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Shooting on ice – 1DmkIV and 7D play nice together and get published

I’m back in Beijing after my travels and I’ve finally had a chance to get out and shoot a piece for my newspaper’s website with the 1DmkIV. It’s nothing too complicated but a good excuse to put the camera through its paces in bright daylight. I set it in 720p/60, put a 70-200 lens on it and ventured down to a frozen lake in Beijing to see how it performed in daylight.

1DmkIV and 7D on Ice – Winter fun on Beijing’s Houhai lake from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

When it came to editing the 1DmkIV footage was changed into slow motion by using Apple’s Cinematools to conform it to 25p. All the footage is graded using Magic Bullet looks.

Canon Eos7D ice cycle cam ready to roll

Canon Eos7D ice cycle cam ready to roll

To get the moving shots I attached my 7D on the front of an ice-bike that I’d rented, using a super clamp. The camera was fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm lens and to get the exposure I wanted I fitted a Genus Fader ND filter to the front. I would have put the 1DmkIV on there but I didn’t really want to be the first person to write one off; imagine how embarrassing that would be. I got some strange looks as it was – and had some near misses.

This camera was set to shoot 1080p/30 and then conformed to 25p to give a very slight slowdown, then downsized to 720p in the final output.

The 7D was fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 and a Genus Fader ND filter

The 7D was fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 and a Genus Fader ND filter

Sadly the ice was not as smooth as I’d expected and ideally I should have used some kind of stabilisation rig for the 7D. So the result was not perfect and needed a little help from Final Cut’s smoothcam filter to get rid of some of the worst wobbling. I guess a better solution might have been a gyro stabilizer and some kind of arm, but I have neither. Maybe I’ll treat myself later in the year.

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Posted on January 6th, 2010 by Dan Chung | Category: Canon EOS-1D Mk IV, Canon Eos7D, DSLR video news |

12 responses to "Shooting on ice – 1DmkIV and 7D play nice together and get published"

  1. Kingofpunk Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Hi
    Even with the help of the smoothcam from FCP the result is good and interesting.

  2. Richard AH Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Nice job. God thing the 7D survived, the insurance claim would probably end up on one of those comedy shows where they read out implausible (and probably made up) crash reports (“she swerved several times before I hit her”)!

  3. Gary Taylor Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:42 am

    :| seriously? over 8min on the Guardian website? I got up to 1min and couldn’t handle anymore, I already saw the same shots 3 times before I had enough!

    Sorry

    interesting ice-bike and quality of the HD footage on both cameras are great!

  4. Dan Chung Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Gary, sorry you didn’t like it. It’s actually a regular 3 and a bit minute length. No idea why its showing as 8 mins on the Guardian site, must be a glitch.

  5. Gary Taylor Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I’ve really loved some of your work over the years, you actually inspired me quite heavily a few years back. So I do appreciate the time and effort you put into your work.

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