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Shooting China's 60th anniversary parade with the 7D, 5DmkII and Nikon D700

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

This is my short film from China’s huge national day parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic.

The challenge was to come up with something different with so many different Chinese and international media covering the event from every angle. After waiting half the previous night for a pass and then catching only 3 hours sleep in the press centre lobby, I got put on a stand with a hundred odd of my media collegues including the likes of the BBC, Reuters, AP and AFP so there was no point doing the same as they were.

Messing around waiting for the parade to start with my Rolleiflex next to the BBC's Quentin Sommerville

Messing around waiting for the parade to start with my Rolleiflex next to the BBC's Quentin Sommerville

Chinese media with long lenses at the ready to shoot their leaders

Chinese media with long lenses at the ready to shoot their leaders

I decided to shoot the whole video on D-SLRs using a combination of time lapse and slow motion. The 7D was equipped with an adapted Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens and a 1.4x convertor set at 720p/60 and then slowed down to 25fps in Final Cut Pro. The 5DmkII and Nikon D700 were both mounted remotely high up in the air, one atop a big studio light stand, the other in a Manfrotto super arm clamped to a lampost, both also had tilt and shift lenses fitted.

Shooting with my 7D, Zacuto Z-finder, Nikon 300mm f2.8 and 1.4x convertor and Sennheiser MKE400 mike.

Shooting with my 7D, Zacuto Z-Finder, Nikon 300mm f2.8 and 1.4x convertor and Sennheiser MKE400 mike.

It was a quite hot for an October day in Beijing and I think this coupled with my heavy use of the 720p movie mode caused my 7D to overheat a lot. The camera would flash a red warning on the LCD and three times the camera overheated so much that it decided to stop me filming. This is documented in the user manual which also states that overheating can also cause the image quality to degrade. In future I’m going to being more with me to protect the camera from the heat.

This said the footage I did get was amazing and is only lightly adjusted for colour and contrast, otherwise its pretty much how it came out the camera.

You can see video as it originally on the Guardian here
There is an great tutorial on timelapse processing from Eos-network here
To see some astounding Timelapse work check out the work of Tom at Timescapes[caption

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Posted on October 1st, 2009 by admin | Category: Canon Eos5DmkII, Canon Eos7D, Journalism |

176 responses to "Shooting China's 60th anniversary parade with the 7D, 5DmkII and Nikon D700"

  1. shubbby Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    曼生 :

    shubbby :啥鸡巴垃圾音乐,垃圾视频!拍的人和制作者全家死光光!

    请对作者保持应有的尊重,以及身为一个中国人请拿出你应有的素质,谢谢。

    这种人还要尊重?他就是吃屎长大的。希特勒的背景,鲜花堆着主席像。悲伤的音乐。

  2. BIOS Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    thanks for your video!i like photograph very much.this is myfirst time to see this kind of video,amazing!
    hope you enjoy your time in china,take more photo about china and chinese.
    那些不分青红皂白,上来就一通乱骂的人,你不配说中文

  3. BIOS Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    不好意思,我没听出背景音乐中有一丝悲伤成分,只是稍显庄重罢了。上边所谓希特勒阅兵的音乐,希特勒背景?我想请问你,你看过这段视频吗?哪里有希特勒背景?

  4. wawa chan Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    上面那骂人的实在是太丢脸了,一点素质都没有,连最基本的互相尊重都没学会!拜托你们回家里好好呆着好不,别出来丢人啦!我简直怀疑你们是FL功派来黑国人素质的!
    我觉得这个视频拍得不错,比CCTV的黑乎乎的好多了,音乐是稍嫌庄重些,但还是不错的。

  5. Yule Lee Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    thanks, you did a great job

  6. cyjjxy Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 2:49 am

    是有点死气沉沉的感觉,慢镜头人人面无表情,然后快镜头的方队,有点被国家机器湮没的意思,没有思想,只有木偶般的行动,这位外国记者似乎就想表达这个…

  7. Night Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 3:37 am

    shubbby :

    曼生 :

    shubbby :啥鸡巴垃圾音乐,垃圾视频!拍的人和制作者全家死光光!

    请对作者保持应有的尊重,以及身为一个中国人请拿出你应有的素质,谢谢。

    这种人还要尊重?他就是吃屎长大的。希特勒的背景,鲜花堆着主席像。悲伤的音乐。

    这音乐哪里悲伤了?您懂欣赏么?

