regional parks are scattered all throughout the bay area and they're just a drive down the road to just simply get away. it's as easy as loading up google maps and looking for a nice green patch, zooming in, and finding out how long it takes to drive there. it's one of my favorite things to do one the weekend and this time I decided to explore wildcat canyon in richmond. it was a quiet park with rolling hills full of fox tails, exotic dry plants, and even wild cows. if you hike far enough, there's a bench that overlooks the bay and gives the perfect view for a golden sunset.
what I really wanted to achieve with this short film was the use of narrow apertures. there's an obsession of trying to find the fastest and most high quality lenses (f/1.2, 1.4, 2.8) that honestly tend to take away the real detail in videos. I wanted to try and push the camera and use optimal apertures like f/5.6, 8, 11, and 16 in order to demonstrate that you can still achieve amazing bokeh and isolation even with narrower lens openings. 95% of the shots in this shortie are all narrow apertures and I think it really highlights that large, light-creating apertures are absolutely not necessary to make a great film. sometimes you just have to use what you have and experiment with settings that aren't necessarily the trend. I still will always love the light from a fast lens, but I learned that they work better as complement rather than the norm. it's very different from my usual run and gun style. all shots were done on a tripod and I just let the camera roll.
camera: canon 6d
glass: 35mm f/1.4, 70-200 f/2.8
location: wildcat canyon regional park, richmond ca
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