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Price Reduction – Get Naked For The Holidays!

November 14, 2011 | 1 Comments

I’ve just reduced the price of my book Naked Filmmaking from $16.95 to $14.95 in softcover and from $9.99 to $7.99 in the Kindle ebook edition to make it easier to purchase through the end of the year. I’ve been very grateful to everyone who has purchased my book over the past eighteen months that...

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Retro Camera – Walking Hollywood Park

November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Thinking of calling this “Smart Art” — taking art photos with your smart phone. When I take our dogs Ava and Alex out for walks around the neighborhood (we live in a section of Sacramento called Hollywood Park, just across from South Land Park) I always carry my Android phone with me. You never know...

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Late yesterday I got these text messages from Leslie Korrine with the Sacramento SPCA: “We have been inundated. Running out of animals!! It’s been a madhouse. People lined up at 8am.” Then from me: “Did any other station do a story on this?” From Leslie: “We did Good Day [Sacramento] and had some advertising but...

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KCRA – SPCA Adopt-A-Thon Preview 11-11-2011

November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m rushing to post this story this evening to help promote the Sacramento SPCA 11-11 adoption drive that begins tomorrow, Friday, November 11 — 11/11. On an average day the SPCA adopts out 25-35 pets a day. On Friday, 11/11, their goal is to get 111 pets into new homes. It typically costs around $100...

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Occupy Wall Street – Occupy Philadelphia

November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now going into its second month. It’s getting colder and wetter out side so it will be a test of their endurance through the winter months. But I think they’ve sparked some nerves that many Americans have been feeling about the disproportionate bonuses of corporate CEOs are recieving. Especially...

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You never know what people are going to like. I was crossing the newsroom where there was a news meeting going on and one of the managers said, “We really liked the pictures you got at the protest yesterday.” At first I thought he was talking about the stories that I shot with KCRA reporter...

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KWCH – Runners Photo Essay 1984

October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m posting this as an historical artifact. It isn’t great television, in fact, it’s the kind of story that I don’t think anyone does anymore. This story is significant for one major thing in my life, however. It’s the first time my name was mentioned on TV. KWCH Runners 1984 from Mike Carroll on Vimeo....

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KWCH Roadside Kansas Documentary 1987

October 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

The general notion about Kansas is that it’s long and flat with not much to look at besides corn and wheat. I drove straight through the state a couple of times on my way to and back from California and tried to time it so that the eight hours it took to traverse the 400...

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Members of the Bent Prop Project having a quiet flag ceremony after identifying an aircraft that was listed as Missing In Action over Palau in World War Two. Frame from "Last Flight Home."

KCRA – Searching For WWII MIA’s

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

A month or so ago we got an e-mail at KCRA about two local people who were putting together a coffee table book about searching for lost servicemen from World War Two. This e-mail led me to Jennifer Powers in Grass Valley and Dan O’Brien in Woodland, who are volunteers in the Bent Prop Project....

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This is my first effort at posting a photo gallery or slideshow, so please be tolerant. I’ll probably have to try this a couple times till I can get it right — or, at least, to fake it decently. Bonnie and I just returned from a visit to Philadelphia where her daughter Lori Foxworth (star...

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An early draft of ONE-MAN NEWSMAN. If you look closely you'll be able to see that the subtitle has since changed.

Writing A New Book: ONE-MAN NEWSMAN

October 3, 2011 | 1 Comments

There’ve been some long gaps in my blog posts in recent months. Hopefully this post will explain much of that. I’m writing a new book. I’ve mentioned this to many of my friends over the past few months, but I promised that I wasn’t going to make any public announcement until I had at least...

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Nello Olivo Vineyards – A Beautiful Night

September 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

This will be a departure from most of the posts to this site in that this is a personal entry. I’ve posted the news story about Nello Olivo and his vineyard Cameron Park in Placerville and his incredible success with his wines, winning over 25 awards in 2010 alone. This is a remarkable achievement because...

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Covering the Italian Festival for KCRA-TV in Sacramento 2010.

My 2010 MMJ Resume Reel

September 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, after I posted my 1995 resume reel, I got to thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve put together an audition reel or a compilation of my work. I’m a different person and photographer than I was then. My thought process and technical methodology has changed. I looked at some...

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Remembering the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm

August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, October 20, 1991, the hills above Oakland and Berkeley, California, were ravaged by an extraordinary firestorm. Immediately, KCRA-TV, in Sacramento, dispatched every available crew and as many other photographers and reporters who they could reach on their days off and sent them in to cover this unbelievable event. In a matter of just...

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The drive that failed -- an Iomega 1 Tb that I bought only a year ago. I have other drives that I've had for years that are still perfect, so age doesn't matter. And I've got a matching Iomega 1 Tb that's a champ, so you never can tell. I don't hold anything against Iomega for this -- it's a fact of life that drives won't last forever.

WARNING: Back-Up Your Hard Drives!

August 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

I’m writing this with a heavy heart and a strong word of warning to everyone who stores video on hard drives — always back it up! I’ve been loading all of my news stories onto a drive that I purchased just a year ago. I hadn’t turned it on in a few weeks and then...

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This is a much expanded story about the Babylon City Market at 1745 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, California, That ran on KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground. A much shorter regular news version ran on the KCRA Channel Three Reports at Six O’Clock on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. When I went out to shoot the...

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My 1995 TV News Photographer Resume Tape

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the big cloudy mysteries in the TV news business is The Resume Tape*. Or “Get-Away Tapes” as they’re called when you’re starting out in a tiny, unknown, nothing berg of a map on a dot that has a TV station, and probably a morning farm report. An entry-level, small- to micro-market station that...

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Richard Brooks is one of my filmmaker heroes and role models. Whenever I’m writing a film script I always imagine to myself, “How would Richard Brooks approach this.” Brooks was a writer-producer-director, one of the “hyphenate” filmmakers who I admire. But first and foremost, Richard Brooks was a writer. He was an MGM contract writer-director...

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