I came across this recording of the full, original NBC tape-delayed broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony that originally aired on 08/08/2008 at 8/7c in the US. I thought that this would be an interesting piece of history considering the state of US-China relations present day. There are many different aspects including unique camera angles exclusive to this broadcast and how certain parts of the ceremony were cut so that commercials could be run. You'll also get to see many old faces such as Matt Lauer, Bob Costas, and Tom Brokaw.

If you would like to see the full ceremony with no commentary, head over to the Olympic Channel on YouTube.

Please excuse the poor quality! This was ripped from a single-layer DVD (yes, those still exist!), so the video was very compressed to begin with. However, audio quality is excellent.

I hope that this will be an interesting view on the past, and I urge all discussion in the comments.

I own nothing. All rights go to the National Broadcasting Corporation and the International Olympic Committee.

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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7 months, 2 weeks ago

When I travel, like most people, I like to photograph my experiences. However, I think at times people can get too caught up with photographing their surroundings as opposed to taking them in with their own eyes. These days when I travel I like to do something I call a "Time Lapse Travel Log". In order to get a time lapse shot, I need to take numerous photos - in the case of this video, I took 192 photos for each shot. Working with RAW files, I can only take a limited amount of photos. I look at each shot in the video as a 'photo'. In a way, I think of it as having a 35mm camera with just one roll of film. I need to only take the shots that I like or the shots that matter. Since it takes a while to get one 'shot' or 'scene', I get the luxury of taking in the surroundings and it forces me to take a moment to slow down, as opposed to hurrying around to see as many sights and places as possible.

In this case, I essentially just had two full days in Beijing. I arrived Friday evening, and left Monday morning. I also rationed my SD card space since after Beijing I was going to Macau (vimeo.com/118453158). Yeah yeah SD cards are cheap and I could buy many more, but being slightly limited forces me to think about what shot I will get, and if it is worth it to me.

All of these time lapse shots are 4K ready. For any inquires about these time lapse shots, or any others, please contact me at '[email protected]' or at +82 010.2481.1722. I am based in Seoul, South Korea. smukalla.com

Technical Specs:
Camera: Sony a99
Lenses: Sony SAL 28 f/2.8 and SAL 50 f/1.4
Images edited with Adobe Lightroom
Stills were rendered into videos using LRTimelapse 3

For Beijing and Macau I had about 100gb of SD card space. I'd rather not lug around my MacBook Pro and hard drives on a trip where I want to travel light.

Song: Magic and Mystery
Album: Magic and Mystery
Artist: Kite Flying Robot

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Special thanks to Jing!

Thanks for checking this out!

9 months, 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Great Wall of China in January 2018. I did not place a lot of attention on making this a blog like video because I would like this video to seem as close to an actual experience of seeing this amazing find in China. I hope you can see it soon!

2 years, 9 months ago