Reunion in China helps highlight little known Ohio agricultural training efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Here’s one of Ohio’s best kept secrets: For the past 20 years, Dr. Mike Chrisman of The Ohio State University and his Chinese-American colleague, Zhang Yining, have managed an advanced agricultural training program in the U.S. for students from around the world. So far, more than 12,000 have completed this internship experience.Even some of the “big dogs” at OSU were clueless about it. At least until November when the Ohio State agricultural training program held a reunion for past interns in Beijing, China. The reunion was held in Beijing, I believe, because more interns have come from China than nearly any other country.Along with the reunion, Chrisman and Yining organized a two-day continuing education event. I was invited (along with four others) to speak on the latest developments in the dairy industry.I found the reunion to be informative and emotional. The former interns described their training and experience in the U.S., where they gained experience managing large agricultural enterprises such as dairy farms, poultry layer houses and greenhouses. But more than that, they recalled the encouragement they received in Ohio. They arrived with very little. They couldn’t speak English. And most had never driven a car or tractor.Chrisman and Yining lined up financing so they could buy their own transportation. The students gained experience to earn driver’s licenses by hauling feed, checking on heifers and completing other tasks on the farms.Though they earned slightly more than minimum wage, the interns saved most of their pay. That’s because they worked hard and stayed close to the farm. Farm managers provided them housing, milk, meat, eggs and, often, vegetables. Many returned home with enough savings to make a down payment on a small property.Don Bennick, owner of North Florida Holsteins, one of the most prestigious dairy herds in the U.S., attended the reunion. He has trained 19 OSU interns.Many of these interns now manage dairy herds around the world. Others excel in turf management, agronomy or agricultural administration.The two and half day reunion was filled with seminars by day and kibitzing, singing, toasting and reminiscing by night. A former intern from Mongolia, now a dairy farm manager, stood up and sang extemporaneously. He would have put Luciano Pavarotti to shame. I think his being a bit lubricated helped.last_img read more

Just How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?

first_imgNext to Zeiss and Panavision is Cooke. In particular, the S4 line has been used for many years, dating back to the late 90s. These primes offer an insanely sharp image that rivals most of what Zeiss and Panavision provide, yet at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Cooke has been working for years to develop cheaper lens options for independent filmmakers. While not used as frequently as it was in years past, with the resurgence of the Panavision Primo, the Cooke S4 has a firm legacy as solid glass.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsControl of flareSpherical aberrations at full apertureCam-type focusT-stop 2.0*Selected Filmography12 Years a SlaveHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2O Brother, Where Art ThouJohn WickNeed for SpeedPrice Points35mm: $19,000.0050mm: $19,000.00135mm: $21,900.00Angenieux Optimo Zoom The lenses above are the most widely used by big-budget cinematographers, and the Angenieux Optimo line is the zoom lens of choice for these same filmmakers. With the ability to capture an incredibly sharp image that’s compatible with the latest digital cameras and 4K resolution, the Optimo is the premier option. While Canon has the sport arena zoom lens on lockdown, Angenieux has a firm grip on cinema.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsZoom lens of choice for most cinematographersWeight Range 4.2-16lbsClose focus 1’9″T-stop 2.2*Selected FilmographyThe Book ThiefCaptain PhillipsWhiplashKingsman: The Secret ServiceIron Man 3Price Points17-80mm: $59,400.0030-80mm: $18,073.0056-152mm: $80,880.00Honorable MentionsWhile these are the most widely used lenses in the industry, there are several other lenses that we need to mention. These particular pieces of glass are used in big-budget productions, just not to the extent as those listed above. These options include Canon K35, Hawk Anamorphic, Fujinon and Leica Summilux. You can see the quality of these lenses in films such as Selma, The Theory of Everything and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.Want more content on lenses? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.The Science Behind Nikon Lenses10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesAffordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle LensesWhat are your thoughts on these lenses? Would you use these? Have you ever used any of these? What was your experience like? Sound off in the comments below. We’ve rounded up some of the most widely used real cinema lenses utilized on big-budget films. Let’s explore the high cost of high-end lenses.Top Image from RedUser.There’s just something about the look and feel of a studio-backed film. For many filmmakers who have the good fortune to utilize top-level gear, this look and feel is within reach. For the rest of us who are strapped to a finite budget, we have to make due with what we can. But what if we could break beyond our current budget and get our hands on some of that top-level gear, particularly lenses? What would it cost us? The answers to this question is, well, a lot.For many of the high-end lenses we’ll discuss, the price tag is such that if you have to ask for it, chances are you can’t afford it. Regardless, let’s take a look at some of the top-level glass that big-time filmmakers use on big-budget films. We’re going to start off with the top five cinema lenses being used by cinematographers on films such as Life of Pi, Gravity, Interstellar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Zeiss Master PrimesFirst up on our list is ol’ reliable Zeiss, who’s been manufacturing lenses since the late 1800s. The Master Prime lenses are an incredibly popular tool for directors and cinematographers. The Zeiss Master Primes are one of the most widely used lenses on big-budget productions.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsBuilt specifically for the ARRI line of camerasWeight ranges from 6-8lbsFront diameter ranges from 114-134mmT-stop 1.3*Selected FilmographyLife of PiBirdmanSkyfallFurious 7The Imitation GamePrice Points35mm: $19,790.0050mm: $21,100.00135mm: $26,820.00Panavision Primo VNext is the Panavision Primo V line of prime lenses. While their roots aren’t as deep as Zeiss, Panavision does date back to the 1950s. Originally started as a manufacturer of anamorphic lenses for Cinemascope, the company expanded to cameras by the mid-1960s. Like Zeiss and its Master line of lenses, Panavision’s Primo V line of lenses has been a mainstay in the industry. Beginning in 2001, the company began buying up major motion picture rental houses around the world, but in 2010 the bottom fell out when Panavision called for debt restructuring. As of 2013, creditors were still suing over unpaid debt.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsLens Range (14.5mm – 35mm)Classic Series Range (21mm – 125mm)Uses both Legacy Glass and New Glass designsT-stop 1.9*Selected FilmographyJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadGuardians of the GalaxyAmerican SniperStar Wars: The Force AwakensPrice PointsPanavision does not sell any standalone lenses. If a studio wants to purchase the lenses, they are usually restricted to purchasing them with a camera like the Panavision Genesis. For this bundle, one would be looking at shelling out $500,000-$750,000 to purchase or $4000.00/day to rent.Cooke S4last_img read more

DR Community gather to organize search for missing 26 year old Sorineida

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Dominican Community gathered at a site which is usually for their joyous festivities, today though the mood was somber as those from the DR living in the Turks and Caicos aimed to organize to assist police in their search for 26 year old Sorineida Arias.  Magnetic Media was on the scene near the down town ball park, where Dominicans were visibly upset and understandably concerned as this is the second case of a missing woman from their community for the year.“I hope the evidence now comes for true.  The only thing I need is justice, for every Dominican they kill up here for nothing, like maybe some people believe the Dominican is dog or whatever, that’s not true.  Plenty Dominican come up here to work hard.” – member of DR Community“We are now planning how we’re going to conduct the search, where we are gonna go, and how we’re going to do it, that’s what we’re gonna do now.  That search will be based on assumptions that we may have, that we are trying to put together to see how it will go.” – Edwin HernandezSorineida Arias went missing on Sunday July 10  and was last seen around 4 a.m at her home in Five Cays.   The first young woman was found in bushes in North West Point Provo; also 26, it was Uneira Veras who was found dead on April 23rd at Pirate’s Cove; her murder remains unsolved. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more