During a torrential downpour at Robert Frost Farm, I ventured into the forest which hides a frog pond and decided to film Bullfrogs in slowmo using my Photron Fastcam BC2 HD camera. In hindsight I should have at least bought an assistant as the rain was severe and the gear was heavy and awkward to carry by myself. Also I had to make a custom rain cover for the camera, Pix240i and the lens.
As a kid I always wanted to shoot wildlife documentaries, etc as Wild America and other shows were my favorite when I was allowed to watch TV. This is actually harder in real life.
Being that there was little light to work with I was shooting at 2.8 wide open and 1000fps was the highest frame rate I could go in regards to exposure. Since my lens was a 300mm the depth of field was literally 2-4mm in some of the shots which you can see when the frogs jump or if you look at the background to foreground relationship. I am pretty happy with the result and I can only get better being this is my first attempt at high-speed animal filming.
Actors: Frogs, mosquitos
Camera: Photron Fastcam BC2 HD / 2K high-speed camera
Lens: 300mm Tamron SP in OD Green with Nikon Adaptall 2 mount
Recorder: Sound Devices Pix 240i
Format recorded: 10-Bit 1080p to ProRes HQ
Slider: Kessler Crane Carbon Fiber Stealth
AC, grip, gaffer, sound recordist, PA: None
Music is licensed via: Audio Jungle
Music Author: RalphSd
Licensee: Michael Sutton
Song: Death and Decay
Sound effects mixed by Michael Sutton
Produced for: frozenprosperity.com
Mike at frozenprosperity dot com
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