Rain or Shine we Ride, it is what we love to do. I had an opportunity to shoot some great bike, riders and wonderful weather in the hills of Southern California, video to come soon!
Sometimes it is nice to bring along some gear with you on vacation for that "Just in case" shot. I wanted to practice my piloting skills so I brought my Phantom 2 Vision + to Baja to shoot some of the beautiful scenery that we had around us.
In July of of 2015 I was asked to be a part of a Team to travel to Kenya and Mozambique and offer help to those in need as well as capture the journey on film. It was an incredible opportunity to meet some beautiful people and help provide water, food and Love.
I was asked to return to Kenya early in the next year and shoot a documentary of the Masai people in Kenya which will be incredible to go back and be in this beautiful place again.
There are only a few extreme racing events left in the world due to the nature of the events, they are dangerous and exciting. I was asked to capture this incredible event with the Roland Sands Design team and Victory Motorcycles to produce a series on their Project 156.
Working at 14,000 ft added challenges to logistics as well as our battery life with the extreme cold. But everyone had smiles on their faces and did not mind the 2AM call times to get out on the mountain.
Watch some clips from the films here
Motorcycles are FUN, one of the best physical forms of what freedom feels like. Capturing the excitement and enjoyment from them is also an incredible experience and is even better haloed by spending it with a great crew and amazing riders. It was wonderful working with the RSD crew out at Willow Springs racetrack in Lancaster on a nice warm and sunny winter day in California.
I primarily shot on the Canon C100 and tested out some Rokinon glass to see how it would perform in more exciting situations than on a tripod. I had a second camera as a 6D on a jib and Glidecam for various shots on the day, but nothing can beat just capturing the laughs, racing and pure fun of what the day entailed.
Church bells ringing is a sign of happy people getting married. I was fortunate enough to shoot down in Newport Beach with one of the most amazing couples I know. As a part of our endless summer in California, the day was beautiful with a sunset and warm weather to just enjoy the time both shooting and talking with them.
Find someone you love and hold onto them and never let them go, but take lots of pictures too.
I love California and I am very lucky to live in this part of the world where there is so much to offer for the things I love to do. You could be surfing in the morning and snowboarding in the afternoon all in a days work.
With some great weather, I have been able to shoot at the beach in the warm sun for an extended summer this year which has just been wonderful. For this session, Mother and Daughter were great to work with and just showed their love for each other.
Travel is so much fun, I am sure most people would agree, however sometimes to travel with gear can be tough. For this shoot I was required to have a big array of gear both for video and for riding. For this trip I had....
-Moto Gear, Helmet, Riding Jeans, Jacket, Gloves and boots
Wow, a lot right? It turns out that there are some good options, I use a Pelican 1510 Case for my camera and glass which is a little heavy when you add it all together, but you can almost always bring it on the plane with you and it fits nicely around airports. For everything else, I stuff it into a big duffel bag and place 50% of my batteries in that bag to save on weight which does seem to help out quite a bit.
If you are going to travel, and shoot, be sure to also check the local laws on bringing gear as many countries do not like you bringing "Pro" gear in without the proper paperwork.
Shoot, edit, repeat.
love, marriage, baby carriage. There is something great when you have a great location for a wedding. The Corteneros inn located in Napa was beautiful and had the right amount of rustic.
For this wedding we were putting the C100 to the test with great highlights to be had in the clouds and nice dark green rolling hills that set the scene in the apple orchard surrounded by great vineyards.
despite the rough weather the night before, we were lucky to have a beautiful sky the day of the wedding.
Rolled the Dice
I finally made it happen, I purchased the Canon C100! After that, I now have not looked back and I have been more than happy with this camera that is perfectly suited to my style of shooting and rugged enough to survive it. After visiting a talk with Joe Simon and seeing him at WPPI talk about how he uses his Canon Cinema series cameras, it was easy to make the move.
I was extremely lucky to be invited to a shoot in Monte Carlo, Monaco to catch some fast cars, fast bikes and all the rich and famous. I had ordered my C100 about 3 days before from Texas Media Systems who were very helpful in getting my camera ready and too me in time. I got the camera a few hours before I had to fly in LA and only had time to pack it in my Pelican 1510 LOC case.
After arriving in France, I pulled out the camera and started to set it up and found myself already knowing the camera as it has the Canon "feel". Coming from a 5D, it was nice to see the addition to the all necessary video features that make this camera worth every penny. I tried out a few test shots to see what I was getting and was instantly amazed with the control and ease of use of the design of the camera especially the location of all of the buttons and how natural the camera feels in my hand with the side grip.
Filming around Monte Carlo provided some challenging situations like hanging out of a car, running, and climbing the side of the Alps, the C100 did brilliantly.
I will be writing a full review of the C100 very soon.
At the moment, the camera industry is changing daily and everyone is upping their game to make their camera more desirable than the other. 4K, RAW, DSLR, Action Camera, 60p and all of that fun goodness that makes us that use them excited and poor. When the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera was announced, I began to drool since it is was something that independent filmmakers were looking for and the extremely small form factor was something that us at MotoGeo were looking for as we just don't have a big truck that follows us around to carry our gear.
I was elated when I knew the camera was coming our way and began thinking of some of the features that would benefit what we were going to use it for. After opening the box, I could not believe the incredible small form factor, yet the sturdiness and solid feel to the construction of the camera. It felt like something that was well built, solid and what you would expect from a manufacturer like Apple. The controls and ports were very minimalistic on the body of the camera and overall had the feeling of a solid point and shoot even though there was so much more to be had from the sensor.
In the Studio
As we were going to be shooting all day, I made sure that I had both amble battery power as well as a dedicated power supply when the camera was going to be on sticks. instantly, I was very pleased in the logging that was available in camera as we had a product shoot for 27 different pieces and everything needed to be organized to make editing much easier. The focus peaking made it extremely easy to work with setting focus on the Zeiss Contax lenses we were using with the CY/MFT adapter. The expected flat image was great at holding the detail that we needed and I was beginning to be impressed with this small camera.
As I was loving the power this small camera had, we started running into some issues with operation. As we were shooting, it seemed that the camera body was getting very hot despite the air conditioned room. I knew that the camera used the body as a heatsink so I was not too concerned about this heat until the camera began to not stop the timecode during recording after I had pressed the button to stop recording and the only way to stop it was to remove the battery and unplug the camera. This caused some issues as we had to review any clip that this happened on which stopped everyone. This problem continued until finally the camera did just stop working for a few minutes and did not reboot until it cooled down. I was able to prevent this for happening as much when I relied on just the battery or just the power supply without the battery in the camera. Unfortunately, it made it very difficult to work in this condition.
The Final Cut
In conculusion, the Blackmagick Pocket Cinema Camera produced an incredible image, however for a fast paced filming, or event shooting, the camera buttons were notfast enough to get the camera ready in time. The Heating problems were later figured out to be a hardware error, but it lost some of my confidence in the camera itself. I am sure its bigger brothers handle this issue much better.
Weddings are always great as it is a good day of celebration, with friends and family. On a beautiful winter day in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, we were blessed with some great scenery and wonderful weather on this exciting occasion.
We all say we are going to do it and update your own website, but it always seems to be on the back burner while you have to do the work that pays the bills. I thought that 2014 was a good time to start making it all happen and also catch up on some writing that I had also filed in the to do.