I’m a firm believer of getting to know the camera before shooting anything when the stakes are high and you have a paying client. I really like to know the gear I’m using inside and out. I want the camera to be an extension of myself. The camera should not get in the way of capturing a moment. This past weekend my wife, a few friends and I headed up to Porteau Cove (British Columbia) which used to be an old ferry dock and is now a provincial park. It’s a very unique place as they have turned the ferry dock into a walkway with benches and a few lookout towers. There is also a beautiful beach with a campground beside it. It makes for a great spot to try out a new camera.
The weather on Saturday was fantastic, it was warm, the sun was shining bright and there was a bit of wind. I was grateful for the viewfinder as it made judging exposure and focusing a breeze, the rubber eye piece cut out all the sun. I shot for about two hours, just walking around the dock and the beach. I noticed once the camera was not on my shoulder that it was a little heavy just holding it with the handle. I thinking this is due to the fact that I am used to the weight a DSLR. I also noticed that my right arm that I used to hold the camera grip was a little sore as well. For my next shoot I’m going to have to extend the arm a bit to a position a little more comfortable. I used my canon 24-70mm with the metabones EF adapter and really enjoyed using this lens with the FS7’s full frame sensor. I’m able to get a great looking close up and a fairly decent wide shot. There isn’t really anything more I would want for the run-n-gun shooting style that we were going for.
Once home I immediately transferred the footage to my computer and began looking at the flat image from the Slog3. It is unbelievable the room that the Slog3 provides you for grading, practically nothing is blown out. I again used filmconvert to grade and was very impressed with the results. This time I did something a little different in the edit, I decided to make the handheld shots a little more vintage and give the impression that they were shot on a Hi8 camera. I then wanted to juxtapose these type of shots with the beautiful 180fps slow motion that the FS7 can pull off. Not only did I want to capture the beauty of Porteau Cove, but also the home video feel of our afternoon. I think it worked out well.
I’m still very impressed with the camera and the images coming out of it, but like I said there is still lots to learn. My next task is to get the FS7 running on my DJI Ronin!