Let’s all just take a moment…

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog, Inspiration, Photography | 0 comments

Let’s all just take a moment…

To appreciate the work of J├Ârgen Persson in Smilla’s Sense of Snow: A lesson in lighting the human...

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Epic HDR as a method to pull stills from video with minimal motion blur

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Blog, My Work, Photography | 0 comments

Epic HDR as a method to pull stills from video with minimal motion blur

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Epic camera rendering still photography useless and it’s amazing and mind bending ability to shoot video and stills at the same time. Unfortunately, when you unpack this a little, you realize that the eye prefers motion pictures to be blurred and still photography to be sharp (with many exceptions, of course). I wondered if the HDR capability of the Epic might be a solution since it grabs the image with a significantly reduced exposure time – but grain might be a problem. Some people think the Epic can shoot well enough at 2000 ISO – I’m not one of them. So, I did a little test today. I used a stock Canon EFS 18-200 (not the sharpest tool in the shed) but I don’t think it will obscure the results. Firstly, in case you’re wondering if your Epic is as good at stills as your 5DMkIII, Auto Focus on the Epic is essentially unusable as a professional tool. Slow and stupid. So let’s put that aside and focus on the really interesting part – HDR as a way to reduce blur and get usable stills while shooting video. The first thing you will notice in the gallery below is that it totally works. The first 2 images are 2 stops different 320 ISO and then 1280 from A and X Tracks. The next 2 images 3 stops different 250 ISO and then 2000 with the shutter set at 1/96th. The 3 stops definitely do a great job of reducing motion blur from a pretty fast moving object. But with the reduced shutter speed, the video does have that Saving Private Ryan sharp feeling. The flower images are significantly less demanding on the motion blur (and this shot is really where a better lens would have helped), but it made for a very nice shot. Easy. But. Aye, look at the close up frames and you’ll see the rub. There is virtually no grain in the primary A Track images and there is significant grain in the X Track images. Even in the first running shot with the X Track at 1280 ISO it is significant and probably renders it unusable in many situations. Or at least a questionable solution for something like Wedding photography. We can retest this when the 6k Dragon sensor comes out, but for now it seems not quite...

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Some stills from 2010

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Blog, My Work, Photography | 0 comments

Some stills from 2010

Last week there was a call on RedUser.net for images originated on the Red and it inspired me to go find some of the fun stuff we shot last year. The parrot was himself such a work of art that it felt like all we needed to do was point and shoot – along the lines of “if you want to take a pretty picture of a girl, find a pretty girl and take her picture”. The actor in the middle shot was Lonnie Colon – a great talent – the street was downtown LA for NY. I was trying to capture the vibe of bopping through Washington Heights to D’Angelo’s Left and Right. The hospital scene was shot at a technical college where they were teaching surgical tech – location, location, location. Pulling these made me feel pretty good about our commercial work last year. All shot with HR 10-1. Now on to...

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Pinhole camera test

Posted by on Jan 15, 2011 in Music, My Work, Photography | 0 comments

Pinhole camera test

This is the first camera test for my next music video. It might look blurry to normal people – but for me it was a big success. Pinhole through black gaffer tape, R1MX 360 degree shutter, 6400 ISO. Many more coming.

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Americana

Posted by on Dec 11, 2010 in Blog, My Work, Photography | 0 comments

Americana

New sports footage from our shoot in Culver City Park – Red MX with HR 10-1. Very happy with this image…

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My Chemical Romance in NYC

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Music, My Work, Photography | 0 comments

My Chemical Romance in NYC

Just got back from NYC where I lit and shot the My Chemical Romance set at the P.C. Richard & Son Theatre in TriBeCa — been a while since I did one of these. MCR tore the walls down in full pop/punk fashion. Great show. You can see the videos on...

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