Autumn in New York

It’s a medium that can dramatically change over the course of the day, most notably this time of year since the sun is lower in the sky. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. Close-up and macro shots tend to put a lot of emphasis on a very small point in the frame, so focus and sharpness are important. I also revisit locations several times to observe how things alter. For the FX photographer, I suggest going with wide to telephoto. Keep clutter out of the frame and consider any leading lines or curves that can outline. Highlight the immense variety of tones and bluer skies; frame to convey a story. Fall mornings can get chilly here, and as the air moves over a water source it often produces a low-hanging mist. To intensify richness in the sky and help draw out textural variety and depth, consider an aid such as a Nikon circular polarizer filter. DX NIKKOR lenses are portable and versatile. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. Autumn in New York is a wonderful place to observe the changing colors,” says Lindsay Silverman, senior product manager for the Nikon professional DSLR line. Conditions such as this offer opportunity to create landscape views that contrast sharp to soft (branches and foliage against fog) and warm aside cool (harvest tones against steely liquid tones). Where do you capture autumn’s finest? Nothing says, “It’s fall” better than harvest. If you are a DX shooter, I suggest lenses with focal length ranges from 18mm to 300mm. Water draws my attention. I favor early morning light. For the DX-format, I suggest the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. Here, I love how the sharp patch of trees frames the edge and that you observe the rock jutting out from the water. Also, a tripod and/or lens with VR image stabilization can reduce blur in your images. Chances are you will be shooting handheld and close-in, so watch where shadows fall. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. I’ll hop out of the car to photograph the display, and of course buy a pie. Tips and Tricks from Nikon Senior Product Manager Lindsay Silverman
“I am very lucky to live in a place that has distinct changes of seasons. When framing, consider building distinct levels within your depth of field. Silverman, who has had his hands around a camera since 1974 in order to meet college course requirements, reasons he’s produced several tens of thousand images over the course of his career—from the U.S to Latin America, around Europe and throughout Asia. To really isolate the subject, shoot with a wide aperture that is anywhere from f/1.4 to f/4, depending on the lens. It has a beautiful, yet soft quality that I really like. Loads of locales indeed, yet one of his favorite photo venues will always be New York. I actually use my polarizer to help saturate colors when dew is present, or after the rain. I start by exploring what is within a few blocks of my house here on Long Island. Fall brings dew to foliage, especially in the morning. My favorites include the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. How do you frame an autumn image? All of these lenses allow ample compositional freedom. Some of the newer cameras really make it easy when using Live View, courtesy of the touch screen functionality. I also seek to create photo abstracts that display lots of texture. I love how the sharp patch of trees frames the edge and that you observe the rock jutting out from the water. To intensify richness in the sky and help draw out textural variety and depth, consider an aid such as a Nikon circular polarizer filter. When framing, pick a key element and be judicious about aperture setting. There is a pleasing contrast between the softness of the mist areas and the strong colors of foliage and nature. Reflections in water can create painterly abstracts that show texture, form and shape. Nothing says “It’s fall” better than harvest. What are some must-get seasonal shots? Think pumpkins, gourds and wonderful apple pies observed at roadside stands. First to attract me is color; second is contrast and texture variety. There is a pleasing contrast between the softness of the mist areas and the strong colors of foliage and nature. I like to frame images that clearly show reflections. For traveling light, I recommend the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR. If you want the viewer to see more details, shoot at f/8 to f/16. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. There’s always something to catch my eye over the course of the day. Silverman sat down to offer inspirational thoughts, while dishing up some autumnal pointers. First to attract me is color; second is contrast and texture variety. For ultra-wide views with a full frame camera, the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR work well. Wide views that showcase nature are a must. Nikon cameras offer many options for point of focus determination. Once September hits, we start seeing a gradual shift from greens and blues to the rich and warm tones of fall: tawny brown, red, orange, mustard yellow.

Adele Set To Perform At 59th Grammy Awards On CBS

A five-time Grammy nominee this year, Adele is up for Album Of The Year (25), Record Of The Year (“Hello”), Song Of The Year (“Hello”), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Hello”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (25).” />
This marks her fourth time performing on the Grammys, in one of her rare live stage performances. James Corden, whom she joined previously for some hilarious Carpool Karaoke on his Late Late Show, is host of the 59th Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live from LA's Staples Center on Sunday, February 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on CBS.
Adele is returning to the Grammy stage this year to perform a song from her Grammy-nominated album, 25.

Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address To Be “Beautifully Written, Powerfully Delivered Speech”

"Donald Trump didn't divide the country, but he has a wonderful opportunity to start to heal and unify the country," she said.” />
The morning Donald Trump takes office as the 45th president of the United States, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that Trump's inaugural address "is a beautifully written, powerfully delivered speech." She described it as "elegant" and "brief."
"I believe today Donald Trump is our new president and will set a tone…to unify the country," Conway said, instructing viewers, "it’s really up to all of us to meet that challenge along with him."

Hillary Clinton Dodges Reporters’ Questions As She Arrives For Donald Trump Inauguration

Hillary Clinton showed up for the inauguration, wearing a white pantsuit, as she had worn on the final night of the DNC when she officially became the Democrats' Presidential nominee. Clinton, and her husband, former POTUS Bill Clinton, declined to answer questions shouted at her by the press as to how it feels to be there, having handily won the popular vote but not the electoral college.
After the Clintons, the Cheneys were seen arriving; former Veep Dick Cheney, well-known for casual dress at important events during inclement weather, wore a natty overcoat, and cowboy hat.

Clinton had however, tweeted remarks earlier this morning:
That appearance was among her first since losing the presidential election to Trump, and was greeted with a standing ovation. Audience members tweeted that Perry was surprised by Clinton’s arrival onstage, and was moved to tears.” /> Hillary Clinton hasn't been seen much since delivering her concession speech the morning after the election though, in late November, she made a surprise appearance at UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York to introduce Katy Perry, the singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador honored   with the organization’s   Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.

Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm

As part of the deal, Swen has partnered with Eammon Films to handle the theatrical release and Vision Films to distribute ancillary platforms, marking the first in a slate of planned theatrical releases for the new partnership. A summer or early fall theatrical   release date is being eyed for the pic, which bowed at Telluride last fall.
market and have a great team in place to bring this acclaimed film to audiences across the country,” Swen Group founder Murray Lipnick   said. “We are very excited to be entering the U.S.
WestEnd Films negotiated the Una deal. Kevin Loader, Sharon Harel and Eve Schoukroun of WestEnd are executive producers with Film4's   David Kosse and Sam Lavender. Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly are producers with WestEnd's Maya Amsellem.
The adaptation penned by   Harrower and directed by Benedict Andrews in his feature debut, follows Una (Mara), who 15 years earlier ran away with an older man named Ray (Mendelsohn), a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. Tara Fitzgerald, Tobias Menzies, Natasha Little and Ruby Stokes   co-star. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as they   sift through the wreckage of their past.
"Una   is an incredible film with absolute bravura direction by Benedict Andrews and flat-out extraordinary and riveting performances by Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn." “I am thrilled and honored to be working with Swen," said Eammon Films'   Rob Lynch.
arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower's provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird. EXCLUSIVE: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S.
Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels starred in the Broadway revival of the play last year.
Added Vision Films managing director   and CEO Lise Romanoff:   “Rooney Mara’s performance is unnerving, and the story filled with conflict, intensity and emotions will stay with you long after you’ve seen it.”” />

Veteran Disney Exec Robert Langer Named EVP CFO Disney/ABC Television Group

In this role, Langer will have financial leadership, strategy and business development oversight for the Disney|ABC portfolio, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC Owned Station Group, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, Radio Disney and Freeform. He will also help oversee Disney|ABC’s equity interests in A+E and Hulu.
Before coming to Disney, Langer worked at The Boston Consulting Group and ART Concerts Company, located in Munich, Germany.
In 2007 he was appointed chief financial officer for the global Disney Consumer Products (DCP) division, responsible for finance, accounting and business development functions and overseeing the division’s information technology function. He was appointed general manager for DCP EMEA in 2009, responsible for DCP’s merchandise, publishing and The Disney Store’s business in Europe. Previous positions within Disney include roles at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where he served as chief financial officer, Disneyland Resort and chief financial officer, Global Segment Operations.
"Robert is a strong addition to the Disney|ABC leadership team, and we are all delighted to welcome him back to Southern California.” “A superb financial manager and strategist with deep roots in The Walt Disney Company, Robert is a proven leader and problem solver who brings broad domestic business experience and deep knowledge of the international marketplace," said Sherwood in making the announcement.
In this role, he's credited with making GSA one of the fastest-growing markets worldwide within the company. Langer rose through the executive ranks after joining Disney in 1999 as director, Business Development, Global Licensing. He also launched a new, nationally distributed TV channel. Langer most recently served as The Walt Disney Company’s country manager for Germany, Switzerland & Austria, leading all Disney operations and businesses within this region.
“I look forward to not only working with the talented financial, strategy and business development teams, but also collaborating with colleagues across the group’s channels and brands to grow and evolve our businesses.”” /> “I’ve long been impressed with the Disney|ABC business, and I’m thrilled to be given this new opportunity and excited about the prospects,” added Langer.
Veteran Disney executive Robert Langer has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, Disney|ABC Television. He replaces Peter Seymour, who announced his plans to depart the group last November. Langer will report to Ben Sherwood, co-chair, Disney Media Networks & president, Disney|ABC Television.

