Posts Tagged ‘atc2k’

Bugs, bullets, and burning boxes

April 23, 2010

The past few weeks have been pretty action packed, so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and make my point with photos and video. Here we go.

Last week  I shot a video about a huge collection of bugs being donated to the Illinois Raptor Center here in Decatur. I highly recommend taking a look at the video HERE. In it you will see just why they call this terrifying Illinois native the Cicada Killer:

Hint: it doesn't kill them right away...

Moving on. What’s the best way to prove how great sprinkler systems are at fighting fires? Build two identical rooms outside and light them on fire in front of a large crowd. Check out the video HERE. In it you will see this neat tornado-like flame:

I probably should not have sat as close as I did...

And to top it all off, I finally got a chance to use my helmet cam! Take a look:

Patrol officer Shawn Guenther with the camera on his paintball mask

A first-person view of the training exercise.

The Decatur Police Department did some training exercises with paintball guns, and I used the helmet cam for a couple sessions. You can see the footage included in my video for the Herald & Review HERE!

And, as a special bonus, you can see Huey Freeman trying his hand at shooting police with a 9mm paintball gun. Enjoy!

New cameras!

October 21, 2009

Today I received two cameras in the mail! One I was expecting, the other was a surprise from my incredible wife.

The camera I was expecting was the ATC2K Helmet Cam:

ATC2K Helmet Cam

ATC2K Helmet Cam

No, I don’t do any extreme sports. I don’t even do non-extreme sports. But I do like to film, and have always wanted a helmet cam. I can think of dozens of shoots that I’ve done where this would have come in handy, and I can’t wait to start using this. I already have a shoot lined up for the newspaper about bike safety, and I know I’ll be using my new toy for it. I’ll be sure to post a video here when I take the camera on its maiden voyage.

The camera I wasn’t expecting was the 8mm Revere Eight:

Revere Eight- Model 88

Revere Eight- Model 88

It came with the box, manuals, even film in it that I accidentally exposed when the back swung open. Whoops. This camera is awesome, and came out of nowhere. My wife rocks. Last year she bought me an 8mm Kodak Brownie.

8mm Kodak Brownie

8mm Kodak Brownie

Both cameras work just fine, so eventually I’m going to find a reason to shoot and edit some 8mm film.

Alida and I have been collecting antique cameras for years, and finally started displaying them at the house. Here’s what the collection looked like earlier this year:

Camera collection

Camera collection

Since then we’ve acquired a bunch of new cameras and about 5 more shelves. Now I have some more motivation to put the rest of the shelves up and take some photos. I’ll post some shots of our massive collection once I make it pretty.