Shot with the Panasonic GH1, this is a video about Hong Kong, the disorientating sensory overload it gives you and the dehumanising affect of extreme capitalism.
Hong Kong is the centre of global trade - capitalism pushing the limits, monstrous financial establishments have their base here and then there's also the full force of China behind it. You can feel the over-population combined with weirdly photogenic cityscapes. It's a strange city post-British empire and I wanted to capture all of this, with a sense of dread and dystopia.
The music is Radiohead's Karma Police, about disaffection with capitalism, the stress of living in an environment with hostile people and the experience of working in a large company. It's a very paranoid song, it's an anti-work, anti-boss song. I think it helps my images say what they want to say.
The video was shot with anamorphic widescreen in mind and the song right from the start, but not always with an anamorphic lens. I used some tricks - first, a very slow shutter to boost low light performance with the anamorphic lens, which could only perform at F4 or smaller apertures. There are also shots from a c-mount lens in there, I have always been a fan of how these small lenses look.
The video is a mixture of true anamorphic footage and cropped standard 16:9 footage. It seems to meld together pretty well.
More at the blog here eoshd.com/content/162/for-a-minute-then-i-lost-myself
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In the first part of the EOSHD HDSLR shootout, the 5D Mark II and GH1 go head-to-head on the streets of Taipei, often under a single street lamp.
Music is Chaos by New Young Pony Club.
Read more on EOSHD at eoshd.com/content/130/EOSHD-shootout-part1-5d-gh1
The above film was shot entirely on a Panasonic GH1. The film is about the people who visit one of Taipei city's oldest places of worship - Longshan Temple, to talk to God.
Taiwan's people want to be independent, but since they became a powerful nation with a strong economy China want a piece of the action - and currently have 1500 missiles aimed at Taipei. Longshan Temple was bombed by the Americans in World War II but rebuilt, as it had been countless times before all the way back to it's original creation in 1738.
This is a major capital city with a level of spirituality other cities could only dream of. Small island, strong hope.
Further information on the blog here eoshd.com/content/135/my-latest-panasonic-gh1-film-longshans-people
Panasonic GH1 test shoot in the city centre of Manchester.
I used a Carl Zeiss Planar 85mm F1.4, the famed portrait lens made in West Germany, for the brighter, sharper shots. You can tell the difference over the Canon FD 50mm F1.4 and F1.8 lenses which were used for around 50% of the shots although these are very good lenses for £40!
Music is Joy Division: Shadowplay.
At 99% of times I had the lenses stopped down slightly for a sharper image. The Zeiss was therefore at around F1.8 and the Canon's around F2.
You can see the outline of the Zeiss's iris in some of the bokeh shots. It's a beautiful lens - had for £170 on eBay.
The GH1 was able to shoot most of this at ISO 1600 with a minimum of noise: incredible little camera, and while not quite as good in very low illumination scenes as the Canon 5D Mark II it does have much better usability and I hope this quickly shot video goes someway to proving that the GH1 can compete on level terms with the 5D Mark II in low light, with the right lenses.
Shot in 720p with a 1/25 shutter speed (available with latest firmware).
720p, even on a 50 inch plasma TV looks as sharp as tack, highly detailed and fluid. Vimeo's compression introduced a bit more noise than you'd see on a TV or projector from the raw footage.
Interesting side note: whilst composing a shot the managing director of Panasonic Stores, Devon walked up for a chat and gave me his business card :)
Anyway - hope you like it!
In the war for light, which camera can take the most?
All footage shot at ISO 800 and ISO 1600. For one shot each I also fooled the GH1 into H1 mode (3200) and set the 5D as high as it could go on H1, which is 12800. Wow.
The Mark II seems to have more striking colour and picks up subtle shades in more detail than the GH1. But the image is somewhat over-sharpened (with plenty of moire), has a surprising amount of fine noise in some plain areas of the image, whilst the GH1's noise reduction has noise very much under control at the expense of detail.
The GH1's image is soft and lifelike but I find the high detail, dynamic range and vivid colour of the Mark II very pleasing. The GH1 does put up a good fight though and doesn't suffer from the 5D's biggest caveat (moire) nearly as much.
Music is Air Wars by Crystal Castles.
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great 6 minute world trip to the USA, South-America, China, Vietnam, India, South-Africa, Morocco, Ethiopia... 5DM2,5DM3,GH2, Hero3. THANK YOU!
Late night (re)connections between two (strangers), walking down Broadway, Manhattan, NYC.
A fashion short..
shot with GH2 Panasonic