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 had a lot of fun filming these old Lifeguard towers sitting in the bushes far from the beach. The beach was located over a huge sand hill or dune and the wind was blowing like crazy on the other side. You can tell it was very windy by watching the tops of the trees in the video moving around a lot where the towers sat. The beach scenes of course looked crazy windy which they were. This made it impossible to keep my wide angle Rokinon 14mm lens clean for each shot. Also, I carried my Igus slider and tripod out there to film this crazy wind. After the fact I figured out that sand isn’t good for either a wide lens (or any lens for that matter), tripod, or a slider. Although I do have to say the Igus slider did pretty well out in the elements because there aren’t any roller bearings to get sand stuck in. It slides on a type of plastic which doesn’t need any lubrication for smooth camera slides on the rails. The wind however did get in my eyes every time I tried to get shots of the sand blowing past me at my back. My body seemed to make a funnel of sand in between myself and my camera equipment. In the end though it was really fun to get these shots and make a fun edit to go with the images I captured. Music choice was from Artist: Mindthings. Album Life’s Path. Song Cold Water. Great place for Creative Commons Music can be found at http://www.jamendo.com and http://incompetech.com/
So I don’t usually talk about my family videos but this one is my latest creation and I have been trying to get a more consistent look throughout these videos of my daughter Tamara. I have used my Igus slider in a lot of my videos but my latest addition has been kind of a pain to figure out. It’s called a glidecam and the model is the HD4000 which is huge for a DSLR like the T2i I solely use on it but with enough weights added to the bottom it flies great. I think the hardest thing to learn is proper balancing which I know I don’t have yet and can’t seem to get no matter how much tweaking I do with the thing. It’s also hard to hold for long periods of time if needed and when chasing a toddler around a park is needed it’s a huge workout to say the least. I was sweating like crazy after 15 minutes with of course multiple breaks after every minute of use. I use an awesome lens called a Rokinon 14mm that is all manual with aperture and focus ring. I definitely think a vest and arm like the steadicam merlin combo would work for long hours of filming compared to my bicep/forearm trying to hold the thing steady. In the end I would have to say that the glidecam is a must have if you want some fun shots that are without a doubt steadier than just handheld. And it’s fun for the the toddler that wants chased around all the time. Now just waiting for daughter #2 to get here and it all starts over again. Here are some behind the scenes (BTS) pics while filming Tamara. She talks to my camera as if it’s a cute dog or pet now. I think she has more fun when I am filming than myself. Check out the video and you will see her cuteness for yourself. Video is below the pics.
found a nice Fd to EOS adapter withal glass element to help achieve infinite focus on my T2i. All of my FD lenses now work perfectly on the new Canon T2i. My favorite lens is still the 55mm 1.2 FL Canon lens which I randomly found in an antique store for $30 with 2 other lenses. Of course the 55mm isn’t a true 55mm on the crop sensor of the T2i buy it still creates an amazing image for video.
Now for my latest addition to my production equipment. It’s a Rokinon 14mm lens for Canon digital EOS cameras. I found it on amazon.com thanks to Emm at cheesycam.com. He talked about lenses to use while flying on a steadicam or glidecam like I have. I have also researched the prices of both the Rokinon 14mm and the Bower 14mm lens. They are identical lenses but the Rokinon is about $50 cheaper. The quality is really great and it’s all manual controls when used on the T2i which I prefer. I am already used to manual lenses because of the FD lenses I have been using over the past 2 years. I will have some video soon but for now here are some images.