The Great Outdoors

  1. My first short using the Canon 7D camera! It arrived too late for me to capture the full colors of fall, so this is the tail end of the season here in Upstate New York. All the particulars are at the end of the video but I'll mention them here too:

    Camera: Canon EOS 7D in 1080 30p.
    Lens: Tamron SP AF17-50mm F 2.8 XR LD ASPHERICAL (IF)
    Highlite Tone Priority - OFF (To access 100 ISO)
    Picture Style- Standard
    All Shutter/WB/Aperture settings in Manual Mode
    Tracking shots using the 36" indiSlider Pro
    All color is straight from the camera, no post color correction.
    Shot in 1080 30p transcoded to XDCAM EX 35mbs VBR using MPEG STREAMCLIP.

    I LOVE this camera! I've been using my XDCAM EX1 and a Letus Extreme 35mm adapter. As I shoot scenics in nature, the small lightweight form factor of the 7D is incredible. While this was all shot in one loction in a couple hours, I can't wait to go on a serious hike with this thing. It'll be soooo light weight to carry compared to my other rig. The small size is also a treat for using on the indiSlider. I was pushing the weight limits of it before with my 20lb EX/Letus combo. I have an older MAC edit system, so I need to transcode all the H.264 files before I can edit, that is a time consuming process and a drag, but the footage is just lovely and worth the effort.

    Finally the music is from Digital Juice Stack Tracks buy out library. Volume #50, "The Country".

    I'll be shooting more with this camera soon as I'm still learning it. I need a Vari-ND filter for my lenses in order to shoot at F2.8 (when needed) and still keep the shutter at 60. Some of these shots used a higher shutter since I was using 100 ISO and F2.8. Without ND filters I had to increase shutter to obtain proper exposure. I only used 1 lens for this. The Tamron 17-50mm is perfect for most situations and I leave it on the camera all the time! If you can only get one lens, I highly recommend this one to start with.


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  2. Some shots of wonderful, unspoilt Latvian nature. Enjoy!

    DoP: Andrey Skripnichenko
    Music: Audiomachine - Maya

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  3. The best way to experience Kayal is to put away all gadgetry, lock your watch up, and take a stroll into another era. You can walk or cycle across the island, stopping along the way to say hello to the islanders. For those who love their me-time, we suggest a canoe ride on the soothing Lake. But if you truly want to live the local life, join a farmer in his fields, the fisherman on the lake, the toddy tapper up the tree or the womenfolk in their local festivals. From yoga to Ayurveda, day trips to Fort Kochi to midnight star gazing, the possibilities are endless at Kayal.

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  4. The southern mountain caribou herds in British Columbia are threatened and in some areas they have already disappeared. We as a society have said we’re not ready to let them go. Watch how biologists are working to bring these herds back from the brink. You can help caribou and raise awareness of the issues they face by sharing this video and learning more about the herd that lives closest to you.

    Commissioned by the 14th North American Caribou Workshop hosted in Fort St John, British Columbia in September 2012. Funding for this project came from the generous donations to the 2012 Caribou Workshop, you can see the list of sponsors here:

    Producer/Director: Taylor Fox
    Narrator: Rachelle Van Zanten
    Animators: Facundo Gastiazoro & Taylor Fox
    Editors: Nicole L'Orsa & Taylor Fox

    Taylor Fox
    Kieran O’Donovan
    George Faulkner
    Sean Kinney
    Cory Legebokow
    Rob Buchanan
    Fraser Macdonald
    Jeffrey Gollner

    Doug Heard
    Scott McNay
    Helen Schwantje

    Special Thanks:
    Conrad Thiessen
    Dale Seip
    Chris Ritchie
    Gwen Barlee - Wilderness Committee

    Ryan Madley - Quantum Helicopters
    Ken Knight - Pacific Western Helicopters

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  5. On a recent trip to Switzerland we took the ferry from Niederried on Lake Brienz to Giessbach. A short hike starting from the ferry landing took us along the beautiful river where many falls, both large and small, make their way down the steep valley. At mid-point we passed a wonderful grand hotel which overlooks the largest of the cascades. We continued on up the trail which crossed the falls at several levels and at one point allowed us to walk behind the falls with views of the hotel and valley below. On the return loop we enjoyed a glass of wine at Hotel Giessbach and enjoyed the views of the falls and Lake Brienz. For those who prefer not to hike there is a funicular that will take you up to the hotel.

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