See through a different lens!
See through a different lens!
In this two-minute video, I explore the "Rule of Halves" when you shoot in a 16:9 ratio or wider. The "Rule of Thirds" still applies to 4:3 and 3:2 ratio footage and photos, which was commonplace when that rule was used most. Those formats are taller and not as wide, so when you are shooting in a wider format like 16:9, 2:00, or 2:35 widescreen that rule dictates a much smaller subject if you stick to the time-honored "Rule of Thirds". I prefer to split the image in half, or nearly so, with the subject to one SIDE of the image and not necessarily in the middle if possible.
In this example, I kept the fountain to the side with the bird on the other side, until he jumped into the center of the frame then flew off. It is VERY hard to get birds to read the script and follow their marks in filming, but we try! Click on the star settings icon and choose 1080p HD to view at the highest resolution. I put technical information at the end of the video and will include it here since the video moves pretty fast during that information. I shot this in 1080p in MOV 200 MB/S setting, at 24 frames per second, 1/50th of a second exposure (180-degree shutter), at 500 ISO with a Pentax 300mm SMC f4 lens, set at f8 to give me a sharper image and more depth of field which is handy when the bird moves around, in and out of focus, especially on video.
When shooting video and using long lenses it is best to isolate the subject and blur the background into a pleasing, creamy bokeh if possible. Here I used a vintage 300mm f4 Carl Zeiss telephoto lens on a SONY FS700 video camera. The footage was shot in 1080HD at 120 frames per second, with 250th of a second exposure at 500 ISO.
The House sparrow is nearly identical to the color of the flowers in the background. That does not happen often and here gives the video a pleasing look. I cover these ideas and more in my photo tips eBook Yearn to Learn, available below.
Each morning I start my day with a relaxing cup of coffee and try a different lens on the camera to see what comes into the fountain in our yard. Today I chose a vintage 1967 Carl Zeiss Sonnar 300mm f4 and shot this video in 1080p HD at 120 frames per second on the SONY FS700 camera. I was very fortunate to get some nice footage of American Goldfinches but this one of a bright red House sparrow is my favorite. Ironically the color of the bird nearly matched the color of the flowers in the background.
About halfway through a wasp flies through the frame.
Take a moment (and a half!) to enjoy a bit of nature for your busy day. Please click on the settings icon on Vimeo to select 1080p which is the HD version of this video. I hope it brings a bit of joy to your life, as much as it does for me to film it. You are welcome to share with others. https://vimeo.com/581630801
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