Friday, October 29, 2010

Follow Focus DIY dry-erase marker loop

This is a short little tutorial on a solution I came up with for a convenient and inexpensive way to mark focusing points on cinematic-type projects. The basic premise for the focusing came from a posting by Andrew Wilson at . I've added to that by adding a dry-erase method for placing focus points.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Third Ave Bridge

This is a video postcard of scenes around the Third Ave. Bridge near downtown Minneapolis.

Equipment used include a Canon T2i, Canon 100mm f/2.0, Canon 50mm f/1.4 and Tamron 17-35 SP f/2.8-4.0.

Music is from Kevin MacLeod at Kevin provides a wonderful service of providing royalty-free music. You'll see a lot of his stuff on the net.

I had a little bit of fun in post production adding graduated tints to enrich the skies in a couple of takes. Amazing how the little tweaks can add so much polish to a project.

This was shot with a standard camera tripod, making smooth pans pretty difficult. I've just added a wonderful new Chinese-made Weifeng tripod and fluid head to my arsenal. It's really a beautiful piece of equipment. I can't wait to show everyone how it works in an upcoming project.

Monday, October 11, 2010

36 Views of the IDS Center

A monumental project--capturing 36 unique views of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Inspired by Hokusai's classic woodcut series, "36 Views of Mount Fuji," this series will likely extend beyond 36 images, just as was the case with Hokusai's work.

Since this project was completed there are several new architectural showpieces in the Twin Cities that I'd love to include int the series. This includes the beautiful new Target Field and TCF Stadium at the U of M.

A version of this series was posted on Youtube several years ago, but that was before HD resolutions were available. The set has been re-edited and compiled for a higher quality viewing experience.