Running behind kinds with with the camera at their height produces magic every time. Using a wide angle lens lets you never have to worry about your shot (because you almost always have something).
One week ago today, I had the opportunity to film the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Summerside. I was working on behalf of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and since the couple was on DOF turf, I was allowed to be part of the media pool on Edward Cornwallis.
Here’s a quick edit of what I captured:
It was tons-o-fun. I was definitely jealous of the rest of the media that got to hop on a plane and cover the tour over the next few days.
I enjoy cooking quite a bit. I love taking raw ingredients, and then chopping and grating and mixing and slicing and frying and creating them into something new and tasty.
What I’ve never really enjoyed, however, is recipes. Sure, I know some dishes need their chefs to follow the directions step by step to a T, but I hate having to go back to a book or computer or phone to see how many teaspoons of cinnamon I’m supposed to add.
Therefore, I have a mental collection of what I like to call “unrecipes.” They’re simple, straightforward recipes that are easy to memorize but yield tasty little meals or snacks.
The other evening, I filmed one of my favorites: baked haddock.
I’ve always wanted to do a video recipe, and figured that an easy to memorize unrecipe would be an ideal candidate for one. This one is straightforward enough for any dude to make, and is tasty and fancy enough to impress even the most discerning of dates.
This video serves another purpose as well: it’s something of a pilot. I’ve wanted to produce a regular video podcast for a while now, and thought that unrecipes would make for a good subject. I’m soliciting feedback on whether folks would dig more regular videos like this one. Lemme know what you think.
A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Michael Ignatieff‘s office wondering if I would be available to shoot a short video of the Leader of the Opposition’s visit to Charlottetown.
I knew it would be an interesting shoot and a great potential client, however, I was hesitant to get into producing for political parties. While I consider myself a politically-interested person, I don’t affiliate myself with any one party. I can’t say I agree completely with any of them, and I didn’t know (and still don’t know) if producing for politics is something I was (or am) interested in.
Overall, it ended up being an interesting day, and I’m glad I did it. Mr. Ignatieff handled himself very well around the Farmer’s Market, and Islanders were certainly happy to talk to him.
My good friend Jason MacLean recently purchased a Canon 7D, and, with all the fuss I’ve been seeing about it online, I knew I had to try it out. Lucky for me, Jason’s a nice guy and lent me his new camera on Halloween night. I managed to shoot a couple of short videos with it.
First, while we were out at Rachel’s sister’s place that night, I shot a quick one of the kids (Wyatt still rocking the duck costume). It was fun, and the subjects were certainly cute, but I had to jack the ISO to an uncomfortably high 6400.
After we got home that night, I needed to try the 7D outside, since it’s known for its low-light capabilities. So I fitted my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 to the 7D and hit the streets of Charlottetown. I walked about, dodging dodgy characters, getting whatever I thought might look cool. Then I made this:
While the 7D is built for photographers first and can be a pain to shoot video on, it is a fantastic camera. The ability to swap lenses and the fact that it shoots full 1080p at 30 and 24 fps, (and can do up to 60fps at 720p) rivals some professional videos cameras that cost five times as much.
I’m looking forward to trying it out during the day so I can shoot as a more reasonable ISO and really see what this bad boy is capable of.