Nov 262011

26 November 2011 — Musee Rodin

A return to this gem of a museum and grounds.

The Hotel Biron is the centerpiece, housing almost 300 pieces of art from Rodin’s collection — including a trio of Van Goghs.

Hotel Biron and the grounds (Fujifilm X100)

On the grounds (Fujifilm X100)

Detail of "Pierre de Wissant Naked Figure" (Fujifilm X10)

Outside looking in... (Fujifilm X100)

...And inside looking out. "Paolo and Francesca in the Clouds" (Fujifilm X10)

Two busts of "The Man with the Broken Nose" (Fujifilm X10)

Statue merges with visitors (Fujifilm X100)

Self portrait -- lower right corner of the mirror. (Fujifilm X100)

Outside, a tradition of leaving the admission stickers on posts and poles.

The Louvre

Almost too big.

Ascent to the "Winged Victory of Samothrace" (Fujifilm X100)

The mob in front of the Mona Lisa (Fujifilm X10)

Mar 172010

It’s nice to be published…

(That’s not me)

This audio slideshow was published on March 11.  It started out as a class project for a Travel Writing clinic.

This is one of those projects that starts out as a pile of pictures (actually, a bunch pictures I picked from around inside my files).  You look at them for awhile and then kinda let them speak for themselves.

My title is “Ghosts” but the World Hum editors thought that “Travel Ghosts” was better for their site — and I agree.

Mar 132010

One that almost slipped past me…

Samson GoMic

I’d been asked to come up with some recommendations for microphones and recorders suitable for travel writing and field recording.  One of the challenges has been to find a compact microphone that can plug directly into a computer’s USB port and which allows live monitoring.  Many (most?) USB mics require that you monitor through the computer, which causes a noticeable time lag (latency).  That makes it very difficult to record.

In my first searches for mics I somehow managed to miss the Samson GoMic.  However it turns out to be a pretty neat little package.  It has a cardioid pattern, so ambient noise is minimized.  The base is clever and works quite well.  And it comes in a nice zippered case.  The main shortcoming is that it does pick up speech “pops”.  In use, you might need to set the mic off axis from your mouth if you don’t use some kind of pop filter.  (I’m going to see if I can make a little foam wind screen for mine.)

Feb 022010

A lower cost stereo microphone alternative

I ran a quick test of this mic in a voice-over situation.

Tascam TM-ST1 Stereo Microphone

It’s not a world beater, but for someone starting out in recording, and especially those who travel and find space for goodies is at a premium, this might do the job.

Although this photo from Tascam has the mic in a pretty vertical orientation, you can see the small diameter weighted base.  It actually works pretty well.  You can adjust the stereo pickup of the mic between 90 and 120 degrees and teamed with a good digital recorder you could cover a fair amount of recording.  Circuit noise is noticeable in quiet situations, so this isn’t the mic you’d want for environmental recordings.

Jan 182010

And a New Microphone.

(This guy looks more than a little like R2D2.)

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue microphones has started shipping their Yeti USB microphone.  The biggest operational advantage over most other USB microphones is that you can monitor your recording session without a time lag (latency).  This mic also offers four patterns:  Stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bi-directional.  A brief description and audio samples are on my website.

The next microphone I’ll be looking at is the Tascam TM-ST1 stereo condenser mic.  I’m looking for an alternative to stereo mics in the $300+ range for those who are just starting out in field recording.

Dec 272009

…The Morning After Christmas

(A one-picture audio slide show)


I woke up about 2:30 a.m. on the 26th.  It was raining steadily and beating down the snowfall from the weekend before — probably 16″ to 18″ in my neighborhood.

So I decided to take a picture from one of the front windows.  And then I decided to grab a little bit of audio.

Later in the day I decided to put the two files together as a one-picture slide show.  Click here or on the picture to link to the slide show.

Dec 122009

I’ve updated my field recording equipment pages.

The TOC is here.

The first page is a brief survey of some Field Recording equipment.  This is fairly general — not just for travel writers.

The second page emphasizes equipment and practices that apply more to Travel Writers.

Recording "studio" in a walk-in closet. The digital recorder is clamped to the mic's floor stand, and the clamp also serves as a hanger for the headphones. The script is clipped to a rack of ties.

The third page has Audio Samples using equipment the way a travel writer might when making voice-overs for a blog or slide show.  I intend to add some more samples since I just got a shotgun microphone.

Nov 222009

Following a two-day workshop on Travel Writing in the Digital Age, I realized I needed to update my web pages on field recording with digital audio recorders — and also add a page with information that was relevant to the course objectives.

I have a couple more details to polish, and I’m waiting for piece of equipment to show up that could be the solution to one of the problems encountered when recording to a laptop, but you can go to the TOC for my audio web pages right now.

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