Thu Sings

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 9.18.51 PMHere’s a recent video I shot using the Lumix GH4 with a Metabones Speed Booster XL and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. I absolutely love shooting with this setup, but at times, especially if I’m doing a lot of wandering around, it can get quite heavy. After years of shooting like a stills photographer – starting and stopping between takes – I just let the camera roll as I changed camera angles, framed shots, adjusted exposure and refocused, enabling a far greater percentage of usable footage. This is only made possible by a sensor that doesn’t overheat and incredible battery life, just two reasons why I would choose the Panasonic over the latest Sony A7 cameras, which cost three times that of a single GH4 body. It is also the very first time I’ve intentionally gone after a relatively high-key, cool color palette, though the B-roll still retains the warm tones I’ve tended toward ever since I began processing color film in the late 1970s. The clip was shot in the late afternoon in a fairly dim room, with natural light coming from a window facing the subject and one behind her, as well as from the 27″ iMac. I don’t believe I ever closed the aperture down to more than f/3.5. A couple of shots were captured with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, which, while it can’t rival the resolution of the Sigma, is a bargain at USD $400. Apparently, the newer, slightly more expensive Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 has even higher resolution and greater resistance to flare. FilmConvert was used in post. Please forgive the poor sound: the shoot was entirely unplanned; had I known I’d be recording voice, I would have brought out my Sony PCM digital recorder and Rode microphone. Maybe I’ll give it another shot. In the clip, Thu is just singing along to YouTube videos while recording herself on her iPhone.

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