Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mega Rave Video

I have put together a mixture of stills and video clips from the Paris "Mega Rave" Its a fun subject as it differs from my usual subject matter ( ..mountains... ) Its great having the ability to shoot high quality video and stills from the same body, in my case I'm currently using a prototype 500D as my second body, it goes out with me on days when I don't have a clear idea of what I want to shoot and tends to capture more oddities and random moments than the 1Ds does.

"Mega Rave" from Anton Nelson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Paris Megarave

On Saturday I accidentally wondered into a giant street party. The event was a warm-up parade for a giant "Mega-Rave" being held in the centre of town, all the big radio stations in Paris had Techno DJ's out on floats blasting out dance music at full volume and every teenager in Paris was out on the street drinking, dancing on bus stops.. it was crazy!

I took the 500D (Pre-Production) to Paris, I was going to take the 1Ds but I really wanted the choice to shoot a bit of video so I went with a smaller body and took some extra glass, as usual all post done in Aperture 2.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And I'm back... well not really

UPDATE: This is a sample from a pre-production BETA camera, sorry about any confusion - long day

I have returned form VISA but I'm still abroad, I have been delivering video training in Dublin on Final Cut Studio and the new Canon 7D.

I was lucky enough to be one of the first to use a prototype of the new camera on the day of launch and have been blogging various technical specs of the video function on my Vimeo account:

Canon 7D BETA Technical

I have also been experimenting with the stills function of the camera, this shot was taken in .jpeg at 640 ISO with a 1.4 50mm (The RAW format is not publicly available as an API for Aperture) and then converted to black and white in Nik software's Silver FX Pro for Aperture. Its a very nice camera to use, ergonomically the new on/off button on the back is easy to get to and the new set of menu access points on the back (arranged like an interactive map) make setting custom buttons a dream. I have yet to use the accelerometer functions (horizon line adjustment) but I imagine it will be useful if I do any landscape work with it.