The Inauguration Of Donald Trump – Livestream

Here is   ABC News' live stream of the activities, which hopefully won't be hijacked by state-run Russia-Today.” />
Mike Pence goes first, taking the Veep oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, after which The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will weigh in. from the Capitol to the White House. Trump delivers his Inaugural Address after both men are sworn in, and the traditional parade is slated to start at 3 PM ET, traveling Pennsylvania Ave. Then, Trump takes the POTUS oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th president of the United States is scheduled to start today at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT in Washington, D.C.

‘Split’ Scares In Solid $2M; ‘Xander Cage’ Takes $1.2M In Previews – Friday AM Box Office

Paramount Pictures/Revolution Studios' xXx: Return of Xander Cage just logged in with $1.2M in 2,536 locales. Night Shyamalan's Split is off to an incredibly strong start, grabbing $2M in Thursday night previews in 2,295 theaters. M. One of xXx's comps is the 2012 film Looper which grossed $6.8M on Friday from 2,992 locations and ended its three-day with $20.8M and we are expecting the same type of three-day gross for Xander Cage. This brings the actor back to the franchise after 14 years. It's been a long time coming for fans of the xXx franchise — the last film in bowed in 2005 and did not star Diesel.
While this genre is usually front-loaded, this one is getting better word of mouth, than The Bye Bye Man which had a C CinemaScore last weekend. It should also grab away much of the STX horror film's audience as 61% of Bye Bye Man's audience was female with 75% under 25. Like the box office hit Nerve, Split is skewing heavily female and some think Split — with a great performance from James McAvoy who plays a man with 24 different personalities — will have just as strong legs.
Diesel's films outside of the Fast and Furious franchise tend to drop more in their second weekends. The third in the xXx franchise will be taking over Imax screens this weekend but its main demo will be sitting in front of the TV on Sunday watching NFL’s Championship Sunday games, waiting to see which teams make it into the Super Bowl (go Packers!).
xXx: Return of Xander Cage, with its decided international cast, bows in 53 territories around the world this weekend. "Paramount has hit the mark and exceed it in all major metrics," says Marc Karzen of RelishMix who notes that the film is garnering 25K new Facebook fans … The movie marks the return of Vin Diesel who is a social media monster. This action-adventure’s SMU is more on par with the average Superhero film, which hovers around 587M SMU rather than the typical action-adventure of last year, which had a typical SMU of 68M. a day. Of course, leading its very social international cast is Diesel who has 131M fans/followers on FB & Instagram. According to RelishMix, xXx has a smu of 688.7M — a huge presence with 271.1M Facebook fans, 71M Twitter followers, 184M YouTube views – and more every day – and 163M Instagram followers.
The Universal/Blumhouse Split (with a budget of around $10M) is expected to have a mid-$20M three-day as the buzz surrounded the film has been growing among its core audience of young females and unaided awareness is very strong. That one grossed a smidgen over $1M in late nights last year (it also started at 7 PM and in 2,206 locales) and ended up grossing $25.4M for its three-day. The best comp for Split is the director's last outing: The Visit, also rated PG-13.
This latest Shyamalan thriller is made up of 29.4M Facebook fans, 4M Twitter followers, over 30.5M YouTube views and 903K Instagram followers. The film has 7,700 daily Facebook likes, which is indeed strong compared to last year’s average for thrillers of 2,200. In terms of social media, McAvoy is non-social, but the film itself has a good social media universe of 64.8M, according to RelishMix.
In comparison, at its opening during the middle of the summer last year, Nerve's SMU was 52.4M comprised of 5.4M FB fans, 5.8M Twitter followers and 41.1M YouTube views.
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Open Road Promotes Alexa Platt To CFO As Steven Andriuzzo Exits

