GoPix App Makes Your Photos into “Movies”

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One feature of the iPhoto program on my iMac desktop computer is the ability to produce “animated” slideshows with music, like this one entitled “Best of Europe 2009,” that are rendered as “movie” files which can be uploaded to YouTube. Unfortunately, the iPhone app on my iPhone and iPad weren’t capable of making similar slideshows, […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: At The Berlin Wall

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This past Sunday Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the breaching of the Berlin Wall and Tales Told From The Road featured that event in two stories published on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Five years ago, and nearly two decades after The Wall began to crumble, I was in Germany’s once and present […]

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At The Movies, In Berlin

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Last Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Long before that barrier was erected, and in the 25 years since it came down, Berlin has been the setting for scores of motion pictures. But there are two movies that visual convey the sense of dread that East Berliners felt living […]

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Berlin: The Walled City Remembered

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On August 13, 1961, when as a teenager I was making an epic cross-country trip by train from Seattle to Miami Beach and back, the East Germans began building what became known as the Berlin Wall, dividing the city into West and East. That wall remained in place for nearly thirty years. On November 9, […]

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Video Duke-Out: iPhone, GoPro, DSLR

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Okay. You want to shoot video, but you’ve got an iPhone, a DSLR, or a GroPro Hero and you don’t want to shell out money for a separate big-time camcorder and carry around yet another piece of photo gear. But how do these different cameras, all of which can record video, compare to each other? […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Favorite Shots

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Usually “Travel Photo Thursday” involves advice on how to get the best shot in some situation, or presents a photo essay, or commentary on photo gear. But today I ask just this simple question? What’s your favorite shot out of photos that you’ve taken, either recently, or all-time? Post your answer in a comment below […]

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On Location: Eqypt in California

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“Location, location, location!” If the place where the story is set is important, then the movie version of that story should be shot in that place or at least somewhere that looks like that place. For The Ten Commandments, the final film of his career, legendary Hollywood director Cecile B. DeMille took his cameras, cast […]

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Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

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I’m not an “Art Museum Kind of Guy.” That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate “fine art” or “artsy-craftsy” art. I’d just rather see it in place, someplace, rather than in a stuffy old museum. But now and again, I make an exception to my general disinterest in visiting art museums, and in San Francisco, […]

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Video Storytelling, Two Ways

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Recently the “Starz” network decided so sponsor an unusual movie-making contest: Give two directors the same script, allow them to produce two different films, show them both in theaters, and award a $250,000 prize to the one whose film gets the most votes via social media. This isn’t a new idea. Hollywood has been turning […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: All Hail The Queen!

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The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York in May of 1936. Her final summer of service was in 1967. The days of sailing the seas aboard this majestic ocean liner may have come and gone, but you can still enjoy the elegance of those long-past days of transoceanic travel, […]

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The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

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There are times when I wonder if movie director Peter Jackson ever read more than these two books in his entire life: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson’s “Lord” trilogy of films, released from 2001-2003, were a box office bonanza and also dramatically increased tourist travel to New […]

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Faroe Islands: Far From The Madding Crowds

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In August, I took you on a month-long virtual journey across Europe, stopping at major cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Prague. You can experience European urban life in wondrous ways in each of them. But they are densely populated, and the physical and emotional stimulation of being out and about in them can […]

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First Take: New iPads, iMac, Apple Pay, and “Yosemite”

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About a month ago the world went amok (well, sort of) when Apple announced the release of two new smartphones: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With much less fanfare, last week the Cupertino company unveiled other new products: The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, a new iMac desktop with Retina […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Take Me Out to The Ball Game

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It’s the time of year when leaves are changing color and Americans are getting ready to carve Halloween Pumpkins. And that means that, like Reggie Jackson, I’m “Mr. October.” No, you won’t see me slugging homers over the fence during the World Series, but after largely ignoring what was happening during the 162-game regular season, […]

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“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

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Depending on how you calculate it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has simmered along, occasionally boiling over, for almost 30 years, or since before the mid-mark of the 20th century. So it figures that a  movie whose story is set on both sides of the “Israeli West Bank barrier,” a 25-foot-plus high “security” wall, would focus on […]

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Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

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I should be in Athens now. But I’m not. A half-century ago I was history major in college and the history that I found most fascinating was that of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Why, I can’t say. My high school Latin teacher, who sometimes wore his U.S. Army Reserve officer’s uniform to class, was […]

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Jet Lag: There’s An App For That

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One unpleasant aspects of long distance air travel has nothing to do with airports or airplanes. It’s “jet lag” and its all about time zones. Despite the fact that we have learned to artificially light up our lives and dispel darkness with electricity, we  seem to be cued to wake us up when the sun […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Turning Your Photos Into “Wall Art”

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Several years ago I framed 8 x 10 prints of vacation photos and hung them in a hallway and family room of my home. Gradually, those photos were replaced by photos or family or ones taken by a local professional photographer. I was intrigued by “wall sized” photos that custom photo labs near my home […]

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You Be The Movie Critic

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Professional critics who are paid to write movie reviews see far more films that most of us could bear to watch. For us, going to the movies is fun. For them, it’s work, work, work. Last week, I got to be a “movie critic” of sorts. I saw 15 films. In a single night. Actually, […]

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Hanging Out in “Beserkley”

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“California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.” That lyric from the Mama and Papas’ hit song, California Dreamin, could have been playing on the radio in my 1960 Alfa Romeo as I drove south from Seattle, through Oregon, and on to San Francisco at the end of 1967. Having completed Air Force “boot camp” in […]

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4K: The Next Generation of TV and Video

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Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. Writing about technology is like life in general: Stories get written because of coincidences. By coincidence, my wife had a “supporting role” in a documentary “short” that screened at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. By coincidence, while listening […]

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