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Prayin for mates in Christchurch, NZ

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I’ve got a few friends out in Christchurch, New Zealand and we have been praying for them and everyone affected by the earthquake. Today on one of our friend’s blog was this image:

This was taken moments after the Earthquake.

There are two sets of friends out there, A good Mate Nathan who lost his father last weekend to Cancer and The Matthews (who’s blog I took the image from). They have been great keeping us informed of what has been going on out there bit it has been greatly overshadowed by The Gadafi Regime in Libya.

I wanted to bring some light to the situation there and so here are some quotes from their emails:

From Nathan

My family are all ok after the quake. I was at home. Had I been in the central city like I was the day before returning Dads stuff to the hospital I would have been right in the city where the destruction and loss of life is at it’s worst…. We rushed across the road to the school where my sisters kids were and they were all covered in dust  from the hillside coming down behind the school but ok. We then stayed on the feild in front of the school with them and heard terrible news on the radio from in town and tried to keep the kids calm as they worried about their parents who worked in town.

My Dads funeral has had to be postponed because of the quake here. We are now planning a private cremation today and then a memorial service just b4 I go back. People just have to much to do here at the moment and with people still trapped we have to focus on the living.

I’m amazed at Nathan’s final comment. Despite what his own family is going through they are still wanting to focus on helping others.

From the Matthews via Alex:

Please continue to pray for the many trapped and injured people and the bereaved families.
Firstly they (my family) have no electricity or hot water. They have had another very uncomfortable night with tremors every half hour. Their house is severely damaged and they need to move out of it untill they have had it assessed as to it being liveable. They are moving today to a place in Rangiora a small place just outside Christchurch.
In regards to their house they have a hole in their roof and the chimney has collapsed. A support structure on the end of their house has snapped and one section is sinking. In their garden there is a lot of ‘silt’ (geologists may know what that is) and springs bubbling and is in a flooded condition. This is typical of many residents in Christchurch.


It’s a really messed up situation out there so PLEASE PRAY.
Even if you don’t believe in God, seeing as you can’t prove it, it’s worth 2 mins to pray for them.

OakTree Mockups

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Over lunch the past week or so I’ve been working on some new concepts for the OakTree website. They are still very rough but I’m liking them lots. I’m really wanting to push a scalable changing background image.

What do you think?

750 FPS Test

By Techie, Video, Work No Comments
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I’m doing a film for work and I was thinking of doing some of the GV’s in super slo-mo.

After seeing Oton Bačar’s amazing BMX Super slomo 1000fps & 2000 fps videos, where he converted the footage using After Effects and Twixtor ( I really wanted to see if I could find a workflow to suit the facilities I have.

I currently use an unhackable Panasonic GF1 so I cant shoot at 59.94fps. I’m stuck with AVCHD lite shooting at 25fps standard. I also don’t have access or budget to get After Effects or Twixtor but I do have Final Cut Studio.

I then saw Crumplepop’s video tutorial on how to do something similar using Apple Motion by converting footage shot with a Canon 60D from 59.94fps to 1000fps. (

Using the same process but adjusting the figures a bit I managed to create this video.

I think with a bit of further testing and adjusting I could get much better results but for a first draft it’s not too shabby.

Is Spring coming? POTD

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I rode to work for the first time this year. I was thinking it would be warm as it has been getting milder….it wasn’t. It hurt….my lungs don’t like me right now. Loved being back on the bike though.

This shot was a lone flower in a flower bed i saw on my way to get some lunch.

Oh snap! POTD @sharecreative

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Both Wifey and I bought cards for each other from the same place. We don’t like the way in which this day has been commercialized and we don’t want to feel like we have to buy in to it at massive expense. These cards help to fight slavery and human trafficking and that’s much more worthy of our cash. You can find these guys on Twitter: @treatsomeone and online at: