Tag Archives: Arts

Think you can’t make a movie?

So, you think you can’t make a movie because you have no money, no equipment, and no training…  Game over, right?  Try telling that to Andre Rettedal from Norway.

Mitch over at Planet 5D found this great story of a young man who dreamed of movies… In spite of not having what you think is necessary to break into the business, he had all he needed: Motivation.

With only his script and £3000 in his pocket, he left home for London.  He found a small team, and in 6 days he had his film!  But the amazing part of this story is that he sold his film at the Cannes Film Festival!

Andre Rettedal - Filmmaker

Andre Rettedal - Filmmaker © Denton Distribution

Click the picture to read a bit more about Andre’s story, and then try to come up with an excuse as to why you can’t get out and tell your story!


7D test Timelapse…

So I broke out the intervalometer and the 7D on the drive home a few days back, and tried my first timelapse video using the Canon…

My first timelapse with the 7D

Click the pic for timelapse awesomeness!

I realize it needs a b it of work, but I learned a lot with this first test.  I can see neutral density filters will come in handy, especially on bright and sunny days. I still need to play around a bit with shutter speed, ISO, and F-Stop, as well as post production…  But that is the reason why we play around and try new things!  I have an idea on what to try tomorrow…  🙂

TimeScapes: Rapture – Tom Lowe…

I just stumbled upon (not stumbleupon.com, actually found it myself) a stunning timelapse video put together by Tom Lowe.

Once I saw this, I knew I had to share it with all of you.  Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe this video…  Tom’s creative use of unique perspectives and powerful imagery really bring this short to life.  And the best part: This is just a small taste of a larger project that will be released shortly!  For more info, click here…

Creative timelapse using a Lensbaby…

Here is a creative timelapse video created by Shinnosuke.

I am a fan of both the creative Lensbaby systems, as well as timelapse videos.  I am looking forward to experimenting with my 7D and Control Freak to creating stills, timelapse, and video.  Shorts like these fill me with a lot of inspiration.  Shinnosuke did a great job editing this video together, as well as capturing a night time skyline…  Peaceful but energetic at the same time.

Amazing timelapse video…

…by talented photographer Dominic Boudreault.

One of these days I hope I can be half as talented as he is!

Amazing examples of HDR photography done right…

High Dynamic Range photography is an amazing way to capture images.  It brings out features that are normally lost in standard photography…  However, HDR photography can be overdone, and images can become over-processed and unrealistic.

Here are some amazing examples of HDR photography done right!  Enjoy!


A Back-lit Nebraska Storm: Image by Mike Olbinski


Canon HDSLRs used in TV show productions…

So a while back, I was commenting in a forum on an non-camera related site, advrider.com, that HDSLRs can do some things that video cameras can’t do.  The argument from the other side is that it was silly that DSLRs are now doing video, and that the two technologies should never marry.  Well, arguing on the net is pretty much a waste of effort on everyone’s part as you rarely sway the other party.

I do find it interesting that more and more major TV and film productions are starting to use HDSLRs for various reasons.  Here is a prime example:


Memphis Beat: HDSLRs in production

Canon's 5D mkII & 7D on set

Personally, I think it is a perfect marriage of technologies.  I am looking to pick up a 7D myself, and make use of both still and video capabilities.  I am primarily a still photographer, but I am also interested in video as well.  This gives me the ability to explore both in an affordable and creative fashion.