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How To Film Baseball With an iPhone From Behind The Cage

Michael Video, Yo&Yang October 5, 2020
iPhone 8 with clamp-on fish-eye lens

In just a few weeks, my 8-year-old has upgraded from Little League to Travel League. I am taking up the challenge of filming some real ball games also, upgrading my gears as well. This time right behind the cage, instead of sticking a mono-pod into one of the metal tubes along the dugout fences.

To make the whole system shock-proof (not sure it’s Major League shock-proof), I iterated a couple of different setups until I settled on this one, pictured above, that I really love. When you get the hang of it, it’s as easy as rope work, phone mount and some angle tweaking… (Shown below is a sample clip from a 105-min whole-game video starring my boy’s single, base stealing and run.)

Forest Hills Bombers Evan scores a run while Juan RBIs and teases 1B

Here below is the Little League 2020 regular season (summer) recap, using the stuck-in mono-pod setup:

If you have better tricks or other ideas to share, or just want to compare notes or talk technique, feel free to text me at 646-883-3115. Good luck filming and cherishing these fond memories!

Photographing Celebrities and Youth Athleticism

Michael Photo, Video, Yo&Yang September 12, 2020

I missed going to the US Open this year, watching the best tennis players practicing and battling while snapping some of my best action shots. I also missed spending time with family and friends there. Hope US Open 2021 will return to normal with lively crowds.

With COVID-19 wrecking the plans for the past and upcoming school years, parents have embraced the rescheduled Little League season with greater appreciation and enthusiasm. I also dug deeper into my photography gear box to film the entire season without missing a beat (well, I did miss a few minutes due to battery issues). Here below is a recap video of my older boy’s team, Rockets, at the Forest Hills Little League 2020 season (spoiler alert: two grand slams and an additional home run):

Little League 2020 Season Highlights

Michael Video, Yo&Yang August 17, 2020

First of all, a big shout out to the Forest Hills Youth Athletic Association, without whom this season, even though delayed, wouldn’t have been possible due to the new crazy world we are all living in due to COVID-19. The adequate social distancing restrictions on the fields and decent amount of policing have made all parents feel much needed peace of mind.

And a special thank you to Coach Frank, Assistant Coaches Tommy and Dre and all the families of Forest Hills Rockets, the best 8-year-olds baseball team in LLB. Here immediately blow is the whole-season recap:

Here are some game highlights:

Behind-the-scenes gadgets involved for shooting:

Novak Djokovic’s 2020 Highlights

Michael Video February 28, 2020

Australian Open Final: beat Dominic Thiem

Djokovic won with a five-set thriller: 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Dubai Open Semi-final: beat Gael Monfils

Djokovic saved three match points to ultimate prevail: 2-6, 7-6(10), 6-1

Yoyo Recital: Waltz in A Minor by Chopin

Michael Video, Yo&Yang June 24, 2019
Recital on June 23, 2019 at PS144Q in Forest Hills, NY

One of the most successful recitals in his 3-year musical career. Thanks to Istein Music School and instructor Baron Fenwick.

After the whole show, the Istein principal gave a special shoutout to Yoyo as he had never seen anyone performing Chopin while standing. What a pleasantly surprising comment!

And a special thank you to Yoyo ma!

Baseball Season 1: Yoyo 2019 @ForestHills

Michael Michael's touch, Video, Yo&Yang June 8, 2019

Yoyo’s first baseball season is about to draw to an end. As immigrant parents, we have embraced the sport just as well as he has. And he has definitely shown potential.

What’s the most exciting to me is, this is the perfect time for me to pull off some paparazzi action following him along on the field without worrying about myself being bombarded with 90mph fast balls. And thanks to a DJI gimbal from work, this video below has given me plenty of bragging rights.

DJI Ronin-S gimbal standing on the sidelines

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TD stories: voices from the Human Bank

Michael Interactive, Michael's touch, TD stories, Video March 8, 2019

TD Bank prides itself as the “human bank.” These are some of the stories, together and each in itself, that differentiate the brand through the lens of its employees and its work in the communities it serves.

I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in all these stories:
 

  • CoLab Philadelphia
    This Airstream-retrofitted mobile health clinic is bringing some fresh excitement in Kensington, Philadelphia, where a lot of folks lack access to health care.
  • Special Olympics Torch Run at TD University 2019
    A lot of organizations are supporting the Special Olympics campaigns each year. But when you attend one of these live events, it tugs at your heart. Watching the small steps John Glenn was making during the torch run has been the most heart melting moment for a long while. All the love, support, cheers and hugs around John’s family make me so proud of being part of an organization that “Choose to Include.”
  • True Colors Conference XXV
    Life sometimes throws a curve ball at you. Fishbaughs had three biological boys, but the youngest took the family onto quite a journey. They found a home away-from-home at one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ2+ youth conference in Connecticut…
  • Memorial Day Flowers 2017
    TD Bank is a proud supporter of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, placing 35,000 flowers at cemeteries from Maine to Florida, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Eastern Baltimore Revitalization | Housing for Everyone
    Collie Thomas left prison and got a fresh start in a new apartment. Joanne Hinton went from struggling with addiction on the streets to managing apartments for those in need.
  • #ForeverProud: The Fabulous China
    For the past 5 years, the 86 year-old drag queen China has ridden on the TD Bank float in the New York City Pride Parade. How did she get there?
  • TJ Phelps and Paid Parental Leave
    A dad of two takes 10 weeks to bond with his newborn daughter, while spending some quality time with his 2-year-old son.
  • Housing & Services Inc. | Bring Change
    Doug Collins came to New York to treat AIDS, and ran pretty close to homelessness. Thanks to HSI, he now has his own home.
  • Veterans Day: Felicia Barnett
    Once feeling helpless while witnessing human trafficking during her Asia tours, now Felicia Barnett finds her work fighting financial crime rewarding.
  • Michele’s Family of 1,500
    A hobby project tracing a great-great grandfather leads to a deep-dive research that uncovered a large family of 1,500 for Michele LarMoore.
  • Winter Coat Drive 2018
    Story of two young brothers sharing a winter coat inspired TD colleagues to donate coats to bring warmth to those in need.
  • Hugh Allen’s Family Dinner with Martin Luther King Jr.
    Hugh Allen’s mother grew up with Martin Luther King Jr. and they walked to school together. Allen has kept what is known among his family as the ‘Martin Luther King china,’ which was used to serve dinners when Dr. King and other civil rights leaders
  • Marla Willer and Women’s Prison Association
    Seeing homelessness on the streets every day in high school prompted Marla to help children in need. Now as one of the most senior executives, she still finds time to volunteer.

