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Plants are cool, too! (NEW EPISODE)

It was back on the road this summer to shoot a couple more episodes of our plant show!  This time we went to the central part of Pennsylvania.  These are always so much fun to make.  It’s a chance for myself, fellow producer Tim Kramer and host/producer Chris Martine to get back together.  We all used to live in the same area when we started this series, but now Chris and Tim have moved away.  Getting to see them and make these programs is like getting the “band” back together again!

Here is Chris’s explanation of what this video is about from YouTube:

“Many off-roaders think conservationists are all “tree-huggers”… and many conservationists think off-roaders are all “tree-killers.” But somewhere in between there is a sweet spot where forests are appreciated and cared for. In the case of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), that sweet spot might even help to reinvigorate a local economy.”

We met some fantastic people making this one including a kindred spirit in Lance Schwartz who makes his own videos for ATV Rider magazine!  He is in the video and was loads of help, and fast became a good friend!

Animals may get all the love on TV but……Plants are cool, too!

 

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Epic Great Camps in the Adirondacks!

Been having the honor and pleasure of shooting some fantastic camps/homes in the Adirondacks that are for sale.  My friend Nick Politi of Merril L. Thomas Inc. asked me to shoot some of them.  The first two here were just set to music.

This third one however the owner agreed to be interviewed for a more documentary styled video.

I hope you enjoy them and if you decide to buy one from seeing it here first…I’d be more than happy to come stay and film some more!  🙂

 


When the Cold Wind Blows-Scenic video

Shot this a few months ago but forgot to post it!  Was having fun shooting snow falling at 120 frames per second on the SONY A6300.  When played back at 24fps, or normal film speed, you get very smooth 1/4 speed slow motion.  This was shot out at Pt AuRoche state park near Plattsburgh, NY.


4K video production!

I’ve been waiting to get into 4K video for a little while now.  Not that my clients were asking for it, but that I LOVE technology and always try and stay on the front line of it. I shoot and sell nature stock footage as well as make scenic shows that run on PBS. It was a natural fit to start shooting nature in 4K.  The price to get into it was always quite steep.  However leave it to SONY to bring the price of entry down.  Their mirrorless cameras have been all the rage and the Sony A6300 has some of if not THE best 4K video out there.  And it is under $1k!

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Did I mention it is downright TINY!!  This is a camera that can easily be popped into a backpack and hiked around without causing any back issues.  I have added a few accessories to it but overall, this little baby can sure shoot some amazing 4K video!

This video also features the Edelkrone Slider Plus with Action and Target modules. (all seen below)  I’ll do a full blog post on that soon as it truly is amazing at what it can do!sliderpluspromo_01

Check out this video out in 4k if you have the connection speed. (Click play, then where it shows a little wheel with HD in lower right corner, click that and select Quality then 2160p, then zoom it up by clicking the square in the far right corner).

 


Short film “The Country Life”

This is a collection of clips for a documentary I am making on William Miner of Chazy, NY.  He was a philanthropist from the turn of the century who made his fortune in the railroad industry.  He developed a state of the art farm in the early 1900’s that still is functioning today.  It will be a historical documentary on his life that should be completed in late 2015.  These clips were shot with the Canon C100 and recorded on a Ninja 2 recorder.  Shot mostly with the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 IS lens.  I love that lens for getting telephoto shots!  It’s tack sharp and very fast and clear at f2.8.

This is a slower paced short, to match the feeling of a lovely country farm in the heat of summer.  Pour a glass of cold iced tea and enjoy!

 


“A Simple Beauty” Scenic nature film

This is a collection of some recent scenics I shot for stock footage sales. I recently got the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens. Its $1000 cheaper then Canon’s 70-200 and the quality is excellent! I’ve used both and I cant tell a difference in the video! Plus…its black and looks like it’s a part of the camera better then the white model of Canons. That white can reflect more in glass when you are shooting and just looks….weird! Almost all the shots are with this new lens, with a few Tokina 11-16mm F.2.8 shots in there as well.

Anyway, all this was shot on the C100 and recorded on a Atomos Ninja 2 at 24p. The overcranked shots of the water was shot at 60i (Shutter speed of 120) and retimed in FCPX 10.1.

Nothing ground breaking here, just wanted to test the lens in the field and figured I’d make a little film instead of a “test clip” reel.

 

 


Focusing on…Nature Photography!

I’ve been shooting more and more stills with my DSLR  Canon 7D lately.  It started with getting Lightroom and Photoshop leased for $10 a month.  I really needed Photoshop for the Charles Steinmetz documentary I was editing to clean up all the old archive photos.  Once I had the programs, I started watching online tutorials (can never stop learning) and was intrigued by what these two programs could do.  I never shot much in the RAW format, I found the files too big and the workflow too cumbersome, but with the new software, the image possibilities were to enticing not to give it a try!  What RAW does is basically record on your CF card the exact data that is hitting your cameras sensor.  This allows you to change almost any setting after the fact!  You can adjust color balance, exposure, sharpness, bring back detail in the white parts, pull up detail in the shadows etc…  It basically allows near complete tweak-ability  after you get back from shooting.

 

In the past you had to expose for the highlights and let the rest go into darkness, or expose for the shadow areas and the highlights would get blown out, but now you can get both to be properly exposed by shooting in RAW and tweaking in Lightroom and Photoshop after the fact.  Is it “cheating”?  I guess in a way…however it allows me to present the image closer to how I saw it in the filed, which before was always a compromise.  Some times I do “paint” the image up with some added highlights and shadow areas to give it interest that werent really like that in the original scene, but to me it’s almost a blend between painting with paints and photography.  It’s an artistic interpretation that is opening up a whole new level of “fun” for me!  Here are a few examples:  Click on them for larger views!

 

 

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