Camera, Editing and Music by Leslie Atkins
When I got the bug to get a small dolly I went with the least expensive I could find, next to DIY. Enter the Zaza Slider. I've owned it for awhile now but until a couple of days ago still hadn't taken it for a proper test drive. The Masters in Motion conference in Austin inspired me to go out and do it. Mounted with a Manfrotto 501HDV head, it did take a lot of control to get steady moves, though I haven't tried any other slider so I can't compare the feel.
Shot early in the morning with a 5D, a16-35 f2.8L, a 24-70 f2.8L, and Fader ND's once the sun was bright enough. Shutter set to 30, variable aperture (b/t 2.8 and 8), tried to keep ISO as low as I could - though the last shot in the sequence (first one I actually shot) is cranked to ISO 3200 since the sun hadn't quite come up yet. It has lots of noise to show for it.
This was also the first thing I've shot using the Technicolor Cinestyle Picture Profile, to get a very flat image with better dynamic range than the standard profiles. I graded using Magic Bullet looks. I'll post a side by side comparison (graded/ungraded) later on. As for the pros and cons of Cinestyle... pros are the dynamic range, cons are the noise it introduces into the shadows.
Location is Rock Creek Park, in Washington, DC.