Our office makeover started Labor Day Weekend and is pretty much wrapped up now. Lot’s of hard work, lots of trips to Home Depot, Menards, or Lowes, tools rented, etc… All worth it, of course, to have a great space to work in. Now let’s track our productivity and see how much we can get done now! 😉
If you want to read about my current obsession with real life celluloid film, then start here. I just had four more rolls developed this week, and they stretch back into the middle of June. The four color rolls were Kodak Gold 400, the black and white is Ilford XP2 400. I have one more roll of Kodak Gold and Ilford Xp2 each, you can expect 8-9 soon. From there I’m tempted to get some 120 film and put it in our older medium format cameras. That would also require me to buy a film scanner though… 😉
If you’ve not heard, Mindy and I have decided to focus our business, Two Are Better, solely on videography. We have about 4 more weddings where we are actually the photographers this year. They had booked us before we made the decision to do so. Thus our career of taking photos for clients will be wrapping up shortly.
Knowing that we still love taking photos for our personal lives, it accelerated my want for an old 35mm film camera. I’ve posted a few pics via Instagram of the weapon of choice. I grabbed 3 rolls of film and a Canon AE-1 Program + 50mm f/1.8 from Roberts in downtown and started this new hobby. I finally got those 3 rolls shot and developed this week, so I’m sharing my favorites below.
We decided to up our speed and storage by getting a Drobo Mini. You can read more about the specs at that link. We stuffed four 750GB drives in it, plus a 64GB mSATA SSD in the accelerator bay.
This setup replaces a smaller 500GB travel drive we had used while travelling and shooting. With the Drobo Mini, we’ll have quite a bit more storage and protection from disk failure while out and about. Two things we were sorely lacking before. When we’re finally at home base this also get’s backed up to either of our desks 2TB backup drives, as well as to a Time Machine drive on the network.
I’ll probably write a post on Two Are Better in the near future about how we protect and use data. So look out for that, until then enjoy some snapshots and speed tests from the Drobo Mini
My lovely wife got back from her Grandma’s just in time for us to take a quick visit to Little Prairie Lake. I grabbed a tripod and our camera to try some long exposure on the fast setting sun, while Mindy and Jasper ran around the lake.
My settings varied on all these photos. Anywhere from a 5 to 30 second exposure, ISO from 400-800, Aperture ranged from 4.5 to 22. Shot on our 5D Mk II using the Flaat 10 profile. Edited in Lightroom 4 using modified VSCO presets.
I had posted a little photo way back when of my routine of making coffee in the morning, which now this post and video is just the continuation of. Mindy and I had the idea for a little while to create a mini doc tentatively titled “Weekend-ing”, which is where this short video came from. We had started fleshing out ideas and plans for this video, and even shot a lot of clips last weekend, but I don’t think we felt good enough with the idea in it’s current state. Nonetheless, it was nice to dust off the cobwebs and shoot a little bit.
I couldn’t let all our clips go to waste though. I scanned over all of them and thought I can pull a little bit out of these clips of us making breakfast. And this is what you get, a sequel to the Early Morning coffee post! This time in video form.
Like I said it was nice to shoot a little again. I updated our picture profiles on our cameras as well as the Magic Lantern software, used a new tool to convert those pesky files to ProRes instead of letting FCP X do it, tried out some different grading tools, etc… I had fun getting to edit a little, hope you enjoy!
Up early with our kitties and got out to attempt a time lapse with the Magic Lantern software. We’ve been shooting video with this for about a month it seems now, has been lots of fun using the features it adds to our 5D Mk II’s!
One of the features being the ability to drop your FPS, I believe I was down to 2 FPS for this this morning. Can’t wait to share the final video that the time lapse will be used in!