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Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Golden Gate


In San Francisco now and yes more filming and what else but the Golden Gate Bridge, there are a few things that I could have filmed in San Francisco but I think this is the most recognised. This is what the online encyclopedia has to say.

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. It connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and a portion of the south-facing Marin County headlands near the small bayside town of Sausalito. The entire bridge (including the approach) spans 1.7 miles (2.7 km) long; the distance between the towers ("main span") is 4,200 feet (1,280 m), and the clearance below the bridge is 220 ft (67 m) at mean high water. The two towers rise 746 feet (230 m) above the water. The diameter of the main suspension cables is 36 inches (0.91 m).

The Golden Gate Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco.

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posted by Richard @ 9:04 PM


Saturday, April 29, 2006

Now that's hot!


Well it's the slow journey back but rather than flying back I have decided to drive to San Francisco and fly to London from there. Well of course driving to San Francisco gives me some more video opportunities including Death Valley. This what the online encyclopedia says;

Badwater in Death Valley is the lowest point in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. Generally, the lower the altitude of a place, the higher the temperatures tend to be. This is especially the case there due to the mountains that encircle the valley. The valley radiates extreme amounts of heat, creating temperatures that are among the hottest on earth. The hottest temperature recorded in the U.S., and the second hottest in the world, was 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Greenland Ranch (now Furnace Creek Ranch) on July 10, 1913

It was 5pm when I shot this video and amazingly the temperature was still 108°F or 42°C. - phew!

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posted by Richard @ 8:47 PM


Friday, April 28, 2006

Traveling Vegas


Well at last a little bit of time to add some more footage for Traveling Man. This time it's the Vegas sign which has to be one of the most recognised and definitely most photographed places in Las Vegas. As usual it always causes a bit of a stir especially when you're in the middle of the road playing a guitar, yes the shouts of "Hey Elvis" were echoing from the passing motorists, well one anyway.

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posted by Richard @ 8:35 PM


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Technical issues


Not to much to report over here in Vegas, just been very very busy. I am having a few technical problems with the site which are proving a little bit difficult to fix as my internet access is a bit strange. The connection keeps logging out after a few seconds which is very frustrating.

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posted by Richard @ 8:27 PM


Sunday, April 23, 2006

150 Not out!


150 blog entries!, I can't quite believe it, seems only yesterday that I started. I am still over in Vegas suffering from jet-lag but working hard. Vegas is quite a city, the pace of it always amazes me, it is really designed for a few days so the 2 weeks I will be here is a bit too long. I'm looking forward to doing some more filming at the end of the trip.

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posted by Richard @ 11:19 PM


Friday, April 21, 2006

Visually stunning


I have been looking at the footage from the Grand Canyon and I am so pleased, it is probably some of the best visual looking shots for the Traveling Man video so far. I have decided to try and get some more footage at the end of the trip, possible locations are Death Valley, Yosemite and San Francisco.

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posted by Richard @ 10:36 PM


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Grand Canyon


Well the jet lag was useful this morning as I was up early and this gave me an opportunity to hire a car and drive to the Grand Canyon. This what the online encyclopedia says about the canyon.

The canyon, created by the Colorado River cutting a channel over millions of years, is about 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 18 miles (0.5 to 29 kilometers) and attains a depth of more than a mile (1,600 m). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer after layer of sediment as the Colorado Plateaus have uplifted. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

It truly is an amazing site, this is not my first visit but each time I have been before I have flown there never driven but every time it is well worth it. I had my guitar and video camera ready just need to find the ideal place. Walking around for a while we found this ledge hanging out over the canyon and started filming. As you can see the results are fantastic.

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posted by Richard @ 10:14 PM


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Just arrived


Just arrived in Vegas.... not much to tell... except I'm whacked.. time to sleep......zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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posted by Richard @ 11:57 PM


Monday, April 17, 2006

Viva Las Vegas


Well it's off to Vegas tomorrow, I love going there but I have to say that the long trip and 8hr time zone change can be a bit much. Jet Lag is a very strange thing how the body gets totally confused waking up and getting hungry at peculiar times. I will see how I get on this time. I'm looking forward to getting some more filming done from the Grand Canyon and maybe in San Francisco.

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posted by Richard @ 8:52 PM


Saturday, April 15, 2006

A bit of a moan!


A really frustrating thing about doing all of this myself is all the tools I need to do it. i.e. music, video, graphics and web software and all the hardware that goes with it. Now software always keeps evolving and that means updates and upgrades, sounds OK although all mine seem to come around at the same time and inevitably that means spending money. I don't mind this at all especially if a company has put a lot of work in improving the product, what really annoys me however is the pressure that some companies put on you to upgrade NOW!!!!! or you may forever be behind. Then you find that they have done nearly no new development whatsoever. Having said that sometimes you can be surprised by a company who goes the extra mile to reward loyalty from customers, I wish this was the norm. It has always been my policy not to name and shame on this blog and for the moment I shall stick to that.

Software companies of the world you have been warned :-)

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posted by Richard @ 11:35 PM


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Vegas again....


Off to Las Vegas next week for the annual NAB show. NAB is the National Association of broadcasters and is a pretty big show. This trade show is primarily dealing with audio and video products that are used in creating broadcast television, of course knowing me I will find some time to take some footage for the travelling man video, I want to see if I can get some footage from the Grand Canyon. Watch this space.

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posted by Richard @ 4:04 PM


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

DVD it's art


Still on the live DVD trail with most of the video editing now done, although there are a few small touches that still need to be done. I have started on the artwork and here's a rough idea of what it will look like, again this is still not the finished article. To see a bigger version of this

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posted by Richard @ 11:42 PM


Sunday, April 09, 2006

Editing Away


I have started to edit the live video for the DVD release, it is looking pretty good, there is quite a lot to do including remixing the audio for the audio CD and creating a surround sound mix for the DVD. In creating a commercial release DVD you have to make sure you follow certain guidelines especially regarding licensing. DVD itself is a licensed product so the correct logo has to be used as is Dolby Digital. I have applied to get the licenses for these logos which hopefully should come through soon.

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posted by Richard @ 10:49 PM


Friday, April 07, 2006

Another eNews hits the wires


Today I have been writing another eNews, number 7, amazing how time flies, this month has mostly been about the Tube club gig and links to the video clip and the picture gallery.

I also wanted to get some feedback from people about the possibility of hosting a live internet gig in the near future. The main reason for this is that people around the world can login to see me play live. The technology is definitely there now to do it quite cost effectively so I am anxious to give it a try, maybe sometime in May. I'll keep you posted.

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posted by Richard @ 10:20 PM


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Looking at rushes


Well I have been looking through all the rushes from the gig and they are all pretty good, so I am going to start editing it up soon. I am unsure what other content to include, I will probably include the video of "the day the walls fell in" and some biog info. I may include the interview from the story so far but I think it would be better to record another interview.

anyway I will see what I can do.

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posted by Richard @ 9:58 PM


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gig Video


Having recorded a video at the gig the other night I wanted to get a clip of at least one track up on the site. I choose the track "in another world" for this. Actually I am really pleased with the way the video has come out, in fact so much so I am planning to make a DVD release of this gig. Hopefully I will have this ready for a May / June release when I can get the time to do the editing . If you would like to see this clip please click here

posted by Richard @ 11:36 PM


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