Monday, 25 March 2013

Mid-march morning chill

This sunday was a bright, clear mid-march morning. Getting outside, however, revealed that spring was stil far away. Everything was frozen, and the wind was just ICE cold. 

This morning I set out to try shoot bits of video with my DSLR just north of Copenhagen

Equipment used: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm and 60mm macro lens, tripod, shot at 50 fps and slowed down to 24 fps in Premiere Pro  

It may look as if spring is on the doorstep when you see the melting icicles dripping..but it wasn´t spring :-( It was me, who pored water over them to make them look as if they were thawing. 

But we´re wating desperately for the temp to rise above 0 Celcius.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Feathered morning light

This morning on my way to the bakery, I just had a few minutes pit-stop at the lakes. It was freezing cold, the lakes were covered with ice, but the 8 o´clock morning sun gave hope, that spring is just around the corner.

I got a few shots of the beautiful seagull flying around in the clear weather. Often not appreciated because we have so ridiculous many of them around, these elegant air acrobates make it out as superb photographic subjects.

These guys move fast so be sure to set a high shutter speed on your camera to freeze the movement. Also, to avoid that the birds are just silhuettes when shooting against the light sky, try overexposing your shots a little bit.


Shot with Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm L, shutter: 1/1000 sec, f/6,3 ISO 320, EV: 1 2/3 overexposed

Shutter: 1/1000 sec, f/6,3 ISO 320, EV: 1 2/3 overexposed

Shutter: 1/1600 sec, f/6,3 ISO 320, EV: 1 2/3 overexposed

Although technically a flop, I quite like this image. It just doesn´t look like the other pics and the "out of focus" gives it some sense of speed and almost a dreamy effect.

Shutter: 1/1250 sec, f/6,3 ISO 320, EV: 1 2/3 overexposed

Here, I used a relatively slow shutter speed. The the movements are not frozen as with 1/1000 sec, which adds some movement and softness to the image.


Shutter: 1/200 sec, f/5,6 ISO 160, EV: 2 overexposed

Not exactly a seagull..but close..

Shutter: 1/1250 sec, f/4,5 ISO 320, EV: 1 2/3 overexposed

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Cloudy time lapse

Here is another time lapse composed of 3 clips shot in Copenhagen.

The clips were shot from our living room roof top window and from the alley in Assistensens Grave yard next door (where H.C. Andersen is burried). The last clip is made during the sunset hour at the city lakes.

The video is composed of a few thousand pictures put together, showing 25 frames per second. 
Check out the tutorial here to see how it was done.

Equipment used: Canon 7D with Sigma 10-22mm lens + 16x ND filter,
Hanel Giga T Pro II set to trigger with 1-10 sek intervals (depending on how fast the clouds move), Shutter speed: 1/20 - 1/50 sek at F/22 or F/8,
Software: Frames assembled in Quicktime Pro. Video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6