Lens Testing

The results of my lens testing have been fascinating. http://www.cinematography.net/CML-CMIR-Lens-Tests.html I originally published them without identifying the individual lenses and received a number of emails from people saying how were they expected to evaluate them if they didn’t know what was what. Err look at the pictures?? Interestingly there were a number of surprises here, […]

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Devastated 3

So, I’ve finally got a version of The Taking that I’m happy with, I certainly didn’t think that this was going to be possible after the C&C showing in Leeds on the 5th November! It’s taken a lot of work to clean up the mess and in the process I’ve learned a huge amount. I’ve […]

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Pixel counts and reality

I wish that the Foveon sensor was available for moving images. Unlike CFA Bayer pattern sensors it gives you a full RGB signal, if the sensor is 4K * 2K you get a full 4* 2K in all the layers RG&B unlike Bayer pattern sensors where you get 2K * 2K of G and 2K […]

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Close-up close-up close-up

I’ve just watched what would otherwise have been a great documentary about Roy Lichtenstein but unfortunately the only time we actually saw a full view of any of his images were the 4 or 5 in the end credits. I don’t blame Anna Boyle, no relation, the Cinematographer, it’s the director who makes the decisions. […]

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Making images is what I do!

I think we, cinematographers, have lost track of what we do. I got interested in making images, not the technology. I got a Brownie 127 when I was 8 and fell in love with the process of making images and the effect that those images could have on people. As I moved from stills to […]

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An obsession with numbers

I plead guilty… It’s disease I suffered from at one time, or maybe I suffered from it when it was needed. It isn’t now. People don’t look at pictures anymore, they just look at numbers, is it 4K? what’s the compression ratio? Who gives a flying fuck! Do you stand in front of a Seurat […]

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