Update on the latest sports

first_img May 3, 2020 — Scott McLaughlin won his second IndyCar iRace on Saturday in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.— Italy’s Serie A soccer clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government. A week ago the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers. Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas” while keeping a safe distance and “respecting the ban” on gatherings. Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.— Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities. The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSCowboys land Dalton…Bears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough (KEE’-oh) has died at age 64.Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, issued a statement saying, “Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A.”Keough was an American League All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and was selected AL Comeback Player of the Year in 1980. He was 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA with Oakland (1977-83), the New York Yankees (1983), St. Louis (1985), Chicago Cubs (1986) and Houston (1986), then went 45-44 with a 3/73 ERA in Japan with Hanshin (1987-90).Keough’s father, Marty and uncle, Joe, were major league outfielders.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Andy Dalton is going home to Texas to be Dak Prescott’s backup for the Dallas Cowboys. Dalton and the Cowboys have agreed on a one-year contract. The deal guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million. Dalton was born and raised in the Houston area and led TCU to its only undefeated season in the past 81 years in 2010. Cincinnati drafted him in the second round the next spring. The Bengals released Dalton after drafting LSU’s Joe Burrow first overall. The Houston native led TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin during the 2010 campaign. He led the Bengals to five playoff berths in his nine seasons with the team but was never able to win a playoff game.Dalton owns most of Cincinnati’s passing records and started 13 games for the Bengals last season.Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season. Secretariat wins Kentucky Derby…againUNDATED (AP) — Secretariat won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall.Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been rescheduled for Sept. 5.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.MLB-OBIT-KEOUGHMatt Keough, former A’s pitcher and executive, dies at 64 Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Techiman City appoint Yusuf Abubakar as coach

first_imgNewly-promoted Techiman City FC have confirmed the capture of experienced trainer Yusif Abubakar as head coach for the upcoming Ghana Premier League campaign.The former Heart of Lions coach parted ways with the Kpando after failing to ensure their survival in the league.Club president of Techiman City, Charles Kwadwo Ntim, announced his outfit have engaged the former Heart of Lions coach for a two-year period.“We are working with Yusuf Abubakar, former Heart of Lions coach,” he told Joy Sports.“He has signed a two years contract with us.”Abubakar has rich coaching experience in the Ghana league having had stints with Berekum Chelsea, Medeama SC, Hearts of Oak and King Faisal. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Paul Zamar readily makes impact in long-awaited PBA debut

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC After years of wait, the 30-year-old guard suited up for Blackwater on Friday and achieved what had seemed to be a long shot bid just months before.“I’m OK. I really enjoyed it,” said Zamar, who was welcomed to the league by no less than Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa when he first checked into the game at the 1:54 mark of the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ve waited for this for a long time and after six years after I got drafted, it’s really a surreal feeling for me that I’m here.”Like what he did in his past stops, Zamar made the most of his time on the floor, pouring 15 points on a 4-of-5 shooting, alongside six rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BIÑAN — Paul Zamar’s PBA dream is finally a reality.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Hopefully, we get a better result next time,” he said, turning their attention to TNT on Friday.For now, though, no one can steal Zamar’s thunder.“It’s a dream of mine as a basketball player to play in the PBA. I’m just very excited about what lies ahead,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I think that should be the attitude of any professional player, that regardless of you play one minute or get a long playing time, you should be ready,” he said.Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, it wasn’t all fun and games as the Elite suffered a 105-91 defeat at the hands of the Gin Kings — the same team which drafted the former UE Red Warrior in the fourth round of the 2012 PBA Draft.With only a week of practice under his belt, Zamar acknowledges that he still needs more time to blend in, not just with his teammates but also the schemes of new coach Bong Ramos.“We still need to adjust to the system. I also know that as a new player, I’m also at an adjustment period here,” he said.But Zamar is not losing hope, not even with the Elite remaining winless this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 0-5 record.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Slaughter excited to build on strong return from injurylast_img read more

