Averegten, a morning walk – November 23. 2020

A morning walk in the Averegten, Heist-op-den-Berg (B).

Unfortunately, I was too late though to capture the beautiful morning mist lingering in the woods.

I filmed this with my Blackmagic 4k.

This clip’s music is also a creation of mine.

Originally intended only for Instagram and my blog, I decided it merits a place on my Youtube channel.

Same world, other light

Filmed in infrared with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k and a Cokin infrared filter. I used a Nikon 50mm f1.8 and a Viltrox NF-M43X Lens Mount giving me 1 stop extra. Wide-open and at 3200 ISO I got an ‘ideal’ histogram. Less grain and a better black & white result.

Filming in IR with the BMPCC 4k

Infrared (IR) light starts in the high-red area of the visible spectrum at around 750nm and goes up beyond 1000nm. This light is not visible to the naked eye. The IR cut filter on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is weak and is susceptible to some IR pollution under certain circumstances. I wondered if I could film in infrared with this camera. I used a Cokin 720-89B Infrared filter. This filter only passes light at 720nm (high-red) and above. These are my first results. I did not bother to remove the noise as this is simply a test.

The lens I used is an 8mm f4 from SLR Magic.


Mushrooms – A beginner’s mistake

While filming these I made a beginner’s mistake.
Shortly after getting my Lumix GX-80/85 I personalized my camera. In fact the Lumix offers 3 memory settings.

I had set my zebras to 95% and didn’t think it trough really.

In the woods though there is less light but filming low to the ground for the mushrooms, zebras appeared where the sky showed through the leaves.
I set my aperture in accordance.

The result, as you might have guessed, is severely underexposed footage. I managed to kind of save some of it but on a huge screen there is a lot of noise and banding.

Lesson learned. I still use zebras but in a more thoughtfull manner. And I use a lightmeter when exposure is critical.

It is only by making mistakes and admitting them one learnes.

Filming with a smartphone and a gimbal

In August I got a second-hand DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a gimbal for a phone.

Shot on my Pocophone F1 at 1080p 240 fps using Filmic Pro for Android and the Osmo Mobile 2.
This is a first attempt using this combination. I also bought the Log v2 option for Filmic Pro.
They claim it offers about 2 – 2.5 stops of extra dynamic range and I tend to believe them. Shooting in Log offers some extra fine-tuning when it comes to grading my footage.

For a first try-out I am happy with the outcome.