Welcome to Ken's Life!

OK, so for those of you whose boredom has reached desperate levels, here's a place where you can keep tabs on what's going on in my whirlwind life. Wondering who I am or why I started this blog? Find out here.

You can browse my most recent posts below, use the calendar on the right to browse by date, or simply search for something using the search box on the top right.

Recent Posts:

I’m Engaged!

November 24th, 2012

For any who did not already know, Jill Millermon and I got engaged on October 21.  Jill currently lives near Milwaukee, WI, and she will be joining me in Danbury after our wedding on June 1, 2013.  Jill does not particularly enjoy having her picture taken, so it’s somewhat ironic that she’s marrying a photographer.  She’s reluctantly allowed me capture a few photos, which I’m promptly posting below for all the world to see.

Meet the future Mr. and Mrs. Brooks! …continue reading »

Sweet Mount for the GoPro Hero

February 23rd, 2012

I have two GoPros sitting in my studio, not getting nearly enough use this year.  I stumbled across this cool mount that uses two GoPros balanced, and floated above your helmet.  It makes for a very unique angle, and I’d love to try it out.  Too bad it’s only sold in Italy at the moment.

I want one of these!

The Master Gallery

December 14th, 2011

Here’s a photo gallery that includes all the albums and photos I’ve uploaded over time.  There are some beautiful, fascinating places out there! Enjoy!

For best viewing experience, click the full screen button in the upper right corner of the gallery: 

For those who prefer watching videos, I’ve got a few uploaded on Vimeo. Click here to view my channel.

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Tribute To My Father: Celebrating 60 Years

November 5th, 2011

A few weeks ago, we had an early surprise birthday party for my dad, who turns 60 in a few weeks. I put together a video/slide show tribute which was screened during the party. My dad continues to be a hero in my life. He’s a giant of a man, setting the benchmark so high, it will be a struggle to reach its shadow.  For those of you who don’t know him well, this video provides but a brief glimpse into his remarkable life.

It was filmed on a Canon 5DmkII and edited in After Effects and Premier.  It also includes my first experiment with my green screen.  I used Boris ChromaKey, which seemed to work remarkably well.

Disclaimer: it was around 3:30 am when I filmed myself for the voiceover, and I look like I’m a bit stoned.  It was also right on the heels of working a 70+ hour week, so I was just a tad fatigued. Oh well, it was too late to re-record; and I would’ve just been more tired anyway.

Music:

Bach Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major by Yo-Yo Ma
Valse Frontenac by George Winston
Sailing by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
A Mother’s Heart by William Joseph

 

New Canon C300 compact digital cinema camera a bit disappointing

November 3rd, 2011

Canon just finished its announcement of the first camera in a new line of digital cinema cameras, the C300.  Along with the rest of the film-making world, I was pretty excited to see what Canon was announcing today.  It was clear that they were woken up a bit by the sleeper success of the 5DmkII, and decided to build a camera with the same small form factor benefits but with the pro-video features the 5D was lacking.  Namely, uncompressed video, XLR ins, HDSDI out, reduced rolling shutter, etc.  I had hoped to see these sort of features with perhaps 2K resolution and 60fps at something around the $6-7K price range… a natural extension for the democratized DSLR video market.  But alas, the MSRP is a whopping $20K, and it records no higher than 1080P 30fps.  At that price I would’ve expected at least 4K at 30fps and 2K at 60fps. …continue reading »