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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:24 PM   #1
Short and Sweet with the 5D - 1min eShoot clip to share
Matthew Ebenezer Matthew Ebenezer is offline June 1st, 2009, 11:24 PM

During Roger and Hayley's engagement shoot I shot about 11 minutes of video on the 5D, in between shooting stills with Katie. The main purpose of the shoot was taking photos but I wanted to test out my new Cinevate DSLR rig.

The rig is not a beauty pageant winner by any means but in terms of functionality and flexibility it's awesome. I can hardly bare to look at the hand-held footage I was shooting prior to getting a rig like this. Head over to our blog to see some photos of me in action with the rig - Shadowplay Blog Roger and Hayley - eShoot Clip

Shot on the Canon 5D Mark II. Lenses used: Canon 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8 and 20mm 2.8 plus a Nikon 50mm 1.4.

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Roger and Hayley - Short eShoot Clip - 5D Mark II on Vimeo

Comments/feedback/critiques are always welcome.

Cheers!

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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:44 PM   #2
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Beautiful Matthew - Loved it!

Lovely intimate feel to it, knockout compositions, gorgeous shallow DOF and bokeh, all finished off with a fantastic music selection. The colouring and location were superb also.

Anything I've left out? :)

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P.S you're right about the rig not winning beauty contests - looks almost arachnid in one of the pics (!) - but the results speak for themselves.
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Matthew, nice work, spectacular forest,

One question, what Quicktime version is on your computer?
By intensity of contrast it seems that no the latest, showing not full 0 255 RGB range,
unless you've added contrast in post.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 06:10 AM   #4
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Beautiful Matthew - Loved it!

Lovely intimate feel to it, knockout compositions, gorgeous shallow DOF and bokeh, all finished off with a fantastic music selection. The colouring and location were superb also.

Anything I've left out? :)

Cheers,

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P.S you're right about the rig not winning beauty contests - looks almost arachnid in one of the pics (!) - but the results speak for themselves.
Hey Matt! Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to watch it.

Cheers,

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Old June 3rd, 2009, 06:12 AM   #5
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Matthew, nice work, spectacular forest,

One question, what Quicktime version is on your computer?
By intensity of contrast it seems that no the latest, showing not full 0 255 RGB range,
unless you've added contrast in post.
Hey Oleg! Thanks for watching. I'm pretty sure I have the latest quicktime version. I definitely pushed the colours fairly hard on this clip so I don't think it's the 0 - 255 range issue that you're seeing.

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Old June 4th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #6
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Just got your Vimeo message, Matt... will reply soon :D

Great video btw, bookmarked in my favorites folder already! :D
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Old June 9th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #7
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Just thought I'd post some of the photos of me in action with the 5D on the Cinevate DSLR rig.

Cheers,

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Hey room-mate...I see you got back to Australia OK! Loved the piece ... which pretty much shows off that Ebenezer style we discussed over cheap coffee :-) One of the truly great benefits of this Cinevate gig is that we get to meet truly inspiring artists in all shapes, forms and styles from all over the world. You and Katie are truly special regardless of whether we're looking at your collective images, or having our beer goggles featured in them.

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Old June 14th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #9
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Hey Matt,

I thought it was a really sweet piece. I was DYING to see some Steadicam/Glidecam fly through those straight rows of trees though! :)

Have you tried using a monopod with the 5D? I would venture to say that it's definitely an under-rated tool. The DSLR rigs are great but I still noticed some slight shake in the footage. I just picked up a cheaper SLR rig from Cavision Rods Support and Accessories that works quite well. If you bring it along with a monopod on a shoot like this, it would definitely give you 2 versatile tools particularly since you seemed to be doing shots that were mainly at "eye level".

How much are you loving the look of the 5D footage though? :)
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Hey room-mate...I see you got back to Australia OK! Loved the piece ... which pretty much shows off that Ebenezer style we discussed over cheap coffee :-) One of the truly great benefits of this Cinevate gig is that we get to meet truly inspiring artists in all shapes, forms and styles from all over the world. You and Katie are truly special regardless of whether we're looking at your collective images, or having our beer goggles featured in them.

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Thanks Dennis! We really appreciate your kind words and support!

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Hey Matt,

I thought it was a really sweet piece. I was DYING to see some Steadicam/Glidecam fly through those straight rows of trees though! :)

Have you tried using a monopod with the 5D? I would venture to say that it's definitely an under-rated tool. The DSLR rigs are great but I still noticed some slight shake in the footage. I just picked up a cheaper SLR rig from Cavision Rods Support and Accessories that works quite well. If you bring it along with a monopod on a shoot like this, it would definitely give you 2 versatile tools particularly since you seemed to be doing shots that were mainly at "eye level".

How much are you loving the look of the 5D footage though? :)
Hey Bruce! Thanks for taking the time to check this out and to comment on it. You can definitely shoot steadier than I do with the DSLR rig but I tend to hold my gear fairly loosely because I like the movement it introduces. So, any shakiness you see is more my 'fault' than the rigs.

I've noticed in a lot of monopod footage I've seen that there is some weird side to side movement, possibly caused by the foot of the monopod rotating slightly on the ground. That's what has kept me away from them, plus the desire to carry as little gear as possible.

As for the look of the 5D footage ... it doesn't get much better! Totally loving it!

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Matthew,

Good stuff man, good to see you're rockin that 5DmkII man. LOVE the framing/shot compositions... I'm a sucker for the shallow DOF walk into focus shots, doesn't hurt to have such good looking subjects either! Keep it up man!

The Cinevate stuff is just awesome... spent a lot of time in their booth at NAB, I saw you there a lot as well. I agree with you about the aesthetics of the Cinevate stuff, but you're right, it is the must functional and most durable stuff on the planet, not to mention bang for buck it beats out anything out there!
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Matthew's style! Love it!
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Old June 17th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #14
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Great Work

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Saw your work 2 days ago, really nice - the song choice and they way it was shot was on point. The shot at 0:24 was awesome - the use of sunlight as backlight on both of them. A fan of your work most definitely. Not sure if you remember but we met in Toronto when you came in to the store with Patrick, but anyways - real nice work.

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Matthew, can I ask whether you convert the footage to 25p or just stayed 30p?

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