Gonsalves goes the distance twice, Mack rolls

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves threw a pair of complete-game wins, Lexi White had five hits on the day and Olivia Alves, four, and the McKinleyville High softball team secured a 3-game series sweep over Arcata with a pair of wins, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Gonsalves struck out a total of 10 batters and allowed a total of 10 hits, five of each in both games, to guide McKinleyville to an 8-3 win in game one and a 5-1 win in game two.With Saturday’s wins McKinleyville stays perfect on the …last_img

How To Create A Top-Down Video

first_imgTop-down videos showcase everything from sales to how-to. Learn how to properly set up your own top-down video.Cover image via The Collection.Unless you’ve never seen the internet, you more than likely see a dozen videos a week that look a little something like this:You see these videos from DIY craft pages on how to turn an old soda can into a desktop accessory, or from a Buzzfeed food channel on how to make quality dishes with 60-second tutorial videos. Although it’s not a new concept, the top-down style has grown in popularity with the surge of social media, even making its way to TV commercials.Image via Tesco Mobile (UK).The SetupCinematography Database’s Matt Workman and Greg from Lens Pro To Go break down how to achieve a similar effect in the video below.Although the video demonstrates how to set up tabletop lighting with a drop shadow, the setup is primarily the same if you’re working with Fresnels. If you want a drop shadow look, the video above is your one-stop guide. The drop shadow works well for gear reviews. It’s a technique I use when reviewing products.However, for food and craft videos, you want to employ a high-key setup because any shadows will likely become distracting.Thankfully for us, CBS This Morning sat down with Buzzfeed’s Tasty crew to see how the project came to life, and there were plenty of behind-the-scenes images revealing exactly how they create top-down videos.The crew uses a Canon 70D with a 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens, a TVLogic 5.6″ monitor, and what looks to be two Kino Flos. Of course, there is also the rigging, c-stands, a tripod, and light stands, but by no means is this equipment list an overly expensive one.The primary element of pulling off this high-key style is soft diffused lighting. If I were to blast a set of fresnels at the worktop, there would be as many shadows as a musical theater stage. If you’re not too sure what soft lighting is, you can find a rundown in this PremiumBeat article, but simply put, soft lighting comes from a large source. A Fresnel lamp, which has a very small source, will produce hard light.Set up your workspace and attach the camera to the c-stand using a camera mount. Ideally, you need two c-stands for this so you can center-position the camera. Using only one stand centered in the middle of the workspace will make moving difficult.Position the first light (a Kino Flo 4×4 feature would be perfect) directly above, and cover the light with a diffusion sheet or gel. You only want to use a 0.3/1 stop gel.Position the second light behind the worktop in front of you, but dim the intensity slightly. If you don’t have a dimmer on the light source you are using, apply another stop of diffusion gel.From this setup, you should be left with a soft, shadowless display. The top light will illuminate the surface area, and the light in front will remove any faint shadows that may the top light may cause, and it will push them your way out of view from the camera.Image via CBS This Morning.Kino Flos and larger LED lights can seem expensive if you’re on a tight budget. So instead, we can look at achieving this look with a diffusion silk, and fresnel lamps.Place your silk 4-6 feet above the work area (the distance from the worktop will decrease or increase the intensity of the light), and position a Fresnel on either side and direct them towards the silk so they cover an even area. The light will then bounce down to the worktop creating a nice, soft glow.Image via Cinematography Database.If you’re working with an ultra low budget, you could achieve similar results using a white bed sheet instead of a silk, and instead of c-stands, you could use a tripod such as the Manfrotto MT190XPRO3, which supports horizontal filming and photography.Of course, if you are making these videos to upload to Facebook, you can always follow Buzzfeed’s suit and crop your videos to optimize them for mobile. You can learn more about turning your videos into the 1:1 ratio here.Do you have tips for lighting top-down videos? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Manganiyar singer thrashed to death in Rajasthan village; families flee homes

first_imgAbout 20 families belonging to the Manganiyar community of folk musicians have fled their native village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan after a community member was allegedly beaten to death following a dispute over a ritual in a local temple. The folk singer was held responsible for failure of a temple ritual.A faith healer, Ramesh Suthar, who belongs to the ‘Bhopa’ (exorcist) clan, had claimed that Amad Khan (45) had failed to perform a specific melody at the temple in Dantal village during the Navratra festival, because of which the spirit of the temple goddess did not enter his body. He allegedly thrashed the singer and broke his musical instruments.Suthar allegedly entered the house of Khan, along with some accomplices on September 27 night and assaulted him again, leading to his death. Police have arrested Suthar and launched a hunt for two other accused after registering a murder case under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code.The frightened Manganiyar families have fled Dantal village and about 200 persons are camping at Balad, 20 km away, under the police protection. Some of them shifted to the Jaisalmer town earlier this week and are staying at a night shelter near the railway station.Though the police have assured them of security if they return to their native village, Manganiyars claim that they were being threatened by the dominant Rajput and Suthar castes. Gunasar Lok Sangeet Sansthan president Baksh Khan said the Manganiyars expected the district administration to help in their rehabilitation.last_img read more