I’m currently on a reality shoot in Texas and had my Panasonic GH2 along for interviews. During a drive from San Antonio to Austin, I got an itch to go jogging and pulled off at a random exit. I noticed the wind rippling off the fields and decided to do a quick video along the way.
I chose the GH2 with the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens because I knew I wanted to do some shallow-focus shots of barbed wire and cacti, and it also grades quite well with the Vanilla Hack. The 20mm is not a very wide lens, though, and with no stabilization or tripod I had to get creative to avoid nauseating camera shake. I ended up wedging the camera into dirt for worm’s eye shots and occasionally propping the cam on a fence post. I also made extensive use of the GH2’s swivel screen for self-shots.
color correction, vignette, and letterbox effect
In post, I used FCP X’s native color correction tool (as seen above) with the vignette effect. I shifted the shadows to blue and the highlights to yellow, then desaturated the shadows a bit to keep them realistic but saturated the mids for more pop. I then lowered the mids’ exposure for a more contrasty look. The final touch was a 2:35 letterbox effect (also native to FCP X). The new “offset” feature is handy for re-framing shots that require more or less headroom.
Filming certainly made my jog more enjoyable. I highly recommend keeping a good camera nearby at all times.