Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A wasp with a strange-looking body

I wonder what nature was up to when it evolved this wasp with a very elongated connector between the thorax and abdomen. Perhaps the purpose is to improve balance in flight? The wasp is about 3/4" long from head to abdomen, excluding the antennae. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines, on January 18, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio). 

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



 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dragons in Flight - 2

I experimented with a new capture technique in this video - I set the lens to 24 mm, manuallly focused to just beyond MFD, enabled Steadyshot, dialed in an Av of f/5.6 - f/8 for a deeper DOF, and chased the insects with the hand held camera. The 10x slomo + Steadyshot smoothened out any hand holding shake. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat at Bued River, Northern Philippines, on January 14, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, various exposure settings and focal lengths, manual exposure in available light, shot in 240 fps HFR, processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio) 

Music – “Sunshine Ver. 2” by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com (royalty-free).


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dragon in Flight

A short piece on a dragonfly in flight combining slomo from 480 fps captures, and close up from a 4K clip. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat at Bued River, Northern Philippines, on January 13, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, various exposure settings and focal lengths, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, shot in 4K/29.97p and HFR 480 fps, processed to 720/23.976p. 

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


Friday, January 12, 2018

Great Egrets in Slow Flight

Just a few simple clips of these graceful BIFs.

The whites are on the hot side - I was at the lowest ISO possible, the smallest Av without killing the AF system and I stuck to a 180-degree shutter. How I wish I had a built in ND filter!

Great Egret (Egretta alba)

Habitat - Uncommon in a variety of wetlands from coastal marshes to ricefields.

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Sto. Tomas, La Union, Philippines on January 9, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, manual exposure in available light, hand held, 220 mm (600 mm equivalent), shot in 1080/119.88p and 1080/59.94p, processed to 720/23.976p.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dragonflies up close at Bued River

Some close up footage of dragonflies (approximate total length from head to tip of tail is around 2 inches) filmed at the banks of Bued River, Northern Philippines. 

Shooting info – filmed in natural habitat on January 10, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 600 mm (equiv.), various Av, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1920 x 800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio). 

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


Monday, January 8, 2018

Dragonfly - from 24 to 1,200 mm in full HD

This is a simple footage of a perched dragonfly, filmed at 24 mm to 600 mm (equivalent), then zoomed to 1,200 mm (equivalent) by cropping the 3840 x 2160 footage to 1920 x 1080 during post process.

The camera was fully zoomed to 600 mm, manually focused, then zoomed back to 24 mm before recording. The subject was just past the minimum focus distance of 0.72 m.

IMHO, shooting in 4K and doing the digital zoom in post process is more advantageous than just shooting FHD and using the in-camera digital zoom. Aside from superior FHD quality, cropping during PP allows flexibility in composition, framing and simulated panning. If the output is HD (720p) only, the total reach becomes 1,800 mm equivalent!

Shooting info – filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines, January 8, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV + Uniqball UBH45 + Manfrotto 455B tripod, 24 – 600 mm (equiv.), f/8, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, manual exposure in available light, MF, Steadyshot off, 4K/29.97p capture processed to 1080/23.976p.

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



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Grey Heron In Flight

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, migrant) 

Habitat - Uncommon in wetlands. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Sto. Tomas, La Union, Philippines on January 5, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, manual exposure in available light, hand held, 220 mm (600 mm equivalent), shot in 1080/59.94p and 1080/119.88p, processed to 1920x800/23.976p (cinematic 2.4:1 aspect ratio). 

Music - "Majestic Hills" by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com (RF) 


Friday, January 5, 2018

Little Egret catches a tiny shrimp

(On closer inspection, the prey was actually a shrimp, not a tiny fish as indicated in the footage) 

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, migrant) 

Habitat: Coastal marsh and tidal flats to ricefields. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Sto. Tomas, La Union, Philippines on January 5, 2018, Sony RX10 Mark IV, manual exposure in available light, hand held, 220 mm (600 mm equivalent), 1080/59.94p capture processed to 720/23.976p (40% slomo). 

Music - "Angel Share" by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com (RF) 


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