Summer Fun: Olympus E P-1

Summer Fun: shot with Olymplus E P-1 from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

A few short clips shot with my new Olympus E P-1 in the ART6 filter movie setting, walking around in Central Park, East River Park and Lincoln Park. Olympus is mysterious about the frame rate, I guess it is around 8 fps, shot at aperture 4 with the kit lens. Fun effect. The E P-1 is the best compact camera for still photos at the moment, small footprint, manual controls, big sensor, great image quality. The movie mode is not up to that level, aperture control but no AE lock. Still a great little toy that can be carried around all the times. The clips are ungraded, right out of the camera, this is the color and effect (vignette) the ART6 filter produces. Music:

Brooklyn Creative: Kayla Camstra: 720/60P, Lumix GH1

Brooklyn Creative: Kayla Camstra: Lumix Gh1, 720/60p from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

For Kayla, painting is a form of both physical therapy and self-representation. Her work is as much about the process as it is about the product. In the preliminary stage of a painting, Kayla uses basic assumptions of how to demonstrate depth, space and color effectively. Her decisions thereafter are based on spontaneity and experimentation. It involves mixing media, geometry, as well as combining the relationships between the sense of depth and flat planes. Whether or not the outcome is a hit or miss, the inspiration of the success or failure leads her onto the next project.
Kayla is a freelance artist, part time student (painting major at Pratt Institute with an academic scholarship in light, color and design,) and model.
This is my first shoot with the Panasonic Lumix GH1. This little camera rocks, esp in 720/60p. Shot in B/W with the kit lens. Contrast enhancement in post. Music by Lehoczky Tamas, Pulpo Hungary, if you like what you hear, check it out here

Panasonic Lumix GH1 compared to Canon 5D mark II: Video Test Clip

Panasonic Lumix GH1: Test Clip from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Canon 5D mark II and Panasonic Lumix GH1, comparing video clips shot at ISO 400: . The clips were taken minutes apart, I was mainly interested in comparing the out of focus areas. Click through to Vimeo for the Canon clip and for full resolution downloads.The Lumix looks very good compared to traditional camcorders. I look forward to my 35mm lens adapter to shoot with high speed glass on the GH1 wide open. For now, Canon has the more appealing bokeh, and a more natural tone curve, whereas the Lumix GH1 has a pretty steep tone curve which adds to the harsher look when it comes to bokeh. the sensor is exactly half the size of Canon’s sensor. What I like about the GH1: Record until the SDHC card is full, 60p, full manual controls, swivel LCD, silent AF during recording, optical quality very good on kit lens, image stabilization works very well, small, unobtrusive, very good sound recording, use 35mm lenses from Nikon and Canon via adapter. What I don’t like: AVCHD, AVCHD, AVDHD…….What I like about the Canon 5Dmk2: unparalleled image quality, full manual controls.
What I don’t like: Sound recording, but there might be a way around it, codec could be better, 12min recording limit.
Head over to vimeo if you want to download the original clips to compare them at full resolution.

Victoria: Canon 5D mark II, 24p

Victoria: Canon 5D mark II, 24p from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Victoria came to my studio with her Dad Philip and her two sisters, Miranda and Alexandra. What a great looking family. I photographed them all! But this was all about Victoria. Possibly the next super model? Let me know what you think, will she make it? I wish her good luck! Raw clips with freeze frames that indicate the moment when still pictures were taken. Bunch of Arri lights and a small fan for the hair. Canon 5Dmk2 with 75-150mm, 50mm and 24-70mm. Conformed to 24P in FCP. Music: “Blackroom” by Moby.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City: Canon 5D mark II

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City: Canon 5D mark II from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

This year the fireworks moved crosstown to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson. Shot from Hoboken, NJ, it was spectacular. Canon 5Dmk2 and 24-70mm at 2.8 at ISO 2000, Tripod with fluid head, edited in FCP. Music: Mozart, Turkish March, you can buy it here: