Publications list updated (finally…)!

I’ve finally found the time to update the PUBLICATIONS page on this blog with:

  • the chapter dedicated to Innoveo in the second edition of SOA for Dummies, as mentioned in my post from … January 2009 (yes I know, I’m late ;-)
  • an article published (in German) in September 2010 in the “Schweizer Versichertung” concerning the penetration of standard software in the insurance industry.

So, 20 articles, 5 conferences, 6 reports and books, 4 collaterals and 1 video listed. Not so bad ;-)

‘House’ season filmed with Canon 5D Mark II


We like very much the TV show “House”. I have seen a quite old news from May 2010, telling us that the whole season was filmed with a Canon 5D MarkII. Wow, interesting….

A Canon 5D Mark II has become the first video-capable DSLR to film a whole episode of a US primetime series. Greg Yaitanes, director of FOX broadcasting company’s medical drama series ‘House’, used the camera, a selection of Canon’s prime lenses and, the 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses to shoot its season finale. Speaking via Twitter, he said that this was to achieve a shallow depth of field and a ‘richer look’. He also said he ‘feels it’s the future’.

You can find also a Twitter-interview of Greg Yaitanes, the director of the show.

What is the difference in how it looks on a TV screen compared to a regular camera?

Greg Yaitanes: richer. shallow focus pulls the actors faces to forground [sic]

How many frames per second and why a Canon 5D Mark II?

GY: 24p and wanted it for ease of use in tight spaces.

Ok, seriously. Can you tell us something about the lenses you used?

GY: all the canon primes and the 24-70 and the 70-200 zoom

Did you have to change any of your working practices to fit in with differences between the 5D and a typical setup?

GY: some. focus was hard with these lenses but more “cine-style” lenses are being made as we speak.

Were you using CF cards for storage or some sort of mass storage mod? seems like you would need a lot of cards :)

GY: some 18gb or something like that card. gave us 22 min of footage.

How was the quality as compared 2 the traditional camera used in shooting?

GY: i loved it and feel it’s the future. cameras that can give you these looks

How did you manage to stabilize the camera in tight spaces? Any special kind of brackets?

GY: no. mostly gave it a hand held feel. or on a small tripod

I was very focused (!) on the “normal” usage of my 5D MarkII in the last months (enough to do technically ;), but this was definitely a good reminder that I can also do some videos.

Montreux 2010…

…was as usual a great time and breathing for Manu (old mate and Boomerang Owner & CEO) and myself. The Phil Collins concert was not soooo great. The band was cool (specially the bass player), Phil Collins very … uhm … not cool (was he sick?). I’m not a Motown specialist, but some choices for the covers were quite “odd/bizarre”, to be honest. Kind of The Love Boat series…

Nice view on the lake and mountains from our hotel

Direct view on the auditorium

Before the concert started

A video of “Papa was a rolling stone”

My Canon EOS 5D MarkII & lens EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Wow, that’s cool :-) I have received today my new camera and lens.

After quite a long comparison phase between the new Canon 7D and the “old” 5D MarkII, I have decided myself for the full-reflex, i.e. the EOS 5D MarkII.

More on this comparison later on but the full-reflex capability was decisive ;-)

As you have to use EF lens (this camera is not compatible with the EF-S series) and I was interested to shoot with a fix 35mm, I have also acquired a new Canon lens (from far the most expensive I have), the 35mm f/1.4L USM.

My first attempts (please be indulgent ;-) are quite exciting.


Slideshow function in SmugMug

SmugMug is evolving very well, nice new features are published very regularly. Really a great service. From far better than Flickr…

An example of the embedded slideshow feature below:

Leonard Cohen, a fantastic artist and poet

On last Sunday evening, I had the chance to take part in one of the best concert I have ever seen. Mister Leonard Cohen (Wikipedia, official website) was giving a concert in Colmar, France. And what for a concert!

Fantastic. Emotional. Elegant. Enthusiastic. Moving. Entertaining. Exciting.

7’000 fans and connoisseurs of Cohen’s works, supporting and respecting the musicians on stage, that was just impressive. As usual during concerts, I find that silences are really showing how far an audience is enjoying (or not) a concert. An this one was full of silences :-)

The current band features:

  • Sharon Robinson : co-writer with Mr. Cohen of Everybody knows, I’m your man, Waiting for the miracle, etc. / background vocals
  • The Webb Sisters : background vocals. Listen to the little miracle on “If it be your will” below. Crazy and perfect duo.
  • Roscoe Beck : musical director & bass. I know Roscoe Beck and I have listened to Roscoe for years, especially with the blues-guitarist Robben Ford.
  • Neil Larsen : keyboards & Hammond B3 accordion
  • Bob Metzger : electric, acoustic & pedal steel guitar
  • Javier Mas : bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Rafael Gayol : drums, percussion
  • Dino Soldo : sax, clarinet, dobro, keys

I shot some videos during the show, low video quality but the sound is not bad. Have a try.