We’ve found a small…

The words I dread hearing, “we’ve found a small lesion in your lung”

I’d just had a scan that involved loading me with radioactive sugar after which I had to lie absolutely still, no twitching of fingers and toes! until it had been processed by my body. Apparently any muscle movement would use up the sugar.

They then did a full torso scan looking for anything that shouldn’t be there and sure enough there was something, smaller than 1cm. in my lung.

The first decision was to use radiotherapy to blast it which would have a 5cm blast radius but the radiotherapist said it was too close to both the Aorta and the nerves that control breathing. Hmm, heart attack or paralysis of the lungs, neither sound much fun.

The radiotherapist came up with an alternative. They’re going to insert a wire into my chest tomorrow and then using either microwave or HF they’re going to blast the lesion/tumour and this method will only create a blast zone of 1cm.

It’s kinda like bombing and minimising collateral damage. I had no desire to be in the “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” category!!

So it’s now a simple procedure with just the one night stay and that’s just because I’m having a GA.

Tomorrow afternoon I should be totally clear 🙂

 

CameraImage

It was my first visit to CameraImage this year in the past commercials have made it impossible to attend.
I now wish that I’d turned down some of those jobs so that I could attend!
It was an amazing meeting of cinematographers, I met people I hadn’t seen for 30 years and I also made new friends amongst the people who introduced themselves as CML members.

Apart from taking part in a couple of great panels, one on the future of cinematography and the other on ACES I had lunch with John Bailey, Stephen Poster and Vittorio Storaro.

Yes there are problems with overcrowding and scheduling but overall its well worth it and I’d recommend it to any cinematographer and anyone involved in cinematography students included.

If you intend to attend all the parties you’re going to need a very strong liver!!

Some days are better than others

I’m currently comparing the BMD MP and the C200 in detail, they’re very different cameras in lots of way and they both produce great images. I’ll be posting a detailed review of them on CML in a month or so.
They are very similar on paper but in real life just so different. I had hoped to include the Panasonic EVA in this test but they don’t seem to be able to get me a camera. Funny how if your “review” consists of shooting a few pretty pictures you can get a camera but if your test is almost a destruction level one you can’t…

I went to LUMC for my 2 weeks post-op check yesterday and talked with my surgeon

The good news is that they got the entire tumour and there is nothing left of it.

I am now clear until a future scan reveals something. I live from scan to scan now and will for the next 5 years, if I’m that lucky!

Once I’ve completed 5 years without a recurrence I’m considered clear.

4 more weeks of injecting myself twice a day with anticoagulant then I can live a “normal” life.

Not so different from an OB crew!

Get in, get the pictures and the job done and get out leaving a bit of a mess behind!

Not too bad, 7 holes this time but in a few months there’ll be barely a trace. 2 of the scars from the last Laparoscopy are visible in that shot, I know where to look, and one in the navel hidden.

The bag in the bottom right of frames if my constant companion.

So, I was part of an experiment here, they injected me with a magic potion the day before which was converted to nothing in the bits of the liver where there wasn’t a tumour and that when viewed under UV light glowed where there was a tumour.
As they operated they switched back and forth between the light sources and could even mix them. They cut until no blue glow was left.
Apparently it’s the last little bits that cause all the grief, using a conventional approach they have to cut far more than just the tumour to make sure that they get it all. Using this method once there is no blue glow there is no tumour.
They took sample of the area left and the results from the path lab are clear.

I haven’t tried to line the shots up but it’s pretty cool as it is!
I couldn’t get the video or actual screen grabs, these are my scans of a priny I was given, the real thing is pretty clear.

Metastasized the return

A great title for a horror movie, unfortunately it’s reality.
My latest ultrasound, MRI & CT scans show a tumour in my liver.
On hearing this I looked up the 5 year survival rates for liver cancer and found that it’s 7%, not good news.
However, even though the tumour is in my liver it’s a metastasised colorectal cancer which is what was already successfully removed in December. So, tomorrow I will have about a third of my liver removed. This should get me back to where I was at the start of the year. i.e. getting regular scans to get early detection of any more tumours and to have time to deal with them with an 85% 5 year survival rate.
There is a cool thing about this, I’m part of a research project at Leiden University Medical Center, I’ve been injected with an agent that will make the tumour florescent in UV light. I will have an extra unit inserted during my laparoscopy, instead of 4 units there will be 5. The extra one being a UV light.
The process is that my liver will process the material I have been injected with and the tumour won’t. This makes any tumour glow green and let’s them remove all the infected cells but only the infected cells.
I’m in for 3 to 5 days and will be back to normal in three weeks.
So any work I’m committed to in November will stand.
LUMC is an amazing place, it’s huge but it’s the first time I’ve given visitors directions like these…
Go in the main entrance, go to the right of the escalators to the shops and restaurants and go down the corridor past the art gallery to the lifts with the red doors.
Shops! Restaurants! Art Gallery!
Err…
Oh and I’ve asked for a copy of the video of my glowing tumour. I’ll post it here if I get it.

