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November 21, 2014
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Blood Brother – A Hearth-Warming Movie Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D

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John Pope talks about “Blood Brother,” and how the small form factor of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D helped him capture some of the most moving scenes without being intrusive

Blood Brother is a feature documentary about a young man with a strong desire for a family he’ll find at an AIDS hostel in a small village outside the city of Chennai, India. The movie got the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Festival 2013.

The movie is the product of cinematographer John Pope and his good friend Steve Hoover, the director of the movie. A short description of what Blood Brother is about:

Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.

Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India.

He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy.  And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.

‘Blood Brother’ is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

Blood Brother was shot starting 2011 over a two-year period using various gear: a venerable Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, Vixia camcorders, and a random use of smartphone video. About the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark II John Pope says:

At the time in 2011 […] there weren’t many cameras on the market that were as good in low light as the EOS 5D Mark II. Being able to shoot in low light is always important especially if you’re going for a natural look of existing practicals in a location that you don’t have control over. […]  Although it’s not always easy to articulate the look of a larger sensor, I think that it lends itself to a different feel of the space within the image.”

More about the technical background can be read at Canon DLC. The movie caused some controversy you can read about here while director Steve Hoover’s response can be read here. All filmmaker proceeds are donated to the children seen in the film and to HIV/AIDS initiatives.

Blood Brother:

  • Director: Steve Hoover
  • Writers: Steve Hoover, Phinehas Hodges, Tyson VanSkiver
  • Producers: Danny Yourd, Leigh Blake, John Carlin, Steve Hoover
  • Editor: Steve Hoover
  • Additional Cinematography: Tyson VanSkiver, Phinehas Hodges, Steve Hoover, Danny Yourd
  • Colorist: Allan Stallard

Video below: Blood Brother trailer

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November 14, 2014
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Milky Way Time-Lapse with a Surprise: A Meteor Exploding in Atmosphere

A Milky Way time-lapse with an unexpected surprise. A meteor exploding while entering the atmosphere. Not something you can get on video by planning it, though there are two photographers lucky enough to capture it.

The video above was made by Wes Eisenhauer in South Dakota in mid-September, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a 16-35mm lens.

Milky Way Time-Lapse

Eisenhauer was not the only lucky photographer to capture this very meteor explosion. Ben Lewis shot the video below in Iowa using a Canon EOS 6D and 35mm lens.

A meteor exploding in the atmosphere is called a “bolide fireball”, more about it at the American Meteor Society.

[via PetaPixel]

October 30, 2014
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Stormscapes2 – An Astonishing Time Lapse Video

The amazing video above was made by Nicolaus Wegner, and it took him 5 months to put it together. He says:

High plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world. I spent May – September 2014 photographing all types of severe weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. This time lapse project is a result of that effort. From rainbows to tornadoes, there is a little bit of everything in here.

To realise the time lapse video he used an EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 6D, and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USMEF 70-200 f/4L IS and Rokinon 14mm lenses.

Kudos!

Music: “Leader” by MODE

[via TwistedSifter]

 

May 5, 2014
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US Jury Finds Canon EOS 1DS III, EOS 5D Mark II and Vixia Camcorders Infringe Patent Filed By Intellectual Ventures

Intellectual Ventures

A few days ago a US jury found that some of Canon’s digital cameras violate valid image-sensor patents owned by patent-licensing company Intellectual Ventures. The Jury held that the EOS 1DS Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II and Vixia Camcorders infringe 2 patents filed by Intellectual Ventures. So far Canon didn’t release any comment. The text below mentions also another company (Xilinx) Intellectual Ventures has settled a lawsuit against.

Reports Reuters:

[…] a U.S. jury on Friday found that Canon Inc violated two Intellectual Ventures patents over digital imaging technology. Damages will be decided at a later proceeding.

In a statement, Intellectual Ventures chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio said the company was pleased with the Canon verdict. An IV spokeswoman declined to comment on the Xilinx settlement. 

Representatives for […] Canon could not immediately be reached for comment

[…]

In the Canon lawsuit, also in a Delaware federal court, the jury on Friday upheld the validity of IV’s patents and found patent infringement, according to court filings. IV will now proceed to a second trial against Canon next week on two additional patents.

Read the rest at Reuters –>

[via law360]

April 24, 2014
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Confluence – A Documentary Shot in Idaho By Philip Bloom Using Canon EOS 7D and 5D Mark II

The above 53 minutes documentary was shot by Philip Bloom using a Canon EOS 7D (price & specs) and EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs) some time ago. Now it is free to view for anyone.

About the documentary:

The Lewiston / Clarkston valley has a rich history. It is here, at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, where Lewis and Clark camped on their westward journey over two hundred years ago. Residents boast that the valley is the gateway to Hells Canyon, that Lewiston was Idaho’s first capital. However, the valley also has a much darker past, one that many know about, but few publicly acknowledge. From 1979 to 1982, five people disappeared. Only three of the bodies have ever been found. All share one suspect.

I drove thru this beautiful valley last year while crossing the USA. I was invited by friends in Idaho, and I took this route to join them.

 

February 18, 2014
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Canon Dominates World Press Photo Award

This is a pretty interesting infographic made by the people at hastalosmegapixeles. The graphic shows a breakdown of the cameras used for the World Press Photo 2014 awards, won by Canon photographer John Stanmeyer. Canon dominates.

58% of the cameras used are Canon cameras, 28% are Nikon cameras. Canon is prominent with the Canon EOS-1D X (8%), the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (7%), and even with the relatively old Canon EOS 5D Mark II (7%). No surprise here: Canon rules the professional photographers world.

Nice to see that an entry-level camera, the Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D, is also part of the game (1%). The original article (translated) claims that 86% of the winners used Canon gear, but I can not see it in the info graphic. Finally, there is still people using film (2%), and mirrorless cameras do not appear to play any role (3%), but some are using compact cameras (2%).

[via The Phoblographer]

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January 10, 2014
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Installing And Using Magic Lantern Raw On the 5d Mark 2 – A Complete Video Tutorial

If you’re scared by the idea of installing a firmware hack like Magic Lantern on your Canon EOS 5D Mark II (or on other supported Canon DSLRs) then this 25 minutes video is for you.

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