Getting The Shot

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get the shot, but sometimes it takes creativity and engenuity to get it. Shooting video underwater in close quarters is one of the greatest challenges I ever face, but GoPro accessories are really starting to shine here. Getting this macro video clip seemed all but impossible with nowhere in the system to place a small tripod while still being at the proper to level to shoot the coral, but with GoPro’s Three Way apposable arm, everything just fell right into place. Camera used was a Nikon AW130. 

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RC Monster Short Clip

Had some spare time yesterday and a volunteer to drive/run a second camera angel for me which always makes things a bit more fun in editing. The second camera in this case happened to be an overpowered Traxxas Revo running on Mamba Monster power with two 4S batteries. We started shooting with a GoPro Hero 5 mounted on board which was quickly bucked off. After which the Hero was used in static positions I would never leave another camera in while I shot some b roll from a gimbal mounted Sony A37 with 35mm f1.8 mounted up front. Editing was a simple process of refining our footage down to the best clips, and the result below is what we got! Let me know what you think in the comments, and keep an eye out for more coming soon.

Underwater Macro Shoot

Ive always got some underwater shots in the works either in editing or actively shooting. These images were all captured at Elite Reef of Denver, Colorado and processed through Lightroom. Images were shot on various DSLRs with lenses housed in a waterproof tube to get them into the water and below reflections from lighting. Settings priorities begin with a minimum shutter speed of 1/100th to minimize motion blur. ISO is set to 1600 to keep shutter speed up and aperture is adjusted for exposure of each shot while attempting to maintain a large depth of field. White balance is set to shade to help warm up the blue biased aquarium lighting. Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions. 

NASA Racing at High Plains Raceway Colorado

This summer’s racing season, I was lucky enough to spend a decent amount of time at several of Colorado’s race tracks with cameras in hand. Though I was there on a filming gig, I also toted around a couple of still cameras to capture some of the action as it passed by.

In most cases with this kind of speed involved, you’d look to freeze the action as much as possible in order to maintain sharp images, but really capturing the speed requires a bit of the opposite.

Keeping the cars sharp as they roar past but is key, but its the motion blur background which really gives context to the scene. This can be achieved by panning with the car as it passes by while shooting at a relatively low shutter speed.

Begin shooting with shutter speed set to 1/60th which often yields a soft car along with the background, so as you tune your shot slowly raise the shutter speed until you get the mix of sharp and blur that your after. This can vary quite a bit depending on the speed of cars passing by.

Images available for licensing at: Dreamstime