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Welcome

to my Internet home...

My name is:
Rico Bergholdt Hansen

I live in:
Odense, Denmark.

This is where I post my own photos and videos along with general ramblings about the things that interest me, such as: Travelling, landscapes / nature, history, design, architecture, music, art, science & technology and related topics...

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Bugsy Malone - Film from 1976...

Bugsy Malone is one of the few movies I remember from my youth.

A gangster musical where all roles are played by kids - including a very young Jodie Foster. They shoot 'splurge guns' filled with cream and have cars that are driven like bicycles.

There's action, humor, car chases and a love story. It's basically all you ever needed a movie to be. Great stuff...

Sunday
Dec152013

Kettel - Fun and Playful Electronica...

This must be the male version of my favourite electronica artist - Band Ane.

Kettel aka Reimer Eising born 1982 in Holland. Even the video is fun to watch...

Tuesday
Dec102013

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller's Maiden Voyage...

A beautifully made video of the first Triple-E container ship on its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe.
There are many well made timelapses but also some 'real time' shots from around the ship towards the end.
Thursday
Dec052013

History of Aspect Ratio - The Shape of Cinema...

This Filmmaker IQ video has a very good description of aspect ratio and the history behind the different techniques / technologies.

From 4:3 (standard-definition) to 16:9 (high-definition) and beyond including 35mm and 70mm film.

There's no mention of digital sensors or crop factors which is probably a good thing, since the video is already 18 minutes long.

Here's a list of films mentioned in the video (along with notable people / inventors / technologies). The films are all worth watching - many could be considered a 'must-see' for any film connoisseur.

William Kennedy Dickson and Thomas Edison - inventors / innovators - Kinetoscope.

George Eastman - 35mm filmEastman Kodak - 4:3 (1.33 or 1.33:1) aspect ratio and perforation.

Sound film - synchronized sound - Academy ratio (1.37 or 1.37:1) - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Television vs. widescreen - Cinerama by Fred Waller (2.57 or 2.57:1 / 2.59 or 2.59:1 / 2.65 or 2.65:1 when cropped) - I have a whole blog post on Cinerama here. The movie 'This is Cinerama' (from 1952), 'The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm' (from 1962) and 'How the West Was Won' (from 1962).

The movie 'Shane' (from 1953) originally shot in Academy ratio (1.37 or 1.37:1) but cropped (to 1.66 or 1.66:1) and projected on a new 50 foot screen as opposed to the earlier 30 foot screen using Stereophonic sound. The cropping however increased film grain.

Henri Chrétien - Anamorphoscope (hypergonar) aka CinemaScope (2.35 or 2.35:1) - 2:1 anamorphic lens - the movie 'The Robe' (from 1953).

VistaVision (1.85 or 1.85:1) - the movie 'White Christmas' (from 1954), 'The Ten Commandments' (from 1956) - Alfred Hitchcock - 'To Catch a Thief' (from 1955), 'Vertigo' (from 1958) and 'North by Northwest' (from 1959).

Superscope - Technirama - Cinemiracle - Vistarama.

Todd-AO by Mike Todd - 70mm film (2.20 or 2.20:1) - the movie 'Oklahoma' (from 1955), 'Around the World in 80 Days' (from 1956), 'South Pacific' (from 1958), 'The Sound of Music' (from 1965) and 'Patton' (from 1970) - Dimension 150.

Panavision camera systems - MGM 65 (2.76 or 2.76:1) aka Ultra Panavision 70 (2.20 or 2.20:1) - the movie 'Ben-Hur' (from 1959), 'Lawrence of Arabia' (from 1962) - IMAX.

16x9 or 16:9 (1.77 or 1.77:1 / sometimes 1.78 or 1.78:1) by Kerns H. Powers - HDTV - Pillarbox / Letterbox - Ultra HD aka 4K / 8K

Now you will hopefully better understand why movies and TV looks the way it does.

Friday
Nov292013

Navy Porn - ESSM testing near Scotland...

The two fregates F362 (Peter Willemoes) and F363 (Niels Juel) from the Royal Danish Navy sailed to a location northwest of Scotland to test the ESSM missiles onboard F362 along with its APAR radar that guides the missiles. ESSM is used for protection against attacking missiles and aircrafts.

The helicopter onboard F363 was used to scan the area for any unwanted 'onlookers' who might get too close to the test.

The hangar and helo deck onboard F362 was used for the launch of the target drones. F362 will be the first of the three Iver Huitfeldt class fregates to become fully operational.

New guns and helicopters are coming in the near future.