The Soca River in north-western Slovenia is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the locals call it 'the land of living water'. On a brief visit in April 2010 I decided to hike up the river and try to catch some of its life and mood.
The air and light was very clear and sharp, and I decided I wanted to catch the river in greater detail than the standard 1080p my 7D shoots, so I used stills mode. The camera's fast jpeg frame rate gave me super sharp 18mpx video at about 10fps. Shot with just the basics (at the time I had no grip or tripod, no focus loupe and no lens extras), this is the result.
While it is far from perfect, with a wobbly camera and inexact focusing, it has a homemade super8 feel that I like. Attempts to reduce the flickeriness using frame blending and pixel motion gave a mixture of results, but in the end I preferred the simplicity of 12fps.
• Shot on Canon 7D in full res jpeg mode
• Canon EF USIM 16-35mm L f2.4
• Canon EF USIM IS 24-105mm L f4
• Made in Premiere Pro
• Graded in After Effects with built-in plugins and Colorista Free.
• Music is 'Into Dust' by Mezzy Star