Featured is CamBlock Modular, the 3-axis motion control system with a Canon 5DMk3 and Nikon 14-24mm lens. Entire time-lapse move lasted 3 hours, from 4pm until 7pm.
As I said already, the amount of detail resolved by this camera with the right lens is simply phenomenal. I've added three 100% crops for your scrutiny but do consider the terrible Facebook compression which takes away most of the sharpness of the 50 megapixel image.
Again; this was captured with an ultrawide 14mm lens and I stood over 20 meters away from the mosque. Despite that, the 100% crops reveal very clear small details, such as the easily identifiable security guard (1), the CCTV camera (2) and my friend Prakash Kumar Singh with his camera tripod (3).
When I first heard about Canon 5Ds and 5DsR, my initial thoughts were that 50 megapixels were an overkill. "When will I ever need so many pixels?" How wrong I was. You should have seen my face when I saw the first batch of captures on my 31" 4k monitor. My jaw was on the keyboard, resting on the spacebar. The clarity of the photos is simply revelatory. 8k photographs seem to possess a threedimensional quality which I can't quite explain. I now feel like re-shooting my entire portfolio with the new camera because I know it'll be like re-discovering every scene for the very first time.
It's not just "more pixels". It's an entirely new way of looking at the world through your lens. What exciting times we live in!
It's a BIG DEAL, as some of the biggest players in the business are running for the awards this year such as Game of Thrones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nike, Porsche, Honda, BBC and the likes. Wishing success to Vladimir Persan, my dear friend and the most accomplished music composer and producer in this part of the world. Go get them Vlad!
(go to Best Original Composition > Short Film to see the entrants)
Few architectural structures on this planet merit the aesthetic admiration as much as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
The symmetry, reflections, intricate details and almost infinite number perspectives are overwhelming and apparent from every vantage point. They command the observer's undivided attention. All of the above, combined with relaxed photography policies set by its management are one of many reasons why Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque continues to attract such unusual number of visitors and photographers alike.
Photographed with a 50 Megapixel Canon 5Ds and Canon CN-E 14mm Cinema lens which is an incredibly sharp prime. The amount of detail, even in the far distance, is staggering.
This image was initially imported as a raw file to Lightroom CC 2015, then exported as a 16-bit TIFF file to Photoshop CC 2015 where I did the rest of the re-touching and secondary colour grading. I used NIK Software and Topaz ReStyle.
I felt it was needed to show this example because many people take this art form for granted and don't really understand how much work goes into producing a professional looking time lapse film. This is a very simple scenario and yet, it took nearly 2 days of my time to fix. Imagine what kind of work is needed on a bigger, more ambitious scene than this one. The load of work presented by these little problems can sometimes can be daunting and off-putting.
Feedback, questions, anything, is welcome.
When you've just 30 mins to shoot your scenes with no possibility for a re-shoot, you better use that time well. I shoot with multiple bodies to maximize my time and number of time lapse sequences. You should too.
- Timesand StudiosExecutive Producer, Photographer / Filmmaker, 2008 - present
Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist
Beno is a Slovenian born time lapse cinematographer, photographer and visual artist. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE.
For 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the art of seeing as a 3D Computer Animation and Architecture Visualization specialist. As a veteran digital artist, Beno won numerous accolades and awards such as the rank of 'Autodesk Master' as well as the winner of the prestigious 'Tektronix International Design Visualization Competition' in 1993. For his continuous contributions to the art of architectural visualization, Beno was given a 'Special Merit of Excellence' award by Kinetix / Autodesk in 2005. Beno's 3D generated art was published in several international architectural visualization publications and books such as the '3DS MAX 2008 Foundation'. Beno was also a contributing consultant for Michigan State University at the Department of Forensic Science.
In 2008, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover the world of photography and time lapse cinematography. Having a solid foundation and decades of practice in related types of visual arts, Beno’s transition to his newly found passion was a swift one. By 2011, he had dozens of photographs and time lapse films specially featured across local and international media and publications. His body of work is recognized for its use of light and composition, drawing strong influences from the classics of cinema and traditional art.
Beno's comprehensive portfolio is defined by his profound love for architecture, engineering, science and the beauty of nature. His vast knowledge of digital imaging technologies is evident in every photograph. As an individual accustomed to dramatic profession changes, Beno believes in the power of a life-long learning process and feeding the child-like curiosity throughout adulthood. He tirelessly experiments with fresh styles of photography while refusing to box himself in any particular genre. Keeping the broad and diverse subject matters in front of his lens is the secret sauce to creative liberty and inspiration.
His list of clients include BBC’s Natural History Unit, the Discovery Channel, Canon Middle East, Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and many others.
He has recently been nominated for an Emmy for his achievements in cinematography. He is also a Silver Dolphin Award winner of the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.
Beno shoots for major image libraries such as Getty Images, Alamy and Trevillion Images. As a photo educator, Beno frequently hosts photography workshops and inspiration seminars on time lapse photography, fine art photography and digital image post-processing. He is a frequently featured artist and has made numerous appearances and tutorials on various blogs such as 500px.com, Scott Kelby One, Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour, Topaz Labs Blog and many others.
- University of Lifepresent