About a year ago I received an intriguing email from Nikon Tokyo asking me if I would have the time to participate in a special project. Little idea did I have that a few months later I would have the honor to be the first photographer to shoot the new Nikon D600 in the field. From the beginning it was clear to me that I wanted to create a powerful video along with the images and asked my brother Salomon Schulz, who specializes in film-making, to be part of the team to create the official Nikon D600 Movie.
Looking at the specs of the D600, we realized this was an extremely versatile camera. That is the reason why we wanted to test the camera shooting landscapes and wildlife, from the deserts of the South West to the mountains of Alaska, and that in winter time.
For us photography is a passion that goes far beyond the technical aspects of a camera. It is about experiencing the natural world.
In "CHASING THE LIGHT" we wanted to get the feeling across what it is like to head out into the wild to document the natural world. We wanted everybody who likes nature photography to see themselves in this film and say: It is about time I am getting out into the field again. I hope this film does this for you!
"Yeah right, two brothers ....... and a hellofa big budget production crew ... "! is one of the comments I just read below the released Nikon D600 D-Movie "CHASING THE LIGHT". I guess this is the best complement to me and my brother Salomon. The truth is, it simply was just the two of us filming this movie.
It sure was not easy, especially as we covered such a broad area, focusing on landscapes and wildlife between California and Alaska, constantly looking for unique angles and special light. Throw in the timelapse at night and you can imagine how little sleep we got. Watch the Nikon D600 "Making of" movie to get some insight.
If you have not seen "CHASING THE LIGHT" yet, the official Nikon D600 Movie go here: vimeo.com/49436646
Just a short clip testing out the new Nikon D600 video capabilities. Using a Sigma 150mm macro lens, I captured the take off of a young damselfly. (Sort of) even at 60 fps and retiming in FCPX, it's difficult to capture the damselfly flying off the blade of grass. They are extremely fast!
Here's an video where i have tested different ISO sensitity levels in the video mode
of the new Nikon D600. Watch yourself! The ISO levels tests on the D600:ISO 160, ISO 320, ISO 640,
ISO 1250, ISO 5000, ISO 6400, ISO 8000,
This is a Video noise test.