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Sunday
Aug142011

A Gulf Fisherman Comes of Age

This video was produced to go along with Amy Harmon's profile of Aaron Grecco, a young man who dreamed of joining his father, Buddy, on his shrimping boat until the BP oil spill pumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf. I spent a day on the water with them, heading out around 4:30 a.m. We motored out to their favorite spots and watched as the gorgeous light came up.

Sunday
Aug142011

Reporting from Bahrain

 

The day before Valentine's Day in 2011 was an otherwise regular day at work until about 5:30 when my bosses called me into their offices and asked if I could go to Bahrain. I made some quick calls to my wife who is also a journalist and thankfully understands the call to drop everything for breaking news. About a day later I was on the streets of Manama, the capitol, with Times columnist Nick Kristof and former Cairo bureau chief Michael Slackman reporting on the unrest in the small Gulf nation.

Below are my videos in chronological order.

 

 

Sunday
Aug142011

Synchronous Fireflies in the Smokies

Robbie Brown and I traveled to Tennessee's vacation hotspots of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg where you might think most folks would flock to see the shows at Dollywood or the tourist attractions in town. Well, plenty of people come for those attractions but one of the area's biggest draws is the brief annual mating ritual of a speices of firefly that blink together in unison.

We were there at the tail end of the peak time to see the insects and I can tell you that capturing fireflies on video is tough work.

Sunday
Aug142011

Life is Short, Opera is Long

A video I produced to go with Daniel Bergner's story about the National Council Auditions at the Metropolitan Opera, a career-launching contest held every year. One of the highlights for me, aside from spending time at the Met with highly talented singers, was meeting Lee Friedlander, who shot the still images for the magazine. Even if you don't know his influential street photography you've probably seen his early commercial work shooting album covers for Columbia Jazz records like the cover of "In a Silent Way" by Miles Davis. But enough about jazz, let's listen to some opera!