Clear winter days are rare in Seattle; we generally suffer through the winter in a cloud of gray. A couple times a year we get a cold snap with clear skies, which bring out the sun, a welcome sight. This weekend we had one of those cold snaps and I found myself up early in the morning on a particularly cold day. What I found was eerie.
There was no one out. At all. Even the homeless who are up in the parks seemed to have retreated to the warm of the shelters. I grabbed my camera and headed out, trying to document the abandoned city, and what I produced was this weekend’s short, “Abandoned Seattle”.
A word about cameras: I used the C100 and a monopod here…wanted to keep it light so I could move quickly and get the shots before the city thawed out. It handled really well, considering the temp was below freezing the whole time. My fingers, on the other hand, were not so resilient.
To kick off this first weekend short, I wanted to complete a project that has long been on the back burner, neglected. I shot half of this short over the holidays when visiting old friends and finished the shooting and editing this weekend. We wanted to document a night out with a bunch of old high school friends but I did not want to attract much attention.
I shot it with my 5D and a 24-105 f/4, hand held with the ISO bumped up a bit. Almost everyone thought I was just taking pictures the whole night (I was too) and had no idea that this was also being filmed. I played with the edit a bit, some I like and some I don't, but it was fun to try.
Early morning in Paris. The city and its most iconic monument awaken as the day rises.
Shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH4.
Mode | Cinema 4K 4096x2160 24p
Lenses | Panasonic 14-140 mm, Panasonic 45-175 mm, Olympus 9-18 mm, Olympus 45 mm, Olympus 75 mm
Slider | Konova K1
Music | U137 - Watching the storm - Licensed through The Music Bed.
Grading | VisionColor Osiris LUT and FilmConvert