Why ME – Elephant Mountain B 52 Crash

In January of 1963, a B 52 Stratofortress crashed into the remote Maine woods during a test exercise. Turbulence stripped the 360,000 pound aircraft of its vertical stabilizer, causing the plane to plummet into the heavily forested area. Seven of the nine crew died, six of them without being able to eject from the plane. The seventh struck a tree and died instantly. Despite the bitterly cold winter, the pilot and the navigator were able to survive thanks to the tireless work of nearly 80 rescue workers, who fought their way through fifteen foot snow drifts to reach the crew.

Today, flags adorn the wreckage strewn throughout the forest. Some of it was recovered as salvage shortly after the crash, but it has since been returned as a memorial and museum to the event. In 2013, the pilot even returned for the 50th anniversary of the event, he himself having spent only three months recovering before returning to active duty.

Music: “Warmer” by Andy G Cohen

Sony A7r ii – Slog-2 60fps
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Why ME – Art Walk

Why ME? – First Friday Art Walk from Alexander Bertoni on Vimeo.

It’s no secret that Maine is my absolute favorite place on earth. I make a point of gushing about it to everyone I meet, and I am so thankful that I get to live and work here. With that in mind, I’ve decided to put together a series that I am calling “Why ME”, where I highlight some of the many, many things I love about Vacationland.

This first episode is highlighting Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, a monthly event during the warmer months where artists of all colors (performance, print, music) get together for a half a mile along Congress Street to perform, sell, and be generally quirky.

This is also the first test of my new camera, the Sony A7R ii. I’m a six year Canon-kid, but when I heard about what this camera could do, I was sold. Needless to say, I’m thrilled with it.

Keep an eye out next week for a video featuring a B-52 crash site, a downed fire tower, and a pretty cute dog.

1080p 60fps 50M, S-Log 2 with Grade in Premiere
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8

Maine Madness Beer Tournament 2016

Maine Madness Beer Tournament 2016 from Alexander Bertoni on Vimeo.

Welcome to the Maine Madness Beer Tournament, pitting 64 of Maine’s best craft brews against each other in a winner-take-all championship that will, for the third year running, name the king of Maine beers.

Dave Patterson, beer columnist for Maine Today, and Tim Ebersold have, once again, gotten together to run this fantastic side-project, and I was thrilled to get asked to shoot another video for the drawing ceremony.

Make sure that you get on over to Maine Today to vote on your favorites!

AmeriCorps & Senior Corps Commercials

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the AmeriCorps National Service Program, as well as the lesser-known, but equally beneficial, Senior Corps, the Maine Commission for Community Service asked that two 30-second PSAs be made. Featuring local AmeriCorps alums who continue to work in Maine, these ads are now airing on WCSH-6.