Hamburg Surf Festival

Surfing Germany. Saubere Filme, and the Panasonic G3.

I don’t speak German, and I don’t have to, to get what is going on in the videos posted below.

The first video from Saubere Filme is the final product for a surfing video shoot that took place in Germany, at a point when the river Eisbach was raging with fast moving high spring waters. The second is the making of film that shows how they set this up and shot it using Panasonic Lumix G3 cameras, a flock of birds rig, some crazy lighting and rigging gear. The third is about the Hamburg Surf Festival”. (I didn’t know they had a surf festival in Hamburg)

All of the films were shot using the Panasonic Lumix G3 micro four thirds camera, with some pretty amazing results. They get some really great bokeh effects, when shooting with shallow depth of field. It looks like the low light performance is pretty solid, and the over all image quality is superb. If I hadn’t already ordered the new Olympus OMD-EM5, I might consider getting one of the Panasonics.

Even if you don’t speak German, do yourself a favor and watch these films. They are great inspiration, and show some really good behind the scenes footage outlining how they made these short films.

Camera Array Operator: Matthias Uhlig, Sigfried Kuckstein
Director: Jan Brockmann
DP: Dennis Fritz
AC: Johannes Revermann
Assistant Camera Array Operator: Ralf Dahlhaus
SlowMotion: Max Garhammer, Matthias Springer
Technical Suport: Panasonic Deutschland,
Johannes Rabe!, Panther Rental, WeissCam, Ewa Marine
Music: Marc B├╝hler – Universal Publishing Music Berlin
Production: Susi Kultau
PA’s: Maxi Kultau, Philip Krebs
Photos by: Ralf Dahlhaus

Lenses used:

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds:

H-F008E Lumix G Fisheye 3.5 / 8 mm
H-H014 LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH.
H-H020E LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH.
H-F007014E LUMIX G VARIO 7-14 mm
H-FS014045E Lumix G Vario 14-45 mm F 3.5-5.6 ASPH. O.I.S.
H-VS014140E LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140 mm
H-FS100300 LUMIX G VARIO 100-300 mm, O.I.S.


Leica Summicron-M 1:2 / 50 mm
Leica Summarit-M 1:2.5 / 75 mm