Monday, June 16, 2014

Theremin: Coolest Instrument Ever!

This instrument is amazing.  You play it, without touching it!  I'm giving it you straight from Wikipedia:

"The instrument's controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the relative position of the thereminist's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker."

Basically, you move your hands up and down above it to control the sound.  One hand for volume, one for pitch.  Just look at the videos:

Invented by a Russian physicist, Leon Theremin, it was patented in the U.S. in 1928.  It sounds so creepy and awesome.  I learned about it because it is used to play the very unsettling and unique theme song for the long-running BBC show Midsomer Murders.  You can watch the thereminist from that show play below.

Medium: My First Post

While I love Blogger for short articles, reviews, and posting my photos, I recently discovered Medium, which is a great platform to publish your long form pieces.  It's also a great place to read some fantastic journalism, especially the stuff from Matter (originally a Kickstarter project to support quality long form journalism).

I posted my first article, a piece on immigration reform, informed by my recent experiences with a friend who is a DACA recipient.

My profile on Medium

My first post: Little More Than Limbo: Why DACA is a good start, but isn't enough.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SF and Calistoga

Wine tasting in Napa and walks in the city.  Dutch Henry Winery's barrel tasting was delicious.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Catching Up

It's been a crazy past year and a half.  Since September of 2012 I've had lots of adventures and a great deal of change- all for the good.  I've taken lots of photographs but they've all been downloaded to my hard drives without being sorted through, posted, and, in many, cases even looked at.  I'm starting to post my favorites from our various travels, starting with the our trip to the Dominican Republic.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HBO Documentary Film Manhunt Review

My next review over at The Stairs is of former war correspondent Greg Barker's HBO Documentary Film Manhunt about the search for Osama bin Laden.  Good film, must see, airs tomorrow (Wed., May 1, 2013) on HBO.

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Invisible War Review

Check out my review of the film The Invisible War over at The Stairs Shortlisted for an Oscar, this is a powerful film and an excellent example of film and media forcing political change. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Blog: The Stairs

I'm not abandoning "from my POV" but I've started a new blog called "The Stairs" with some colleagues about being a young women in the film industry.  I'll be writing my film reviews over there from now on, but I'll still post photos, articles on media topics, and the occasional rant and rave over here.

Check our my latest post at "The Stairs" a profile of director/actress/writer Lena Dunham:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

"It is not an insult simply to not be privileged."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kodak Portra Film + Canon AE-1

Link to buy 5 pack on Amazon
So I don't normally geek out about cameras, film, lenses, or any of that stuff on this blog.  I mostly stay focused on media consumption not production.  However, I wanted to do a post on Kodak Portra film because I have been using it lately with my mother's old Canon AE-1 with its 50 mm most likely stock lens and the results are just awesome.  I first received the camera from her to take with me to Paris for study abroad.  I didn't have a SLR camera of any kind and she had long since moved on to something better, so she lent me hers and she never got it back.  I love the ethereal quality of the images I get with it.  Even though I normally shoot on a DSLR now (film and developing are so expensive!), I bought a bunch of film in bulk on Amazon including some Ilford black and white film and this Kodak Portra 400 film.

As the name clearly indicates, it's meant for taking portraits because it has a fine grain and good skin tone reproduction, but I have found that the colors are gorgeous for landscapes, cityscapes, and just about anything.  Here's some of my results from some summer trips to Portland and Santa Barbara, straight from the film scan, no retouching.  I'll post more images from these trips in the coming weeks.
Hana Ripperger-Suhler Photography

Hana Ripperger-Suhler Photography

Hana Ripperger-Suhler Photography

Hana Ripperger-Suhler Photography