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Shot with my Sony HVR-Z5U at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Nov. 14, 2009. Color graded with Magic Bullet Looks 1.2 and Sony Vegas Pro. Music is from the soundtrack of "Il Postino," a Miramax film from 1995.
Busiest day for family and wedding photography I have seen in a while. I wanted to capture the fall colors before the leaves are all gone. I used only the stock "G" lens on the Z5U and its built-in ND filters, shot for a flat image and graded in post.
The Z5U has a 20x zoom lens and 3 ND filters, allowing really wide iris settings for great shallow depth of field. It also has a macro function which you can see in this piece: the sunlight through the veins of the leaves, which were just centimeters away from the lens.
I used a light touch with Magic Bullet, after equalizing the lighting in Sony Vegas, mainly using it to warm up the shots for consistency and bring more of a cinema-gamma curve to the look. I used a vignette on two shots and a shift-tilt effect on another, but otherwise no special effects other than light diffusion. The raw images are just a little more washed-out and cooler than what you see. I was really amazed at what the Z5 could do, with inspiration from Philip Bloom and all those using DSLRs to make movies!
The first part of this short features a Ginko tree next to the Rose Garden; the second part is all shot in the Japanese Garden. The BBG has a huge variety of Japanese Maple trees. If you look closely, you can see little surprises in the shots. Can you find the giant goldfish?