Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This “Cab Cam” took The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins to Lebanon, Ohio in Warren County where he joined Lutmer Farms. Chris and Mike Lutmer are just about wrapped up with corn planting and now getting soybean planting in full swing. Chris says things are coming along nicely so far this year, but a rain in the near term would certainly be welcomed.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agronomists like DEKALB/Asgrow’s Roy Ulrich have been meeting with farmers and discussing a 2017 planting checklist – the key issues they need to plan for to set themselves up for season-long success. The checklist includes:– Product placement– Training on application guidelines for in-crop use of Monsanto’s new XtendiMax™ herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology on Asgrow® Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans– Pre-plant burndown– Plant populationsand– Importance of utilizing a quality seed treatment to combat possible early season insects and diseasesAUDIO: Ulrich visited with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins to go more in-depth about the 2017 planting checklist.DEKALB Asgrow Roy Ulrich Planting Checklist
When you need a truly EPIC tracking shot, turn to the undisputed master of bombastic cinema: Michael Bay.Most filmmakers love to utilize tracking shots in order to add motion and pacing to a scene. Stanley Kubrick captured that motion through the use of a Steadicam. Michael Mann puts the camera on a shoulder rig. David Fincher keeps the camera locked down and uses a dolly system to capture movement.While all of these filmmakers produce amazing work, none of them quite capture epic tracking shots like Michael Bay.Love him or hate him as a director, there is one thing Michael Bay does better than anyone else: epic tracking shots, using multi-layered composition to capture a moment in time. Let’s look at how Bay captures these epic tracking shots after watching this reel that highlights his special brand of Bayhem.Video from Screen JunkiesCamera MovementFor all of his epic tracking shots, Bay will move the camera from left to right along a circular path. This motion rotates around either a fixed or moving subject or object. Then the camera movement runs contrary to the motion of that character or subject. So, for many of the shots involving a character, the camera will move from left to right as the character rotates from right to left.Nicolas Cage in The Rock via Hollywood PicturesLens OptionsFor lens options, Bay will always use a telephoto lens. By using this lens, he can compress visual information down and focus on the subject or object, forcing the background to pass by at an incredible rate. The lens is almost always placed at a low angle, which really adds to the scale factor and turns the shot from a really cool tracking shot to an epic one.Pearl Harbor via TouchstoneBackground InformationAs we stated before, the camera movement accompanied by the telephoto lens forces the background of the shot to move across the screen at a fast rate, an effect called parallax. One of Bay’s greatest skills is his ability to place visually interesting backgrounds behind the characters or objects. By adding backgrounds with a lot of visual information, he can enhance the movement and parallax effect.Dwayne Johnson in Pain and Gain via Paramount PicturesActor MovementNow, in order to really pull off the epic tracking shot, Bay almost always has his actors moving vertically and turning in a horizontal motion that contrasts that of the camera. The actors are always looking just off screen at where ever the action is or was. More often than not this shot is used as a reactionary shot. It’s sometimes referred to as “the hero shot,” as it really highlights the character or characters.Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys II via Constantin FilmSlow Everything DownFinally, to make the epic tracking shot truly, well, EPIC, Bay will slow things down. He doesn’t slow things down to a crawl. Rather, he slows it down slightly. By doing this, the shot paces really well, but becomes more dramatic at the same time. Slow motion is a good technique to use in action films when you need to add some tension and give the audience an opportunity to really sit in the space.Transformers via Paramount PicturesAgain, love him or hate him, these epic tracking shots are visually impressive. There’s really no question that Michael Bay knows how to frame an action set piece or dynamic shot. Now, overall storytelling is another matter, and one we won’t get into here. But this does beg the question… is Michael Bay really that bad of a director? Or is he a genius in disguise? Thankfully, we have Cracked to help us sort through it.Video from CrackedWhat do you think of Michael Bay’s epic tracking shots? Love them? Hate them? What is your favorite type of tracking shot? Give us your opinions in the comments below.
SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — The woman who raised a teenage Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River says she hopes a new report from the children’s advocate will ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.“Whatever happens, nothing will ever bring Tina back, but with this thing coming out I hope it saves other children,” Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, told The Canadian Press. The highly anticipated report from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released on Tuesday and is expected to detail Tina’s interactions with the child-welfare system, police, and others before she went missing. It will also provide recommendations to avoid future deaths.Members of Tina’s family will be present for the report’s release on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg, where the 15-year-old spent much of her young life living with Favel.After Tina’s father was murdered in 2011, the teenager had difficulty coping so she left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg.When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family services for help.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard how in the weeks after leaving the First Nation, Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.She was treated at a hospital, interacted with police, called 911 and was captured on security camera footage falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets. A 24-hour safe space for Winnipeg youth was dedicated to her memory last May.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week, and while she was unable to share details, Favel said it demonstrates how deeply Tina was failed.“All the systems that failed her, even now it hurts. I could just picture her walking those streets and nobody helping her,” Favel said choking back tears.“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.”Favel said she believes the report and its accompanying recommendations will be an important part of Tina’s legacy, making sure that gaps are closed and children are safe.“That’s my main concern, that no other kids fall through the cracks like she did.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Press