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Old July 19th, 2017, 09:14 PM   #1
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Nature Close-ups

When you view nature thru a macro or extreme telephoto lens you begin to see all types of interesting little details. Shot with a Panasonic GH4 in 4K with an Olympus 60mm macro and 75-300mm telephoto. Edited with Edius 8 Workgroup. Music "Flowing Air" by Mattia Vlad Morleo. Licensed for use from Jamendo.com

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Old July 20th, 2017, 07:21 AM   #2
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Mark, This is superb, some of the best macro closeup footage I have ever seen. Pat
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Old July 20th, 2017, 12:15 PM   #3
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You inspire me. Also, I notice you use Jamendo for your music. I came across them many years ago.
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Old July 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM   #4
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Thanks Pat and Donald, glad that you enjoyed it.
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Old July 20th, 2017, 06:55 PM   #5
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Absolutely superb Mark,
You have created a little masterpiece with this one!!
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Old July 21st, 2017, 04:27 AM   #6
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Mark, yet another winner. I love the color that you get. Do you do much grading in post of is it the settings you use while shooting? As a former entomologist I really loved the close up of the insects, especially the one with the slight drop of moisture on its proboscis (2:34). I was up in the north Georgia mountains last weekend, one day we may run into each other. Thanks for making my morning special. Bob
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Old July 21st, 2017, 06:15 AM   #7
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Thanks Bryce and Bob. With the GH4 I normally use the "vivid" profile. In post I will do a little color correction if the whites don't look right and maybe add some contrast on overcast days.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 04:36 AM   #8
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Again lovely work Mark. So enjoyed watching. As an aside, a question on Edius and G5 footage. Can you confirm that 4k footage can be imported and plays on the timeline without any form of conversion. Many thanks, Mick
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Old July 25th, 2017, 06:11 AM   #9
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Mick, I have Edius 8.5 Workgroup. Panasonic GH4 4K footage straight from the camera plays fine on the timeline. My computer specs are:

CPU i7 6700K
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Old July 26th, 2017, 03:45 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info Mark, very much appreciated.
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Old August 8th, 2017, 05:34 AM   #11
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Superb. There is some serious hours shooting in that!

Music choice was suburb as was scene change to it's flow.

I'm curious to know how you blacked out the background / lit the foreground at 2:28.

I use one of those camera's, I'm just off to delete all the footage and start again...... ;)

TBH, I love it but my biggest gripe is the rolling shutter on fast scenes. I can even pick it up in some of your scenes, is it there in the original footage @ 1:53. It aggravates the hell out of me.

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Old August 8th, 2017, 06:59 AM   #12
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Alan, thanks for the nice compliment. The lighting on the scene at 2:28 is just naturally the way the sun illuminated it.. At 1:53 the rolling shutter does not appear in the original. I guess I just got lucky with all that movement.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 07:42 PM   #13
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Beautiful bug shots, and the music pacing fits very nicely. It inspires me to get out and shoot some myself, as I also have the GH4 and 60mm macro.

One little bit of feedback on the editing. If a subject flies away, I would hold the shot a1-2 secs before cutting to the next shot, or it's a little jarring (e.g. 01:52). The eye needs time to settle before moving on.

By the way, did you do the creeping zooms in camera or in Edius?

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 09:25 PM   #14
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Thanks Nic, I think I will go back and adjust that cut point.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 08:57 AM   #15
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Wonderful work Mark, its always a pleasure watching your work.

The macro stuff is superb loved it all the way.
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