Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. They do this through the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and other programs.
This film documents their annual fundraising event and celebration, called the Bandana Ball.
Venue: The Wild Onion Ranch
Video: Mason Jar Films
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas (RMHC) offers families a place to sleep, eat and relax while their children receive medical treatment at one of the area's nearby hospitals - an invaluable service for those during times of emergency.
Each year, RMHC of Austin has their Bandana Ball to raise money to support their endeavors. I had the opportunity to document the experience for follow-up fund raising as well as for promoting involvement in next year's event.
The 900 attendees of the event set the record for "Sponsor a Family" donations.
I shot solo, so I had to travel light and fast. I had to keep my backpack (Airport Addicted model) on me at all times since I didn't have an assistant, so that got a bit cumbersome. In retrospect, I might've left the slider at home, even though the shots from it look spectacular, just to lighten my load.
I also brought along a 100mm macro lens, but didn't use it. I would leave it home as well just to take off a few more ounces.
The 85 1.2 with the MkII was invaluable in getting shots in the dark corners: crowd shots at the auction and shots of people dancing. The 2.8 lenses, even with the MKII, couldn't cut it.
The 16-35 paired with the MkII allowed for fantastic establishing shots and to give a sense of largeness to the buildings and the crowd.
The 24-70 (with the 1.6 crop factor of the 7D) allowed me to film guests arriving without getting in close enough to be seen. If they see me, the think I'm a photographer and pose accordingly.
This was my first time to use a MarkII, and since I borrowed it from a buddy (thanks Jason Baker), it wasn't outfitted for a Z-Finder. I had heard that focusing is easier using the LCD on the Mark II (as compared to a 7D), and I found that to be true. However, if I owned a MarkII, I would get a Z-Finder for an extra point of contact on my body (more stability), and for making the camera look less like a photographer's camera.
In retrospect, I would've plugged the Zoom into the soundboard, but I'm always leery of hooking up to someone else's feed - putting my life in their hands. Since I didn't have an assistant, then I couldn't have someone to monitor the audio in, so I went the less risky route and put the Zoom near a speaker. I could always buy a 2nd Zoom.
I wanted to do a timelapse with my GoPro, but couldn't find a way to rig it to the tent. I had my automobile suction cup and my surf mount, but neither of those were the right tool for the job. I have a Gorilla Pod, but that won't attach directly to a GoPro. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to attach a GoPro to a wall, or to stick it high on a post?