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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #1
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First test shoot with my xh-a1

Hi everyone,

I've been reading here for a long time but have yet to post. After recently buying a new canon xh-a1 I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying learning everything about this impressive machine. I'm fairly new to the pro camera scene and I'm taking my time, but having a lot of fun.

today i was able to shoot with the family on the beach at sunset and was able to throw this little montage together. I used the VIVIDRGB preset, and with the exception of a few blown out images near the end i think it came out well in my opinion. What do you guys think?

check it out here:

http://crossmedia.blip.tv/
(i cant seem to get the video quality to be anywhere near as good as original ... i'll try to link directly later)
any feedback is very much appreciated. thanks!
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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:40 AM   #2
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great shots, just need to get hold of your steadiness because it looks like some of the shots look like the operator didn't know what they are supposed to be focusing on. of course a monopod/tripod can really help with that :) Otherwise you have an eye for the shots.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 05:26 AM   #3
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Nice one Morgan,
Was that shot in 24 or 30F? it looked quite film like. Nice!

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Old December 26th, 2007, 07:05 AM   #4
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Looks nice Morgan.

I've found that when using the VividRGB preset, its an idea to use manual White Balance, otherwise when shooting in red light (sunset) it can be a little much. What other settings were you using.

Thanks for the link.

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Old December 26th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #5
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good job with your camera

Good job Morgan,
Nice colors and film-like immages, have you used some 35 mm adapter?
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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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thanks for the kind comments everyone. yes indeed i was shooting in 24f, no 35mm adapters though, just the stock lens which I happen to really like :-) and the location was on the beach behind my house. we live on a peninsula.

definitely had a problem with steadiness. i actually was using a monopod most of the time, but over uneven rocks and things like that it was still difficult to stay steady.

i will definitely try using manual white balance next time. i know what you mean by the harsh reds coming out in the sunset, my dad's face especially seemed a little too red.... although, i am actually color blind, so that doesn't help too much when trying to correct colors..... hmm.

I also used varying levels of ND filter throughout the shoot.

anyone who's interested there is a slightly better quality version here:
http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1710343weDw4QkQ

thanks again everyone.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:07 AM   #7
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Looks great...
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Old December 27th, 2007, 05:25 PM   #8
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Looks great...
hmm... I Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.... ha
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Old December 27th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing Morgan. I enjoyed your video.

I appreciate folks like you who share as I sure learn from all here.

Keep it up. You've got a good eye for interesting shots.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:10 PM   #10
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hmm... I Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.... ha
Lol... That's one thing I hate about text is that it's nearly impossible to express sarcasm... No, I was not being sarcastic... I started out trying to post a link to the QT file on Blip... For some reason I couldn't get it to work right but I had already posted... So I just changed the post.. Here is the link I tried to get to work but couldn't:

http://crossmedia.blip.tv/file/56130...achWalk645.mov
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Old December 28th, 2007, 07:39 PM   #11
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haha i see. in that case thanks for the kind words!

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haha i opened the link.... and then walked away for 5 minutes, came back and it was running. it apparently works but it takes a long to to download...
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