Vimeo releases time-coded review

I was reposting some Vimeo links of some video projects earlier, and I noticed that Vimeo now has review built into their platform. I'm really excited to try that out on my next freelance assignment!

Fstoppers has a writeup here:

Vimeo Launches Review Pages 

Now that you've read this, here's a video I shot:

In which Jon Painter travels the world and makes pretty pictures. Shot on location in Thailand, Latvia, Austria, The Bahamas, and the United States.

Shot on Canon 5dmkiii, Sony Action Cam, GoPro Hero 3+ Black, and iPhone.

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Nasa Pluto approach timelapse video

Now that is just awesome. NASA's New Horizons program put together an approach video from more than 100 images taken over a 6 month span as New Horizons approached Pluto.

"To create a movie that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving into Pluto, mission scientists had to interpolate some of the panchromatic (black and white) frames based on what they know Pluto looks like to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Low-resolution color from the Ralph color camera aboard New Horizons was then draped over the frames to give the best available, actual color simulation of what it would look like to descend from high altitude to Pluto’s surface.
After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto. Carrying powerful telescopic cameras that could spot features smaller than a football field, New Horizons sent back hundreds of images of Pluto and its moons that show how dynamic and fascinating their surfaces are. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI"

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Blue Danube

Here's a release I put together to celebrate passing my part 107 FAA certification. I am a FAA certified drone pilot, so naturally I flew around... Germany.

Jon Painter spent a vacation traveling in Germany with his DJI Phantom 4 drone and shot this short film in 4k. 

Passau sits at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn, and the Ilz. Each river has a different color caused by the land it runs through before the rivers combine to the east of the Altstadt.

The Bavarian Forest National Park sits 46 km to the north, on Germany's border with the Czech Republic. Within the park is a 1300 meter treetop walk. The Baumwipfelpfad culminates in an egg-shaped observation tower. 

Back to Passau, and the Dom St. Stephen. A statue of Maximillian I stands in the Domplatz. The diocese dates to the 730's, and the present cathedral was built from 1668-1694. The organ in St Stephen's is the largest in the world with 17,774 pipes.

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A story about Picasso

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

2016 Cross Florida Ride...

...In which a liberal application of Rule #5 takes place. 

The start, Cocoa Beach, FL.

The start, Cocoa Beach, FL.

This week I took part in the 2016 Cross Florida, a 170 mile endurance event put on by the Space Coast Freewheelers. 5 years ago I completed the ride when there was just a 1-day option. This year I tried the 2-day option, laboring under the assumption that breaking 170 miles into 2 days would be less painful.

That assumption would prove to be false.

Cocoa Beach had heavy rain Friday night, and Saturday saw us ride out of Cocoa under cloudy skies with threat of rain. Along the way I fell in with a group of riders from PPR Talent Management, and they were kind enough to let me join their slipstream. We finished about 4:45 later in pouring rain with occasional lightning. I was much relieved to get to the hotel, and escape the weather. 

Apps and beer - Italian food for dinner day 1

Apps and beer - Italian food for dinner day 1

Day 2 dawned bright and clear. The PPR team had invited me to keep on with them, but they were starting early, and I got delayed loading up my luggage and pumping up the tires so I started off on my own around 7:20. A bit after 8 I heard hooting and hollering behind me, I turned, and it was the PPR team catching up after a later than expected start. They appear in my time-lapse of the morning. 

I should mention my wheel troubles. The Wednesday prior to the ride I hopped on the bike for a spin and realized my back wheel was out of true. I swung by Orange Cycle, and when the mechanic checked my relatively new wheel, he found significant damage to the rim. Orange Cycle was kind enough to give me a loaner wheel so I could actually make the ride - file that under have a good relationship with your local bike shop kids - so my heartfelt thanks to Orange Cycles. 

