Photographer Mark Boster of the Los Angeles Times spent a year documenting the seasons at Yosemite National Park to produce this short (< 9 minute) documentary.
Photographer Joe McNally, on assignment for National Geographic, photographs the ultimate in light bulb changing jobs — the warning beacon atop the Empire State Building’s antenna mast, 1,454 feet above the streets of New York City.
Joe shares more high-climbing assignments, along with some eye-popping photographs, on his blog here.
In an age of electronics and automation, it seems almost anachronistic to build products by hand. Yet, there are some products which require careful work by dedicated craftsmen if they are to reach their full potential — products which are much more than mere “products.”
A concert grand piano, for instance.
Director Ben Niles takes us behind the scenes at Steinway & Sons to follow the year-long process of hand-crafting a concert grand piano in his documentary film “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037.” Along the way, he not only shows us the process but also introduces us to some of the craftsmen. We learn not just what they do, but why they do it; we see their pride in their craft and how they work together to create some of the finest pianos in the world.
Interspersed with this, Niles introduces us to several noted musicians and their thoughts on and enthusiasm for these fine instruments. We learn that each piano has a unique sound, and how each musician selects an individual piano for a performance based upon such varied criteria as their playing style, the style of music they’ll be performing, and the specific sound they want to achieve.
“Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037″ is available on DVD from major retailers and may also be rented from Netflix.
Visit the documentary’s official website at
We take Photoshop® for granted these days, for good or for ill. Hollywood dazzles us with special effects and CGI (computer-generated imagery) as well, though we usually can tell when the technical magic is being used.
Or can we?
Take a look behind the scenes of Boardwalk Empire to see how CGI, sets, and lighting create a vision that looks amazingly real. You’ll even see some CGI make-up!