Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ringtones at 11

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... camera-phone attached to a C-Clamp. If this very sight causes your chest to hitch, chances are you work in television. On the other hand, if this cell-phone on a stick fills you with visions of a blazing new paradigm, it's fairly certain a newspaper signs your paycheck. Me - I'm somewhere in the middle - at once impressed with how far technology has come and yet repulsed at the idea of using such a diminutive lens. Not Don Himsel. No, the veteran stills shooter and multimedia guru for new Hampshire's Nashua Telegraph was more than happy to twist this rig into existence - if only to prove it could actually be done. So far Himsel and company have dickered around with this thing at breaking news events and they feel their abomination - er, I mean innovation can really come into play someday - once they figure out how to hold the silly thing still. Me, I'd give it a go if Osama popped out of his hidey-hole on my lunchbreak, but I'd rather shoot news with a booger-encrusted Etch-A-Sketch than wade into battle armed only with hope and a Nokia. Still, this thing has got to have some kind of suitable application, be it undercover hostage cam or simply a new way to download ringtones on the fly. Just don't make me shoot one of the Babara Walters profiles with it. There's only so much Vaseline that lens can take...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where can I get one of those Etch-a-Sketch rigs? Will it fit on a Superclamp? Does it come in anything other than red? I have kids so I can supply my own boogers.

I'm armed to the teeth with still, audio and video gear. This is part of the package. True, it would be great if Obama popped from his hidey hole and I was there with my little Nokia as it certainly can be argued that it's only truly good for that kind of thing.

Meaty stuff does require, well, more, um, meat. But it works. I still have a job. I can tell stories with it, just not all stories. -Don H.

Oreo said...

My cheif and I were talking about just this sort of thing about a year ago.

Not as a primary camera kind of thing, but as a waiting on the live truck, building falling down now type of shot.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh. I meant Osama...
-Don