Platt is being promoted from Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development, and will report directly to CEO Tom Ortenberg. Open Road Films has promoted Alexa Platt to Chief Financial Officer as   Steven Andriuzzo leaves the company to pursue other opportunities. It's a true pleasure to recognize her hard work and financial acumen with this promotion." Said Ortenberg: "Alexa is a top-notch strategist with the relationships, savvy and discipline to navigate complicated fast-paced business deals and long-range plans. The company will replace Platt in Strategic Planning shortly.
Platt previously was Head of Finance at AwesomenessTV after its acquisition by Dreamworks Animation, where she was responsible for the financial operations and strategic planning for the YouTube Multichannel Network and its joint ventures with DreamworksTV, All Def Digital, and Seventeen MCN. Before that she worked for Open Road, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group, and started at The Weinstein Company.” />

‘House Of Cards’ Reveals Season 5 Premiere Date With Inauguration-Themed Video

Netflix has revealed the Season 5 premiere date for Washington political drama House of Cards, appropriately, with an Inauguration Day-themed video.

The series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, returns with new showrunners, HOC   senior writers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, following the exit of the show's creator Beau Willimon at the end of Season 4.” />
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series returns on May 30.

Stephen Moyer To Helm ‘The Parting Glass;’ Anna Paquin Stars

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EXCLUSIVE: True Blood's Stephen Moyer will make his feature directorial debut with The Parting Glass. They embark on a journey to collect the remnants of her life. O'Hare wrote the drama, which   follows a family reeling with their sister’s death. The family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost. Anna Paquin will star with Denis O’Hare, Ed Asner, Cynthia Nixon, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans and Paul Gross. Production begins momentarily in Toronto.
Paquin and Moyer, who did seven seasons of HBO's True Blood, are repped by WME. Dan Beckerman of Scythia Films will executive produce and Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures will co-produce. Paquin will produce with Moyer through their CASM Films banner, with Cerise Hallam and Mark Larkin, and O'Hare. Paquin stars in two upcoming series, Alias Grace for Netflix, and Bellevue Canadian broadcaster CBC. Moyer next stars in the Fox miniseries Shots Fired, which premieres March 22, the ITV series Safe House in the UK.

