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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
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Old March 31st, 2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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I am continuing my studies of early morning light and colors and trying to convey the vastness of the space while showcasing the wide angle capability of the XHA1's native lens. I have developed a special preset for sunrise sequences such as these but am keeping it private for now. I will release it when I have done further testing. I shot mostly with a graduated ND.6 filter and the only cc done was a slight levels correction. The only other thing I added was my usual cinemascope crop.

There are a couple of ambient sound glitches which I will fix when I get a chance.

Here's part 3: http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/monday720.wmv

and for those who missed the others:

Part 1: http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/sunrise720.wmv
Part 2: http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/daybreakweb.wmv

Parts 1 and 2 were recently posted so check before you download them. None of them are small.
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Old April 1st, 2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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Old April 1st, 2007, 04:37 PM   #3
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Breath taking. You obviously are learning to paint with light with your new cam. I am guessing your experimentation is designed to exploit its setting to get absolutely the "best" or most "beautiful" or most "unique" image. I admire your diligence. This sets the bar higher for the rest of us.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 03:48 AM   #4
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Beautiful stuff Steve. Thanks so much for taking the time and putting the effort into sharing this with us. I really appreciate it.

I have just one practical question...

Does your family mind you disappearing off each morning before sunrise? ;-D
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 07:14 AM   #5
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This is very very stunning imagery. Thanks!
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 12:26 PM   #6
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Thank you. I replaced the file with a glitch-free version and some minor edits, FYI
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Old April 5th, 2007, 03:21 AM   #7
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I've seen through your 3 films Steven, and I must say it's stunning.
Your painting of this beautiful landscape with people walking in and out of the scenary, it's a dreamy world you paint.
Your transitions is well planned and makes it even more dreamy.
I like to be in there, with the dogs and the people, so to speak.
And the colours are magnificent.
Thank you for sharing.
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Old April 7th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #8
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OMG.... what was soooo beautiful...

When are u going to put up the files?
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Old April 7th, 2007, 04:50 PM   #9
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Thanks. What files are you referring to?
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Old April 7th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #10
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Graduated ND Filter

I was wondering which Graduated filter you are using? I used to use some cokin filters with my TRV 900. I think they're too small for the A1, but I liked that I could slide them up and down to get the graduation just where I wanted it. Do you have one you can move around or just use a screwed mount and forget it?
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Old April 8th, 2007, 07:55 AM   #11
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Dave, I use the 4x4 type that Tiffen makes. It's a .6 graduated ND filter. I have a mattebox (cavision 4x4 bellows type) but frankly for the sunrise shots I do, I just unscrew the XHA1's suncover and hold the filter in front of the lens with my hand. I do move it up and down depending on the shot but I'm obviously not moving it while recording. So far it's worked for me. If I was shooting from the same location for a while I would take the time to set the mattebox up.
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Absolutely beautiful Steven! Wish I had your eye for this.
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