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

WEX Fleet ClearView

When you operate a fleet comprising hundreds of vehicles and drivers, the data piles up quickly. Some companies generate as many as seventeen reams of paper a week, and that’s just fueling data!

To combat this, WEX created ClearView, an application that intelligently interprets this data and tells you what you need to know: what you can do as a fleet manager to mitigate fraud and save money.

I worked with the Product Development team to put together this brief introduction to ClearView and its functionality.

Who is WEX?

Over the last year, I have worked closely with WEX, a corporate payments provider in South Portland, ME to help bring their branding to life through video and animation.

What they did was less than clear to the public, so one project we put together was a short video explaining what, exactly, a payment processor does.

This was a great opportunity to reacquaint myself with After Effects as an animation tool, rather than just as special effects and color correction software.