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December 5, 2009

New York City Sounds: Underground Music: Canon 7D, 1080/24p

NYC Sounds:LIVE underground:Canon 7D,1080/24p from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Finally got around doing my first subway music sampler video, great talent out there and this is the first of a series. It was a challenge not to get run over, esp during rush hour, poor lighting conditions really called for the Canon 5D mark II but I was set on shooting it in 24p. The 7D holds up very well, most clips ISO1600, 3200, contrast enhancement and b/w conversion in post. Steep curves applied to some clips bring out the noise, no noise reduction applied here since I really like the grainy look for this subject matter. Keeping it raw and real. Shot hand held, mostly, 17-55mm, 12-24mm, 11-16mm, wide open. Sound recorded with Sennheiser MKE 400.I am still waiting to get info for the two first gentlemen who can be found at the 72nd street station and the subway passage from 6th to 7th ave. For now check out the www.undergroundhorns.com
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  1. […] musicians with the 7D, video and sound New York City Sounds: Underground Music: Canon 7D, 1080/24p Mike Kobal high iso, b/w raw and real, the 5D2 would have been a better choice but i really wanted to shoot it […]

    Pingback by Subway musicians with the 7D, video and sound - Pro Photo HOME — December 6, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Mike, that was dope. After a little while I couldn’t tell that the film was 8 minutes long and I was left with wanting more. Some shots were superb and a wonderful choice in having it in B&W. I was about to comment on the mini distortion at around 2:01 but then I saw your reply in that it was intentional. I’m glad you cleared that up. Anyways, I’m leaving this comment here to support your site. I’m going to be purchasing my 7D an a couple of months but until then, I’ll keep enjoying your films.


    Comment by Claudio — December 7, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  3. Hey Mike, what are you doing with your MKE-400 audio? Straight out the camera mine sounds like garbage (i keep the low-cut filter off and turn the sensitivity to high in an effort to keep the omnipresent hiss low).

    Comment by Mark — December 8, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  4. Looks great! I love the B&W.
    I’ve never seen these musicians but I like the first guy the best.
    You might want to film the ‘Saw Lady’ – I always see her at the Union Sq. subway in the afternoons. She plays a musical saw and she is freakin good. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, her blog is http://www.sawlady.com/blog When she plays the saw constantly moves, creating shapes that might be interesting for filming.

    Comment by Michelle — December 9, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  5. thanks, Claudio, Mark and Michelle. the MKE 400 is pretty good. the problem is auto gain on the camera. @Michelle, I have a nice clip with the saw lady, she is great, thinking about doing one her alone

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 9, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

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  7. Mike I love the music its great. I’ve always love the subway performers I remember the last time i went to NY I saw a girl playing a saw with a bow like the ones in the oasis wonder wall video .

    I also think that the band around 4:50 sounds fierce and with power.

    great job man!


    Comment by Karlo — December 10, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  8. hey mike !! i like your video !! can you please explain me the color correction used in your video !!!

    Comment by diwash — December 11, 2009 @ 12:23 am

  9. New York City Sounds?sounds very..but i can find online or download link,please check

    Comment by 640-802 — January 4, 2010 @ 3:22 am

  10. How in the world did you do the slo-motion shot starting @ 5:32??? It looks fantastic! It looks like it’s @ 20% normal speed… yet the quality looks like it was shot with a high-speed camera. That’s sweet.

    Comment by Carlos — January 31, 2010 @ 1:10 am

  11. color correction fcp, 3way color correct, slomo using pixelblending in ae.

    Comment by mike.kobal — February 8, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  12. NYC Sounds:LIVE underground:Canon 7D,1080/24p from Mike Kobal on Vimeo…..

    Умные вещи, говорит )…

    Trackback by Антон Павлович — March 19, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  13. Solid video. Did you shoot in black and white as the color profile or did you originally shoot in color? Looks great though. I have been trying to do something similar in DC

    Comment by Rob — May 1, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

  14. thanks Rob, shot in color, converted to b/w in post

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 4, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  15. Very nice, thank you so much for sharing your settings with us. Any bit of advice will help the 7D rookies!

    Comment by Mon — May 11, 2010 @ 11:23 am

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  17. This seriously just made my day.

    Comment by Brian Joyner — July 27, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  18. I love the subway and the best musician i know is this guy
    Theo Eastwind.
    He is also very involved with advocating free speech.
    check him out and come to a show!!

    Comment by terrance karl — September 28, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  19. You have both 11-16 and 12-24? I was thinking of buying one but didn’t know wich one.

    Comment by Morgane — May 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  20. Hi Morgane, yes, both are very good, 12 24mm has a better range – for low light shooting, get the 11/16 for the one stop advantage, can’t go wrong with either

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 8, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

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