“When I Was As Young As My Baby Brother…” [video series]

Michael Video, Yo&Yang September 25, 2018

Raising a second child can be tricky, especially that we thought it was going to be ten times easier than the first. Well, that’s a misconception, or wishful thinking, debunked. When Evan Yoyo joined our life in 2012, I started shooting an insane amount of video, and photos of course. Years later, I’d occasionally question whether I had shot way too much (a little over 2TB worth of media files). The past couple of months have answered that question; we are so glad that we have a ton of visual memories that we would binge-watch while comparing notes between the two brothers, six years apart.

And here we launch a video series* that we try to relive the sweet and fun moments from the two journeys, side by side. And we couldn’t agree more with Yoyo’s proposal earlier to name his baby brother Yoyo 2.

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Video: True Colors, Where Everybody Belongs, 2018

Michael Michael's touch, TD stories, Video August 30, 2018

I was snapping pictures and videos outside the expo center during the 25th True Colors Conference at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and hunting for good suspects for our story. Someone said hi, and struck up a conversation. All the rest just came together naturally. Here it is the video about the largest LGBTQ2+ youth conference in the country.

Emily is brave, smart, beautiful and inspiring. She has also been fortunate to have her extremely supportive family always behind her. But she was an angry boy…

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Classic Federer in Slow Motion

Michael Video August 22, 2018

In Roger Federer’s tennis, we see him masterfully and effortlessly blending style with speed, precision with power, and grace with guile. I wanted to capture his genius moves live in action, so I could share with my kids later and future tennis fans all over the world. Here are his classic forehand and backhand with slow motion replays:

  • Federer Forehand

  • Federer Backhand

Also check out the top 3’s head-to-head stats and their career earnings.

From Twinkle Stars to Sonatina

Michael Audio, Video June 28, 2018

Yoyo has taken piano lessons for 2.5 years and here is a quick progress report. And he has matured so much. We still vividly remember the first recital, video below, when he wouldn’t step onto stage, probably out of stage fright. (We made a second attempt after more than an hour, and he made it and people were wowed.)

Now he can play something as complicated as Sonatina, although this time, I put my video fixing skills to good use to make the whole piece just slightly more perfect;)

Yoyo: Recital #6

Michael Video, Yo&Yang June 25, 2018

Yoyo’s Summer 2018 recital (on June 23 in Forest Hills) is now in the books. Here’s a highlight reel, one of the two tunes he performed.

Sonatina in G Major by Beethoven isn’t an easy piece. (So I put my video editing skills to good use;)

Celebrate America and Veterans Fireworks Show 2018 on June 30

Michael Audio, TD stories, Video June 21, 2018

With a baby too young to enjoy extended, multi-hour trips, we will sadly miss this year’s TD Celebrate America Fourth of July fireworks/concert show at Eisenhower Park in Long Island on June 30. But I can still vividly remember all the fun my boy had with his buddy Brian and family on the beautiful evening and Grucci’s spectacular presentation. This year it will feature live music by 45 RPM, starting 7:30pm. (TD customers and veterans get to enter starting 4:30pm for better seating, one hour before general ticket holders.)

Below is the finale of the fireworks show from last year.

Remember to tweet your photos to #TDCA.

 

Now US Open Kids Day Is About the Game

Michael Photo, Photo editing, Video May 19, 2018

Now that Yoyo has become a real tennis fan, mostly of Roger Federer of course, the US Open Kids Day will be more about watching the game rather than just hanging out with family and picking up some goodies from sponsors. Here are some shots showing how serious he’s about the game:

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Video: Memorial Day Flowers, 2017

Michael Michael's touch, TD stories, Video April 27, 2018

Last year this time, I was busy working on this video story, one that exemplifies the culture of TD. Every year, employees across the footprint join forces to pay respect to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. There was a good problem we had: having too many story candidates to choose from. And I wish we had space for more characters. On the other hand, though, less is more!

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Stories from TD, 2017

Michael Film, TD stories, Video December 21, 2017

Paid Parental Leave: TJ Phelps Family

I adore this family and I am so honored to have the opportunity to film them. I am indebted to their generosity with their time, and their son Chase’s camera-friendliness gave me a lot of fond memories. TJ talked about Chase’s bossy, Arnold Schwarzenegger-like tone while saying “Sit down!” And I tried to put that bit in an earlier draft, but eventually it didn’t make the cut; otherwise the video will end up like 5 min.
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