Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Joseph Curtin Violin & News

It has been a while since I last posted something. Life was quite busy since January and there are a number of exciting things that happened in my life. One of them is being accepted to participate in two international violin competitions.
Now, we need to understand something here. In an international violin competition gear does matter! Being a student with limited financial means I decided that easiest way to have access to the best instruments out there would be to borrow one. So, I wrote to one of the violin makers that I admire and asked if I could borrow one of his violins. To my surprise and delight, Mr. Curtin answered promptly and gave me a violin to play for this competition.
Here are photos of this marvelous instrument. They say a photo makes a thousand words but in this case I'd say a sound makes for more than a thousand photos.... or something of that sort.
You can hear this violin in a short video I made on my youtube page:

Another piece of news is that I finally bite the bullet and got a new Nikon Dslr, the D7000. I have it for a week and I'm more impressed than I thought I could be. It's a bit harder to shoot just because the 16.2 Megapixels require for a very good technique especially when it comes to focus. My other Nikon, the D90 is still going strong and now I'll have what I always wanted, back-up and lens flexibility.
The video for this violin is shot with the the D7000 and the 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens. Great video quality by the way! I can make a whole list of improvements over the previous generation but what's the most important I think is that this piece of gear helps me get the job done easier and faster.

More to come. I have a great looking and sounding violin bow I want to show you in a future post. Stay close.