’s gone up there already!
It went there, spun ’round, and then returned:
It’s always here!
My head is spinning, spinning,
Encircling you!
This heart of mine is always singing
the same refrain:
“Marry me, O Nannina”!
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go to the top,
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Let’s go to the top, Funiculì, funiculà!

Enjoy the the show and Buon Appetito!


Zion Visions

When you are surrounded by the most magical scenery and can hear the silence of nature, you’re probably visiting Zion National Park. Words cannot describe the awesome vastness, sculpted peaks, shades, colors and just peaceful feelings…

I have used a unique approach to create a pseudo time lapse… By manipulating the saturation of an image over a period of time in a graduated manner and directing the angle of light rays from a specific angle the sequence appears as if taken on a TL during sunrise. It was done in Vegas using 3 different effects.

The only problem I had with this production was that I had to edit it over 14 times!! Really frustrating! Everything was falling apart, as I was changing certain parts. At one point I felt like throwing the “baby” with the bath water. This happened over a period of 6-7 months. I had began this project the 24th of April of 2010 (I can’t believe it >> ??%^*%$*%#@!`<< )

This is my way of sharing it.
Elements used in this production:
Photography all at http://www.flickr.com: James Marvin Phelps; Louis Vest; StephenConn; Tim Hamilton; Leo Bar
Music: Presence by Neils Peter Molvaer
Montage, Animation, HDR, Pseudo-Timelapses: Leo Bar

Tierra Del Fuego

As I started thinking about putting together a video on this subject, I grappled with how to express the fantastic vastness of this land. By using aerial photography, long shots, macro and HDR I begun approximating the grandiose scenery of this unique area. The more I got into it, the more I doubted whether it would come through as in reality. After I re-edited 5 different times, I decided to tear it apart, and start all over. New music, new images, new animation. This is the result! Not sure if I did it justice, but I hope so.

Creative Commons – Attribution – Non commercial – No Derivative Works 3.0 United States
License: http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
Elements Used In This Production:
Photography all @ Flickr: Ricardo Martins; Alberto Concejal
Art & HDR: Leo Bar
Music: Last Breath by Greendjohn
History and BAckground
Tierra Del Fuego – Argentina ~ THE FIRE THAT STILL PERSISTS

The southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia, is the entrance door to Antarctica, the place where mountains, glaciers, forests and sea meet; it is the capital city of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Islands of Southern Atlantic. Mystic and remote. Rich in legends and stories of conquerors, adventurers and people chased by justice. It is also said that Tierra del Fuego is the place where the world starts and from where it is still possible to explore virgin lands.

Tierra del Fuego continues feeding the imagination of travelers and, suggestively, invites us to discover how the smooth Patagonian plain combines with the extremity of the Andes, the forests with the rivers, the mountain tops with the sea and reality with myth.

Water Sonata

This video was inspired by a beautiful piece from an original symphony created by Alex Conrado (a Vimeo member). Alex was very courageous to take a chance with me, and what I would do with his yet unreleased music. Stay tuned for the full symphony coming out soon.
In this production I incorporated a lot of modified images in HDR to accentuate the power of water in all its manifestations. In addition I used some outstanding storm scenes from James Phelps. Finally, animations of composites and pseudo time lapses (video/photo) were used to simulate thunderstorms and lightning.
Music Copyrighted by Alex Conrado. All rights reserved.
~Six Gardens For Meditation~
Learn more about this composer :: http://www.alexconradocomposer.com

Photography all @ Flickr.com:
James Marvin Phelps; LupineHorror; StuckinCustoms;
GraphicReality; ZedZap; LeoBar

Animations, PTL and HDR Leo Bar


Bryce Canyon – Utah

I have visited Bryce Canyon twice. Although it’s hard to get to, I recommend that if you’re in the general area, do not miss to visit it. If I could, I would go there every year… Such a miraculous place on earth! One feels overwhelmed by the beauty of the surrounding cliffs and canyons. Words always come short of describing the way I feel about this place.
Depending on the light and time of day, one can view the scenery, and it never looks the same. The hues and shades are just magnificent.

Elements used in this production:

Music: Ritual del fuego by Santiago Trigueros :: jamendo.com/en/track/487859

Photography – all @ Flickr.com:

  • Noam Fein;
  • James Martin Phelps;
  • StephenConn;
  • Leo Bar

Background and History

Bryce Canyon National Park  is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, is not actually a canyon  but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by wind, water and ice erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular vistas.  The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).

The Bryce area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a U.S. National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a national park in 1928. The park covers 56 square miles (145 km2) and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.

(Source: wikipedia)