A’s Mailbag: Dallas Keuchel, food trucks, trade with Giants?

first_imgOAKLAND — That awkward phase has finally come to an end for the A’s.You know, the one where they had to play three exhibition games shortly after playing two regular season games on the other side of the world.It can be tough for players to go from meaningful games to meaningless and back to meaningful in the span of a week. But some A’s players actually used the exhibition games with the San Francisco Giants earlier this week to polish off things they’ve been working on this spring, like Lou …last_img read more

Tea with Melea

first_imgThe lush green landscape and rolling hillsaround Tzaneen in Limpopo province.(Image: South African Tourism)Bridget Hilton-BarberThere is always a delightful Madam and Eve quality to my meetings with my mogadibo (darling) Melea Letsoalo. I have known her my whole life – literally from the day I was born. She was our family’s domestic worker for over 40 years, and her life and mine are so entwined we’re practically related.She was born on my grandfather’s farm, the appropriately colonial-sounding Kings Walden, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo province. Her own parents were born in the area, and are buried on the farm next door. She used to go there every Easter to pay her respects, before she became an old makagulu. She is 94 now.Melea raised my mother and cousins. She raised me and my two brothers, saw us go from unruly toddlers to 1970s schoolchildren, banner-waving university liberals to young people apparently incapable of holding down a steady job.She was there the night my grandfather died. She says a wild storm broke out, medumo le magadima (lightning and thunder) thrashing the skies and rattling the windows, and that my grandmother left his body lying in its coffin on the lawn, and drank scotch until daybreak. There are always wild storms in her stories.When my grandmother died, some 40 years later, Melea was there at her bedside too. She is a fine source of ancestral information for which she exacts payment in the form of sweet champagne, bags of mielie meal, linen, blankets and cash. Nothing for mahala, she says, nothing for nothing.Melea lives in Lenyenye, a small rural township beyond Tzaneen, not far from where I live. When I visit her, she makes me tea and scrambled eggs and we sit in her lounge where the walls are covered with photographs of her family and ours.There are about a hundred pictures of assorted daughters, sons, relatives, weddings and funerals. There is a cut-out newspaper photograph of Madiba and Graca kissing on their wedding day, and one of Helen Suzman who Melea mistakenly believes is my granny.Our interaction is nostalgic. I return to being the baby child, she the comforter and imparter of universal wisdom. Our conversation turns on the fulcrum of her and my families, our various dogs and cats, and the past.When I sit next to my old nanny, I see, always with faint shock, the tattoo on the inside of her left forearm. It was enormously fascinating to me as a child, and I would rub it and trace with my baby fingers the outline of her initials – ML – in cursive Victorian text.The tattoo was very sore, she said. It was done by the boss of a citrus farm in Letsitele where she once worked. He had all his staff tattooed so that if they ran away they could be identified and returned to him.I always ask: “What did you do?”  And she always replies: “I ran away”.On the wall in her lounge is a huge colour portrait of a chubby-cheeked white man called Fernandez who has faded now to tea-coloured sepia. He was Portuguese and came from then Lourenco-Marques to be foreman at Kings Walden where he soon fell into the arms of the beautiful young Melea Letsoalo.In 1935 he built a cottage called Stone Cottage (where I now live) into which he and Melea moved, and lived for some thirteen years, raising two boys and a girl. In 1948 they were arrested under the recently legislated Immorality Act which forbade love across the colour line. It happened twice more before my grandfather built Melea a separate house nearby.The other day I fetched Melea from Lenyenye and took her Kings Walden for a visit. We sat at a table overlooking the mountains, the glorious immutable mountains that have divided and united people like hers and ours over the years. While my lot pulled in with their guns and took the best bits of land, Melea’s people were killed, imprisoned, and thoroughly dispossessed of their land following the Boer Makgoba wars in the late 1880s.“There’s Mmamathola,” she said, pointing to an area in the mountains, where her ancestors once lived. They were forcibly removed in the late 1950’s by an Order in Council, signed by the new Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd.Melea was there the day when the police and army arrived. She was also there, in full regalia, when Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Thoko Didiza officially handed over to the Letsoalo people some 1 900ha of prime agricultural land in the Letsitele Valley in February 2001.She wore a bright headdress, a traditional cloth over a long sleeved shirt and a long black skirt, beads, bracelets, earrings and nail polish. It was hailed as an historic land claim settlement and cost the government some R3.5-million, although has been racked by controversy and shenanigans ever since.Melea heckled from near the front, according to one of my cousins whose farm was handed over as part of the deal. “You’re lying,” she shouted out in Sotho. “The government always lies”.We sat and gazed at the mountains in silence.“Don’t cry when I’m dead,” she said. “I will sleep nicely in the ground.”Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways’ inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of FairLady magazine. She is the author of seven books.last_img read more

Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that matters

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 5 February 2014 – There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters.Delegates at the workshop were privy to South Africa’s competitiveness in various fields – mining, geosciences, science and technology – as well as the strength of its financial and regulatory environment.Presenters at the workshop included Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Yunus Carrim of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Imraan Patel of the Department of Science and Technology, Ms Martha Mokonyane of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Mxolisi Kota of the Council of Geoscience, Mr Matlou Mabokanon of the Technology Innovation Agency, Dr Declan Vogt of the CSIR and Mr Peter Craven of MINTEK.Making presentations on their various fields of expertise and interacting with delegates, the presenters made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should consider South Africa as an investment destination.This includes the fact that the South African economy, accompanied by prudent monetary and fiscal policy, has grown from a US$ 80 billion in 1994 to a US$ 400 billion economy. In addition, the South African economy continues to experience uneven global economic recovery.Despite challenges in the global economic environment as well as domestically in the sector, mining remains a significant contributor to the South African economy with recent research indicating that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% and 84% of revenue and employment.Research also shows that the South African economy has diversified in the past 20 years with the increased contribution of banking and real estate to the economy – from 12.5% to 24% – this bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy.International investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in South Africa having grown at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 – 2012, making South Africa the leading destination of investment into Africa.Finally participants in the workshop were assured that government and business alike are committed to implementing the National Development Plan which is the vision of the nation South Africa strives to be by 2030.In this regard, key  proposals from the NDP are being implemented, including:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructureIncreasing the pace of job creation especially for young job seekersEncouraging the expansion of businesses and development on new enterprisesTransforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport systemProviding policy certainly to encourage long term investment in mining and other sectorsIncreasing economic integration within Sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production, finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure building and customs administrationIn the final analysis, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and is an emerging market that matters”.The Mining Indaba concludes on Thursday 6 February 2014. Note to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected] Visit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comFikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected]:   www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Ohio wins one-third of AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence Awards

