Tag Archives: New England

Woodpecker – Picus Viridis


Woodpecker II - Picus viridis

Can anyone spot the subtle (hidden) fish head? Let me know 🙂

Leo

Winter Paintings


An essay on a cruel and long winter, while inside I was surrounded by orchids and warmth…

Enjoy the show,
Leo

Autumn Sights


Filmed in Ohio and Massachusetts over the month of October. Digital paintings and time lapses used to create a multimedia effect and enhance the character of the outstanding colors of this season.

Hope you enjoy the imagery,

Leo

Spring Orchids in the Snow


Filmed between March 21 to early April 2014.

Used many layers and textures to express a sad mood. Where’s springtime? Staring through windows, seeing snow, freezing rain and below freezing nights. No signs of Spring, not even a green blade of grass?

Enjoy this moody show,

Leo

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.

Enjoy,

Leo

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,

Leo
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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

Ponkapoag Native Dreams


A tribute to the Neponset and Ponkapoag nation, native Amerindians of Massachusetts.

In this production I concentrated on creating a multilayered look that was achieved by using textures and compositing. In addition, a heavy dose of color grading and antique-like look was used to give the feel of a bygone idyllic era. The scenes were created using recent, as well as antique photographs and artifacts of native tribes of Southeastern Massachusetts. What captivated my imagination were the twisted branches of ancient maples and oak trees growing in the lands where the natives of Ponkapoag Pond once walked.
Nowadays, the original Ponkapoag Plantation is contained partly within the boundaries of the Blue Hills Reservation and further into the town of Canton, MA.

I hope you enjoy a serene dreamlike presentation,
Leo
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Filmed at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA and Ponkapoag Pond at Blue Hills Reservation near Boston, MA.
Music: The enchanted valley – Ah Nee Mah
Textures courtesy of: Pink Sherbert and Skeletal Mess @ http://www.Flickr.com

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The Massachusetts Indians who had settled near the mouth of the Neponset River were known as the Neponset Indians; and Chicataubut, their sachem, was styled the “Sagamore of the Neponsetts.” It was here in a grove now known as Vose’s Grove that John Eliot, on the 14th of September, 1646 , first preached the gospel to the Indians in the wigwam of Kitchamakin, the successor of Chicataubut. Eliot continued to take a deep interest in their welfare; and it was owing to his advice that when for a trifling considera­tion they sold their lands at Neponset, they decided to move to Ponkapoag.

The aboriginal name of the territory lying beyond the Blue Hills, known to the inhabitants as the “New Grant,” was Ponkapoag. The territory derived its name from the pond, which formed one of the principal features in the landscape; and the name in the middle of the seventeenth century applied to a more extended territory than that which subsequently was included in the Ponkapoag Reservation. While the Indians sojourned at Neponset, they were known as the Neponset tribe; and when they removed to Ponkapoag, they received the name of the place of their new location. It is an error to suppose that the place took its name from the residence of the tribe within its borders-; the reverse is true. Excerpt from THE PONKAPOAG PLANTATION – Daniel Thomas Vose Huntoon (Cambridge, Mass., J. Wilson & Son, 1893)

For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponkapoag .
Also see http://www.stoughtonhistory.com/huntoon-punkapoag.htm

Regendans


A video poem inspired by rain. We've had intermittent rains and thunderstorms over the last two weeks, so I got out (wet) and shot around the neighborhood. Some shots (dry and lazy) were taken from inside the house.
The title means Raindance in Dutch and is dedicated to my virtual friend Ben for his Dutch tutoring. Thanks Ben!
Enjoy the raindrops,
Leo
Music: Floating – Divinity Project, Matti Paalanen: Composer :: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/18231/floating – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) (remix by Leo Bar)
Paintings Oil: Leonid Afremov
Paintings digital-animation: Leo Bar

Farm promenade


Just a little video about going out to the “country” and finding organic, hydroponic and environmentally friendly small farmers, doing what’s right and what’s trendy.

Had a tough time putting this one together, since once I downloaded the clips I’d shot, noticed that they were too shaky (all that healthy organic stuff, and lots of wind). After 10-12 different tries, found a way to “disguise” the shakiness and make it look halfway decent (not perfect).

Here it is: slow the clip down by 25%, change the gamma by minus 5-10%, apply a slight blur (3%), combine all these and render without compensating for motion blur or resampling. If the first render still looked shaky, repeat again with less % of the same technique. Once I looked closely at the outcome, one could not tell the difference, unless warned.

The trip was a blast, we tried all kinds of goodies, some better than others. We met honest and hard-working people being true to nature and loving it. Not much monetary returns involved yet, but they hope the future will be more rewarding.

Enjoy the trip, outing and food,
Leo

Summer colors


Experiencing some oppressive heat wave and out through the woods, the idea came to my mind… “Shoot summer scenes from a different angle, perspective and color.”
The result is somehow oppressive, whimsical and a touch way out there! But it came out as I intended it.
The surrounding scenes span from southeast MA, Easton, Borderland State Park, Cohasset, and other nearby areas.
The application of wildlife over masques and the use of origami figures contrasted to real life was a way to accentuate nature and art and how they always connect and compliment. I also, experimented with color grading, B&W and other means to highlight the light distortion that is caused by extreme sun, haze and heat.

Enjoy the journey,

Leo