Journey

When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen.

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According to cinematographer Norman Kent, “It takes a different mentality to shoot videos than it does to shoot still photos”. Mr. Kent does both with well-practiced precision. With over forty years behind the camera, he has engineered several systems that are widely used in today’s motion picture industry.

Office Divvy, in Palm Coast, hosted a Saturday session with Kent, whose experience includes still photography, video, and Hollywood motion picture production.

During the three hour session, Kent described his approach to visual arts. “ Photography requires an awareness, a feeling of what comes next. It is often like a dance.” Part of his philosophy is rather subtle, “Don’t make images for the conscious mind. Make images for the subconscious mind, which can tell when something isn’t produced exactly right, even if it can’t consciously identify what it is that is wrong.”

UPDATE: Norman gave an outstanding example of producing for the subconscious mind. It had to do with laying a soundtrack in-sync with video. During the editing process there was difficulty getting the music’s beat to sync with a scene change. Norman made an offhand comment, “That’s close enough.” His mentor, at the time, immediately stopped the editing process and taught Kent the difference between creating for the conscious mind and creating for the subconscious mind. It can’t be just “close enough” to get past the subconscious. 

My own example of this: Look at the photo in the upper left of this collection. I was a little careless when I edited the contrast in the window. I did that around about midnight. I lazily figured no one will notice, but thinking about Norman Kent’s philosophy I know that everyone’s subconscious mind knows something is not right in that corner of the shot.

Thirty people signed up for the session. Everyone took away several ideas to better anticipate what to look for when we pickup a camera.

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Each time you go outside, take a good look at the sky. Recognize that you have never been under a sky quite like that before. The clouds, the light, the color, change from moment to moment. As Alex Haley so aptly stated in Roots, “BEHOLD … the only thing greater than yourself.”

Each time you go outside, take a good look at the sky. Recognize that you have never been under a sky quite like that before. The clouds, the light, the color, change from moment to moment. As Alex Haley so aptly stated in Roots, “BEHOLD … the only thing greater than yourself.”

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I have kept old tax records dating back more than 20 years. There was no way that my shredder at home would’ve handled the load required to dispatch these old documents. A local company called Total Secured Data Storage had a shredder that took less than three minutes to turn 10 years of paperwork into confetti. Lucy did the shredding while I watched.

I have kept old tax records dating back more than 20 years. There was no way that my shredder at home would’ve handled the load required to dispatch these old documents. A local company called Total Secured Data Storage had a shredder that took less than three minutes to turn 10 years of paperwork into confetti. Lucy did the shredding while I watched.

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I have kept old tax records dating back more than 20 years. There was no way that my shredder at home would’ve handled the load required to dispatch these old documents. A local company called Total Secured Data Storage had a shredder that took less than three minutes to turn 10 years of paperwork into confetti. Lucy did the shredding while I watched. (Music by Kevin McLeod)

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This is the box that routes cable TV and high speed Internet into our house and my next door neighbor’s house. This swarm has been there about two weeks and are not bothering anyone. When the weather changes, I suspect the queen and her colony will look for someplace warm to nest. I don’t want them to discover my garage or attic. I want a beekeeper to come remove the swarm. When I called a bee removal service they wanted $175 just to come take a look. I spoke with the cable company and told them they have a $175 problem, but don’t want them to kill these bees.

This is the box that routes cable TV and high speed Internet into our house and my next door neighbor’s house. This swarm has been there about two weeks and are not bothering anyone. When the weather changes, I suspect the queen and her colony will look for someplace warm to nest. I don’t want them to discover my garage or attic. I want a beekeeper to come remove the swarm. When I called a bee removal service they wanted $175 just to come take a look. I spoke with the cable company and told them they have a $175 problem, but don’t want them to kill these bees.

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Jill was partying in the kitchen, again; red peppers cooked with shallots, scallops, fresh pineapple and avocado. Tasted even better than her awesome presentation made it look.

Jill was partying in the kitchen, again; red peppers cooked with shallots, scallops, fresh pineapple and avocado. Tasted even better than her awesome presentation made it look.