Facebook501Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Homeless BackpacksJayme McCann, of BSN Sports, watched as family and friends struggled to cope with the abrupt closures of the local schools followed by a Shelter In Place order that has caused many of the small businesses in this area to close. Feeling helpless in this time of crisis, Jayme came up with an idea to show support for students whose school year and spring sports seasons have come to screaming halt and a way to give back to the community – all at the same time.BSN Sports came up with an idea and, in a matter of days, worked with high schools throughout the South Sound area to open up online shops for each with School Spirit “STRONG” Wear emphasizing each school’s mascot and “Strong.”Kennedy McCann, Jayme’s oldest daughter and a school teacher, hit the social media platforms early Friday, promoting the online stores through posts stating, “For every shirt (or hoodie, mug, etc.) bought, $6 will go to Homeless Backpacks! This organization holds a huge spot in the McCann Family’s heart. Homeless Backpacks is committed to ending homelessness one STUDENT at a time! These purchases will buy food for local school children during this incredibly tough time! Rally the community and be #OlympiaStrong”Jayme McCann has been a staple in this community when it comes to school and team sports. Jayme has been one of the key providers for team sports uniforms and Spirit Wear for over 30 years to over 11 high schools in the area.Currently he has online “STRONG” stores set up for Olympia High School, Capital, Yelm, Adna, Tumwater, Black Hills, and Rochester and is working diligently to get the North Thurston Public School sites up for each high school within the next couple of days. All the while promoting that for every item sold from any of the local high school “Strong” online stores, $6 go directly to fund Homeless Backpacks of Thurston County.“Before the world changed due to COVID – 19, Homeless Backpacks was a very well oiled machine,” says Kelly Wilson, Founding Member and Board Chair of Homeless Backpacks in Olympia. “We got our 501(C)3 in April of 2006 and have been providing weekend food to homeless students in Thurston County every week of the school year ever since. As of the last week of school, we were distributing 600 bags of food per week. These students receive free breakfast and lunch during the school week and often have little or no access to food on the weekends. Our school contacts, shopping team, shopping resources, delivery team and bagging teams were all on point and for the most part working without even a hiccup. Our funding stayed steady and we rarely felt that running out of funds was likely. We worked hard to raise funds and got wonderful community support, and it always seemed to work.”She adds, “In the face of COVID-19, everything we knew and counted on has gone away or changed entirely. The kids are not in school and that was our access to providing them with food. Food is scarce. Stores are out of what we need, and if they have it they are often limiting quantities. The foods that are available are a more expensive version of what we normally purchase. Each school district is providing grab and go lunches each week day at different sites; mostly the elementary schools. They are just handing a lunch to anyone 18 and under who shows up. The Homeless Backpacks bags are available on Fridays at each of these sites so that the kids who need the weekend food still have an opportunity to receive it. Because it is impossible to track down the kids who previously received our bags of food and because Homeless Backpacks doesn’t want any child hungry over the weekends, we are now distributing about 1000 bags of food per week. Our bags previously cost around $8 each but with higher prices on each item, that is around $9 per bag. So, we are spending a lot more money than what we had planned for and budgeted for.”Online Store link samples for Olympia High School and Capital High School:https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/OLYSTRONGhttps://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/CAPSTRONGWatch for additional local high school online store “STRONG” pages or contact Jayme McCann at [email protected] learn more about Homeless Backpacks or to donate, visit homelessbackpacks.org or through their Facebook page at @Homeless Backpacks.
