A couple of weeks ago I was in Vail, CO for my family's annual ski/snowboard trip. I was very excited for this particular time because I was brining along my Canon 7D to do some filming. Well, I didn't get a lot of time to shoot because I was either snowboarding or the light wasn't right. I found it difficult to film in Vail due to it's east west orientation and the incredible altitude. Most of the footage in this film was all shot on top of the mountain just before sundown.

All footage shot handheld with Canon 7D in 720 60P and slowed down to 24p using cinema tools. Zacuto Z-finder and a Fader ND. I did some minor grading in FCP with Magic Bullet Looks. I didn't want to grade too much because I think the original clips came out pretty good.

Issues I encountered:

You will notice that some of the shots are not in complete focus. This was for several reasons. I was using a new Fader ND along with my Zacuto Z-finder and I noticed that when the camera is not exposed perfectly using the fader ND, it is really hard to get pin-point accuracy in sharpness. I'm not sure what the reason for this is, perhaps it's me. Also, this was the first time I have ever filmed in the snow. I am used to shooting over water all the time because I make a lot of wakeboarding videos, and am used to the added glare, but for whatever reason I found it difficult to get proper exposure consistently. In the end I don't think it is a flaw in the equipment but with the operator. I guess that just means I need to get out and shoot!

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