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio county Farm Bureaus won one-third of the nation’s top county programs. Every year American Farm Bureau Federation recognizes the top 24 county Farm Bureau programs through its County Activities of Excellence awards. Ohio received an impressive eight awards in the contest, which identifies programs that serve as models of innovation for local activities and showcase the value of volunteers working together to build and strengthen their communities.“Outstanding is the word that comes to mind when describing Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus’ programming. County volunteers pour their hearts into these projects, which help make a difference in their communities whether it’s raising money for the needy, improving local water or educating youngsters about where their food comes from,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp.The county Farm Bureaus competed along with Farm Bureaus of similar membership size in one of these categories: education and ag promotion, member services, public relations and information, leadership development, and policy implementation.Each Ohio winner will receive a $2,250 stipend to use toward travel and exhibition costs at AFBF’s Annual Convention where they will display their programs during the IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix. The winners also will participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Community Showcase during its annual meeting.Here is a look at the winning programming: Ashland, Holmes and Wayne’s Grain Bin Rescue Tubes: The county Farm Bureaus partnered with a local Nationwide agency to purchase 11 grain bin rescue tubes for volunteer fire departments. Ohio State University provided training for rescue personnel, including those who didn’t receive a rescue tube. The project resulted in strong approval from other community groups and invitations for Farm Bureau volunteers to speak at various events about agriculture and the rescue tubes. Delaware County’s Benefit in the Barn: Nearly 700 people enjoyed a meal, beverages and a concert by the Central Ohio Symphony on the property of a Farm Bureau member. The county Farm Bureau organized the event, which had two dozen sponsors and raised $30,150 for Delaware County Hunger Alliance programs. During the event, “surprise” $1,000 grants were awarded to the Delaware County Agricultural Society, Ohio 4-H Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Hamilton County’s Drones, a County Farm Bureau and Public Policy Effort: The county Farm Bureau worked to correct and update OFBF and AFBF policies regarding unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones). Working year-round, the county reached out to aviation experts, met with Federal Aviation Administration staff, interviewed regional airport managers and had Farm Bureau members attend a half-day program on drones. These actions resulted in the successful adoption of new state and national Farm Bureau policies on drones. Jackson-Vinton’s Agriculture Experience Day: About 600 second-grade students visited a farm for a fun-filled day that connected them with farmers and food. The students rotated through 17 hands-on educational stations. About 400 pounds of food was collected from the students for a local food pantry. Students competed in a contest for the best design of a T-shirt depicting what agriculture means to them and each student received a free shirt. Jefferson County’s Agriculture Merit Badge Day and Cubby Camp: The county Farm Bureau helped 40 Boy Scouts earn merit badges by connecting them with experts in the fields of surveying, soil and water conservation, ag mechanics and veterinary science. An Ag Day took place at the same location for Cub Scouts where they learned about farm animals and lawn tractor and ATV safety. More than 80 families were introduced to Farm Bureau. Lawrence County’s Drive-It-Yourself Ag Tours Galore: More than 450 people attended this first ever drive-it-yourself tour in the county. The county Farm Bureau partnered with the local Extension, 4-H and Soil and Water Conservation District on the tour, which received extensive media coverage. Five Farm Bureau families opened their farms and businesses up to the public so consumers could learn more about agriculture. About 20 people signed up for Farm Bureau memberships during the event. Medina County’s Ag Fact Ads: The county Farm Bureau had a colorful ad printed every month in a free newspaper that is delivered to every home in the county. The ads were seasonally timed to coordinate with the commodity being harvested or planted at the time. The ads contained easy-to-read facts and interesting trivia to connect readers with what they were seeing on farms during their daily commutes. The ads contained the county Farm Bureau’s website and phone numbers. Tuscarawas County’s Harvest for Hospice: This sold-out event on a Farm Bureau member’s farm raised $26,000 for Community Hospice. Farmers and local businesses donated food and other items for the farm-to-plate meal and auction. A video shown during the meal prepared by a well-known chef featured local Farm Bureau members talking about their farms and the importance of agriculture in the area.last_img read more

Goose matters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To biologists and Ohio waterfowl hunters, Canada geese are an outstanding conservation success story. Once extirpated from the state as a breeding species, Ohio now supports a healthy,growing population. However, to a landowner they can be viewed as nuisances that create conflict — and a major mess.If you are among those with concerns and find yourself referencing “flying carp” when discussing the matter, you may benefit from learning how to manage those conflicts with Canada geese during a free public program on Tuesday February 7, from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm offered in Columbus. The program will take place at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife District One Headquarters, located at 1500 Dublin Road, 43215.The goose management seminar will be led by Division of Wildlife staff that specializes in dealing with goose conflicts. Topics to be covered will not only include conflict management but also Canada goose biology, ecology, and population trends. This program is best suited for ages 16 and up. The program is free but pre-registration is required as seating is limited. ODNR, Division of Wildlife at (614) 644-3925 or email [email protected] Meanwhile, you can learn more about Canada geese in Ohio at wildohio.gov.If a visit to central Ohio isn’t on your agenda for Feb. 7, you can hear the meat of the honker management matter by tuning-in to my radio show the previous Saturday, Feb. 4, when I host goose conflict management presenter Gary Comer on Buckeye Sportsman. Visit buckeyesportsman.com to learn where you can tune in and when to catch the show wherever yo may be that day. You can also visit the podcast link to listen to that segment any time after Feb. 6, when it will be posted on that web site.last_img read more

