Author Archives: Swainhart Christopher

Can you say proboscis?

Can you say proboscis?

Last month I did a little project for the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati. It was shot entirely in 4K, and you can download the 4K file from Vimeo to see the added detail 4K offers. I have found that my YouTube version actually streams 4K and does a nice job of it, if you are set up for it. Vimeo is not yet streaming 4K as far as I can tell.

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Shooting the Newport Ragtime Band in 4K on Sony PXW-FS7

Shooting the Newport Ragtime Band in 4K on Sony PXW-FS7

A couple of friends and I ordered FS7’s about the same time with the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lenses. We were looking for a project to test them out on, and realized the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra had their 2015 Valentine’s Day Gala coming up.

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Monument Valley Meets Lunden Reign

Monument Valley Meets Lunden Reign

Last summer I was approached by Lora G. of Lunden Reign asking for permission to use my footage from Monument Valley. My Monument Valley Sunrise to Moonrise video on YouTube is now number one among Monument Valley videos. For that video I used Ferd Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite as a soundtrack.

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Chasing Eva with the Canon EOS 70D

Chasing Eva with the Canon EOS 70D

Breaking News Nov 5, 2013: Canon announces 70D technology added to C100 as predicted here on Oct. 8.

A year ago I migrated most of my video efforts to my new Sony NEX FS700. With its Super 35 sensor, auto focusing, XLR audio input and many other features I thought I had seen the last of my DSLR days. Such was not to be, and that is because of the Canon EOS 70D.

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Golden Hours at Augusta on the FS700 and C300

Golden Hours at Augusta on the FS700 and C300

As a HDSLR shooter I loved the footage and the ergonomics of my Canon 5D2, but was looking for the convenience, speed, and control that a digital camcorder offers. I spent most of 2011 laying in wait for the November Canon announcement of the Cinema EOS C300.

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Adobe Lightroom: Secret Weapon for Canon 5D Time Lapse Filmmaking

Adobe Lightroom: Secret Weapon for Canon 5D Time Lapse Filmmaking

Monument Valley Utah is home to some of the most amazing rock formations on the planet. This park is part of the Navajo Nation and has been used as the set for dozens of films and television shows. The “Valley of the Rocks” is characterized by clusters of enormous buttes, some reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

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Out on the Town with Eva and the FS7

Out on the Town with Eva and the FS7

My friend Mike Lawson was in New York in March 2015 for the first Sony PXW-FS7 seminar taught by Dave Kincaid at Abel Cine. I must say I am impressed with Abel Cine. They are a cut above all other camera outlets anywhere.

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4K Wide Angle Comparisions on the Sony PXW-FS7

4K Wide Angle Comparisions on the Sony PXW-FS7

I walked into Dodd Camera in Cincinnati and they had a Zeiss CP.2 sitting there so I asked them if I could borrow a tripod and do some comparisons between wide angle lenses.

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Shooting the Sony PXW-FS7 in CineEI Mode

Shooting the Sony PXW-FS7 in CineEI Mode

This is the second in a series, testing the Sony PXW-FS7 4K camera (part one here). I was shooting in Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory (much warmer, but I’m still indoors 🙂 ).  Much more light this time, not much to worry about regarding noise.

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Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera Test

Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera Test

This post is to give you my impressions of the new Sony PXW-FS7. I have spent an enormous amount of time, effort, and resources adapting my workflow to 4K. As a founding member of Early Adopters Anonymous I felt I owed it to my constituency to jump on board the 4K bandwagon.

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