Global Media Gloms On To Donald Trump’s Inauguration; China? Not So Much

UK pubcaster BBC will be covering it from all angles with its flagship channel BBCOne and its News channel offering up a few more hours of coverage on either side. After the inauguration, BBC News will continue to report with a feature program 100 Days, which will air on the channel on Monday through April and will cover Trump’s first 100 days in office.
Sources told the FT that Chinese officials have ordered press to only use coverage of the ceremony based on reports written by state media. “It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” a copy of censorship instructions seen by the Financial Times said.
And, RT, a government-backed international Russian TV network (which in 2012 agreed to air a talk show hosted by WikiLeaks' Julian Assange), is live on its website with what it calls "The Trumpening."” />
English-language Chinese online media currently have no major Trump stories leading save for Xinhua which is reporting on statements made by George Soros in Davos on Thursday with a headline: “U.S. President-elect Trump ‘going to fail’: Soros.”
A banner dropped across the capital city’s Tower Bridge read in big, pink letters: “Act now! Build bridges not walls.”
Extreme right-wing Trump supporter — and the first international politician to have offered him congrats on November 9 – Marine Le Pen tweeted this morning that Trump’s election “opens a new era of cooperation between nations.”
Another draped over Westminster Bridge read: “Migration is older than language” while one outside of the Houses of Parliament said: “Migrants welcome here.” The protests come after London’s mayor Sadiq Khan had urged Trump to recognize the value immigrants have made to American society.
Elyse Ribbons, an American who hosts a program on Chinese state-run radio, tweeted she wasn’t allowed to discuss Trump:
Meanwhile, ITV will focus on a special live program during the events and will feature more on its ITV News at Ten.
In the UK, helicopters buzzed around London all morning as anti-Trump protestors dropped banners from bridges across the city early Friday, criticizing the President-Elect’s immigration policies.
Both Corriere Della Sera and La Repubblica featured Trump’s inauguration but it took less prominence to the avalanche story. Italy's press was focused more on its major national news of the day: survivors who had been discovered buried under snow in an Abruzzo hotel two days after a deep avalanche buried it.
Germany daily Die Welt had blanket coverage of the U.S. inauguration while news magazine Der Spiegel didn’t lead with the inauguration but did feature a piece titled “Mr. Me: No One Loves the 45th President Like Donald Trump.”
The Financial Times says that Beijing censors have ordered media outlets to tone down reporting today. But in China, not so much. International 24-hour news channels are blanketing coverage of the impending swearing-in.
France’s national news-radio station, France Info, has been covering from on site and in the studio. Earlier today it cited a poll that said 80% of French respondents find Trump “aggressive, racist and dangerous.” All the local news nets are currently covering the inauguration live and Maison Blanche (White House) is trending on Twitter.
Instead of attending the inauguration, I will be planning and organizing for resistance.” In the UK, left-leaning newspaper The Guardian leads with a live blog saying “Donald Trump inauguration: ‘It all begins today’.” The paper featured an opinion piece from Barbara Lee, a representative for California’s East Bay in Congress, who told readers why her seat would be empty at the inauguration: “I will not be celebrating the swearing in of a president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) January 20, 2017
"L'élection de Donald #Trump ouvre une nouvelle ère de coopération entre les Nations." #InvitéPol
English-language Russia outlet, The Moscow Times, is not leading with Trump, but scroll down a bit and there is a litany of stories from a few hours ago to a few months ago under the headline: "Russia Goes Crazy For Trump." Included therein is a report from yesterday that says a group of gunsmiths in Zlatoust has fashioned a two-pound coin dedicated to the next U.S. president.
Calling the concept “protectionism,” Wang said, “The main growth market of English-language films is China. government controls on Chinese investment. Also in Davos, Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin voiced concern and a warning over potentially increased U.S. Trump has questioned the One-China policy and also talked of levying Chinese goods with a 45% tariff. This week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, China's President Xi Jinping warned that “no one emerges a winner” from a trade war. This comes amid the uncertain future of the Middle Kingdom’s relationship with the new administration. It is a major source of income… So, if China were to retaliate, it’s bad for both parties.”
Right-leaning The Telegraph was also live-blogging with pictures of Trump and his wife Melania begin greeted by President Barack and Michelle Obama while The Independent featured a picture of inauguration attendees standing with umbrellas under grey skies with the headline “’It all begins today!’: Trump supporters gather under grey clouds,” referring to Trump’s Tweet earlier today.
Global news today has been largely dominated by the countdown to Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. From the UK to France, Germany, Italy and Russia (where one outlet has labeled it "The Trumpening"), the world's media is focused on DC.
In France, where the Socialist Party will hold its first presidential primary vote on Sunday, left-leaning daily Libération is leading with headlines such as “Donald Trump, A Bit Lost In Transition” and “Trump, It’s On!” Le Monde is running a live blog.
Meanwhile, the English version of Russian-state owned news agency Tass is leading with the inauguration, featuring a live stream of the event on its site.

Petition: Boycott ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Unless ‘Significant Portion’ Of Proceeds Goes To Animal Welfare

The petition states:
Cut it!" It is not known how many takes the dog was put through prior to him slipping under the raging water. Later the dog is shows struggling to stay afloat as a handler tries to coax him to her and the dog goes under water as those around him panic to get to him and someone from the second unit is heard screaming, "Cut it! Cut it! After forced into the water, he is pulled up by his neck. The actions in the video, which have been condemned by the film's producer Gavin Polone, voiceover actor Josh Gad the film's director Lasse Hallstrom and even the voiceover artist for the Spanish-language trailer — Jane the Virgin's Anthony Mendez — shows an animal handler forcing a German Shepherd into rushing water after the dog tries to resist over and over again.
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The second unit shoot, where this particular scene with the dog took place, was done in Winnipeg last fall. American Humane safety rep has been put on leave pending an investigation and the Canadian Chief Veterinary Office is also looking into it. 27th. The video from the shoot only came out this week — only about two weeks before the launch of the film on Jan.
The director of the film tweeted that he is “disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film…"
The company that provided and handled the dog for the film was Birds & Animals Unlimited in Action, CA, an outfit that has been targeted for some time for the mistreatment of animals by PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Please sign this petition to pledge to boycott "A Dog's Purpose" unless the creators make a significant donation   to animal welfare organizations!
In response to a video of "a dog being mishandled" on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, a Care2 petition is calling for a boycott of the film unless the movie’s creators donate a significant portion of the film’s proceeds to an animal welfare organization. The petition added 1,200 signatures over the past 20 minutes and is now over 13,000 signees. It doesn't name a particular organization as it seems any would do.
Donating to an animal welfare cause is the least he can do to make up for this act. If the director is so disturbed, he ought to do something about it.