Canon 7D Slow Motion Test

I wanted to run a piece of footage through the camera to use as a slow motion test for the 7D.

In this test I decided to film at 720p/50 so that I could reduce the footage to 24 after I had slowed it down. My reasoning for this was that if the frame rate was doubled I would get a more reasonable slow motion piece as the end result.

As kids we probably all liked to blow dandelions and I thought this would be a great subject to shoot in slow motion. The dandelions we found here for filming were not much smaller than a tennis ball, and possibly not quite ready to be blown, however, we did give it our best shot as you will see!

I found that the slow motion movement of the model blowing the dandelion was smooth and consistent, however, the velocity of the models breath and subsequent destruction of the flower was always going to be far greater than that of the camera to catch such speed clearly.

It was, in all, a good test that could really use a different subject focus – say a car moving by, a model jumping, or someone riding a push bike. I think I will re-do this test along one of those lines. In the meantime check out the footage of the “slow motion dandelion blow” (sounds kinda kinky really)…

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Canon 7D macro filming?

I thought that I would test out some macro filming with my new Canon 7D DSLR. As a photographer I have shot macro photographs quite often, and there is an art to it.
My question for this project testing was to determine if the same principles for stills photography could be implemented using the Canon 7D as a film camera when shooting a macro subject. Here are the camera setup details (shutter speeds may vary);

Canon 7D body
Canon 100mm prime macro lens
Hand held for bugs and water
Tripod for plants

As you will see by the footage I have gone against 2 major rules of macro photography;
1. Never shoot hand held unless the situation dictates no other option
2. Never shoot macro in windy conditions unless you can shield your subject
With such a shallow depth of field these two conditions can have a major impact on the results. It’s also worth noting that my focus follower is on order and so was not available for this test. I used the focus ring on the lens to push and pull focus (another no no in my opinion because you have no real accuracy). This is ok when shooting stills because you are not touching the camera while the shot is being taken. But for film?

You can see the camera shake with the lady bug and water, and the breeze moving the plants making it look like camera shake, however the depth of the images I believe is outstanding and what you would expect from an expensive Canon stills lens. Leave your comments and opinions as I would love to hear them.

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