Thursday, April 2, 2015

1 Completely Free Stock Footage Clip Is Never the Same

This is probably the last remnant of the Northern Hemisphere's winter snowfall season.  This was taken very late at night, late March.  I was getting the house set up for my newly 5 year old's birthday party the next morning when I looked outside to see HUGE snowflakes falling from the sky.  An inch or so already on the ground, I thought it would be another good test for my 180mm macro lens.  Since it was so late and I knew I was going macro, I used my trusty R-300 ring light as a source.  It worked out well, since the very white snow is a natural bounce.  I panned an area of our backyard picnic table searching for a good flake since it was the same height as where the camera was on the tripod, so I could get pretty close.  The ring light hit this one icy flake in particular and the peaking on my camera (which is used to help focus) went crazy.  What a perfect snowflake!  I tried a couple of different speeds, but went with the normal real time in the end.  The depth of field is so razor thin, you really can't see how hard it is snowing, and the slow motion produced almost a still image.  At it's current speed, you can also see how fast the flakes were falling due to their enormous size and of course weight.  As with the computer screen in my last post, a lot of close up snowflake shots are now done digitally, so I though a real life one would be a good option for those of you in need of something like this.  Hope you can use 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