Monday, September 17, 2018

Long-tailed Shrike (Full HD)

A short clip of this predatory species, a common resident of the Philippines, filmed in natural habitat. The total length of the bird, from tip of long tail to tip of bill, is about 9.5 inches. 

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach, resident) 

Habitat - Open country and scrub. 

Shooting info - Bued River, La Union, northern Philippines, September 17, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), f/5, ISO 100, manual exposure, 4K capture processed to 1080p.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Escape from the raging Bued River (Supertyphoon Mangkhut)

At the tailend of supertyphoon Ompong (Mangkhut) on September 15, 2018, heavy rains fell non-stop for at least 5 hours over the tributary area of Bued River. This river lies at the boundary of Pangasinan and La Union (Philippines) and it was along its banks where Kennon Road, one of the major routes to Baguio City, was built. 

Enormous quantities of storm water raged down river from the Cordillera mountains. I was staying in an industrial facility near the river at that time. When the water level passed a certain threshold, it triggered an evacuation of men and equipment to higher grounds. The danger of our area being overrun by the swollen river was a distinct possibility. 

This footage was taken with my Transcend DP200 dashcam as I was driving my Mitsubishi Montero 4x4 to a safer spot. The only route out was through a narrow concrete road near the bank of the river, but the turbulent flowing water had started to erode the road's base. 

I've sent several vehicles through the route ahead of me, and I was the last one that managed to get through before the road was totally destroyed. 

Radio IDs: 
0-1: Myself 
0-4: Our assistant plant manager 
S-1: Safety and security officer 
S-2: Security officer 

Late in the afternoon, the rains weakened and another route which was under water earlier in the day became passable. We used this route to return to the facility later.




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Portrait of a Dragonfly

Barely 2 inches long, this tiny dragonfly fills the frame, thanks to the close focusing distance of the Sony RX10 IV at the long end that results into some decent magnification. I must've unintentionally touched the zoom lever a bit - the EXIF data reported only 595 mm equivalent focal length, instead of 600 mm. 

The focus magnifier and peaking level make precise manual focusing a breeze at such a static subject, rendering the head area and both wingtips sharp.  I positioned the camera such that the foliage at the back is a good distance away - the outcome is a wonderfully blurred background that imitates what can be achieved with a DSLR and a telephoto lens.


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, September 5, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 595 mm equiv., f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/60 sec,
manual focus, manual exposure in available light, Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, uncropped full frame resized to 800 x 533. 


Friday, August 31, 2018

Slow Wings (Butterfly slow motion)

Some slow motion footage of a butterfly filmed at the banks of Bued River, Northern Philippines. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat on August 31, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), manual exposure, various settings, one clip at 4K/30p, another at 1080/120p, the rest 1080/240p. 

Music – “Montauk Point” by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com (royalty-free). 


Monday, August 13, 2018

Swollen Bued River

Some FHD footage of the swollen Bued River at Camp I, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, filmed on August 12, 2018 at around 3:00 pm to 4:00 PM. The flooding was caused by heavy moonsoon rains. 

Shooting info - Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, various settings, manual exposure in available light. 



Friday, August 10, 2018

A Butterfly's Amazing Proboscis

Note - the video was titled "A Moth's Amazing Proboscis" but it turned out that the subject is actually a butterfly species. Hence, the title is now corrected.

Some close up FHD footage of a Philippine Swift (Caltoris philippina) sipping nectar out of tiny flowers, using its very long proboscis. With its flexibility, light weight, suction/pumping system and fine controlability - all run by a "primitive brain" - this proboscis is an impressive example of nature's outstanding engineering. I recommend watching it in FHD (1080p) to see the fine details.

Filmed in natural habitat at Bued River, La Union, Northern Philippines on August 10, 2018. 

Shooting info – Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), various settings, manual exposure in available light. 

Music - "Starry" by Kevin MacLeod, www.incompetech.com (RF).



Monday, August 6, 2018

Amazing Bugs of Bued River

Some HD footage of various insects filmed in natural habitat at Bued River, La Union, Northern Philippines on July 28, 2018 to August 6, 2018. 

Shooting info – Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), various settings, manual exposure in available light. 

Music - "Willow and the Light" by Kevin MacLeod, www.incompetech.com (RF)



Saturday, August 4, 2018

A butterfly's proboscis at work

The RX10 MIV seems to me an ideal butterfly-catching rig. Its quick PD AF in continuous mode and close focusing ability have made it easier for me to capture these critters as they flit from flower to flower. 

Bursts of 24 fps feel almost like cheating - the ideal wing/antennae/proboscis position may be selected quickly from numerous frames taken a split second apart.

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, August 5, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.
Larger 1575 x 1050 version



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, August 5, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, near full frame resized to 800 x 533. 
     

Larger 1500 x 1000 version

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