A note from Don Saito ~ 11/21

obi_donkenobi said…
Don Hi Mike, Jim, and Mark: Thank you, all! The final entries are coming soon – hopefully today (Sat, Nov 21). It’s been one hell of a ride, and/but I’m sad/glad it’s over. Let me know if you have any questions (and that goes to everyone), and I’ll respond. With answers, even! ;~Don
November 21, 2009 9:48 AM

Well, now to keep a keen lookout for Don’s final articles

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Video-Short ~ Umbrella—Outside View

In my last vid-short Umbrella in Motion], you saw a video from WebCam #2. This video [taken with my iPhone mounted in my OWLE Bubo, with a 37mm 2.0x Telephoto Lens] is of the AutoMate Panohead, Logitech Webcam Pro 9000, and my 64″ Golf Umbrella. This video simply shows the rotation of the 3 components.

Video-Short ~ Umbrella in Motion

ECRW_0924.CRW arlier, you saw my 64″ Golf Umbrella mounted on my AutoMate Panohead. Now, from my 2nd WebCam, here is a short clip of the panohead’s movement with the Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 and the umbrella attached. Notice the single white panel. It will be easy from a distance, without looking at a computer, to see the direction of the camera’s orientation.

Video2 in this series ~ Umbrella—Outside View

It’s working for me…


The 64" Golf Umbrella that I had on order, that is. I received it after dark yesterday and then spent the better part of 3 hours modifying, fitting, and finishing it for SCEPTER.  Please note my cat still strides across the umbrella. I am very pleased with the results.

CRW_0911.CRW I have spent several hours taking pictures this morning and have not taken the shots I want to best show the rig with the umbrella atop. There is just too much going on in the background. Of the 4 sets I took, this shot from set #3 is the best, yet too busy.

I’ll shoot a couple of videos later. One from the on-board WebCam [the WebCam that watches the Web Cam] and one from my iPhone, using the OWLE Bubo.

I think the umbrella will give sufficient rain protection. Its design makes it practical in windy conditions. We will have to see just how far that goes. The equipment will have UV protection. Again, I am pleased with the result. One day, I’ll have to get a personal 64" Golf Umbrella.

Video1 is up ~ Umbrella in Motion

Video2 is up ~ Umbrella—Outside View