Hi to all the creators
I’ll try to resume a bit the workflow of the last adventure that I’ve had, yesterday at the snow in the highest mountain in Serra da Estrela (Star ️ Mountain )
Even that it’s not Switzerland , somehow the type of weather and landscape reminded me a lot my last year adventure at Gronergrat https://flixel.com/cinemagraph/i7283lsp40ngkwas4kpl/
There was this moments of Amazing Light and Constant Changes but with really heavy winds, cold temperatures, which make it hard to keep hands without gloves for a few seconds, and managing the camera settings…so you might think that it’s impossible to have good tripod shoots with such conditions, but the first thing I’ve done was to turn the stabilizer on, so that it can help with the wind, used a tripod, but kept my hands holding firmly the camera on tripod head, so that to minimize the shacking of the terrible weather, afterwards when editing the footage will need to stabilize it too, but this way can use the footage of such glorious moments, which makes my soul to shine and vibrate with such perfection on the landscape…an amazing grace within is what I feel when I’m experience in real-time that ever changing beauty, with the clouds formation, the light changes so rapidly that you really need to know the equipment and all the different settings options available, so that you capture in the best possible way!
Given that the sensor can’t see the bright surfaces as we do with our , always use exposure compensation for the snow, to have pure whites, instead of dull greys…+2 or +3 depending from the intensity of light!
Generally on landscapes always use the different ND Lee Filters , but given the strong wind, it would be crazy to use the Lee support, risking to break them, and adding more vibrations to the footage…so not a good idea at this moment, instead used only the BW polarizer, without the lens protector, which in this case would contribute to the shaking, which we really want to avoid or minimize to the minimum!
As for camera settings, the s-log 2 or 3 it’s a good way the balance the height and low light contrast, but in this case it was better to use one of the cine profile, which will make a better colrograding afterwards…you can check that in real-time, by looking at the histogram, the amount of info is visible, decide wisely and think ahead what you want to achieve…in this case I’m thinking in colorgrading the best amount of info on an 8bit codec
Finding a balance with the exposure at landscape without ND grads, it’s not easy, especially when light changes so fast with heavy winds, but it’s a compromise that you’ll manage to work out, sometimes it’s better to compromise a bit the extremes on the highlights, than to have an unusable dark footage with lots of noise
So this was the capture moment, afterwards will edit the footage to accomplish the final phase of the finished Flixel, maybe next week will share some of them here!
Warm regards to all and keep the good work and inspiration !
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