Easily one of the most photographed places on the planet, Yellowstone National Park offers unique vistas in just about every corner. Of special visual appeal is the geyser basin areas, and of course it is also this area that attracts the crowds.
Idaho Falls magazine staffers ventured up to the park in late June for a little vacation time. (Funny how even the most obvious recreational pursuits still end up being work-related!) To say it was crowded would be an understatement. In fact, it was a zoo, and the featured exhibit was a prevalent species of two-legged camera clicker. As pretty as the scenery was during the daytime, the congestion was often overpowering.
But as the daylight waned to dusk, something beautiful happened. Yellowstone's most prolific critters retreated to their dens. And as the sky turned from a pale orange to an entrancing violet, we could at last hear the forest breathe.
And of course, it was a sight to behold.
If you ever make it to Yellowstone, there's something you simply must do above all else: Watch Old Faithful erupt AFTER the sun goes down. Even in the thick of peak tourist season, you'll be amazed how so few people would stick around to watch something so magnificent and beautiful.
Just one hitch: skeeters. Lots of them. Pack lots of spray and you'll be fine.
(Shot on a Sony Ex1r and a few clips on a 5D Mark II Moire Monster. Edited in FCP, Motion4)
For all the photography we do for Idaho Falls magazine, there's a lot more of it that you'll see destined specifically for idahofallsmagazine.com. In fact, we have a much greater deal of latitude in our online efforts just because there's no limit to the amount of material we can share (within reason, of course).
Beyond individual still images and full-fledged video presentations, we're excited to offer time-lapse collections with the new site. It's partly because time-lapses offer a fresh look at the local cityscape, but mostly, it's just because image sequences can look so incredibly cool.
Here's a sampler to get us started...
This is my first full-fledged test piece of the 720/60p mode on my new GoPro Hero 2. For 300 bones it's totally worth the expense of having it (or maybe a few of them) in the bag alongside a camcorder. The GoPro's combination of hd modes, fisheye fov, underwater housing and tiny size will make it a useful tool on just about any field project I can think of.
These little cams are geared hard toward action sports, which makes total sense, but I think a lot of videographers may be overlooking their usefulness for all kinds of event, construction and industrial shoots. And as I tried to show here at the opening sequence, it can provide an extremely quick and easy route to capturing a compilation of very short pov cutaway shots. That is actually the primary reason for which I bought it.
IQ seems better than the results I've seen of the Mark I version. I just wish it had some manual exposure controls.
Edited in FCP & Motion, 720/60p conformed to 24p thru Cinema Tools. Smoothcam employed at :42-47 but nowhere else. All "glide" shots were done with an old (and now very wet) Bogen monopod and 3/8" GoPro tripod adapter.
Music: Josh Woodward, "House in My Head" on Here Today, powered by Jamendo.com. jamendo.com/en/album/32625
Voiceover recorded to my Sony EX1r (onboard mic + a Countryman EMW lav.)
p.s.--I was skeptical about the suction mount, but it actually sucks quite nicely.