Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Anyone know whose bones these are?

This was the story I shot yesterday out in Scio. Everyone in that very small town is talking about the discovery. The Minten family was very gracious, taking time out of their busy day to open up the lodge and show me where they found the casket. It was also interesting learning about the Oddfellows and Rebekahs. Here's their web site. This lodge in Scio was established in 1856. The original building was destroyed in the Columbus Day storm in 1962.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What Was That Flashing In The Sky Friday Morning?

The folks at are wondering if that recent lightning storm was more than routine atmospheric electrostatic discharge in the skies above Salem. In a recent article, reporter Tim King describes his perspective of the light show. Read it here. He also shot this video of the storm from his backyard.

I saw the skies myself that night from up in the south Salem hills and never thought is was more then a typical storm. Here's video that I shot and edited. 

My video has been edited to include only the lightning strikes. It was shot between 3:30 and 4:30am. In the second half of the video, I took the most dramatic strikes and slowed them down 50%. Here's some other Salem videos of that dramatic morning.

This is video was shot by Cheever95111


This video was shot by noellybobelly. They got some great sound of the thunder.

The Hood To Coasters got a great view of the storm.

This was Lincoln Grave's account of the start of the race.

KATU's Valerie Hurst took the best of viewer videos and turned this story for the newscast.

With newer digital technologies it is a lot easier to capture video of lightning. In the old days, you used to have to point the camera at the skies and roll tape, hoping that you capture enough strikes before you run out of media. Today, the cameras have a pre-roll function. This allows you to capture video as far back as 15 seconds before you press the record button. Basically, I set my camera to 6sec pre-roll. Whenever I saw a lightning strike in my viewfinder, I hit record and captured the lightning after the fact. I like to tell people that I can go back in time. This pre-roll feature is one of my favorite improvements in video production since I started in this business in the 90's. My camera is usually set on 3sec pre-roll. It is most handy for capturing sound bites after you hear someone say it. It is technically possible now to shoot a football game on Friday night and only record the highlights.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Camp Attitude

A summer camp for disabled kids. All of this is free, thanks to Louie Kazemire and a group of generous volunteers who spend their summer break giving back. To find out more about Camp Attitude, click here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nicole Kissel

12 year old hero speaks about an amazing surf rescue that saved a boys life. You gotta see this at 4,5&6.