I had an awesome time filming my niece Gracie and her turning 1 year old. She had a colorful candy themed party decorated by my sister and Mom in the style I knew they could pull off. It was really cool to finally hang out and get this video shot with some of my simple camera equipment. I did however use my Cinevate slider (atlas 10) to capture some really cool shots of her room and the best part was filming her eating cake for the first time. I am pretty sure her foot tasted the cake first but that’s another story. I also used my GoPro as a B camera to get those fun wide angles of everything. Check out the video and my beautiful niece!
I am still in shock that I get to participate in creating a music video for a very talented musician and long lost high school acquaintance Chris Ely. The first music video I get to participate in is for his song titled “Lost Souls” from his Album “Can’t Stay for Long“. You can find his entire album on iTunes and Amazon for purchase. Now back to the first day of shooting this music video. We had a half dozen dslr cameras on this first day. They consisted of Canon 7Ds, T2i’s, 60D, and T3i from what I remember. We utilized my glidecam hd 4000, my new cinevate atlas 10, a pico flex dolly, and multiple Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 monopods for shooting this day. I have to say that all of these things helped imensely with the production value but ultimately it was the creative eye from all of the shooters handling their cameras that made each take worth every second. Also, the entire band was a joy to work with especially when they recognized our equipment and talked to us about it. It’s surprising how many people actually know about DSLR stuff and have an interest in it. The guy in charge of this whole thing is Matt McDonald who I met at my new day job editing corporate videos for Cisco here in SJ. You can also check out his website here. We will have another shoot for the storyline of the song Lost Souls at the end of March. After that the editing (all done by Matt) should begin and be pieced together for a cool music video. I can’t wait to shoot the rest of this and to see the final product of our work. It’s great working with such professional people doing fun stuff like this music video.
Here are some photos of the shoot which took place at Westgate Church. All photos were taken with my iphone so the quality isn’t that great. But it is what it is. Enjoy.
Ok. I have to admit something. I like antique stores in Albany, Oregon. It’s awesome to see history from random families dating back to early 1800’s. But that’s not why I go into them all the time when I am visiting family. I think it’s the hunting down camera equipment that is really exciting especially when I found some amazing deals on lenses. The first amazing find was a Canon FL 55mm 1.2 which came with 2 other random lenses. They were all packaged nicely into a ziplock bag and labeled $15.00! Yes, only $15.00 for all three. But the Canon 55mm FL 1.2 was like finding gold. It’s my favorite manual focus lens out of all my lenses right now. Now onto the latest find from these antique stores. I was looking around and saw an old long leather lens case behind some glass in one of these stores. I thought it was going to be a really old and crappy lens and not a canon mountable one. Well, it was an old leather case but when the store clerk took the lens out of the old case I found a “PRISTINE” zoom lens by a company I had never hear of called “Asanuma”. This was a 70-220 3.5 with an older FD mount which I had an adapter for so I could use it right away on my T2i. The glass and lens body had never been used from what I could tell. Not a single scratch on the outside and not a single mark on either end of the glass. This lens even does macro and has a mount on the underside because it is really heavy. So, now for the price. Only $30! I couldn’t believe it. I tried not to act surprised but I couldn’t help it. I bought it right away and tried it out. Amazing! Here are some pics with my T2i and Seagull viewfinder (like Zacuto).