Full res evaluation images, not that anyone cares

OK, I’ve now uploaded all the cameras at full res and full colour depth.

Digital Cinema Cameras Full resolution EXR files

These are links to ZIP folders of one EXR frame per exposure +/- 4 stops

The EXR’s were generated by the manufacturers own software, with the exception of the Varicam which was done in Resolve as they don’t have their own software.

They are VERY large files. They are in ACES space, AP0 Linear 16bit EXR.

ARRI Alexa SXT

Blackmagic Ursa Mini-Pro

Canon C200

Canon C300-2 & Odyssey

Canon C700 4.5K

RED Dragon

RED Helium 7K

RED Scarlet

Sony F5

Sony F55

Sony F65

Varicam LT & Odyssey

Varicam Pure

Of course I realise that very few people who say they want to know about cameras will bother to download the 10.5GB of data here, and that’s just one frame per exposure, they’d much rather have a few pretty shots and a summary saying that their DSLR is way better.

It’s not!

UHD camera evaluations

Now that I’ve got the files uploaded to Vimeo in all the forms that are going to be there it’s fun to sit back and watch the stats.

http://www.cinematography.net/UHD-Digital%20Cinema%20Camera%20Evaluations%202017.html

I shoot everything at the highest resolution, RAW and uncompressed as much as possible and 327 pillocks have watched the results on a smartphone! Why do I bother?

Of every 1,000 that watch on a desktop only 360 actually finish a clip, how you assess a camera by only watching the underexposed and generally worst looking part is beyond me. I mean, I know you all have busy lives but these clips are only 40 seconds or so long, the UHD are trimmed to 34 seconds.

If you aren’t prepared to watch all the way through why bother, it’s not as if I’m hiding what these evaluations are!

You’re not going to get a pretty clip of people playing in the park with a great soundtrack. I shoot real evaluations and don’t generally give any conclusions because what I like may not be what you like.

There’s a clear objective method of finding out which camera is best for you. Watch the bloody clips!!

I know I should just end the whole series with a conclusion that camera X is the best, life’s not like that.

I will be uploading some EXR’s in 16bit ACES later, it’s a lot of work to do this and I’m taking a break to do some other work for a while.

Anyone who wants a copy of all the rushes is welcome to them, complete with false starts and mistakes in camera settings that were then re-shot. Just send me a 256GB SSD or SD card and a payment prepaid return envelope and I’ll get it to you. If you’re a Gold sponsor or Subscriber/Donator there will be no charge, for everyone else there’s be a €50 charge for my time payable in advance to cml@cinematography.net

Camera Test updates and reflections on the difference between the Netherlands and the UK

I’ve had to pause on the camera evaluations, well, the uploading of them, not the assessment of them.

I just wonder how many people will look at them in full res or even download the files to be able to judge them properly. It’s interesting the way some cameras change colour from under to over exposure and how the noise and clip varies. The thing is in some cases you really need to look closely.

I’m now making all the QT files that are uploaded to Vimeo from 16 bit EXR’s that have been generated in ACES space in the manufacturers own software. Of course there is one exception to that but I’m doing the best I can with that!!

There are some cameras that look great on a quick superficial look but on prolonged examination show some odd flaws. I’ll be uploading the EXR’s at the end of the process for those people crazy enough to want to see the full beauty, or horror, of the cameras.

I was once again struck by the differences between the Netherlands and the UK, I went out to dinner last night with a group of people from my apartment block, by a group I mean 13 of the 14 apartments here joined us, 7 floors 2 apartments per floor and the only people not to join us were the ones moving out next month. It was a great night and it’s an amazing mix of people. One of them is a senior news director at De Telegraaf and she told me that they’d run my stupid thief video on their website and had got over 5 million hits!!

I also went for my bi-annual check up, this will be a feature of my life for the next 5 years. Ultrasound and X-ray, no sign of new tumours which is great but something in my liver so I’m off for an MRI in a week or so. Just a precaution but I can’t get over the speed and thoroughness of the medical system here.

In the UK I’d never have gone out with my neighbours like this and I’d be waiting while permission was granted to put me in line for a checkup. Actually I’d probably be dead because I’d be waiting for the results of tests finally done after a 6month wait.

Lots of Lens Tests!

I’ve finally got around to finishing all the lens tests, I was kinda delayed by events last year! So here they all are…

Angeniuex Optimo 15 to 40

Arri Alura 15.5 to 45

Arri Master Primes

Arri Ultra Primes

Canon 15.5 to 47

Canon 17 to 120

TLS Cooke S3

Cooke S4 Mini

Cooke S4

Cooke 5i

Fuji Cabrio ZK

Hawk Vlite

Hawk Flare

Hawk 1.3 ana

Illumina Coated

Illumia Uncoated

Leica Summilux

Leica Summicron

Panavision Primo

Schneider Xenar

Zeiss CP2

Zeiss CZ2 15 to 30

If you want them all on the same page the go here

Lots of new camera tests in a month or so.