Ulanzi OP-5 for Osmo Pocket

I recently bought an Osmo Pocket camera. The camera is a fun device, great for vlogging, travel vids, and even narrative projects. I’ll be posting more about it very soon when I craft a few vids. However, I wanted to mention the Ulanzi OP-5 wide angle lens attachment because it’s a great addition to the Osmo Pocket concept. I like the wide angle perspective, not just for sweeping vistas, but for going in close and getting a lot in the frame. Here’s a very short vid that was made hand-held simply to show what that can look like.

The lens does a good job considering the price is barely USD$15.00 at the time of this post. That’s almost free. I’ll be doing some fun things with the Osmo Pocket, this lens and several others. One note: Be careful with the lens attached to your camera. It has a magnetic connection and is good but not super strong. Still, a great addition to my kit and will be used frequently. Go wide, go close. You’ll love the results.

How the book began…

The following is a short video, showing how I sketched out an idea for a story, the very beginning. It evolved into my novel to be released in October 2019, titled, The Next Testament.

I usually start with a title. Everything points in that direction. From there, I start sketching out some of the big concepts and action that will take place. Then it’s characters. More vids to follow, showing the details of the process in short form. Stay tuned.

Gondola Ride, Venice, Italy


As long as we’re in Venice, let’s go for a Gondola ride. Some may think this is a silly tourist adventure. Forget that. It was fun and interesting to see the buildings at water level, passing through the smaller canals for a peek at how life flows in this exotic city. Check it out:

There was some singing, lots of photos, and great views of some Venice sights. Highly recommend this to all.

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Vatican Museum Tour, part 2

Continuing with the Vatican Museum tour, here’s some video and stills from the Hall of Maps. These maps were commissioned by the Pope to make an accurate renderings of various areas. Here’s the video where they turn on the lights first thing in the morning:

Here are some still photos that show some detail, including this view of Italy:


The person standing on the left gives a sense of scale. Here’s another map, this time of Venice. There will be some posts about Venice here on the blog later.

DSC_3245The maps contain insets of various town and cities as you see next:

DSC_3242And another example here:

DSC_3241More to come in the next post.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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