Kicking off the new year with a new clip! and one where I am in front of the lens rather than behind. This footage has been sleeping on my hard drives for a while now. Every now and then I would open the project, tweak something here and there, play with the framerate, try to pick the right soundtrack for it. Well here it is, finally; it represents one of the things that I like best in kayaking – surfing a tall static wave that is located near downtown Lyon, in France, with my super-fast-super-sleek composite Element from Fluid Kayaks. What a blast! here’s what I wrote about this session and this boat:
Big thanks to Mickael Flacher for the footage. The whole clip was shot using my semi-retired, trusted sony Z7 and its super slow motion function which films at 120 frames per second (at the price of a loss in quality and resolution however – but still a nice feature at the time). The shallow depth of field that is noticeable on certain shots is obtained with the stock lens and a very handy iris ring on the Z7 that puts the camera in a sort of “Aperture priority” mode. A very nice feature that I wish was implemented on more recent camcorders as well because it’s so handy to use in those run and gun situations, where you want that certain type of shot yet remain in auto exposure. The HDV codec of the Z7 may be outdated by today’s standard (especially when I compare the picture quality to my FS700) but the footage is still very enjoyable I believe – it’s not all about pixels and bitrate after all.
Yet I wouldn’t mind shooting some of that cool stuff on the FS700 now! Let’s hope 2013 will bring plenty of flood levels and big waves – among other things.