A Winter Update...

Its been a while, again. Same excuse, thankfully, I guess. Been a fun few weeks of producing, directing, filming, editing and some photo shoots thrown in as well. Below is a brief overview of some new work of mine that has been released recently.

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Wake at 830, shower and head to Starbucks for a breakfast croissant and coffee. Edit till around 3pm, stopping for a walk but not getting far in the rain. Around 5 I stop editing and head down to meet everyone, there's a loosely planned end of year 'party' planned. We head to 46th street to Daisy May's BBQ :

Daisy May’s BBQ specializes in authentic regional BBQ from all over the country. Under one roof, we bring the best BBQ has to offer together. We’re located in Midtown Manhattan, on the corner of 46th Street & 11th Avenue. We also provide BBQ Delivery & BBQ Catering services; we bring the BBQ straight to you!"

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Alt text I went for pulled chicken, brisket, 'good ol' Mac n Cheese & wait for it...Peaches, which I knew would be good, and everyone dips in and agrees (they're hot in a syrup)

Brad and James after one almighty meal

After the BBQ joint we head to lucky strike and are told we have at least a two and a half hour wait for a lane and we need two. James, Con, Fin and I decide we'll head back, opting not to sit and wait for that long in the loudest bar I've ever been to. I order an uber and head down to Brooklyn Bridge, getting the driver to drop me off in Dumbo for some good views and a nice walk.

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Taken with my Sony A7SII and the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lens, a manual lens that I love. I almost sent it back as I wasn't using it a few months ago, now it's my go to lens on this camera. Haven't quite worked out the best picture profile for stills yet, and I wished I had my X-T1 with me, but the shots still look ok, just a little grainy, but I don't mind that too much.

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Also tried out the panorama mode, which as always gives too low a resolution for the images to be useful for me. If I'd had my tripod with me I'd have reeled off some manual panoramas, but alas...

Whilst walking round Dumbo I see a couple trying to figure out how to take a selfie and get the bridge in shot. I walk over and offer to take a photo for them, which they seem happy about. I walk a bit more before ordering a car to take me up to the Rockefeller so I can see the tree and maybe get some extra footage as well, which I do.

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The Rockefeller at night and that pretty special Christmas Tree.

I head back to the hotel in the rain happy that I've managed to get what I thought I wouldn't get chance to today, when I arrive in my room I offload the footage and edit some pictures in Lightroom, posting this one to Instagram before hitting the hay around 1am.

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Always looking up in New York

The Sony RX100IV

This is not a camera review. It's just some tests on my own terms that I 'gone and done' whilst on a trip with Sophie, my girlfriend, to Belgium for my birthday. On paper, the Sony RX100IV looks like the perfect walk around pocket camera for me whilst travelling. 4K, tick. 100FPS 100Mbits Slow motion, tick. It can shoot up to 1000FPS, but it looks like dirty dirt so i'll never use it, unless it's for somewhere like Instagram maybe. Anyhow, here's the videos and a few photo's too. It's not a camera I would use for photo's. I love my Fuji XT-1 23/56 combo and I also just homed the A7RII with it's whopping 42 megapixels (and 4K internal recording ability), but that said, in a pinch, if I had to, I wouldn't shudder at taking a photo with this little beast. To see bigger versions of the photo's go to my Flickr and make sure you watch the 4K test in 4K, of course.

4K test/random frames on the new Sony RX100IV all shot at 25FPS 100MBPS in S-LOG2. Light grade added in FCPX. Mostly at 1600 ISO though some of the night scenes are 3200 ISO. 

100FPS test/random frames on the new Sony RX100IV all shot at 100FPS 100MBPS in SLOG-2. Light grade added in FCPX. All at 1600 ISO though the first & last scenes are 3200 ISO.

A [creative] day off

Had a day off today. Started well with waking up at 430am with a new series for the bands YouTube channel on my mind followed by thoughts on how to best pack for the weekends shows. I made some notes and finally nodded back of to sleep around 6. Headed in to London, had a bike ride, a walk and some great coffee at Tap coffee With Soph. I took some photo's of course, here's a few of my favourites. All taken with my Fuji XT-1 with 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2 lenses and edited in Lightroom using VSCO presets and my own adjustments...