Posts Tagged ‘test’

Slow motion snow

December 23, 2009

I used to love the snow. Then came the age I was responsible for shoveling snow for my parents. Next, I got my license and had to tolerate it on the road. I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy the snow again.

Then I became a homeowner. I thought I’d hate it more, since I’m responsible for a huge driveway. But the other day I was driving home from a Troupe Dynamic shoot and was mesmerized by the snow coming down. When I got home I grabbed the camera and decided this would be a good time to test out a nice slow-motion shot. The snow was already very serene, why not slow it down and soak it in?

There are a lot of different ways I’ve seen to do good slow-motion, I went with a simple option: shoot in 60i and slow it down in a 24p workspace. I think it worked out pretty nice. Next time I’ll try it in After Effects.

So here it is, some slow-motion snow around my house to get you in the Christmas spirit. Or holiday, whatever milks your cookies.

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.

HD Test

June 24, 2009

I’ve been wanting to shoot in HD for a while, but haven’t really taken the time to sit down and do it. I’m still experimenting with all of the different settings on both the camera and the computer. There’s so much information out there, and it’s hard to absorb all at once.

Today Alida had an engagement photo shoot with a really fun couple, and I tagged along to film. While we roamed around I saw a really cool lamp post with the bulb busted out, and the sun setting behind it. I got a nice rack focus and used that as my tester for quality.

Here’s the video. Turn on HD mode and enlarge for the full effect:

The song is “Bohemian Sunset” by Jazzanova, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. Stay tuned for more HD tests, and for the “Behind the Scenes” engagement shoot from tonight.