Monday, February 9, 2015

1 Free Stock Footage Clip is Purr-fect

I happened to walk by my little tortoiseshell cat "Lady" the other day on my way to grab a shot of the snow falling outside.  She was laying on the top of an armchair near a window in a very calm mood.  Since I knew she wasn't going anywhere for a while, and I was curious as to how close my Sigma 180mm lens could get to her, I set up my camera and was able to capture this.  Shooting this wide open at a 2.0 and at a fixed 180mm, the depth of field is quite thin but thankfully Lady stayed still long enough to keep the pupil in focus for a usable period of time.  Hope you like it!

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This video was shot using a Sony NEX-FS700 and the Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro with a Metabones EF to NEX Speedboster Adapter


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1 Free Stock Footage Clip Forgot to Fall

Well it has been a while hasn't it?

I apologize for the larger than normal gap between postings.  Life has thrown me in a few directions this past month, but it is stabilizing, so I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule.  Winter is also a tough time to shoot. Since I have no indoor studio space to really occupy, I have to allot a good amount of time of setup and take-down to do any "inside work" which limits the chances I have to do so.  Outside, I need to make sure the weather works with me.  It has been very cold these past couple of weeks, and when it isn't it is just grey and ugly around here (not something I enjoy shooting).

This clip here is something I HAVE been interested in doing for a while and managed to find a nice day to go out and capture it.  It is very simple, but can say a lot when used in the proper context.  I love shots like this, and I hope you can find a good use for it.

I've come to a realization recently that while I LOVE shooting things I like, I lack a good amount of actual "generic" footage.  Sometime hopefully soon I plan on doing a lot more with actual "stock" type shots to help people who need more generic clips, so stay tuned.  When that happens, I'll probably poll all of the "friends" that I have on the Facebook page to see what exactly the site is missing, so if you haven't followed yet, please do so.  You can find a subscribe button in the column on the right hand side of the site.

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This video was shot using a Sony NEX-FS700 and the Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro with a Metabones EF to NEX Speedboster Adapter


Saturday, December 27, 2014

2 Free Stock Footage Clips Are Already Trimmed

I managed to grab these two clips while we had our Christmas tree up this season.  The hardest part of this shot was grouping a collection of generic ornaments in order to ensure all displaying rights are clear.  All of the ones here are hand made I believe.  I love the heart cinnamon ornament you see at the beginning, I've had it for a while and adds a great scent along with the pine.

A holiday post like this on December 27th isn't exactly that helpful initially though huh?  I could have sat on this a year until right before next year's Christmas season, but the beauty of stock footage is having footage that is out of season so you do not have to recreate it yourself.  That being said, I hope this comes in handy whenever you may need it.  Hope everyone is having a great holiday season, and a happy new year!!!

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A macro shot of Christmas Tree pine branches with christmas lights beautifully out of focus in the background.
A macro yet crisp close up of the pine branches of a Christmas tree with original (copyright free) ornaments



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These videos were shot using the Sony NEX-FS700 and a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens


Friday, December 19, 2014

1 Free Stock Footage Clip is Electrifying

I have finally released a clip that I had been hoping to get since I started this blog.  Lightning.  Am I happy with it?  Kind of.

This was shot at 240 frames per second during a pretty intense lightning storm.  What was nice is that the high speed camera was able to catch bolts that were originally too quick to see with the naked eye.  At that frame rate and shutter speed though, I was getting some severe "partial flash sync".   I've done what I can to correct that issue, by partially removing frames and also stacking concurrent ones and using some creative blending techniques to rebuilt the actual lighting condition.  It was a labor of love.  Many times when I run into a technical issue like this, I take the time to learn from my mistakes correct the initial error in post, and create a game-plan on how to not let something like this happen again.   As of right now though, I'm honestly not sure what I would do differently if another storm were to present itself.  I was happy enough with the end result to release it, considering I do not have any lighting clips up yet.  Hopefully in the future I can get you something better.

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A brief still of a longer and available stock footage clip of a lightning storm.


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This video was shot using a Sony NEX-FS700 and the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens with a Metabones EF to NEX Speedboster Adapter


Monday, November 3, 2014

1 Free Stock Footage Clip Is Having a Flare Up

One thing that has been lacking in my library of completely free videos, is effect clips.  Most notably, fire and explosions.  This one here was my first try at getting something, and honestly, while I'm not entirely happy with the results, I am enough so to release it.

Like any first time, I've walked away with a laundry list of things I am going to do differently.  I don't know enough about pyrotechnics to really push myself, so I've initially erred on the side of caution.

First, the accelerant I used was in aerosol form, and was too powerful and fast to be recorded cleanly at the high speeds I could achieve.  This footage was taken from a 480fps capture and even so, there is quite a bit of motion blur from the speed in which this flame moved.  I also found out that the true color temperature of fire was much higher than what my camera was capable of (hence the slightly, overly orange flame).  It was shot at 2300k, (my camera's limit) but realistically (from what research I have been able to do) should have been closer to 1800k.  Lighting wasn't an issue at least.  This was recoded at an f6.3 with a shutter speed of 1/1000th (closest I could get to a 180 degree shutter with the 480fps).

All that stuff aside, I really hope this is useful to some of you.  I like the motion of the flame and most of it stays within frame, so you have an option of rotating and scaling the clip to fit your FX needs.  Hope this helps!!!

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A high definition ball of fire erupts from the left side of the image and plooms as it moves right.


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These videos were shot using the Sony NEX-FS700 and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens