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Old May 31st, 2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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Daytrip to Snoqualmie with the Letus

My wife and I brought our Californian friends to Snoqualmie for the day. Glenn (also the composer I work with) has an HVX so we brought our weapons of choice.

Disclaimers:
1. The lens had dirt and specks on it so try to refrain from commenting on that :)
2. Some shots are not entirely in focus because this was grip and rip style shooting, all handheld.
3. I used the VIVIDRGB preset with color gain at 0 and sharpness at zero.
4. EDIT: I reuploaded a version with more contrast. I think it looks better. No other grading done.
5. I have posted my impressions of the HVX in the main section of this forum.
6. This was fun to shoot and put together and is a good memory of the day for us. (Wait a minute, that's not a disclaimer)

http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/glenn_720.wmv
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Old May 31st, 2007, 09:10 AM   #2
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You always get the best out of a situation. I like it as always. I hope you do some indoor tests so I can have something to shoot for. I know it's not your thing. But, it would be appreciated.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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Steve,
Thanks for sharing. I visited Snoqualmie Falls a couple times on visits to Seattle area. Beautiflul place. I still haven't edited my sony A1-U footage from last summer's trip!
BTW, there is a brief shot in your footage of a gentleman holding what appears to be a wireless mike or some kind of camera?
Please enlighten,

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Old May 31st, 2007, 09:34 AM   #4
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Good stuff! Nice compositions!

Who would have thought ten years ago that we would now have tools that can make ordinary "home videos" that can rival film?

I now have a greater appreciation of the significance of shallow DOF for story telling.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 10:50 AM   #5
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Steven, your videos always look great. Very nice, this one too. More than enough to keep me interested in buying an XHA1 one of these days when I can afford it.

Impressive work with the Letus too, especially on a trip like that. Is it the flip version you have, or were you using an LCD?
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Old May 31st, 2007, 11:01 AM   #6
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Steve,
Thanks for sharing. I visited Snoqualmie Falls a couple times on visits to Seattle area. Beautiflul place. I still haven't edited my sony A1-U footage from last summer's trip!
BTW, there is a brief shot in your footage of a gentleman holding what appears to be a wireless mike or some kind of camera?
Please enlighten,

chris/bethesda, MD
It's a Zoom H4 recording device. It's what we were using to record ambient sound.

Thanks for the comments
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Old May 31st, 2007, 07:17 PM   #7
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Nice, looks great.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 08:39 AM   #8
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Hi Steven,

I'm impressed with this one. Actually, it was this particularly movie that made me order the Letus FE.
What kind of light did you use in the train ?

Thanks.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #9
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I just can say, amazing!
How much did u pay for the Letus? I might get it very soon.
Keep sharing stuff Steven.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 03:14 PM   #10
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Steven, what could be said about your work that hasn't been said yet? :D Excellent as usual.
Care to elaborate on what did you do on post?
The most cinematic shot for me it's the one at second 39ish. What lens were you using there? A 135mm?

I have a couple of letus35A and even though I manage to get a cool look out of them I always find them to have a tiny bit of barrel distortion on the edges. But with the letus35 FE I don't see that at all. Maybe it's time for me to give it a try...
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I just can say, amazing!
How much did u pay for the Letus? I might get it very soon.
Keep sharing stuff Steven.
The Letus FE costs $700. I payed an extra $90 for an nice Fedex shipment.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 06:29 PM   #12
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I just visited Snoqualmie last weekend, I definitely saw the train you guys rode.

Good work Steve, I enjoy your work very much.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #13
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is it letus35fe ? and looked like 24mm lense on it.
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is it letus35fe ? and looked like 24mm lense on it.
Hmmm seems like Ive learned a lot in just a week;D

John,
yes, it is letus fe adapter with three different lenses (as I could recognize them). 24mm shots have deep dof. For example the first shot is on 24mm lense (I hope so :D). The close up on microphone (or whatever the man was holding) has shallow dof; it is probably a 100mm lense.

//After like dozen times watching the clip I started to love it. Im really impressed. And just because of you I started to like A1. You even managed to catch a picture of my favourite car in 01:50 :). Thank you.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:16 PM   #15
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Nice :)

Actually, it's a 28mm lens.

28mm, 50mm, and 100mm used.
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