Tag Archives: Phil Kneen

The Photo-Essay and A Writer’s Mistake


When I was a little girl, my parents would take my sister and me to the D. A. R. Constitution Hall weekly for a narrated National Geographic film. I was riveted to the images of foreign peoples in foreign lands doing foreign things. Even though the travelogue ran long past my bedtime, I seldom went to sleep. My wanderlust took root while attending those lectures.

Back to the present.

A favorite blogger of mine is starting, as you read this, a trip to the Canadian Arctic. He will share his exploration via a photo-essay on-line. This is the modern day version of those travelogues of yore.

Springtime in the Arctic. My imagination conjures thunderous rivers fueled by spring thaws. Ice flows break up into bumper cars, slamming logjams and each other on the herky-jerky free float downstream. Wildflowers bewitch. Wildlife beckons. The shift of palette from winter’s monochrome to spring’s lusty plethora is blindingly vivid.  The landscape morphs from icy to lush.

I can’t wait to see the reality of my vision. If you want to follow along, click the link below. I dare you.

http://missluger.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/a-simple-plan

BULLETIN:  My euphoria overwhelmed my reason. I checked my facts — after the fact. Yes, Phil Kneen is preparing for the trip now, but the actual travel happens later. Smash. The sound you hear is my shattered vision of an arctic spring in photographs. Hmmmm. The timing may be better suited to summer rodeos in Calgary. I wonder if Phil can outrun a mad momma grizzly?

P. S. THE LESSON HERE IS CHECK YOUR FACTS FIRST, NOT AFTER YOU HAVE WRITTEN A PIECE.

Helpful Hints Re: Videography


Love this guy’s stuff.  I was blog hopping and found the site of still photographer Phil Kneen. He tells about using two sick days productively: he taught himself to use filmmaking software and produced the embeded video below.

By Phil Kneen

People/1:01 from Phil Kneen on Vimeo.

Here’s his words about the process:

(Source: http://philkneen.wordpress.com/2012/03/ )

I’ve never really had the patience for filmmaking, it’s something I’ve always been interested in, I’ve dipped my toe into it over the years, but stills photography always wins my attention. I’ve constantly been unable to focus my creative interest into two things at once, I suppose it’s a good and a bad thing?

Over the past two or three weeks I’ve been a bit ‘static’ due to back problems, this has had the hidden bonus of allowing me the time to sit and play with Apple’s fantastic bit of software, Final Cut X. With the help of Youtube tutorials, Google and a bit of intuition I’ve managed to teach myself the basics of this professional video editing package in less than two days. The fundamentals of video are actually easier, for me personally, to get to grips with as there are only 3 colours, red, green and blue, to deal with, as opposed to 6 in digital stills. All the other nuts and bolts, such as contrast, saturation, hue , etc, are essentially the same.

The video below is just a short 2 minute thing that I put together using existing footage and some bits I’ve made over the last week or so. Final cut is amazingly easy to use – I edited this film together in just a couple of hours. I haven’t seen many friends over the last two weeks, but those I have seen are probably in this short…