The Rise of Natural Light

first_imgContinued improvements in digital camera technology are making low light and natural light more appealing for productions of all sizes.Cover Photo via Kimberly French.Filming with natural light isn’t a new practice, but digital filmmakers have faced more challenges in this regard than their celluloid counterparts. When digital cinema cameras first entered the scene, they simply didn’t have the same dynamic range as film. As a result, cinematographers couldn’t push the camera as far as they wanted to. Esteemed DP Emmanuel Lubezki in his interview with DPreview.com has the following to say:Unfortunately, the transition happened too early and the cameras weren’t ready. The digital cameras that came out in the beginning (around 15 years ago) were not even close to the high dynamic range of film. I worked with a few directors, including Michael Mann, to do tests with digital video imaging. For certain things, we liked and used it, but it was primitive and it wasn’t ready to take over and become the main technology for capturing images.Image via 20th-Century Fox.Since then (fifteen years ago), digital cameras have come a long way. I’m sure the purists will argue that digital is still not as a great as celluloid, but when the RED WEAPON can provide 16.5 stops of dynamic range, it sure expands how far you can push your images. With film, you can overexpose and bring the highlights back into the picture in the lab — to a degree. However, digital is somewhat unforgiving with highlights. Once they’re clipped, the data is gone. Therefore, most digital filmmakers expose for the highlights and enhance the shadows in post. This can be a problem because noise can creep into the image.Today, though, you can easily push many cameras to ISO 1600 and get completely noise-free shadows.Why Light Exterior Day Scenes?Film production crews light exterior scenes for several reasons: keeping the light consistent throughout the day, filling in shadows, and lighting compositions evenly. This allows filmmakers to expose for the bright highlights of the sky — the lights will illuminate the actors in the foreground.Image via AMC.However, since new camera systems have such wide dynamic ranges, coupled with powerful RAW processing, this is no longer necessary in many circumstances.We have an in-depth article on dynamic range here, but, in short, dynamic range refers to the range in which a camera can capture the brightest and darkest areas of an image without losing details. If you can capture the highlights in the sky and the shadows of the forest floor, you can film without lights.Tips For Filming with Natural LightLet’s say you’re going completely natural like Yves Belanger in Wild, a film that relied 95 percent on natural light — without any bounce boards or silks.There are still a few things to consider before ditching the lighting gear and going completely natural.Time of DayWhen the sun is highest in the sky, that’s when you’ll get the brightest light — but also the harshest. The midday sun creates defined shadows and plenty of opportunities to accidentally clip your footage — not to mention that your actors will be squinting if they are facing the sun. Make sure you film with the sun behind the actors.According to many, the best time of day to film (or photograph) is during blue hour or golden hour. These are the hours just after sunrise and just before sunset when the sun is low, which creates a beautiful, golden light. Terrence Malick makes great use of this in his films. In my video tutorial below, you can learn a lot more about this time of day and how to get the best results.Locations Locations go hand-in-hand with the time of the day. If you’re filming in of a forest, you’ll want as much available light as possible; therefore, it makes sense to shoot when the sun is at its highest. Likewise, if you’re going to film at golden hour, but the location is in a city center where a series of buildings obscure the evening sky, you may never see that golden sun. You need to choose your locations and shooting times carefully.“The less you use artificial light, the more you want to avoid it, because the scenes feel weak or weird or fake.” —Emmanuel LubezkiDo you have any tips for filming with only natural light? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more