I spent the weekend in Michigan and then Indiana with my great friend Eric Kessler, maker of the Kessler Crane gear. I was there to just chill out and relax but for me relaxation is actually filming, so I did a few timelapses of the beautiful area and when I saw Eric’s fish tank I had to shoot it. I didn’t shoot much. Maybe for about 30 minutes, but enough to put something together for him.
It was all shot with one lens, easily one of my favourites. The 100mm Canon F2.8L IS Marco and a 7D. So my equivalent 35mm focal length is about 160mm, so a nice long macro. The 60p was conformed to 24p to give perfect slow motion. I rarely use the 60p of the 7D due to the hideous aliasing, as long as you avoid fine detail and deep depth of field you are ok with it. The slow motion helped with the fast moving fish and added an graceful air to everything.
Music is by the great John Williams from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”. This film is just a personal film so the music is not licensed which I do for all paid work.
I have to say Eric’s tank is stunning, the coral is so beautiful and when seen close up with the macro it’s simply incredible. One thing though when shooting a fish tank, shoot straight on, if you shoot at an angle then the distortion of the glass is quite apparent…I also sharpened in post using the built in sharpen tool set to 9% and it is graded with Magic Bullet looks. 20% off at checkout for that with code bloom20.
Very simple short film of a fish tank that I had to shoot when I saw it as it was so beautiful.
It’s not as sharp as it could be simply due to me shooting through the tank…but it still looks pretty good. That lens is sweet…
All shot at 60p conformed to 24p and using the Canon 100mm F2.8L IS macro using a 7D.
Music is by John Williams from “Memoirs of a Geisha”