After SAG 4 on day 2, with a mere 25 miles left it the ride, I started down the first hill, got to 25 mph, and heard an eruption of clacking from the rear wheel. I managed to slow it down and when I got off the bike and checked the wheel, I found a broken spoke. Apparently I'm tough on back wheels. A broken spoke 145 miles in was a crushing blow. I hiked back up the hill with the bike and put a call into the SAG truck. None of the folks that stopped by while I was waiting had any spare spokes, and neither did the SAG vehicle. But the SAG mechanic thought the wheel would hold up, so he tucked and zip tied the spoke for me, and I gingerly returned to the road. 

Spoke tucked. Rule #5 bike!

Spoke tucked. Rule #5 bike!

I spent the last 25 miles hoping and praying that wheel would hold up. It did! Of course this is where the legs got really painful. I borrowed a line from Jens Voigt, "Shut up legs!" 10:45 of ride time after I started, I rolled into Bayport Park to finish my second ride across the state.

The Finish!

The Finish!

Many thanks to the Spacecoast Freewheelers, Dave's World Cycles SAG, the many volunteers that made the ride possible, the PPR team for letting me tag along, and my girlfriend for transporting me to the start and home from the finish! What a great adventure.


I'm riding in the 25th Tour de Cure tomorrow in Lake Nona. Donations go to support the American Diabetes Association in the fight against Diabetes. 

The number is pinned and I'm ready!

The number is pinned and I'm ready!

A midnight stroll around The Breakers

I was at the Breakers Resort this weekend and snapped some photos during a midnight stroll around the property. Lovely hotel, if you ever have the chance to visit take it!

The Lobby

Every time I walked into the hotel, I had a hard time keeping my eyes off of the magnificent ceiling.

The Mediterranean Ballroom

During the time I was there, the Mediterranean Ballroom was always filled with chairs and tables for different conference events, but the last day they removed all of the furniture and placed a baby grand piano in the center of the ballroom. I couldn't resist sneaking in to take a shot!

The Palm Courtyard

The Palm Courtyard, a lovely place with a bubbling fountain and a cafe that makes a great cappuccino. 

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Ode to Apple

I'm no johnny-come-lately Apple fanboy. I've been around awhile. I grew up fascinated by technology. As a kid, I tinkered on a Tandy and eventually upgraded to a Commodore 64. I played Oregon Trail on the Apple's in the middle school lab. In high school, I learned Dos programming - del *.* - on 386's and Visual Basic on 486's, and we even had a, gasp, Pentium in the lab. I'm clearly an ol' geezer in computer world. After years of working on the school newspaper, fighting to get it printed in time because one computer or another wouldn't talk to the network, I left for college, turned my back on the Wintel world, and bought a Mac.

It was 1997. It wasn't easy to buy a Mac. 

At one store, the salesman told me Apple would be out of business before I graduated. Boy was he wrong! HA.

My beast of choice was a PowerPC 7300/200. 200 mhz of raw power at my fingertips. That lasted me through an extended college (I was not on the 4 year plan) that included coding classes, digital animation classes, I even did some video editing. That lead to a laptop, an assortment of iPods, another laptop, an iMac, an iPad, a couple of iPhones, and yet another laptop.  

Last week I got an email that my iMac group had a known issue with its hard drive and I was eligible for a free replacement. I'd actually already replaced it a year ago when it died, so I spent a few minutes on the phone with Applecare, and viola, they refunded the money I'd spent. This week I went in to the Apple store with my laptop cable as it was frayed through at just a year old, and they took one look and replaced it. I'm not saying they're going to replace everything for free if you beat it up, but the company has been so fair in the way they've treated me.

All of my tech talks to each other, I don't spend days hacking it to force it to cobble together, and when there's a known issue with gear, they've always cheerfully replaced it without making me feel like I have to pass a polygraph to get service. Since 1997, over 18 years and multiple computers I've lost 2 hard drives, a power cable, and had a keyboard problem, and Apple's taken of 3 of the 4 gratis. And my kit works hard. Most of the gear I'm carrying now is working on it's second circumnavigation in terms of distance traveled. I buy Apple because it works without an IT department, it keeps me working, and the company treats me great when things go south. 

Thanks Apple!

Jon Painter
Customer since 1997