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Jonathan Gentry April 13th, 2007 07:07 PM

Nature Near Washington D.C.
I shot this last week and finally finished editing. You will see a small amount of movement as it's shot from the deck of a bass boat. Much of it is shot at full Telephoto on the A1. The location is about 10 miles south of Washington D.C. The river is the Potomac, the creek is the Mattawoman and the state is Maryland.

I would appreciate your comments. This is 7 minutes and about 250MB so right click and save as, but be paitent. Grab a coffee and come back...


A1/Vegas/24f/Panalook - only two of the short clips are color corrected.


Paul Lashmana April 13th, 2007 09:55 PM

Absolutely amazing!! The download was/is absolutely worth it. And I appreciate this clip especially, because you didn't use brevises, letuses or other adapters and zoomlenses (or did you?). So basically, everyone owning an A1 or G1 should be able to reproduce this look and feel, right?

Loooved it to bits. Thanks for posting.

Jonathan Gentry April 13th, 2007 10:51 PM

That's correct. Stock lens out of the box. This is the first thing I've done with the A1. I had an DVX which I shot my fishing videos with previously. When I shoot with this cam and then put together hi-def images (even if only available in computer format) it really is exciting. This is a whole different level compared to the DVX. The great thing about shooting nature is that your just holding the camera and it's (he's) doing the hard part.


Eric Weiss April 14th, 2007 09:20 AM

I love it too. Amazing detail.
For handheld in a boat, it's really steady.
Great work!

Ross Jones April 14th, 2007 01:41 PM

Lovely footage, enhanced by nice choice of music; where did the music tracks come from?
Rgds, Ross.

Dearl Golden April 14th, 2007 09:09 PM

Extremely well done.

Vidar Vedaa April 15th, 2007 01:21 AM

Butifule work Jonathan
I love Wildlife-film

Mark Williams April 15th, 2007 07:21 AM


Very nice work. I was especially fond of the shots where you were drifting by in the boat. These scenes were very smooth.


Gregg Havens April 15th, 2007 07:59 AM

nicely composed. Just wondering what you have for an computer and software set up. I am just getting into video after many years in photography and want to get an idea of how long it took to produce this wonderful piece. How many hours were you on the location and how many hours to make this short film.

Inquiring minds want to know


Mooho Bae April 15th, 2007 08:51 AM

Thank you so much
Extremely Amazing!! Really thank you so much!!

I see almost no CA in your movie. What is the magic?

Billy Griffin April 15th, 2007 02:07 PM


I too would love if you could share some info on settings, editing software, the hardware (computer) you're using, etc.

Great work!

Bob Thompson April 15th, 2007 06:00 PM


A truely beautiful film, all the elements blend in so well together.

Bob Thompson
Hong Kong

Jonathan Gentry April 15th, 2007 09:20 PM

Thanks guys.

Here are some answers to questions asked...

It took me one morning about 3 hours to shoot. All done on the same morning. I shot from the deck of my bass boat with a tripod. Some of the shots were zoomed in at 20x and they are the ones that pick up some of the rocking action of the boat. I also had some bad pans and blew a few great shots that I wasn't able to include in the final edit. I used the Panalook preset that Steven Dempsey has so nicely created. That preset is available in this forum under the presets thread. I will be using his VIVIDRGB preset in the future.

I did the editing in the program Sony Vegas 7 which works well for HDV video. It probably took me about 2-3 hours total to edit to my satisfaction. I had to level a few shots, center a few animals (to make them steady and in the middle of the screen) and steady a few shots. I added a little warmth to two short clips to match the other shots but really the color was just what the camera captured. I didn't white balance the camera that morning as i liked the look I had when I turned on the camera. It looked pretty warm to my eye. The machine I use is an AMD dual core X2 4200 with 2 gigs of RAM. Nothing special by todays standards.

A Photography and printing backgroud goes a long way in giving you an eye for video. I love photography and do large format printing for artists. I'm no video expert for sure... But with the new HDV cams it sure is fun.


Ross Jones April 16th, 2007 02:38 PM

the music..?
..and where did you find the music tracks..?
very appropriate, to my ear..
Thx, Rgds, Ross.

Jonathan Gentry April 16th, 2007 03:55 PM


Sorry for missing your question.

The music is created and recorded by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in Brooklyn, NY. The music and other literature they put out is not for sale. As a matter of fact I got the disc on a voluntary donation basis through my religious organization, but the two tracks I included are favorites of mine. Since these tracks are not sold anywhere I'm sure it would not be approved for any paid video work.


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