1. Blackmagic Cinema Camera vs FS100 Lowlight Shootout

    Sorry for the shaky footage at the FS100 part, but it started raining and I just grabbed the Fs100 and shot the rest hand held in a rush.
    I used a Samyang 35mm f1.4 at f2.8 and a Heliopan IR/UV filter.

    Lighting was the oil lamp on the table, a oil lamp about 8 ft away on the wall and a garden torch in the background.

    Changing the ISO on raw, doesn't make any difference, it`s just metadata (that`s the reason I just used 800 ISO), but makes a difference while ProRes recording.

    Of course I could have gone way higher with the ISO on the FS100, but why compare ISO 16000 to ISO 800?
    Regarding the speed of the camera, the FS100 wins hands down because of way higher usable ISO. It's the queen of the night, period.
    But the BMC gets a way nicer image out of 800 ISO, than the FS100.

    The grading was done pretty rudimentary. If I had used masks and secondary grading, I could have get even more out of it.
    But this is just to give you guys an idea, what to expect.

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    License royalty free stock footage at motionplaces.com

    Have you ever wanted to visit Big Sur? Yes or no, take my advice and GO! Call in sick or do whatever you need to do and go; you will not be sorry. I have been dreaming of exploring Big Sur for years now and finally did it! My wife and I packed our car and drove with no plans other than to end up in Big Sur. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway is an incredible experience and being able to really take our time and explore was easily the best start to a new year I've ever had.

    Trying to bring the Spirit of California's central coast into this film has been difficult. I've tried my best, but pictures just can't do it justice. No camera can perfectly capture the raw power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean or the feeling of standing near the ledge of a high cliff while the sun sets.

    I used my Blackmagic Cinema Camera for this film and the color and latitude that shooting in raw provides still amazes me. The flexibility that uncompressed raw gives you in post production makes the 1 Terabyte per 2 hours of footage data rate worth it. I also can't wait to use the new firmware that's been announced! Many more great options to expand the capabilities and improve the workflow. It definitely would have made this shoot a bit easier.

    P.S. If you can, watch this film with good speakers and turn it up! Be careful though, it gets much louder towards the end.

    Music: Time by Hans Zimmer

    Locations:
    -Big Sur
    -Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    -McWay Falls
    -Pfeiffer Beach
    -Partington Cove
    -Bixby Bridge
    -Point Sur Lighthouse
    -Piedras Blancas
    -San Simeon
    -Andrew Molera State Park
    -Pebble Beach
    -Scott Creek
    -San Francisco
    -Baker Beach
    -Golden Gate Bridge
    -Various locations along the PCH

    Camera and Lenses:
    -Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF
    -Sigma 8-16mm
    -Canon 24-70mm
    -Canon 70-200 IS II

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  3. Trace the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.

    Take the full Filmmaker IQ course on the History of Aspect Ratio with sauce and bonus material at: filmmakeriq.com/courses/history-aspect-ratio/

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  4. Update II: Check out my latest time lapse project: vimeo.com/simonchristen/timelapsecollection

    Update: Thank you so much to all of you. I am humbled and a little bit overwhelmed with all your comments. I am trying to answer all the questions (please keep 'em coming) but would like to thank each of you for taking the time to write a comment. I am reading them all. THANK YOU.
    Almost 3/4 of a million views and 10k likes in one week, I am floored. It truly makes me happy that my little film is able to connect with you and hopefully evokes the same feeling of happiness that I felt while shooting it.

    Thank you also so much to everybody that has left me tip. You are too kind!

    -

    It has been almost 3 years since I released "The Unseen Sea" and I'm excited and proud to share with you my latest project "Adrift".

    "Adrift" is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

    The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.

    I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.

    I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes.

    I am so grateful to Jimmy LaValle, from the band “The Album Leaf”, for composing a custom score for Adrift. Jimmy's music is fantastically beautiful and captures the mood perfectly. Please check out his website. Thanks again Jimmy for your hard work.

    I hope you enjoy the film and thank you for watching.

    If you like this short film, please consider using the Tip Jar below, proceeds will go towards the next project...

    Licensing: Adrift is copyrighted. All of my work is available for licensing under a rights-managed agreement. If you are interested in using any of my images and/or time lapse footage, please visit my website or contact me directly. Most of my clips are available up to 4K resolution! All of them support 2.8K and standard HD resolutions of 1080p/720p. Some of my favorite scenes in the film are also available as high resolution prints.

    Visit my website at simonchristen.com
    or follow me on facebook: facebook.com/SimonChristenPhotography
    or 500px: 500px.com/SimonChristen

    You can follow Jimmy LaValle's work here and get a free copy of the song: on.fb.me/1b6c6gy

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