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Old August 31st, 2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Old August 31st, 2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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Very nice, excellent work. Looks like you employed all your lenses to good effect.

I'd like to hear more about:
-acquisition vs delivered resolution and frame rates
-time lapse...which intervalometer, or did you use a laptop and the Canon software?
-slomo...did you shoot at 720p60
-lens list
-what challenges were you presented with along the way, eg wanting a shallow depth of field, but having too much light...

It felt a bit like I, the viewer, was stuck on the porch, and using the camera to reach out into the environment. Adding natural sound may have given a more immersive feel. Not sure what you were aiming for.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 09:36 PM   #3
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Great job! I thought it was spectacular!

I am interested in what Scott is wanting to know as well!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:42 PM   #4
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Great stuff! Reminds me of many days spent in Ludington on Lake Michigan. Was very calming for me. By chance was the music by a band called The Calm Blue Sea? Otherwise I dunno about that tractor near the I much as I love old tractors, (my Dad has a collection of them).
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Old September 1st, 2010, 08:12 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments...much appreciated.

I used:

The stock lens. (18-55mm)
A Pentacon 50mm prime.
A Quantaray 28mm prime.
A Vivanco WA adapter
A cheap intervalometer from eBay...
Pro-Aim MatteBox and Follow Focus..(not used much on this film)
Tiffen ND9 neutral density filter.

Shot mostly at 1920x1080 25p apart from parts i wanted to slo-mo which i shot at 1080x720 50p.

The time lapses were mostly shot at 9 second intervals using the full resolution jpeg. (not RAW)

The night-time star-lapse was shot with a 25second exposure every 30 seconds. I used the 28mm prime with the WA adapter for this. (i've got just as good results, if not better with the stock lens in the past though)

All the time-lapse stills were imported into Quicktime pro using 'import image sequence'. Then they were exported as 720p movies.

Everything was put together in iMovies at 720p resolution. I only use FCP for pro projects....not these little movies which i just do for the fun of it really.

I did actually capture quite a lot of sound with it all, but i was on holiday and there was kids making noise in the background so i didn't bother using it. The waves you hear at the beginning are just a happy coincidence as they are part of the music...which is by BT.

Shallow DoF isn't really difficult with the 550D... it is very easy to get blown-out skies though.. but this is the downside to using such a sensitive camera. You can avoid this with graduated ND filters, but i don't often bother unless it's really bugging me.

The tractor was in the garden of the place we were staying...i just liked the 'cine-film' atmosphere of that particular shot.

The biggest challenge was the was really gale force on one of the days i was shooting... i got sand on my sensor!!! Nightmare...but got it clean eventually. The wind also buffeted the camera when i was shooting the night time lapses which is why they are slightly blurred.

Other than that, it wasn't too tricky. I took my GlideTrack and kept trying to use it, but i couldn't find a decent shot with it. If i had more time i might have done a tracking shot along the water's edge, but with the tide coming in fast and the severe wind, i didn't want to risk it.

Hope this answers some of your questions..

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