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Demo Videos

Ok, it’s official, I’m in love with timelapse. It gives me the same feelings I get when I shoot real film and don’t get to see what I have until later which is like a micro Christmas with micro reindeer and tiny little cookies for a tiny little fictitious character named Santa.. love it.

The part of the story that I was not very fond of was the part that I leave my house at near sea level and think, “ahh, it won’t be that cold..” and proceed to put on a pair of Chuck Taylors, jeans, t-shirt and light jacket.. Holy freezer nuts frosty, it was DAMN cold.. Although the thermometer in my car could have been wrong when it swore it was 44deg.. I know, you guys are going to kill me for this ” 44 ?, that’s nothing ” but at 9000 ft the combination of thin air and Hawaiian blood caused me to spend most of the 2 hours it took to capture this in the fetal position, or with the car running every 10 mins..

Anyhow, I ordered the Milapse head, ( thanks guys ), and figured I might as well get a little better at regular stationary shots in the meantime..

I was thinking of trying a shot with a studio strobe that goes off with every shot.. Has anyone tried this yet ?

Aloha all !, I finally got myself a Zoom H4 and have to say, I am quite impressed with this little audio device. This is one of my new Redhead colors called “LiL Chewy ” ( insert wookie howl )…This video was shot on Maui’s windy north shore close to the world famous Hookipa beach. The shakiness is due to the fact that I had the camera on a small Joby Gorilla Pod.. Hope you enjoy some Christmas lovin by the man Nat King Cole…

Tech :
Cam : 5D mark II
Lens : 85mm 1.8 Canon
Audio : Zoom H4 & Redhead Windscreen ( LiL Chewy )
Joby Gorilla Pod

Aloha all, just wanted to post a little footage from Jaws today…These waves are insanely huge and I have so much respect for the surfers that have the guts to do this as well as the jet ski operators that are tremendously talented in their own right, many of them big wave riders as well..

Anyhow, I live a couple of miles from Jaws on W.Kuiaha in a little town called Haiku. At night I can hear these monsters breaking, they sound like thunder…

Tech :
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 70-300 USM @ 300mm
Zoom H4n & Redhead windscreen for faint ocean sounds
Premiere CS4

hope you all enjoy this little teaser.. there’s more to come later, it’s still going off !, and tomorrow is supposed to be huge as well.. Going to try to get the morning light..

One of the Jaws pioneers is Laird Hamilton. His wife Gabrielle Reece had this to say on his blog today..

“12-7-09 Swell Update from Laird

Gabby:
12-7-09
3:50 Hawaii Time

I just spoke to Laird around 3pm Hawaii time (5pm PST) from Maui. He said they had a good morning and that his board and body were feeling good. They went out fairly early, and it had not gotten too crowded yet. The boys (Dave Kalama, Terry Chun, Derrick Doerner and others) came in for gas fuel and food fuel for lunch. By then a front had come in and “chop sueyed” the waves. Laird then proceeded to watch some of the action from the cliff side. He said a lot of skis went up on to the rocks along with some boards. He felt like there may have been several new comers who were having to work it all out.

I’m on Kauai and Kings reef began to break ever so slightly. The ocean floor by this reef is so deep that you don’t even see Kings unless it’s starting to be Hawaiian 25 ft (that’s double in the front).

The boys are going to sit tight on Maui and then make their plan for tomorrow. As most of you know the swell hits Kauai first, then Oahu (which is having a bit of rain and some major water surging), Maui and so on. Once they get a beat on the conditions (wind, swell) they will most likely decide to continue to stay on Maui and surf Peah’i (aka Jaws) tomorrow. If I hear anything of interest I will let you all know.”

More about Laird Hamilton @ lairdhamilton.com

Please copy/paste the following and share the Jaws love with your friends and family : )

Canon 5D Mark II and Jaws Maui 12_7_09, biggest waves in decades ! vimeo.com/8050122

This is by far the windiest demo video I’ve done with the Zoom H4n and RedHead windscreen ! My week old pretty snugly fitting Quicksilver hat now lives in the Pacific ocean. This video actually impressed me as I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, ( headphones were left at home ).

You will notice a couple of sharp gusts getting through to the Zoom’s sensitive mics. ( it was DAMN windy ) The only sound editing done was the fading in of the real audio track by the artist “Koop – come to me”..

I played with the color of the image a bit, just a little channel mixing to taste.

I think this is the first video that I actually used a Canon lens.
I lit it with a giant 85watt florescent light bulb by EiKO, I love this thing, draws 85watts and puts out 350ish equiv to regular incandescent bulbs.

Anyways, hope you all enjoy the vid !

Camera : Canon 5D Mark II
Lens : Canon 85mm the non “L” version
Audio : Zoom H4n
Windscreen : RedHead

Song – Koop “Come to Me”
Light : EiKO 85watt monster bulb
Portable Power : Inovatronix Explorer ( for studio strobes ), not sufficient for constant lighting, it only lasted for about 20min before being totally dead. Furthermore, I wouldn’t really recommend this product to still photographers for powering studio strobes. Mine have been so unreliable and for the most part a headache. Instead go with a Vagabon by Paul C. Buff. Different topic altogether…