Friday, September 11, 2015

Sony A7S Mark II - Sony wants to eat my wallet, again.

After all the excitement about the Sony FS5, I completely forgot the A7S Mark 2 pictures I made, although they're not as exciting as the FS5 photo's. It's basically the A7S with a different sensor with ISO 4 million (no, it's actually a mere 409600, see pictures below...) and x-ray vision. And built-in image stabilization.
Who needs a camera like this? We all do! And who doesn't have threethousandfourhundred euro's lying around, doing nothing...? Or should I just rent?

The Sony FS5: a huggable little powerhouse, pics from IBC!

Saw the Sony PXW-FS5 this morning at IBC. Really quite charmed by this little camera. I've been eyeballing the FS7 but this one's more in my budget- and a lot more stealth!

It handled well in as far as I was able to handle it while attached to a metal and electronic cable (the camera, that is...). Eyepiece was ok and the viewfinder nice- I'm sure someone will develop an eyepiece for the LCD screen which will give you an even better and bigger viewfinder.

Nice feature is the ability to magnify the image for focus check during recording and actually move arouind the magnified screen. Recording on SD cards! Built in ND-filters!

Here are some gearhead snacks:

And Sony said we didn't need a rig!

This camera was not meant to be rigged, at least not like this...

Monday, August 24, 2015

The best Sail 2015 - time lapse video

A few days ago I saw a few time lapse video's of Sail 2015 that were labeled as The Best of Sail 2015. Too bad I didn't publish my video until yesterday ;-)

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Eiffel tower CANNOT be filmed without a permit!

I was in Paris, France a week ago and made some shots of the Eiffel tower, along with 100.000 other tourists. I made one panorama shot on a particularly nice evening around sunset, looking over the city from a tall building. Violet and orange light at the horizon. The city lit up with little lights...

I submitted this shot to Shutterstock but it was rejected because I didn't mark it as ' editorial'. Since when is a wide panorama shot of a city 'editorial'? I decided to do some research and it turns out that the Eiffel tower at night is off limits because 'the lighting of the Eiffel tower' is copyright protected?! So a shot of the tower in the daytime is no problem but sharing a video or picture taken at night without permission could get you sued- be warned!

This is the clip I'm talking about: don't tell anyone about it...
I was able to sneak this shot in at Pond5 where you can buy it royalty free, or you can contact me for great deals and more Paris footage.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Money Shot!

What makes you feel better than a real pile of good old paper money? I could think of a few things but it certainly ranks high up there in the feel-good-department.

So I decided to film a big pile of money and sell it. (the footage, not the content)


Play it at a decadent party, use it as inspiration or watch it in times of hardship! Check out my 4K stock footage and more Money Shots here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Nosh the incredible camera dog

Nosh wearing a harness and her camera of choice, the GoPro 4 Black

Dog cam footage is available at Shutterstock. Buy a clip and get a free bone.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Why high resolution in video works.

Here's a great example of where high resolution works, especially in combination with time lapse photography.

I talked my way into a restricted private apartment building to be able get this shot and am particularly pleased with the composition, light, the colors and detail. Everything falls into place here. I also made a 4K video recording of this scene but it adds a crop factor. Only in photo mode do you get this super wide view- and the action. Shot this with the Panasonic GH4 and the 12-35 f2.8. View full screen on a 5K monitor! Or better even: buy it on Pond5 or contact me directly for a discount price.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New acquisition: the Olympus 45 mm 1.8 for Micro Four Thirds

This is a really small, fast, lightweight lens I bought for interviews with my Panasonic GH4. Here I was trying to do an interview with my dog Noshie which didn't work out too well... So I just told her to sit still and be pretty, for which she has great talent, as you can see.

I love the image that comes out of this lens and I plan to carry it around a lot more. Weighing in at about 100 grams, you won't even notice it's in your bag. For the 250 euro's, it's a bargain and a worthy supplement to my Panasonic 12-35 mm F2.8. and Canon 70-200 F4 in combination with the MetaBones Speedbooster.

I've been putting a lot of footage on stock sites recently: this and a lot of older footage can be seen on my account under the name ImagineVideo at Pond5.

Monday, March 9, 2015