The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories For Consenting Adults“Lo-fi, high concept Japanese story telling” sees Jemma Kahn use the ancient Japanese art form of Kamishibai (paper play) to perform seven eclectic stories that take in divergent themes such as enlightenment, pornography and the dream life of cats. Four stars from the The Herald.CadreA new political drama by South African playwright Omphile Molusi, whose play Itsoseng won a coveted Fringe First in 2008. Co-produced by Market Theatre of Johannesburg and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the play has been described by What’s On Stage as as “rough, tough little epic” that is “stunningly well conveyed”. Molusi uses his protagonist, Gregory Modise, a Pan Africanist Congress activist, to explore issues of land, race and humanity.Janet Suzman in Solomon and Marion. Photo: Ruphin CoudyzerVoices Made Night Magnet Theatre, one of South Africa’s top physical theatre companies, has adapted the short stories of Mozambican writer Mia Couto. Four stars from Broadway Baby, whose critic says it is “a precisely energetic, provocative piece of physical theatre which suggests rather than clarifies, probes rather than resolves”.Three Little PigsThis taut psychological thriller was the pick of the fringe at the Amsterdam Festival in 2011. A “delightfully twisted” collaboration between multi-awardwinning artists Tara Notcutt, Albert Pretorius, James Cairns and Rob van Vuuren. The List says it’s an absorbing hour of theatre. See the full list of productions that make up the South African Season at The Assembly: www.assemblyfestival.comThe Edinburgh Festival runs from 2 to 26 August 2013. See www.edfringe.com for more. read more
Here are some of the best macro lens options currently on the market for filmmakers and videographers looking to get close on their next shoot.Cover image by Sergey Nemirovsky.Whether you’re expanding your solo kit or building out a full professional filmmaking lens kit, a solid macro lens is key to getting varied and stylized close-ups. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “macro” lens is usually a lens with a focal length around 50mm or higher that allows a videographer to get tight on a small subject — or get close-ups on a subject’s features, like the face, eyes, or hands.In this article, we’ll look at some of the best prime (fixed) macro lenses currently on the market.Canon 60mm f/2.8Image via Canon.One of the most persistent staples in any DSLR or mirrorless camera arsenal is the Canon 60mm macro. It offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8, so it is a fantastic option. You will, as listed below, find some similar options from other brands, but Canon still takes the cake among the high-performing, mid-level-priced options. The Canon 60mm’s floating optical system can focus down to the highly coveted full life-size 1:1 magnification, and it will stay sturdy for years.Price: $399.99Oshiro 60mm f/2.8Image via Oshiro.Comparable to the Canon 60mm, the Oshiro 60mm f/2.8 is another solid option at less than half the price. Oshiro may not be a Canon-level name, but with this fixed macro lens option, you get plenty of bang for your buck. Oshiro’s 60mm is an optically minded construction that includes ultra-low dispersion lens elements for some amazing image quality.Price: $179.95Tamron 90mm f/2.8Image via Tamron.Taking a step up in fixed focal length, Tamron makes a 90mm f/2.8 macro option, which is one of their most successful lenses. Tamron has a solid reputation for affordable and lightweight (but solid) lenses. (I highly recommend their 24-50mm and 24-70mm zooms.) The latest 90mm f/2.8 has some buffs in USD control software for faster AF focusing speed and fine-tuned framing conditions while still maintaining Tamron’s high level of durability.Price: $499.00Canon 100mm f/2.8Image via Canon.Back to Canon, at the higher-fixed-focal-length end of things, Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 is perhaps the most powerful macro lens available on the market. At 100mm, it’s ideally for full-frame cameras without major crop factors, but it also works great for 1:1 life-size maximum magnification. Canon’s familiar smooth ring-type USM and internal focusing design is some of the best available, while its solid build makes it stronger and longer-lasting than the more plastic-y options at lower price points.Price: $749Bonus: If you’re looking for even higher fixed-focal-length macro options, you can always jump to Canon’s line of 70-200mm zoom options, which just got some major updates you can read more about here.Consider Extension TubesImage via Vello.Finally, another option to consider is an extension tube. More affordable than a macro lens, an extension tube, like the Auto Extension Tube Set from Vello, allows you to place a “tube” between your camera body and your normal lens (say a shorter fixed length like a 21mm) to create a macro composition with your non-macro lenses. While this is not always a perfect approach (focusing and other elements become a little more hair-triggery), if you’re only using macro shots on rare occasions, a less expensive extension tube can be a great way to add variety to your shots without a big-scale investment.Price: $79.00 (varied by sets)For more camera lens and gear information, check out some of these articles below.Understanding Zoom Lenses and How to Use Them Properly4 Awesome Innovations in Lens Technology Every Filmmaker NeedsThe Best Set of Go-To LensesGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a ProfessionalWorking with Vintage Lenses on Modern Cameras read more
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