Dead Sea

I don’t carry a good camera with me all the time. A single picture from an iPhone is a hit and miss, but it sure comes in handy when taking panorama pictures, as shown in this shot overlooking at the Dead Sea. It pretty much shows grand bareness what we felt. For reference, this was a free public beach called Ein Gedi. The parking, however, costs 20 NIS.

The kids had fun, of course.

Light over Isawiyya (Time Lapse)

I always knew the technical side of time lapse but never attempted it since it requires planning and patience.
I want create a short about a village we live in, Isawiyya, an Arab village in Jerusalem. I wanted show beauty, but it doesn’t have any typical beauty shots such as water fall, luscious flowers or shoreline. It does have a gorgeous sunrise over Jordan and Dead Sea, however. I wanted to capture it in its maximum glory using HDR, showing every detail of light.

30 minute TV show shot with hacked GH2

We have been using a professional graded Sony camcorder to shoot 30 minute TV shows. The footage I’ve been getting was ‘blah’ at best. There is no shallow depth of field to speak of, and the excessive video noise, no matter how much we crank up the light, was driving me up the walls.
One day, I decided to shoot the whole episode using my GH2, figuring that it can’t be any worse than sony. It turn out a little soft, probably due to not focusing right on the money. Regardless, the show looked filmy compared to the Sony professional camcorder. The entire B-roll was also shot with GH2.

“That’s a RAP” Episode 1: Three-camera edit about graffiti

This shoot of the pilot show “That’s a RAP” was interesting since we mixed three completely different beasts; Panasonic GH2, Canon T3i and Sony HVR-Z5. Plural Eyes came in handy for matching up all the videos and a Zoom external sound recorder on the timeline.
I did a rough job on color correction in the beginning, matching up the cameras close as possible, thinking that I could fine-tune it after the edit. However, I learned too late that it is much more time-consuming to do it after chopping up all the clips and creating multiple nested sequences, so I left it. Note to myself – color correct first when the edit is complex, especially with multiple cameras and several nested sequences.
In overall, however, I am pleased with the way it turned out. Of course, it could be better, but the most important thing was getting it done in time. I am especially delighted with how GH2 performed for low-light indoor graffiti slide shots. Some of them were shot in ISO 1600 at f1.7 with Lumix 20mm Pancake, and they turned out crisp and clean. $7000 Sony HVR-Z5 is still giving us excess video noise problems. It needs to be replaced with either FS100; better yet, FS700!

Fence climbing goats

I was at Jericho for an assignment. As soon as I got out of the car, I noticed all the goats going nuts over all the greens. Some of them were ingenious enough to climb on the fence to get the best parts of the plant. I have seen mountain goats on TV, but I never thought domestic goats would do something like this. It was fun video’ing them for five minutes, to show the world that Jericho is rich with bible history and fence climbing goats!
The bible verse in the beginning was composited in with After Effects. I was polishing up my tracking skills with Mocha.