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Plants are cool, too! Episode 3

Our latest episode of “Plants are cool, too!”  is now online!  This one was shot right up here in Upstate New York and features a plant called “Skunk Cabbage”.  Our host Chris Martine visits Rachel Schultz to learn all about this amazing plant that can generate it’s own heat and smells like a “Zombie”!  Find out how and why by clicking below.

 


Winterland: A DJI Phantom and GoPro Hero 3 film

A collection of Winter clips I’ve taken with the DJI Phantom Quadcopter and GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera since I received it 2 months ago. It takes some effort to get footage this smooth but it IS possible! Start with balancing the props! Many videos online about how to do it and it makes a HUGE difference. I picked up an isolation mount for under the copter, this keeps alot of the vibration from reaching the camera. Then I got an ND filter holder and ND filter for the Hero, this removes the last bit of jello in the footage!
Finally, I post stabilize each clip in Final Cut Pro X. Since I shot the footage in 1080 60p, I conform it in the timeline to slow it down to 50% speed, but because it was shot at 60 fps, it looks silky smooth!
So not quick, but this will get you the results shown below!

Isolation mount was purchased from here:
tppacks.com

ND filter holder from here:
snakeriverprototyping.com/shop%20filters.html

 


Silent Winter

Winter can be so still and quiet! Had some time to kill the other day so I shot this video, what struck me most was the stillness of the afternoon. I went back to Pt. AuRoche State Park in Upstate New York to shoot this. Same location as my Winter Solstice piece, but the same place can sure look different depending on the light.

I also finally got Magic Bullet Looks. Used it to add the vignette and to color correct these shots. Used it even more toward the end to add the soft warm glow to the footage. It’s a powerful tool but I see it overused alot. I’ll try not to do that even though it is quite fun to play around with the look of your footage. To me it’s all about enhancing the mood you are trying to convey.

Music is by Bill Douglas “Earth Prayer” from Hearts of Space records.

Stay warm! Spring is coming….so they say!


Ashes to Ashes

This is a collection of images I shot with the Canon 7D. I always try and make a short have some kind of storyline or meaning. Even if its quite simplistic.  This one isn’t so clear as some of my others! I guess it’s up to you to interpret what it means or is about. The title refers to the saying “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” which is said at funerals. The imagery of cemeteries sort of works in that context, as does the falling snow which looks like it could be ashes. A bit of a stretch I know but let me know what you think!

The matched dissolves to autumn where all done manually by eye, just returned to the same spot months later and put the slider in the same spot, framed similarly (no reference to the other shots on hand) and shot away. It actually wasn’t until I returned to the edit suite that I realized they matched pretty close. Certainly nothing like PLANET EARTH on Discovery, but I’m OK with how it turned out!