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Distant Stormlapse

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Distant Stormlapse

On Sunday there was the threat of severe weather across the state, but it wound up not forming much except in the far south and east and over the lake and in to Michigan.   This meant one thing; awesome towering thunderheads in the distance.  So I went out right about sunset to see if I could capture anything.  I didn't get much that I liked, but as it darkened I realized these were some pretty active storms.  Now I'm thinking forget the pictures, let's get a timelapse.

So that's what I did.  I headed to the southern edge of town to a field where I knew I'd have an unencumbered view south/southeast.  The only problem was the street lights.  I kind of didn't want them there and yet I also did.  I thought the lights lighting up this field would provide a nice contrast and color combo, but it's a bit overpowering at times.  So much so that there's actually flare in my 16-35mm (the wide shots) and the light is literally behind me.  

So what's the setup?

  • Canon 5Dmkiii with 16-35 f/2.8L II
    • 3,297 shots at 16mm f/2.8, 2s, ISO 3200
  • Canon 6D with Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD
    • 1,668 shots at 70mm f/4, 2s, ISO 3200

There are actually about another 900 shots taken, but I wound up not using them.  I shot some at 200mm, and quite a few with my 400mm f/5.6.  I thought I could end it by zooming into the moonrise. While it worked, I deleted it because it was so out of place for the subject of the video.  Going from lightning to a crystal clear moon shot changed the subject matter way too fast.

In the end, I took them all, batch edited in Lightroom, exported and ran them into a 1080p 60p project in Final Cut Pro X.  So each second represents 2 minutes of real time.  A soundtrack and sound effects were then added to recreate to the atmosphere, with a tad bit of creative freedom.

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NHK in MKE

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NHK in MKE

I was asked recently to be a part of an event for a band that I had shot last year, New Hiram Kings.  It was a free public performance at a small music venue in Milwaukee, but in reality it was a family event for the lead member and quite a few people in attendance.  I was asked to surreptitiously photograph a certain person in the audience, but also in general photograph the entire event and the band.   So my task was set.

At first it was proving difficult with the very low light situations in there that even extremely high ISO couldn't handle.  However, I came prepared.  For the first time ever I shot a music event with flashes.  I bounced two remote flashes around the room to light up both the crowd and the band.  The band was lit somewhat by a snooted flash aimed at the ceiling hiding behind a speaker stack, while the other was bounced into an extremely tall diffuse window where the crowd seating began.  This second flash was the key as it allowed it to light up the first few rows of tables which made all of the people shots possible, as well as provide some fill into the band.

In the end, I managed to get quite a few shots that meant a lot to the family involved, but I wanted to take it a step further beyond just photos.  What I also did was record the entire event in audio.  Nothing fancy like soundboard recording, but just ambient air.  I then took one song that was clearly the highlight of the evening and made a small slide show out of it.  This would end up being what sold the entire night more than anything else.  It was a simple extra touch, but I've been told time and time again how much it meant to them.  That alone made me very proud to be a part of this event. 

So, in lieu of posting some pics, here is that video.

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Aurora

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Aurora

There was a brief aurora last night and while I usually check in on this image for aurora forecast, I didn't last night. So while looking at Facebook during a brief bit of time wasting, a photographer/weather duo I follow called Wisconsin Weather & Photography, posted an image of the aurora going on.  I immediately dropped everything I was doing and hit the road.  I unfortunately got out there a little bit too late to get the big burst some people saw, but I did get left with this nice little bunch of green swirl with some red bursts in there every now and then.  I also decided to take it a step farther and processed it in 4k.  Granted it made it a bit harder to work with, but the extra clarity on YouTube is rather nice.

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Live Music Video

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Live Music Video

I shot Madison band Denim n Leather once again over the weekend, this time video only with the intent of making a series of medleys and/or sample songs with a goal of a YouTube presence for band promotion.  This is the first finished piece, an on stage medley of Rush's YYZ/La Villa Strangiato.  There's more to come and I'll be posting as I finish them.

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The 2nd Week in Review

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The 2nd Week in Review

So circumstances beyond our control didn't allow for The Week in Review with Dane County Friends of Ferals to be an actually weekly show right off the bat. We missed the second week. And the third week.  In fact we almost got to the end of the 4th week before we caught up and recorded the news of the two weeks after that first show. What I just ended up posting on Monday, what should have been about last week's news, is actually off by a week for our desired delivery schedule.  So hopefully this week soon we can get to last week, otherwise it might end up being a bi-weekly show in the future if the weekly schedule proves to be a bit too demanding for a volunteer based organization.

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