Since the dawn of man we have gazed at passing clouds and interpreted the changing shapes as things we recognize or imagine these shapes as possibly something new or mythical. "Dragon Trails" is about looking at fog drifts and suggesting this turbulence is caused by passing dragons.
Clouds and in this case good old San Francisco bone chill'n fog take center stage as the stuff that myths and legends are made of.
This video is my submission to the Vimeo Weekend Project Group's "Cropped Creations" due Tuesday, August 30th at 11:59 PM (EST).
We have had our share of fog this August, perhaps more than usual so I have been shooting the fog all month. On Thursday and Friday (August 25th & 26th, 2011) evening on my way home from work I was struck with an unusual opportunity to catch an incoming fog bank from the bay as it approached at close range to the El Cerrito BART elevated train platform. I had only a few minutes to take at best 2 or 3 shots each day as the light, fog, and position changed so quickly.
I shot these at 1080p at 15fps with a Nikon pocket camera (Coolpix S9100) on a spider pocket tripod and in post I was able to speed them up further so the end result is 8 faster than normal.
I would like to thank John Rofrano at Creative Cow and John Watkins of San Francisco for their technical support in solving some issues I had with using the Nikon .mov files in the Vegas Pro 10(d) timeline.
Camera: Nikon S9100
Editing Suite: Sony Vegas Pro 10(d)
Camera, editing, and music by Phil Loarie