About two hours east of Cape Town is a lovely little Dutch settlement called Swellendam. It is easily accessible through public transportation and is surrounded by the Langeberg Mountains (Marloth Nature Reserve), which has numerous trails for day hikes and overnight treks. You can spend the day at nearby Bontebok National Park, a nature reserve with hiking trails and animals that include antelope and zebra. Also a short distance away are numerous wineries along the Robertson Wine Route and many opportunities for horseback riding. Overall, Swellendam is a quaint town with a relaxing atmosphere including many family-run Dutch inspired restaurants in its humble downtown area. It may be the perfect stop for a couple days of of R&R on a more rigorous tour along the Garden Route.
This is a collection of some recent scenics I shot for stock footage sales. I recently got the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens. Its $1000 cheaper then Canons and the quality is excellent! I've used both and I cant tell a difference in the video! Plus...its black and looks like it's a part of the camera better then the white model of Canons. That white can reflect more in glass when you are shooting and just looks....weird! Almost all the shots are with this new lens, with a few Tokina 11-16mm F.2.8 shots in there as well.
Anyway, all this was shot on the C100 and recorded on a Atomos Ninja 2 at 24p. The overcranked shots of the water was shot at 60i and retimed in FCPX 10.1.
Nothing ground breaking here, just wanted to test the lens in the field and figured I'd make a little film instead of a "test clip" reel.
EDIT: CAMERA SETTINGS ADDED BELOW:
I love shooting fall scenics in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York! This year was a great one for color. I was only able to get out a couple times, but when I did the light was fantastic. This was all shot with my Canon C100 and recorded to a NINJA 2 external recorder. I sell stock footage online at Shutterstock.com so having all the clips already in ProRes is worth the hassle of setting up the external recorder. It also helps give better image quality for very highly detailed shots or shots with lots of motion. These are the ones where the AVCHD codec runs out of bits.
Specifics: Shot using a picture profile I cooked up that is a combination of some I found online and tweaked to my liking. Mostly based on the Wide DR setting. Color turned up some and adjusted for more red and contrast increased some, (black level and gamma adjustments). Further post color correction was done to get the most out of each shot.
Lenses: Canon 24-105 F4, Tokina 11-16mm F2.8, and most shots were with my Tamron 18-270 super zoom! I love that lens and while it isnt as sharp as the Canon, it gets you an incredible range.
I created a custom profile called WIDE PF, listing only my changes below- here are the settings:
Gamma curve is L:5, M:8, H:5
Gamma: Wide DR
Black-Master Ped: -1
Knee ON: Slope: -15 Point:109
COLOR MATRIX (This is the biggy) WIDE DR Gain:+30, Phase: +3, R-G: -20, R-B: +11, G-R:-23, G-B: -14, B-R: -10, B-G: +1,