Tuesday, December 18, 2012

First documentary shot on GH2 on television


The first documentary shot on a GH2 is broadcast tonight in the Netherlands, on Nederland 2 at eleven pm. The excellent documentary slot Het Uur van de Wolf co-produced the film.
(I believe there are 2 scoops:  the first documentary shot on a GH2 in the Netherlands and the first filmer with the name Wolf making a film for Het Uur van de Wolf (The Hour of the Wolf).)

The film is actually not entirely shot on the Panasonic GH2 because shooting with a consumer camera proved extremely impractical in many instances, especially when doing camera, sound ├índ interviews. About one third of the film was shot on the Sony EX1 and 3. 

Het Ritme van Elly de Waard is a film about Holland's first serious pop journalist back in the 70's and 80's who later became a poet and stock broker. Today, at 72, she lives with her wife and their Jack Russel in a beautiful home in the woods on the coast of Noord-Holland. Outspoken and uncomprimising, Elly de Waard has encountered much resistance to her persona and work, but she has stayed true to her beliefs and work, whatever the cost.

I made this film with my 74-year old mother, Deborah Campert, and I wish there had been a Making of... it would have been engaging viewing material..!

A dvd of the film is part of the book Vogelwater, for which my niece Frederique Masselink-van Rijn made the photographs.

Update: a compressed version of the film can be seen online.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nighttime with the Sony RX100

If the best camera is the camera you carry with you, then my iPhone should beat the competition easily. But accessibility is only one part of the equation. There's a few minor details like lens and sensor size, for instance, that one has to take into account when judging a camera's quality and abilities.
The Sony DSC-RX100 has the size and specs to beat any pocketsize-competition out there. In fact, it even beats entry-level DSLR's, from what I've read. This camera should be a killer in low-light, considering its 1" sensor and max aperture of 1.8. But how do these specs turn out in real life? I took the RX100 out for a boat-ride and into the night. Watch these few minutes of footage and you're in for some real fireworks...