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Happy 2017 to you all, 2016 was a busy and fruitful year, I had the pleasure, just after creating a blustery snowy New Year's piece for SUNY Potsdam, of traveling to the other side of the planet with my family.  It was an incredible journey, one that will stay with me forever I am sure.  It was quite surreal to come back from a morning surf and see on Facebook, the New Year's piece.  

It was a fun but challenging shoot, I do love working 'in weather' but it's important to protect your equipment.  I kept having to wipe my lens as the flakes accumulated.  We had a few fits and starts with the soundtrack, Tyler Nappo, a young trumpet master provided the soundtrack.  The feeling was that his solo rendering was a bit too dark.  I agreed.  It was nice but the solo instrument provided a sort of isolation, something the client wasn't looking for.. luckily Tyler had, two years earlier, arranged and recorded his own quartet.  This worked just fine, I simply made sure sync looked ok on the final note, this is how we conceived the piece anyway.  To have the player of the music revealed in the snow, at the end.  I added some nat. sound from the B-roll to sell the 'outside'  He was a good sport and froze his hands for his art.  Good man.

 Tyler Nappo, right, freezing his fingers

Tyler Nappo, right, freezing his fingers

Contrast the above to... this.  Two weeks in Australia, exploring tide pools on the beach, surfing every morning, hitting the bush at night to look for honey gliders and ring tail possums.  Visiting nature preserves, and enjoying the local beverages.  It was tough coming home, but we're here and we're ready for 2017 and all it has to offer.  Nice to have a break from work.  Nice to refuel on the sights and sounds of a completely different environment.  Plenty of eye and ear candy at the Beijing airport for our layover, plenty of soul crushing white water to paddle through at the local surf break, and plenty of perspective on environment - both social and natural.

 Lovely Lorne, about 2 hours West of Melbourne

Lovely Lorne, about 2 hours West of Melbourne

 My morning routine for two weeks.  I could do for this as a regular thing

My morning routine for two weeks.  I could do for this as a regular thing

 Reconnecting with a dear old friend

Reconnecting with a dear old friend