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Tuesday
Jul302013

Trailing Clouds of Color

This project was shot in super slow motion on the phantom camera. Extreme slow motion requires a lot of light. Even at that intensity the camera can still pick up some shadowing on the white background creating some interesting problems with achieving the desired look.

The white shirts of the runners also creates a problem because while the background needs to be ultrawhite or invisible, pushing things globally will result in losing all detail in the white shirts. So I created a series of selections to grab all the white in the background so I could pump that up and out. Then I went back in and animated masks for each of those corrections to keep them from effecting the floating runners.

One problem I continued to fight in the beginning was noise in the most saturated parts of the clouds. Clouds of colored chalk are already made up of tiny particulates floating around at random, but increasing the saturation was doing some knarly things so all I ended up with when I pressed play was a bunch of flickering noise in the cloud. It took a while, but I finally figured a way to eliminate the noise while still getting the overall saturation feeling strong and vibrant. Since different colors respond in different ways with the sensor on the camera, I needed to modify my approach with each change in colored chalk. 

Dealing with color at this intensity and saturation, separating ultra highlights from highlights, and needing to create believable tracking on each correction to keep from getting a halo effect was a big challenge, but well worth it in the end. 

Here are some of my favorite stills from the project. 

 

Sunday
Jun022013

Wyatt Gibbs

Click through the before and after stills to see the results. I did a lot to soften the rolloff on the top and bottom end basically creating more dynamic range. It's simulated but I think it worked pretty well. There's a lot of luminance sculpting going on as well to see just how much I could get out of this footage. 

Wednesday
May082013

AtTask and Trek bikes

 This was a series of projects for AtTask about their work with Trek bikes. The raw shots were really flat so as the saturation was lifted some colors needed dialed up and down depending on their sensitivity level to the sensor in the camera. To get skin tones right some of those have been individualy shifted with a subtle selection to keep them from noising up too badly. Take a look at the before and after stills to see what I did.

Friday
Mar222013

Maccabeats - Les Miserables

Here's a Passover medley I colored for the Maccabeats. This is a mix of C300 and 5D footage wich presented some problems because of the differences in color sensitivity between the two. To get the 5D shots matching the rest I had to pull some creative selections on certain colors that were'nt responding as well. Stage lighting also introduced some new problems with colored lights in the fleshtone spectrum. Normally in the real world you don't have magenta and red light sources. So balancing the whole thing inn a pleasingly natural yet filmicly stylized way was a bit of a challenge.

Here's some before and after stills.

 

 

Wednesday
Feb272013

New Reel

I want to first thank all my clients for the great material they bring me. I love what I do, but its the caliber of photography that lets my work shine. Over the past year I've been developing some new techniques that really pull the audience in. There are several I've already been using but I wanted to push just a little further since I really believe layering subtle changes is key. So after long hours of considering and trimming and deleting, I finally got together my very favorite shots of the year in a watchable format. I still think I want to do a long version because so many things got cut. 

I love color transformation. Please contact me if you think I might be able to help you with a project!

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