If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you may notice that things look a little different around here. And if this is your first time, you may notice a few very recent things here, then a jump to old stuff. Thus, a very brief note to get us all on the same page.
Old blog: technical challenges, versions, plugins, hackability, blah blah.
New blog: (mostly) blank slate, purported simplicity.
So there you go. A jump has been made, and I’m glad you found me! Please like, follow, do what you gotta do to stick around.
One of the great things about taking on personal projects is that you can push yourself outside your comfort zone a bit with less stress than there would be on a paying gig. Under normal professional world circumstances, shooting still and moving images can be a mountain of stress. Given the right pre-production (and budget), it’s totally doable, but it involves some mental gymnastics moving between the two formats. Lighting, composition, audio considerations, relating to your subject… it can be daunting. Unless you’re calling all the shots and you’re OK with things happening organically, which I most definitely am.
We went out with a loose plan: to forage for a while in the afternoon, cook for stills in the evening, then cook for motion in the morning. As it turned out, the sky clouded over early in the evening and never really let up. I had hoped to shoot more human interaction lifestyle-y shots of the cooking, but it didn’t pan out.
Fortunately, the morning was perfect, as was the weather for our time foraging the prior afternoon. I’m happy with the stills I came home with, but I’m especially happy with how this motion piece turned out. Audio in particular can be a real challenge, but the ambient sounds of the woods and the cooking pair together, I think, in a really pleasing way. I hope you like it.