Watch This Video of Thieves Stealing a Lens Right Off a Photographer’s Camera on His Neck

This is a crazy operation in Russia where a group of thieves coordinate to distract a photographer while taking what looks like his Nikon 70-200 right off the camera that’s handing on his neck.

At first, we see the photographer/tourist approached by a group of people putting things in front of him in an attempt to distract.

Step 1 Distraction

Then, one of the thieves slips his hands under the papers held up and removes the lens. [Read more...]

‘Adrift’ Timelapse is Mesmerizing View of the Fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

This gorgeous timelapse film was created from footage captured over the course of 2 years around the San Francisco Bay area. Simon Christen spent many mornings on the Marin Headlands capturing scene by scene of what he calls “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

He shot these images with the Canon 7D and Canon 4oD in raw format with exposures generally occurring every 2-10 seconds. Exposure was set in manual mode. On the last shot with the fog engulfing the camera, both the he and camera got pretty well soaked due to all of the moisture from the dense fog.

He uses a sturdy Really Right Stuff tripods for keeping the shots steady and, when necessary, uses software stabilization in After Effects to smooth out some shots.

You can view more of Simon’s work here on his website.

[via John Nack]

Storm Chasers Capture Video of First 10 Minutes of the Moore EF5 Tornado

Storm chasers Justin Cox and Chance Coldiron were just a few hundred yards away when the massive tornado that eventually struck Moore, Oklahoma first touched down. They captured the first 10 minutes of the tornado as it grew to a massive size and watched it cross the interstate just in front of them.

They appeared to be directly in touch with the local radio station in an effort to warn Moore residents of the tornado’s projected path and vicious intensity.

Major kudos to Justin and Chance for sticking in there to capture such amazing footage while keeping residents in the loop.

Guy Sticks a Smartphone Outside a Storm Shelter, Gets Up Close Footage of Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

Charles Gafford took cover in his storm shelter as the massive tornado passed through Moore, Oklahoma. As the tornado approached his neighborhood, he stuck his smartphone outside of the shelter and captured some pretty stunning, close-range footage.

Before the first person complains, yes, he shot it vertically. And, yes, that’s normally frowned upon. However, I think we can all give Charles a free pass since he had the most powerful tornado on record coming right at him.

Below is a video of what Charles’ neighborhood looked like after the tornado passed and he emerged from his storm shelter. [Read more...]

Dashwood Editor Essentials for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Dashwood Editor Essentials

Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects. The plugins can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. Check out the video below for a closer look at the various tools.

Dashwood Editor Essentials is available from Noise Industries for $49. More details here on Noise Industries website.