Posts Tagged ‘5d markII’

Enhance it! – Part 2

September 20, 2011

Yes, I’m still working on this one!

This weekend we had an awesome shoot at Sloan’s Calzones. The owner, Brent Sloan, was kind enough to open the doors of his business on a Sunday for us to come in with a ton of equipment.

If you’ve never been to Sloan’s, here’s a completely non-solicited plug that I’ve been telling people for a long time- Sloan’s has an awesome slice of pizza, and is the only place in Decatur that I know of where you can just waltz right in and grab a slice of pizza without waiting. And if you go, make sure to try the homemade chips.

This shoot was for a short sequence during the credits. It went really well, and there was some fantastic ad libbing. So much so that we had to do a few retakes because I laughed and shook the camera. Mitch also provided a dolly, so I got to go for a ride too!

I cut it together that night, so everything is pretty much in the bag. There are just a few post-production things to take care of, mostly dealing with After Effects. I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s finished, but until then, here are some photos from this weekend.  Thanks to Adam Casner and my wonderful wife for taking some awesome behind the scenes shots while I was busy.

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A Christmas movie

January 28, 2011

I’ve been sitting on several half-written scripts for a long time, whining around that I don’t have enough free time to work on them.

After talking to some friends I realized that if I don’t just dive right in I’ll never get anything done. So over the holiday I shot a short Christmas comedy based on the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

It’s a very short satire, so I can’t say much without telling the entire story. While I’m editing, I’ll leave you with some photos from the shoot, taken by Alida Sullivan (my wonderful wife), Adam Casner, and Mitch Morrison.

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Allerton Park

October 8, 2009

I mention my wife on this blog pretty often. That’s not only because she rocks, but it’s also because we do a lot of stuff together. As a photography teacher, she spends a lot of time trying to get her students out of the classroom and shooting photos. When they do fun things, I usually tag along.

Monday, we all took a trip to Allerton Park in Monticello. While the students were wandering around shooting landscapes, I was looking for something to point a macro lens at. A while ago I promised to film more spiders to make up for the butterflies. Well, I found a spider, but I also couldn’t help shooting another butterfly.

The spider was about the size of a dime, and unlike the big, lazy spiders I filmed before, this one wouldn’t stop moving. The butterfly I expected to be jumpy, but I think it was injured. After taking advantage of his limited mobility for a while, I took him off the pavement and set him in the grass.

Later in the week, Alida took her class out to do ghost photos. I filmed some of that, so that should be up fairly soon.

Butterflies

October 3, 2009

I don’t have the best luck when it comes to being in the right place at the right time. If something cool happens, I probably don’t have my camera. If I have my camera, breaking news and action tends to avoid me. Lucky for me, I enjoy filming other things that don’t demand such luck.

One day, when the garden was still colorful and nice, I was taking out the garbage and saw tons of butterflies on one of the plants. I walked over to it and was happy to see that they were so busy pollinating that they didn’t care who was around. So, I ran in and grabbed the 5D Mark II and the macro lens and sat myself down. I spent most of my time following the big yellow butterfly, but did get a kick out of the brown moth who was hanging around. I  love how he scares himself when he steps on another bug. I know this isn’t anything spectacular or deep, but I like being able to look at the fuzzy mohawk and giant green eyes on the butterfly. Hopefully you enjoy it too.

Big spider

September 14, 2009

As soon as I finished shooting the baby spiders in my garage, I knew I was going to have to bring out the camera for some more close-up nature stuff. That same night, as I was going out to my car, I saw a huge spider building a web on the corner of my house.

It was a little more difficult to get this footage, since I had to work around his schedule to get him building the web, and then wait for him to catch something and eat it. It took a few different nights of going out with the lights and sitting patiently, but it was worth it. Again, full screen in HD is the way to watch this.

I already have a few more videos like this in the works. I was just out in my garden today with a macro lens filming butterflies. Not quite as intense and creepy as the spiders, but I’m comfortable enough with my masculinity to film butterflies. But, just to be clear, there will be more spiders. I just noticed tonight that the big guy from this video has a tiny neighbor. One of those little babies has moved out of the garage and into the bushes, setting up a little web. We’ll be checking in on him soon.

Baby spiders!

September 5, 2009

Spiders creep me out, but they also fascinate me. I worked as a janitor at the Marina Towers in Chicago for a summer during college college. One of my duties was to go up to the 36th floor roof and kill all of the spiders that had made webs on the wrought iron bars. While I was up there knocking down webs and squishing huge spiders, I also saw some really cool stuff.

One day I saw a web flailing wildly in the wind, so the spider went around and released every other line in the web. It cut his wind resistance in half, and then he went back to the center and chilled. I left him alive.

Even though they do give me the willies, I can’t help watching them. So when I went into my garage and saw that a new family had moved in, I postponed my initial reaction, which was to drown them in Raid. Instead, I grabbed the camera and got a closer look at the babies. For full effect, I highly suggest viewing full screen in HD.

5D Mark II + Lensbaby

August 31, 2009

After taking my first swing at shooting video on the 5D Mark II, I was eager to try more. It wasn’t hard to choose the next round.

A while back, I bought Alida a Lensbaby. If you’ve never seen one, it’s a weird, stubby little lens that moves around like an accordion. The in-and-out motion controls focus, and the side-to-side motion controls the “sweet spot” of that focus. The challenging part is, the lens doesn’t just stay put after you find that sweet spot. It will bounce back to its original position if you let go, so you need to use three fingers to hold it in position, and then use your pointer finger to snap the photo.

Here’s my first attempt at shooting video with the Lensbaby. I already have a few ideas for utilizing this look in future projects.

5D Mark II video

August 31, 2009

My wonderful wife, Alida, has had Canon’s 5D Mark II for a while now. I was extremely excited about it, since it shoots in full HD, yet for some reason never really took the time to go out and test it.

Yesterday we were out in a soybean field because Alida needed some photos. While she was shooting, I saw a little wooly worm helping himself to a leaf.

Me kissing the wooly worm

Me kissing the wooly worm

Alida already had a nice macro lens equipped on the camera, so we decided to film the wooly worm. It was really challenging! At first, we both tried it hand-held, and that proved to be way too difficult. Not only were our hands too shaky, but the depth of field was so shallow, the slightest movement took the shot out of focus. So we grabbed a tripod and started filming. By the time we got the tripod set up, he had stopped eating, but we did get some really neat footage of him moving around. I love watching the feet.

Next I try video with the Lensbaby!