These are the dog days of summer, a time when Bay Area hockey aficionados can do nothing more than count down the days — 29 more till the first game of the exhibition season. To pass the time, you might check out bottom-six forward Marcus Sorenson doing leg lunges during a workout on his social media or resort to watching a game of baseball or spending time with your children.Or we could reflect on the Joe Pavelski Era to determine whether the captain’s departure will be a …
It was history in the making when Gift Ngoepe became the first player from South Africa – and Africa – to play in the Major League Baseball in the US.Gift Ngoepe is the first player from South Africa, and Africa, to play in the American Major League Baseball, on 26 April 2017. His team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs. (Image: Pittsburg Pirates, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberSouth African Gift Ngoepe was overcome with emotion when he became the first player from Africa to make an appearance in a Major League Baseball game in the US, on 26 April 2017.“I told myself not to cry, because I’m in the big leagues and I’m a big guy,” Ngoepe told ESPN. “[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me, and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest. It was emotional, and I had to fight back the tears.”Italo-Venezuelan Cervelli is a catcher for the Pittsburgh [email protected] 2B Gift Ngoepe makes history in the Steel City. https://t.co/mJQuO0Onbz pic.twitter.com/RVXv82mYHO— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 27, 2017What a moment. pic.twitter.com/59UyHlrdz3— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Ngoepe said he thought about where he came from and his journey from South Africa to pursue his dream of playing in the American major league.“I thought about the struggles of being in the minor leagues for eight-and-a-half years and then to finally get up here and get a hit in my first at-bat. The whole thing was just awesome. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it. It was awesome.”The South African player helped his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs.Watch:Opening doorsNgoepe said baseball was still developing in Africa, but he hoped his involvement would inspire more interest in people.“It’s a dream come true for me because it’s been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy, but it also means so much to the people of South Africa and baseball in Africa,” Ngoepe said before the game, according to Eyewitness News.Hugs. The gift that keeps on giving. #amirite pic.twitter.com/BEHoJ1oxBQ— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Source: ESPN, EWNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
These easy to follow timelapse tips will get you on your way to shooting breathtaking, eye-grabbing footage.With the explosion of DSLR cameras over the last few years, timelapse has seen a surge in popularity and accessibility. When executed with skill and a healthy dose of patience, timelapse video can be an incredible way to bring visual interest to your projects.How do I create a timelapse video?Practically speaking, there are two different ways to shoot timelapse – either with a DSLR camera or video camera. In this post, we’ll explore tips and techniques for shooting with both. First, let’s take a look at a great timelapse example from pro timelapser Randy Halverson:There are two basic approaches when shooting a timelapse. A ‘real’ timelapse would be shot with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera taking hundreds (or thousands!) of images with longer exposure times. The second approach would be to use a video camera. However, as you can imagine, this technique can take up a lot of space on your memory card and computer in post.DSLR? Point-and-shoot? Video camera?When shooting a timelapse, you will have better luck with a DSLR camera than any other point-and-shoot camera. As far as video cameras are concerned, GoPros have become popular choices for their compact size. You can literally film a timelapse anywhere! The image image quality of a DSLR will be superior to that of a point-and-shoot camera. More importantly, you have more control over the quality of your image. Typically A JPEG file format is better to use than Camera RAW, as it will take up less room on your memory card.Filmmaker Rob Hawthorn put the GoPro HERO3 Black up against the Canon 60D to show the differences between the cameras in timelapse situations. Here’s what he found:What equipment will I need to bring?There are some obvious pieces of gear that you’ll need for timelapse projects.Tripod/stable mounting surfaceIntervalometers (DSLRs) or time controller device (remote control)Extra memory cardsExtra batteries (or A/C power)Preston Kanak, a well-known timelapse pro, says, “One of the biggest challenges when shooting a time-lapse is gear management.” Check out this video where he goes over his timelapse kit piece by piece, and then head over to Kanak’s website, where he goes even more in-depth on the subject.Timelapse Pro in ActionNow that we’ve covered some basic ins and out of timelapse, let’s watch Spanish cinematographer and Shutterstock contributor Enrique Pacheco put it all into action.Here’s a great video from Shutterstock that follows Pacheco behind-the-scenes during a shoot.Pacheco is full of good timelapse advice. Here are his ten tips for aspiring timelapse photographers and filmmakers. Want to learn more about shooting timelapses? There’s a lot of information out there. Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create a Timelapse Dolly ZoomTimelapse Basics and Inspiration8 Jaw Dropping Night Sky Timelapse VideosHave any other timelapse tips for shooting great footage? Please share them in the the comments below.