A friend, the Canon 5D and a video

posted on 2011.06.16, under Canon 5D Mark II, Lens, Video

I get great pleasure from a friend sending me some of their work, and I can actually tell them, “Good job,  I enjoyed that”.

My college buddy, my great friend, my partner in crime, my inspiration, and filmmaker Nick Hoyle (of Santa Barbara fame) sent me this link to a video he wrote, directed, produced, edited and acted in.

He used Final Cut Pro, Canon 5D, 24-105 lens, After Effects, a snake, a wig, Azden on board mic, and a beautiful woman.


posted on 2011.06.13, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, LUMIX, Reviews, Video

A friend of mine turned me on to this little gem of a camera.  This is a light weight, solution to DSLR shooting.  The LUMIX GH2 and its accessories are so easy to carry around compared to 7D or the 5D.  You can have three lens, 5 batteries and two GH2 cameras, in 1/4 the room you could have the equivalent in Canon gear.   Now, the picture quality is not the same, but it is the light weight solution.

I also think the Sennheiser MKE 400, when used properly is an excellent mic.  When pointed directly at the subject at 0-5 feet in range, the results are above adequate.

This is a simple shooting set up with results that I have not seen matched for its size.

This site - http://starvingphotographer.com has some great photos that were snapped with the GH2.



racking focus hand held with the Canon 70-200

posted on 2011.06.12, under Lens, Video

Racking focus is the practice of shifting the attention of a viewer of a film or video by changing the focus of the lens from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background, or vice versa.

The 70-200 is a solid lens.   Although, you’d better be strong!  Took this lens to the park and just grabbed this in one take.  It is so easy! This is at 200mm on the Canon 7D.

“Every Second Counts” CrossFit Movie – Canada Screening – June 14 & 15

posted on 2011.06.01, under Video

In the summer of 2008, my buddy Carey Peterson and I,  made a movie about the fittest people on the planet and the competition that proves it all, the “CrossFit Games”.  We had a great team of support with executive producers, Lauren & Greg Glassman, CrossFit Media Director, Tony Budding and of course, the man himself, CrossFit Games Director,  Dave Castro.

“Every Second Counts” has taken on a life of its own and I feel so fortunate to have had a chance to direct a movie that is supported by one of the greatest communities in the world, the CrossFit community.

Josh Kalef of Vancouver is putting on two screenings.  The details are below.   A few people involved with the movie including myself will be in attendance.  This will be fun!



Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St.    Vancouver,  British Columbia,   Canada

UVic Cinecenta 3800 Finnerty Rd. Victoria,  British Columbia,  Canada

“Every Second Counts” was shot in 4 weeks, using 2 Panasonic 100Bs, 100 hours of footage shot, edited on Final Cut Pro, and spent 4 months in post.



Time Lapse of Yerevan Cascades

posted on 2011.05.29, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Lens, Photos, Video

The Cascades are large.  4 or 5 huge flights of stairs that surely intimidate the lazy and invigorate the CrossFitter.  Going to Yerevan and not climbing the Cascades is like going to the prom and not. . . . not dancing.  I stopped for a couple hours and shot this video on the second highest flight of stairs.

In the distance one can see Mount Ararat, but you better look hard!

I used the Canon 5D, Canon 7D, 16-35mm lens, 70-200mm lens and the Canon Intervalometer.

And…. and I often neglect to mention the other gear – I also used the Think Tank 10 sling bag,
and the Gitzmo tripod with the Induro head.

Here are some gear photos + Cascade and Mount Ararat photos









Video with Canon 65mm MP-E lens

posted on 2011.05.22, under Macro, Photos, Video

The MP-E macro lens with the MT-24EX flash is a child’s dream.  If I would have had this lens/flash combo as a child I would have never put it down.

Walking home from the French Hotel, one of my favorite hangouts, I stopped and took some photos with a 24mm lens on a 5D and I shot some video with the 7D and the Canon Macro Lens, 65mm MP-E.   I shot this footage at 30p, ISO 5000, shutter speed 60 and F/16.

This is just a quick glimpse a 2 minute handheld session.

More reviews of this lens flash combo to come!

And if you are ever in Berkeley, California, the French Hotel is a must stop for coffee-house lovers.  I have been to 1000 coffee houses around the world, this place is numero uno.

Panasonic Lumix GH1 Low Light video test

posted on 2011.05.06, under LUMIX, Video

Hello Friends,

Here are some photos of a b-roll camera I used last week at Patriot CrossFit. I love filming elite athletes.  The camera is a Panasonic Lumix GH1. It was a gift from a friend a few weeks back. It is a great camera!

Panasonic Lumix GH1



With the Kipon EOS-m/4/3 A adapter mount, it can handle a Canon lens.


I let this camera hang from my cotton carrier and pull it off for quick b-roll. The 100mm gets some great shots even in super low light. The video below was filmed in a dark room with a bit of window lighting. I like the look, although the 1600 ISO was less than ideal. The conditions here were rough, and with just a bit more light, this camera can certainly hold its own.

Enjoy the video. I shot at 59.97 and used Cinema Tools (Apple software) and “conformed” to 29.97 for slow mo.






Photo Stats:

Panasonic Lumix GH1
Handheld-low light shooting
ISO 1600
Lens- Canon 100mm macro
Attached with- Kipon EOS-m4/3 A adapter