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Visit to The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Montclair, NJ – 21 May 2017

Here are a few pictures and a video that I shot last weekend during my visit to Mountainside Park in Upper Montclair, NJ, which one of the New Jersey cities that I lived  in back in 1980’s and 1990’s. The Presby Iris Gardens always attract significant crowds from Northern New Jersey and beyond. This year is the 90th Anniversary of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

I took all pictures with my iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7

The video was shot with my iPhone SE.

Here is the short video that I shot at the Gardens.

The Autumn Express and the Return of Passenger Trains to the Lehigh Valley

This past weekend an Amtrak Autumn Express excursion train travelled to the Lehigh Valley from New York City and it was a truly historic event because it was the first time in several decades that a passenger train had actually passed through Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown, the three major cities of the Lehigh Valley. The train then continued west to Harrisburg and Lancaster. After a stop at Lancaster the train headed south to Philadelphia and then north back to New York.

The first Autumn Express train left New York at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, Oct 29th, and crossed the Delaware river at approximately 10:20 am., entering Easton as it headed west the Bethlehem and then Allentown. I made my way to the site of the old Easton Passenger station to watch the Autumn Express roll by. I fairly large crowd of train enthusiasts, including the the mayor of Easton, had gathered to welcome train. A similar crowd formed to Allentown, including the mayor of that city as well, to greet train.

 

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Here is video a shot of the Autumn Express arriving at the site of the former Easton Passenger Station on the morning of Saturday, Oct 29th,

I enjoyed seeing the train so much on Saturday that on Sunday morning  I decided to go to a spot right below the railroad bridge that the Autumn Express would cross the Delaware so I could capture that on video.

 

 

 

 

 

Later that morning I shot a brief video explaining why it was such a thrill to see the Autumn Express in Easton and why many in the Lehigh Vally would love the see passenger train service return to this area.

 

 

 

Walking along the Delaware

Here is short video I shot during my lunch break yesterday on the banks of the scenic Delaware river.

 

 

 

Visit to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

I went hiking at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego a couple of months ago and shot some video of a few portions of the hike, which I have posted below.

Ocean View at Torrey Pines Reserve

I have hiked at the Torrey Pines Reserve at least a half a dozen times before and it is one my favorite locations in the San Diego area for hiking and photography because of the stunning views that many of the trails in the Reserve provide. The Reserve is located on the coast, immediately to the north of the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and just south of Del Mar. The size of the Reserve is 2,000 acres and it is one the few places on the coast of Southern California that remains undeveloped. It is an interesting place to visit because it gives visitors a good idea of what large parts of the Southern California coast must have looked like prior to the arrival of man. There are eight miles of trails that crisscross the Reserve, including several that bring you to Torrey Pines State Beach.

Stairway to Torrey Pines State Beach

I made the trip to the Reserve on this particular occasion because I wanted to shoot some video using my Steadicam Smoothee, which is a hand held rig for small video recording devices such as iPhones, iPods or Flip video cameras. I purchased the Smoothee last year and used an iPhone 3GS with it to take these videos. The Smoothee helps stabilize the video and enables the user to move about on uneven surfaces, walking or running, and shoot fairly stable video. It takes practice to use the rig effectively, but it does work. The videos below are among my first made using the Smoothee and I need more practice with it, but I had fun out there. On the second video posted below I also used the stabilization tool that is now included as part of the You Tube video editing tools.

Software – Camtasia

I recently purchased Camtasia for Mac in order to make videos which capture what I am looking at on my computer screen(s). My initial opinion of this software is very positive and I think it is well worth the $99.00 TechSmith charges for the Mac version. I’m still learning how to use it, but seems to be fairly user-friendly. I hope to be posting videos made with Camtasia on this blog in the near future.

I recommend this product.

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