So you wanna make a movie., but you don’t have a bunch of money. For a lot of people this would be the end of it. No money, no movie. The thing is though, you don’t need a ton of cash to make a film that looks great, tells a good story, and captivates your audience. The two Vimeo shorts below are a prime example of this. The first is “Not So Fast” by David Sandberg, a staff pick on Vimeo. The second is the behind the scenes film that show how the movie was made with a bunch of IKEA hardware and a Black Magic camera. Now, before you start saying “Oh yeah he had that killer camera, so his film looks amazing”, this could be done with any number of cameras, or probably even your phone. Sure, high dollar gear, and big budgets are nice to have, but not having them shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your goal.
After five days at Rocky Mountain National Park I’m finding it hard to get back into the swing of things. Over the course of that five day period I spent 3 days hiking about 25 miles and and taking photos along the way. As the mini vacation wound down, I was hitting my stride and really wished for a couple more days in the park to shoot additional photos and hopefully see a bit more wildlife.
While there, I focused on using two lenses as my primary shooting tools. The Zuiko 17mm f1.8 prime, and the Zuiko 75 to 300mm f4.8 zoom. The 17 was used as a general purpose lens and the 75 to 300 for grabbing distance shots of wildlife in the park. The shots below were all shot as Olympus RAW files that were opened via Adobe Bridge with enhancements being done to the RAW data before opening the file. Once in Photoshop, files were cropped and in some cases merged to create the ultra-wide panoramas.
I’m not going to go into any kind of in-depth review of the two lenses. There is plenty of information on both of them all over the internet, and most give a much more technical review then I ever would. What I will say is this. I rented the 17 to try it out. I’ll be buying it. Hands down it was one of the best primes I’ve shot with on the OMD. I wish we would have had cloudless nights, because I wanted to try it for star trails. Maybe next time. The 17 is a fast focusing, super sharp, ultra quiet lens. The snap ring manual focusing sold it. As for the 75 to 300. It’s a solid lens, but it is by no means a best in class. For the money it was worth every penny. The photos below that were shot with it are annotated with approximate distances to show just how much reach this lens has.