Cherry Blossom Girl: Canon 5dmkII 25p


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Cherry Blossom Girl: Canon 5dmkII 25p from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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Whilst in the US recording a new show for Zacuto I took my 5d and the new Zacuto “Tactical Shooter” to the mean streets of Chicago for the “60th Annual Old Town Art Fair”.

Last time I shot a short on the 5d was for “Sofia’s People” with just one 50mm lens. This time I took a whole bag of lenses to try out some new stuff. Including a Shift Tilt 24mm Canon f3.5, an IS 70-200mm and a few others.


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  1. […] You can watch the film “The Art Fair by clicking here or on the image below” […]

    1. Matthias von Mutius says:

      Hi Philip, nice clip and editing! The looks of the people, bringing one from scene to scene :-)
      but sometimes a bit to videolike shaky/handheld for my liking…
      I just tried an 28-135 canon lens with IS imagestabilizer wow it works like a charm. Handhelding gets so much softer steadycamlike.You should try one of those :-)
      Salut Matthias

  2. Great stuff again Philp, I like it even more than Sophia’s people.

    Who’s that famous looking guy at 2:36? ;)

  3. Love the Intimacy of the shots. Catching us humans, doing what we do, is becoming very addictive to watch.

    Is working with the Mark 2 becoming easier?

    I am running FCE and not sure what my options are with the Mark2. I don’t have compressor and haven’t researched it yet.
    Wish Canon would make it easier… but I’m relatively new at this, hope I’ll learn.

    1. pbloom says:

      it’s easier due to manual controls. But workflow still a bitch. You should use MPEGSTREAMCLIP to convert to pro res to edit with

      1. Why MPEG Streamclip and not Compressor?

        1. pbloom says:

          MUCH faster

          1. Same quality? (colorwise?)

  4. duaneconder says:

    very nice… DOF is awesome, great eye; nice shot of weiss, too.


  5. Steve Weiss says:

    This piece has a lot of heart. It also has a vintage feel, I’m not sure it’s the music or the 25p, but I feel like I’m watching something from years ago?
    Thanks buddy,

    1. pbloom says:

      Tell them they are welcome to use it Steve.

    2. nader says:

      guys! i didn’t know that 5D2 does 25p! what r the other formats it does?


  6. Seth says:

    Thanks for sharing once again.

    Beautiful work!

  7. Hi Philip,

    Another beautiful piece, I really dig these portrait films, they always prove quite captivating. I’d love to have a go myself, just not sure I have the people skills yet! I’m investing in a 35mm adapter next week having been itching to try one out since seeing your work on Vimeo, hopefully the results will be worth sharing!

    1. pbloom says:

      Jonny, just be friendly and upfront and people are generally cool. Nobody said no to me in Chicago. It was a dream! i have a making of coming up where you can hear my chat to them…

  8. Matt Moses says:

    Just really nice home movies that people pay you to make. :)

    1. Matt Moses says:

      Kidding of course.. really well done.

  9. Albert Koval says:


    Beautiful photography, you really DO have the film look down!

  10. […] like Sofia’s People, Cherry Blossom Girl, My Autumn’s Done Come,  Return to Dungeness, Love from Southend, Alone in Tokyo and many […]

  11. Peter Urban says:

    beautiful ‘home movie’ ;-). Nicely done, one of my favorite of yours.


  12. janix says:

    looks pretty good for ungraded!

  13. […] like Sofia’s People, Cherry Blossom Girl, My Autumn’s Done Come, Return to Dungeness, Love from Southend, Alone in Tokyo and many […]

  14. Mirucho says:

    Hi Philip,
    Question about the screen: it looks like cinema size, not 16:9 or other. I guess that it is made in FCP?
    thank u

  15. JWilson says:

    Hello, I’m new to film/photography..been told I have an eye. I some how stumbled on your website and do i have so many questions. First off, which may sound really dumb, though remember I’m new.. The movies in which you shot, Cherry Blossom Girl, Sofia..this was all done with DSLR? Canon 5dmk2 Not a actuall HD Vid cam or film Cam???

    1. pbloom says:

      yes the Canon 5dmkII has a video mode!

  16. Sesa says:

    Hi Philip,congratulations for your video look very professional.
    Can you explain me you acspet ratio crop in this cilp ?
    Thanks in advance.


  17. nader says:

    hi philip,

    25p on 5D2?! could u explain, plz?

    1. pbloom says:

      check out the blog nader explains all

  18. […] some of my other work on the big screen. “Venice’s People”, “San Francisco’s People”, “Cherry Blossom Girl” and “Sofia’s People”. They all looked incredibly good on the big screen. Better than I could […]

  19. ReaM says:

    it is hard to see on a 13 laptop, but it looks like you have added grain to the second version.

    Am I right?

    1. pbloom says:

      no added grain

  20. Paul says:

    Nice choice of song. Hope Sandoval is dreamy aint she?

  21. I really really love this. A very warm feeling – a lot of honesty, a strong family feeling. Beautiful. Well done – almost makes me want to move from photography to video.

  22. Ray Ortega says:

    Nice work. Is most or all of the footage slowed down a little? By how much?

    1. pbloom says:

      conformed from 30p to 24p

  23. eric says:

    hey phil,

    love your stuff. was wondering about when you make these ‘people’ docs how you do it? is it all candid? do you ask the subjects if you can film them? what do you say? thanks.