  8. Night Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 3:38 am

    中华英雄 :
    我是中国莆田的,看了你们的记者的作品很生气,下次不欢迎你来我们国家了。

    请问气从何来?人拍得多好,不管从技术还是手法上,这个短片都比朝廷台播的垃圾强得多了。

  9. hellkitty Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 3:58 am

    hey,you may think china is a totalitarian country, so you make your video this way.
    it’s okay,what i want to tell you is that china is not perfect now,there are many things unfair and we have many complain about china,but we love china , we hate the government and the party.i just want to tell you how chinese think

  10. BIOS Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 5:34 am

    eh..i think there are few misunderstand..
    take it easy hellkitty…和谐和谐~~
    maybe the photographer didn’t make this video on purpose.yeah,i agreed with you,and your opinion on second paragraph.我们不爱党,但我们爱国!(sorry,my english is not so good)

  11. Tiago Bellin Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Greetings from Brazil. Awesome video. Awesome Parade. Congratulations.

  12. 蛋定男 Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:33 am

    The BGM is great,thanks!

  13. Neo Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Good job! 音乐很庄重,挺适合的,不知道希特勒用没用过管谁的球事。没脑子愤青的语调怎么跟大-纪元一样,真是稀烂的一大把。

  14. MOCEAN Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    A master work, My god! Thanks for your job!

  15. Michael Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Amazing! I like this far better than the CCTV one. Thanks for sharing!

  16. 渔夫 Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:37 am

    拍的可比天朝的台强太多了,不明白五毛党咋回事,白的可以说成黑的。

  17. 逝月 Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    这音乐很好,求出处

    感谢作者

  18. deborah Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    hey,you don’t like Chairman Jiang?

  19. Wang Chen Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Very nice!!

  20. pks Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    背景音乐是《生化危机》三里的音乐

  21. LGo Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Excellent concept and execution … wow!

  22. meK Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Hey , I love the video . You did a beautiful work . Gratz … But tell me please , what is the name of the song!?

  23. Passer Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    中华英雄 :
    我是中国莆田的,看了你们的记者的作品很生气,下次不欢迎你来我们国家了。

    自尊心越强的人内心越自卑

  24. Passer Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    shubbby :
    啥鸡巴垃圾音乐,垃圾视频!拍的人和制作者全家死光光!

    烧饼,不解释

  25. Zx.MYS Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Great video!Much better than CCTV’s Live!
    BTW, I think some Chinese here don’t know how to appreciate music & video and can’t select their words in a correct way……..Just ignore them.

  26. Wang Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    This is an perfect summary of the retro propaganda, I enjoyed the method and the skill involved in making the clip, and no regret for missing the official live broadcast. Thank you.

  27. LESLEY Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    i am amazing! great editing, great music which really shocked my heart! thank you to shoot my motherland looks so good! 很多中国人认为外国人对中国有偏见,其实是这些人自己心里自卑,才会曲解了明明不隐含任何政治偏见的好短片!希望我们的同胞拿出自己的素质,从纯欣赏的角度观看这部影片。你会发现我们的祖国是那么美好!

  28. LGY Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    hi Dan, this is Yu. i keep on reading your website for a while and prefer your shooting style and the topic you choose. i have an inclination to shoot a movie ( well i am kind of TV program editor) , would you interest? more details could be reached at : guanyu_7@tom.com or mobile No:13391911105

  29. truth be told Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    this is ridiculous, read the history of china in the last 60 years.

    http://ninecommentaries.com/

  30. Li Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    is it made originally from great amount of pictures?
    i shared this clip with my friend, it’s very nice and good job for you!

  31. Loo Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve to say some guys here are really really creepy. The author have done a greet job, and obviously, it is an amazing parade. That’s a good sign! For those junky guys with dirty words, plz, go somewhere that even god can’t find you, ‘cauze you’re really nasty. for those who are anouncing themselves as patriates but not a party member, I understand u, but don’t be afraid of those slaugons from Fa Lun Da fa. It is just that the communists found the new China, and gain the respect from all over the world, not the member of Fa Lun dafa, and they are just tools for anti-China, if you were really living in countries outside of China. I hate those guys, always do something unreal but none of them is good for China and Chinese.

  32. OMEGA Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    音乐听着像世界末日。。。。

  33. PatriotIII Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Great Job! Bravo! Keep the good work! It has the potential of becoming a masterpiece.

  34. Ben Olivare Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Incredible footage !!! thanks for sharing.

  35. hefei Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    The name of the music is what? I like it .

  36. 头 Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    清晰度还可以..
    俺的要求很低
    看清脸就行…
    俺农村来的 …别叨咕俺…0.0

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