Thank you America!

Ryan and Ichiro started this business 3 years ago with just an idea; no help from investors, no loans or debt, and most importantly no need to get approval from the government.   It’s the American Dream, and we have been able to live it.

Ryan’s father immigrated to the US from Poland, and he came to this country hoping to make a better life for his family.  Through his hard work and perseverance he was able to build an amazing life for them (please watch his video below).    Ryan grew up knowing America as the land where dreams come true, and you can be whatever you will make of yourself. The love that his father has for our country and his firsthand knowledge of America as a land of potential inspired Ryan to join the military, where he spent years of his life defending our freedoms and the freedoms of our allies around the world.   Unfortunately just after we started Checkoff, Ryan was diagnosed with Cancer.  Because of the ACA (Obamacare) Ryan was able to get quick and affordable cancer treatment and is now clear and healthy! Without the assistance of our amazing country who knows what may have happened. 

Ichiro is also a first generation American, born in NYC to parents from Japan. Ichiro’s father was also able to turn his dream of a better life for his family into a reality.  He founded an architecture firm in NYC and has literally changed the skyline, in NYC and in other cities around the world.

We are both the children of immigrants.  We were both raised by people who came from other countries and built their lives on the American dream, and they were role models who showed us that this is truly the land of opportunity.  To say that Checkoff would not exist without them is an understatement.

Our stories are not unique.

We are all immigrants- this country was founded by immigrants.
Do not forget this and let’s hope America stays the Land of the Free.
I hope everyone remembers what this country is about. 

 

 From the Statue of Liberty:

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

 

America is only 240 years old.  We have built and achieved so much in this short amount of time. Please do not let hate and fear destroy it.

 

Remember who you are and where we all came from.

Thank you Kerry :)

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360 Fly 4K

Just got a 360 Fly 4K.
Not as easy to use as the Ricoh Theta S but output quality is better.

https://360fly.com

Full review coming up!

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Drone Battery Inverter

I Built a simple 12V car outlet adaptor for my 3 Cell UAV (Drone) battery. Wondering how long it can power my laptop using a 120V Inverter.   

Time Lapse attempt

Got to work and noticed they started taking down the billboard.I hope to get a cool time lapse video of it. Old iPhone 4s IMG_9435

The phone kept online casino nederland shutting itself off due to overheating in the sun, this should keep it working :) IMG_9436

I love renting new gear!

The New England Air show is coming up in a few days and what a great excuse to play with some new toys!I rented a Canon 7D Mark 2 and Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 Di VC USD. Im looking forward to testing the Canon 7D M2's new Autofocus system in live view / video mode.

First shot, not that bad! The top left is what my view is. It would be sharper and cleaner but I shot this from my desk through the building windows and across Boston harbor hand held.

600mm F10 1/160 ISO 400

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Canon 7Dm2 Tamron
Canon 7Dm2 Tamron

Iphone Macro Lens Hack

I"ve recently been posting a lot of macro photos on my Instagram account and I wanted to share a little insight into how I"ve been shooting them and how you can make your own macro lens. All the shots where taken with my Iphone 5 and a lens I got out of an old camera. Sony_CameraSo I had an old camera laying around and decided it was time to either try and fix it or send it to the recycling center. After a few screws came out and my interest in how all the parts came together I quickly knew it was headed to the recycling bin. Since I had it casino online in pieces I thought I would play with the parts and see what I could do with them. While I took pictures of the parts I put one of the lens to the lens of my camera and had a sudden well no duh moment.Lens_Taped_On

From there it was really just figuring out how to attach the lens to my phone so that I wasn"t trying to hold the lens to my phone while steadying the phone, keeping the subject in place and trying to get the appropriate focal distance. As you can see in the photo tape was my answer. Take a look at our Flickr page for more of the photos. The camera that I took apart was a Sony DSC-W70.

Taking_the_shotYou have to get pretty close to get the subject in focus and any sort of movement will make you loose focus. So keeping both the phone and the subject steady is of the utmost importance. I"m working on a way to attach the lens without tape, if you have any suggestions don"t hesitate to send em a message at ryan@checkoff.com

 

Cycloramic iPhone 5 App Test

Not the most exciting thing I could have shot but wanted to show you how this quick 360 panorama came out. Used the Cycloramic Iphone 5 app the video has some minor blurring if you look close but other then that so far I"m pretty impressed. If you don"t know about this app yet here"s the deal, with the app on you balance your Iphone 5 on it"s end. You hit the camera button and boom it starts vibrating turning the phone on an online slots access stopping to take photos as it spins around. Once complete it stitches the photos together giving you a panorama, a video or an interactive 360 degree panorama that you can view on your phone or ipad. This was one of my initial tests with the app. Take a look what do you think?

Read more about this awesome app!

Download the app from itunes