A sign you’re in Muskogee

December 21, 2008

I came across this sign recently while working on a story near an old ghost town called Muskogee Mills.

I’ve got to give credit to whoever made it, they’ve got quite the artistic flair!

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Early morning assignment

December 20, 2008

I was driving to an assignment pre-daylight on Wednesday. Another triple threat, photo, video and story, on a new Marine Corps obstacle course on Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Everything was going wrong. It was super foggy, and the gate guards hassled me and made me wait for awhile before they let me on base. I got lost in the fog trying to find the obstacle course, and I was worried that the weather would make any pictures look terrible.

But when I finally made out the course through the fog, my attitude changed quickly.

Fog makes obstacle courses look…awesome.

Marines at Pensacola Naval Air Station climb the final obstacle on a new combat conditioning course that was completed in October.

Marines at Pensacola Naval Air Station climb the final obstacle on a new combat conditioning course that was completed in October.

I did some quick edits and sent off the photoset to my friend Cheryl Guerrero, who is an incredible photographer, and asked for some advice on which to keep and which to toss. Here’s the gallery I ended up with:

Here’s the video. The story is up on pnj.com: Marines take on obstacle course

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In Pensacola, reporting on meth

December 18, 2008

I was sent to Milton today to report on a series of meth busts in Santa Rosa County. I was a little bit early, so I was sitting in the parking lot enjoying a roast beef sandwich from Arby’s and looking around the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office.

“Here I am, reporting on meth,” I thought.

Heh… Reporting on meth…

As I finished my sandwich, my head was filled with visions of tweaked out reporters running around the newsroom and producing vast quantities of copy.

Nothing much beyond the standard meth bust stuff to report, but here are some photos of the stuff Sheriff’s deputies confiscated at three meth labs this week.

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And Sheriff Hall standing with his catch.

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If you had to pick one of these photos to run in the newspaper, which would it be, and why? (“None, they’re all terrible,” is a perfectly acceptable answer too!)


Back to business.

December 8, 2008

My apologies for the hiatus. It has been a busy couple of weeks, but things are starting to slow down a little bit.

Here’s a video that I made to accompany a story last week. A local military base called Corry Station puts on an annual Army-Navy game the morning that the academies play the Army-Navy game on TV.

It’s nothing fancy. I just wanted to capture the mood of the game and the atmosphere.

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Now this brings me to more interesting business. Vimeo has been my video host of choice because they offer free high-definition video hosting, and even in low definition (like the video above) their quality is better than anything else I’ve found on the Internet.

But from the looks of it, YouTube is now getting in on the high-definition action as well.

You may have to click the “Watch in high quality” button under the player. Here’s one of my favorites.

But there are a couple of drawbacks:

First, I have a hard time downloading the YouTube videos fast enough to watch them in high quality without having to pause and let the progress bar get a good head start.

Second, the videos aren’t full high definition, although they are a better quality than I ever would have expected from YouTube.

Vimeo still has the edge in my book, but I’ll give a big tip of the hat to YouTube for adding some much-appreciated quality to their well-established focus on quantity.

I’m anxious to see if they can start pulling in some of the striking and dazzling content that can be found at Vimeo.