The Elemental Project

  1. I have just returned from my annual trip to Norway to shoot the Northern Lights. This year I used a Sony PMW-350 with a NanoFlash and they performed superbly, which was just well as this year we were clouded out for all but 2 nights and even then there was a thin layer of cloud making the Aurora dim and diffuse. One of these days I'm going to get the funds together to go and spend a month up in Norway during the winter and really make a go of shooting the Aurora. It is such a beautiful subject and video cameras are now sensitive enough to capture many of the finer details that are lost with long exposure still photographs.
    The clips were shot using the Slow Shutter at either 32 of 64 frames recording 1 frame every second timelapse on both the 350 and NanoFlash. I did have to add in some gain this year due to the faint nature of the Aurora, up to 6db at times and as a result the pictures are grainier than I would have liked. Even so I have to say that the 350 is super sensitive. There was another person with me (Phil Clemo) shooting on one of my EX3's and the footage from the 350 is quite a bit better than the EX3 material shot at the same time.

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  2. This is a collection of footage from a year of travelling the world shooting all kinds on natural events. From Arctic Norway to the Arizona deserts I have been building up a collection of some of natures most dramatic events. The Northern Light, Tornadoes, Hurricanes are all included in this clip. I hope you enjpy it! I used Sony XDCAM EX1, EX3 and XDCAM HD cameras and travelled to Norway, Iceland, The Mid-West, Arizona and Florida. I flew over 30,000 miles and drove over 10,000 miles getting this material.

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  3. Iceland sits on a volcanic hot spot on the mid Atlantic Ridge, right on the Arctic Circle. It has an amazing range of landscapes from desolate rock plains to tall rugged mountains. As part of the elemental project we decided to explore Iceland, it's glaciers, geysers and of course the Northern Lights. All shot in 3D using a pair of XDCAM EX's

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  4. The UK had it's worst snowfall in 18 years on Monday 2nd of Feb. Parts of the South had over a foot of snow and freezing conditions bring the country to a virtual standstill. I took advantage of the conditions to get some more 3d Stereoscopic footage. This was the first time that I had used the rain cover on the rig and it was to be honest a complete pain. The cover makes it difficult to see the zoom, iris and focus settings. It also has a tendency to pull the lenses together upsetting the convergence. Anyway here's some clips. I'm off to modify my rain cover.

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  5. This is a compilation of some footage shot during a shake down of a new ruggedised and ultra portable stereoscopic camera rig. The footage was shot in the Black Mountains of Wales and on the Welsh coast near Porthcawl. The camera rig uses a pair of XDCAM EX cameras in a side by side configuration and allows for very quick setup and easy toe-in (convergence) adjustment plus the convergence can be slaved to the focus. This year I will be using this rig to film further installments of the "Elemental project" ( in 3D. We will be travelling ot the Arctic, Iceland, chasing tornadoes and hurricanes.

    The video is presented here as an Anaglyph for ease of distribution.

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The Elemental Project

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The Elemental project is a collaboration between photographer Mark Humpage and TV Producer Alister Chapman. Together they plan to travel the world capturing natures most spectacular events on stunning HD video and beautiful photographs. Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Lightning, Aurora and Volcanoes are just some of the natural events they hope to record.

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