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. It is also the very first time I’ve intentionally gone after a high-key cool color palette, though the B-roll still retains the warm tones I’ve tended toward ever since I processed color film. 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 lens down 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.