Tel Aviv beach, shot with GH4, colored with Da Vinci Resolve 12

Jonathan and Sonnie at a beach close to Jaffa port, Tel Aviv. The breeze from the sea was incredibly comforting.
The video was color graded with Da Vinci Resolve 12, which just came out. I had to try it since pretty much all the Hollywood colorists use it. The learning curve is steep but the power is undeniable. I didn’t spend a lot of time color grading this footage since I just wanted to get my feet wet. I will wait until the next project before attempting the power mask feature.

Dinner at Bethany

Just got a replacement rig (Panasonic GH4) for the camera that was smashed up a few months ago by East Jerusalem extremists. Took it for a test drive yesterday when we went out to celebrate Jonathan’s birthday at our favorite restaurant in Bethany/Al Eizariya (Arabic: العيزرية), Palestine.
It’s a pretty nice little camera – especially since it can record in 4K resolution.

1st Annual Isawiyya Run

1st Annual Isawiyya Run was the first of its kind around the Jerusalem area organized and participated by Arabs. The streets were packed and energy was bursting from every corner. Town’s pride glowed everywhere. It’s good to see such celebration in this town instead of the usual riot clash between the youth and the police.
This is a rough edit. I will probably polish it up with an interview of an organizer.

Mount Temptation

We were going to go fishing at a holding pond at Jericho today, but we could not get a hold of a friend who was supposed to meet us. Instead, we decide to drive by the Mount Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil after fasting for 40 days. On the way back, we took the backroad. The scenery was spectacular; dangerous looking, but beautiful regardless.
The second video shows color grading process of extracting color information from the footage what is shot flat.

License plate theft in Israel

We got our front license plate stolen this morning, either by some young punk or pros who steal cars for living. It didn’t really matter. I felt violated. I supposed it was a lot better than getting the whole car stolen.
After a little research, I found out that I needed to file a police report and get new plates made.
Filing a police report at a police station was relatively painless since the officer spoke pretty good English. I then had to ask five difference people on how to get to the license plate printing shop. That’s the thing about Israel. When asking for directions, plan on at least half of them giving you wrong/bad direction. Anyway, I found a place after zig zagging a few blocks. To my surprise, the whole process of printing took less than three minutes. Unbelievable. It’s the fastest thing I have ever seen when it comes to government related activities. I was pretty happy to walk out of there so quickly, even having had to drain my pocket of 100 NIS, given the circumstances. It sure beats waiting for my number to be called at California DMV!

A Hawk with built-in skydiving goggles! (nictitating membrane)

I thought I knew a lot about animals, especially the ones I grew up with. Nope, not even close! Did you know that some hawks, if not all, have built-in goggles? I had no idea! I know that sharks do, to protect their eyes when they pounce on huge chunks of meat and bones. Since raptors, especially hawks and falcons, dive at such high speed, they probably need a little help to protect their eyes, much like skydivers wearing goggles. I have forgotten my goggles a few times during my skydiving days. Yups, it’s not pretty.
Anyway, this video turned out crisp as usual using 20mm pancake f1.7. It’s an amazing lens for a closeup.

Fast yo-yo’ing at the Zion Gate

Jerusalem is full of history. There are eight gates in the wall of the Old City. Joseph thought it was a good idea to use all the gates to highlight his yo-yo skills. We started off at the Zion Gate.
I just got a new macbook and it can scrub much faster, enabling me to experiment more. I always liked fast cut edits, but rarely did ’em since it gets to be very tedious with slow computers. Now, that option is wide open!