Thursday, August 28, 2014
NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, a set on Flickr.
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NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, a set on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, a set on Flickr.
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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, a set on Flickr.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Big Balance are heading to market with their Gibbon, a 2-axis gimbal stabilizer for small cameras, and I figured that this neighborhood dog park would be a fun place to test it out. We’re all looking for that killer app, combining discreet size (much smaller than a Movi), with effortless smooth action. We’re still waiting, because that 3rd axis is crucial: up-down + tilt stabilization (2-axis) isn’t enough to get good shots, so really, adding left-to-right (3-axis) is the final frontier. Smartphone and GoPro 3-axis gimbals this small have hit the market, but nothing yet for camera weights in this ballpark: at 440 grams, I used a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for this video with a Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens stopped down for wide depth of field.

Any device that keeps the camera level to the horizon and looking straight ahead is useful, though. For this Big Balance Gibbon, I applied Adobe Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro afterward to account for that lack of a 3rd axis, setting its smoothness to a nominal 1%. It requires extra processing time, but for now, it’ll do.

"The Creek" music is by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, from the royalty-free YouTube Sound Library. To keep up with these clips and more, follow us at focuspulling.comfacebook.com/focuspullingtwitter.com/focuspulling and/or google.com/+focuspulling.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ray Shattenkirk: “O Captain! My Captain!”
from The Better Angels (with text by Walt Whitman)

World Premiere performed by IBIS: A Chamber Music Society
Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano
Joseph Scheer, violin
Malorie Blake Shin, violin
Chiara Dieguez, viola
Sean Neidlinger, cello
Adria Sternstein Foster, flute
Susan Robinson, harp

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
Arlington, Virginia
June 1, 2014

Audio engineered by Matthew Weiner
Filmed and edited by H. Paul Moon | Zen Violence Films | zenviolence.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Moving to see these pictures from the recent XEPE AN CÖICOOS screening of Hamac Cazíim, shown right in the film’s idyllic landscape, celebrating the art and culture of the Seri. After a run through film festivals, this is the best. But I took some time over the holiday weekend for an overdue second look, after years in-between, and it’s tighter now (with prior help from producer/chopper Stana Benesova Kimball), at a quarter less running time, finally under that critical 30-minute mark. Now, to lock it down! Looking forward (it was a learning experience).

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Leica. You are mine now.

Leica. You are mine now.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Duo of Jeff Surak & Cory O’Brien playing electro-acoustic surfaces, cuisines, harmonic cigars and gluten disco.

Presented by the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, Film and Dance at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2013.

Makioki Sisters can be found at: zeromoon.com/artists/makioki-sisters

Filmed and edited by H. Paul Moon | Zen Violence Films | zenviolence.com

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
The Tiananmen, or so-called “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” separating Tiananmen Square from the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on March 5, 2014

The Tiananmen, or so-called “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” separating Tiananmen Square from the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on March 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt

Friday, May 23, 2014
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

[NOTE: You can view this in 4K by clicking the gear icon and selecting 2160p.]

BACKGROUND: Last year, when the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera arrived, I made a video to break it in - http://vimeo.com/hpmoon/nyc - and laid down a commentary to share some insights - http://vimeo.com/hpmoon/bmpc. I challenged the camera to known weaknesses, while crafting a fully-formed lyrical piece beyond the abundance of rough tests and demo clips.

With the launch of the Panasonic GH4, we’re back to that same moment, seeing no shortage of test runs, but few large-scale works. Getting my early GH4 coincided with a trip to Chicago for a film festival I was in, so after a couple of days getting-to-know, I spent my last day running around the city before the evening flight home. This time, I was interested in the wider focal lengths that play to 4k’s strengths, thinking that Chicago’s unparalleled concentration of art and architecture would be an opportune subject. Also, I got stuck in my head a Duke Ellington composition, matching what I saw. The combined result is grandiose and over-the-top, but so is Chicago (“my kind of town”)…

TECHNICAL NOTES: Most of the shots are hand-held, with occasional application of Adobe Warp stabilization in post.  A couple of shots used a cheap skater dolly too, but everything fit into a small backpack, including my Panasonic 12-35mm/35-100mm/45-200mm and Rokinon 7.5mm lenses.  I balanced luminance and color on a clip-by-clip basis, then applied Kodak Vision 3 250D 5207 FilmConvert stock onto the GH4’s flat Cine-D profile, at defaults.  Due to the GH4’s variable-speed limitations, the slow-motion 2 fps shots are in 1080p (upscaled to UHD), and this is also true for the time-lapse shots which actually needn’t have been restricted to 1080p (a flaw in the GH4, as under-cranked footage is even less demanding to capture).  To keep the aperture open wide in daylight, I used Light Craft Workshop’s new variable RapidND filter, with visible vignetting at wide focal lengths, but overall sharpness and minimal color cast.

Challenges that I posed this time around included rolling shutter, which you’ll see in those lateral shots from the L train; pointing at the sun for black holes or blooming sensor; and aliased patterns which barely appear because there is no de-bayering from the sensor in UHD mode.  Highlight protection and color depth is fair but not great:  the GH4 still can’t beat the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras that have more dynamic range, and record internally to 10-bit 4:2:2 at a much higher bitrate.

GEAR LIST:
Panasonic Lumix GH4 - http://focuspull.in/lumixGH4
Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 - http://focuspull.in/hs12035
Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 - http://focuspull.in/hs35100
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 - http://focuspull.in/hfs45200
Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye - http://focuspull.in/sy75mft
Light Craft Workshop RapidND - http://focuspull.in/RapidND (use my coupon code LC-1308 for 10% off)