Macro Photography: Tin Car on the Ocean

I was inspired by Kim Leuenberger’s awesome macro photography series: Traveling Cars Adventures. So today, with my little tin car in hand, I headed to Rodeo beach to shoot some traveling car adventures myself. The wind was completely out of control!1 Problems abounded! My tripod was much too high to frame the shot I wanted—macros that included background of the… Continue reading

I’m Fixin’ to…

That’s what we say in the south when we’re about to do something. I’m fixin’ to go on a video shooting spree—shooting video (with a camera) of everything I can in the bay area. In preparation for this adventure, I’ve been doing some test shots with my 3 cameras: the GoPro, iPhone, and Canon 5Dmk2. I would prefer to travel… Continue reading

Explosive Sunrise

Yesterday’s sunrise over the bay was without any doubt the most gorgeous sunrise I’ve ever seen. The vortex causing all of the freezing cold weather in the rest of the nation is causing us to get no rain and have a tremendous amount of air pollution. I suspect that air pollution helped create the astonishing sunrise yesterday.   Unfortunately, I… Continue reading

@TomLowe – Stunning Work! Bravo!!

I’ve blogged a a couple of times (here and here) about Tom Lowe’s time-lapse project. He worked on it for some time. Well, it’s finished. It’s beyond what I had imagined it would be. I just watched it while I was exercising. If you want to see places in the western US and our galaxy in ways you have never… Continue reading

Malaga Cove Time Lapse (Noon)

This is the second time lapse I shot at Malaga Cover yesterday.  This one was shot at ISO 100 with a 5 second interval and includes a bit of panning.  As you can see from the comment at the other Malaga Cove time lapse, I met lots of interesting people yesterday morning. So, here is the noon time lapse of… Continue reading

Proof of Concept

This will only be remarkable to me: a proof of concept—use the Canon EOS 5dMkII DSLR to create a filmic look. I shot this using a 70 – 200mm f2.8L in native 24fps, ISO 100, f2.8, 1/50th, using the Vari-ND to stop the exposure down, shooting at full 1920×1080 HD resolution using the superflat profile. The short little clip was… Continue reading

Another Philip Bloom Short

Philip Bloom showed a different cut of this short, Above Skywalker, in the Bonner Theater a couple of weeks ago. It looks magnificent on the large HD screen. I especially like the slider shot during the night time lapse about 30 seconds in (and at 4.20). The macro shots are nice too. Well… The whole thing is. Though I wish… Continue reading

This Is Tempting

If you watched the City of Lakes trailer, you probably missed the extensive use of slider and dolly shots. They add so much subtle visual interest while increasing perspective, presence and focus! Here is a do-it-yourself from Friedhelm Fischer to build a camslider for about $100. The full post can be found at Friedhelm Fischer’s blog. The parts include: 1… Continue reading

Philip Bloom Master Class

Neil Smith, at hdiRAWworks, arranged for Philip Bloom to conduct a Canon HD-DSLR masterclass yesterday here in LA. This was the first time I’ve ever attended such a thing, and I rather enjoyed it and learned a lot too. The little tidbits you pick up are also interesting: like why the Canon 5Dmkii will only shoot video for 12 minutes.… Continue reading

Another Philip Bloom Canon 5dmk2 Short in 24p

As I’ve said before, I just can’t get enough of Philip Bloom‘s work. He even shares the link to the original HD file he shot (750MB) so you can compare that to the final edit, which, of course, is gorgeous. I took the Canon out on the streets in the evening to test out it’s low light ability and to… Continue reading