I shot a video during my lunch break

As a freelance cameraman, I shoot a lot of different projects for a variety of clients. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the entertainment industry, I don't own the rights to most of the footage I shoot. I've have been working on a couple of really cool projects this summer. I really wish I could share information about them on my blog, but I doubt if that will ever be possible. 

Lately, I've felt like I've been neglecting some of my regular visitors. It has been a while since I've added new video to my site. I have some valid excuses though. I've been a little busy with work, which is a good thing, and I've also been enjoying my summer by spending a lot of time fishing. Both activities leave little time or desire for editing.

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Still image taken from Canon EOS 7D video.This video that I put together isn't anything fancy. It's a montage of shots from Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY. I was shooting up there a few weeks ago for a TV network. Naturally, since I was going away, I brought along a barebones 7D kit. I love the area up there. The town and the track are beautiful. I had to bring my camera along to shoot some footage. 

I should have known my free time would have been limited. All the video I captured on my own camera was during our 45 minute crew lunch. I put down my work camera and quickly swallowed down a sandwich. Then I picked up my camera and grabbed some shots around the paddock before a race. 

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Maneuvering through the crowd at Saratoga,Everything was recorded at 60 frames per second with a shutter speed of 1/120. This was my first chance to play with over cranking on the 7D. A little while back, I shot commercial footage at the Breeder's Cup in Monmouth Park, NJ and Santa Anita Park, CA on a Sony CineAlta at both 40 and 60 frames per second. I loved the way the horses and the crowd reactions looked in slow motion, so I decided to go with an over cranked frame rate in Saratoga. 

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This horse was willing to pose for me all day.I brought along a very compact kit. It contained just the camera, my custom Red Rock Micro rig, a Zacuto Z-finder, some compact flash cards, a fader ND, and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. All of the shots are handheld. This camera makes a great little rig. I was able to discretely move around the crowd, and I walked through the stable area without disturbing the horses. I learned that I really have to be more open to taking this rig with me everywhere. It is so simple.

Here's the video. It is short, but I think it looks pretty cool for something shot in 15 minutes during lunch. Enjoy the rest of your summer.