Archive for February, 2010

Canon 7D Timelapse Tests 001-006

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

A series of my first timelapse tests I attempted around my neighborhood this past weekend using the Canon 7D and Yongnuo MC-36b intervalometer.

*No post-work done on any of the pictures; I just used Quicktime Pro to export the original images into a Quicktime movie.

It was cool to learn about the whole process, from setup to shooting to processing. There are some master timelapse folks out there (Joe Simon, Philip Bloom) with some incredible work, please check them out.

Thanks to Jon Connor for posting up the link to an informative Timelapse Tutorial 🙂

Licked – “Smiling Down” Music Video

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I first met Marcus Araiza during the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project in 2009. He told me about a music video he was directing and wanted to bring me on as the editor.

When I learned about the details of the project, I was definitely on board. The name of the band is Licked, and the lead singers, Ben and Cera, share a personal bond in that they both lost siblings to cancer. Ben wrote the song “Smiling Down” as a testament to the struggles his little sister faced in the fight against the disease. The song and video were also meant to make people aware of the disease and the fact that children are diagnosed at an alarming rate.

It’s is a touching song and video and I am happy to be a part of it.

In my correspondence with Marcus, we were sending video clips back and forth to each other. I found a very useful way for him to suggest a change in shot selection by creating a picture-in-picture version that includes nearly every take for each part of the song. Along with timecode, this proved to be an extremely useful way for Marcus (and myself) to know what footage is available for which part of the song.

Even on it’s own it stands as an engaging video simply by witnessing all of the takes that occurred in one viewing. Enjoy.

Canon 7D Photo Tests

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

So, I finally got my hands on one of these fancy DSLRs that I’ve been drooling over and so far I’ve been pretty amazed at what this camera can do. Coming from the world of video cameras (the Canon GL1 being my last video camera), the amount of settings available can be quite overwhelming, but I’m enjoying the learning process. As an HD video camera, I still have much to learn and will post some test videos/projects soon.

For now, I wanted to share some select pictures I snapped with it in the last several weeks.

These were all taken with “default” settings, either with the included kit lens (28-135mm f/3.5-5.6), a 50mm f/1.8 prime, or my little cousin’s 24-70mm f/2.8L beauty.