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Lovebugs – C300 Macro tests

The sun was out for the first time since I’ve had the C300 yesterday so I decided to continue my experiments with the camera by donning the Canon 100mm L lens and grabbing some macro shots. I have to say that I’m really impressed with the images the camera produces, the detail is amazing and many of these shots would have been troubled by aliasing and moire on my 5D.

I decided to throw something together just for the fun of it rather than sharing another ‘test’ video, which it is really but maybe just slightly weirder than your average test video!

 

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New Video: Rio Harley Days

Here’s the highlight video from the my recent shoot in Brazil for Harley-Davidson

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14 day time-lapse – the result

Last month I wrote about setting up this time-lapse and promised that I would post the results as soon as I could and I’m now able to do so. I’ve had to wait for the footage to be approved by Harley-Davidson so I’m sorry for the delay, here it is.

So as you might remember I decided to set up my GoPro on a Cherry Picker overlooking the event site that was hosting the European Bike Week in Faaker See, Austria. This seemed like the best solution at the time and the initial results looked great.

When I left Austria I left instructions for the cherry picker to be lowered once a day to check that the camera was still functioning and if required to change the card, the latter would only be required once because the 32Gig card installed would last 10 – 12 days by my estimation.

Of the 14 days the camera was running there was really only once where a problem developed, luckily this was discovered in the middle of the day and as it turns out the camera only missed around 4 hrs. I’m not really sure what happened that time, the GoPro just locked up by all accounts, the time-lapse icon and the red light were no longer flashing yet there was plenty of room on the card and the camera was turned on.

When I reviewed the footage after returning from Austria I discovered a much bigger problem, and one that I had not considered. The theory was that if we raised the cherry picker to it’s maximum height each time the camera would end up in roughly the same position, and that part actually worked well, what I hadn’t considered though was that the hydraulics themselves could actually lose pressure over time!

Luckily the main parts of the lift that controlled the height were reliable, it was the very last part of the lift that caused the biggest problem. This last section effected the angle of the camera and each time the cherry picker was re-extended the last section would slowly sag, settling after around fours. The change was only a small one, 2 degrees at most but it was enough to make the results look awful when played back in extreme fast forward.

When editing the footage I had to keyframe these rotations out, I couldn’t totally remove all signs of it in the time I had available but I managed to remove the worst of it. You can still see the evidence in the results though so I’ll chalk that up to a learning experience!

I also wanted to remove a lot of the night time footage and after doing so there was a visible jump in the joins. I ran the results though the warp stabiliser in after effects to try and smooth these out and it did a pretty good job, although again not perfect.

So all in all I learned a lot, the results are not perfect but I’m still happy with them, and more importantly so is the client.

European Bike Week 2011

Filmed for Harley-Davidson in Faaker See, Austria during European Bike Week in September 2011.

Both the Sony EX1 and Canon 5D MkII were used to shoot at the event. The only lens I used on the 5D was the Canon 24-105 IS which I generally have fitted with a Fader-ND filter . The tracking shots were done with my Glidetrack Shooter.

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Croatia Harley Days

Filmed for Harley-Davidson in and Around Biograd during Croatia Harley Days in May 2011.

Both videos shown feature a combination of Sony EX1 and Canon 5D MkII shots. The only lens I used on the 5D was the Canon 24-105 IS which I generally have fitted with a Fader-ND filter. The tracking shots were done with my Glidetrack Shooter.

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