This is the music that I will be using for my final video. The song is ‘The Way Out Is Through’ by Nine Inch Nails. I chose this song because of it’s industrial sound and it’s slow, gradual build up which I feel will work extremely well with the themes I am going to be introducing. When the song builds to a crescendo, so will the footage on the screen. Also, the album from which the song comes from uses a lot of dystopian themes within the music and I found it hard to resist picking this song to use.
As for the rights, I will not be using this video for any other purpose other than to submit as my BA project and I have no intentions of using it for financial gain.
In an effort to shoot a LOT of footage in ‘one fell swoop’, I arranged a party and invited a bunch of my friends. I capitalised on having a group of people in one place and shot all of their eyes in macro. The results were brilliant on the most part, I got around 20 individual eyes of different colours and each with its own identity.
Reflection – Up until now, I have only had my own eye to shoot and although I was impressed by how it looked from a macro perspective, it was nothing compared to seeing the variety and individuality of the human eye. I am quite confident that the video will have the desired impact on its audience.
I have been researching the practical aspects of making time lapses and with some advice from my tutor, Peter Waiting, I now know that I need an intervalometer which is an automatic shutter release remote that can be set to certain specifications. These specifications include the time between shutter releases, exposure time and the number of shots taken. I have had a look on multiple websites and I have decided that I would rather spend a little extra and be confident that it will operate well. I found one on a site called fastforwardtime.co.uk which advertises a Pixel TC-252 Intervalometer for £38.
Hopefully it will arrive soon so I can get underway with these time lapses.
I have decided that I am going to use at least one time lapse in my project. Some subjects I have thought of doing include a melting ice cube, tablet dissolving slowly in water and an apple turning brown. Hopefully a few more will come to mind once I begin testing time lapsing out.
Reflection – I have been watching a lot of time lapses on Vimeo for a few days now and I was captivated by the simplest things shot in a way I had never seen before. As part of the projects theory is to look into the rarely seen, I realised that using time lapse would enhance my final video and is still keeping within the ethos of the project. I hope that by combining both macro and time lapsing will add a new depth to the increasingly popular standard time lapses, I think that this will be a fresher take on the technique.
Actions – I will research into the practical aspects of shooting time lapses and make steps towards purchasing the necessary items to achieve them.
The Science of Macro.
I found this extremely informational article on the science and workings of macro photography/videography. It brought to my attention an interesting fact about the depth of field issues that I’ve been having. It seems that you get a wider depth of field the further away from the subject you are, regardless of the aperture you are set at. This is why the 100mm macro lens that I used the other day had such a superior depth of focus than when shooting with my 50mm and 18-55mm, I can shoot from a further distance with the 100mm allowing for, in theory, double the depth of focus that the other two lenses can provide even if I set the aperture to f/22.
Reflection – The information in this article was a real eye opener (no pun intended…) but i have to say some of it did go over my head. Hopefully the more time I spend researching the theory behind macro, the more I will come to understand it and as a result I will enhance my camera skills.
Today I got to have a play around with a Canon 100mm Macro lens and I have to say, it was superb. Everything about it, from its focal range to its ease of handling, was just brilliant. If it was possible to take the lens out for a week I would probably try and shoot the entire video with it, but as I am not certain which days I will be filming it isn’t ideal to only be able to take it out for a day or two. Below are a few examples of what this lens can do.
Reflection – The quality of this lens was staggering. I had a lot of fun with this lens and I managed to capture some video of eyes that I will be putting in the final video.
What follows are a few shots I took of my own eye during the Easter break. I used my 18-55mm to shoot the first set, the second was using the 50mm Pentax. The difference, at least to me, is quite obvious. All shots are unedited.
First Set –
Second Set –
The first photo in the second set is the only shot out of 25 that had a decent focus on the iris and pupil. i was taking these of my own eye myself with the viewing screen flipped around so I could see when it was in focus. Unfortunately, the ‘live view’ function on my camera that is supposed to give an accurate display of the photos final outcome was not working properly, the image on the screen before the shot was taken was extremely dark whereas when the shot was taken the image was totally over exposed. The practicality of working with those conditions is not really worth thinking about.
Reflection – Although my Pentax 50mm is a superb lens and takes some beautiful shots, when in conjunction with the extension tubes it isn’t very practical. For this reason I have chosen to stick with my 18-55mm Canon lens to shoot the final product. During the test shoot, I was extremely impressed with how easy it was to achieve these shots with this lens. I feel that I will find it much easier to shoot video on this lens as well.
Actions – Within the next fortnight, I will begin to gather eye footage for my final product. I will also take out a tripod at the end of the week.