[AiRV] Dr. Sheldon Johnson | Master and Mentor

 

Join us as we kick off a new series entitled Arts in the Roanoke Valley (AiRV) for a glimpse into the lives and inspiration of everyday folks like you and me, people whose stories are yet to be told. The passion and high standard of professional saxophonist and Radford University instructor Dr. Sheldon Johnson is certainly no exception, and his outstanding effort in developing the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Saxophone Intensive program with the annual RSO Summer Music Institute.

Mr. Johnson is currently the saxophone instructor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, having previously taught at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. His saxophone teachers include David Jacobsen, Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Bryson Borgstedt, and Clifford Leaman. Read more

Trucker’s Hitch – Best Knot in the GARDEN (in the WORLD)

How to tie any line against itself tightly with the Trucker’s Hitch slipknot. Whether tying down a roof load, bow/stern lines for canoes and kayaks, securing rain shrouds on pallets of material or even simple raised bed layout string – the Trucker’s Hitch is your friend when it comes to cinching a tight fit with a single line.

Here’s how to do it..

 

Master this knot and your tie-down troubles are over. Thanks for visiting. Hope you find it helpful.

Questions? Leave them in the comments or drop me a line at marksmorrow@gmail.com.

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Mini-Review: Fotodiox Pro Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Smart AF Lens Adapter

After making the jump earlier this year from Canon EF to the Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless system, I found myself (along with many others in the same position) immediately in the market for a suitable adapter to accommodate existing Canon glass.

Having a good deal of experience using the $400 Metabones III and IV adapter systems, I decided to do a little research and set out to price a few alternatives. Within a few keystrokes I had located the Fotodiox EF-Sny(E) Fusion Smart AF Lens Mount Adapter which, in light of its considerably less expensive $99 price tag, quickly piqued my interest as to whether it could be the right tool for the job. Read more

Next Level Video – DJI OSMO Accessory Review

If you’re interested in adding smooth motion, cinematic video production to your skill set, the newly-released DJI Osmo is a must-have piece for the gear bag. As excellent as this tool is for FPV and interview work, adding a few key accessories can help take your creative vision to the next level.

In this tutorial, we’ll jump in and take a hands-on look at a couple of game-changing add-ons.

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