Author: MarkKelly

Tilt Shift football photography

Tilt Shift football photography at Clarkston high school football stadium, clarkston Michigan. More having fun with tilt shift photography this time at a football game. To make the tiny sets look I had to go up into the stands and looked down a bit at the stadium. Tilting the lens away from the plane of focus drastically reduces the depth of field and the resulting images.  For these images I am using the Lensbaby Edge 80 on my Nikon D750. I even did a tilt shift panorama for fun.

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Talking head studio video

This is a compilation video of episodes shot for Kelly Scott’s talking head studio video. Kelly is a life cotch and founder of Bound for Bliss. The video series is a set of conversations and lessons Kelly shares as a demonstration of what she can do as a life coach.
We shot all dozen or so videos one afternoon in my Clarkston MI studio. Kelly chose to change wardrobe a couple times to have some variety. The studio was set up for Talking head studio video a high key, white background look and I had a two camera setup with lav mic and backup audio. Kelly came prepared with scripts for about 6 of the videos. I had just finished a beta version of my teleprompter and we tried it out with Kelly. It worked really well. I find it very hard to see that she is reading from a script. We got most of the videos in one take. After the scripted video I sat next to the primary camera and started asking additional questions that help me understand what she can do for her clients and what their experience might be like.
The editing was pretty basic. I use Final Cut Pro X and the multicam option makes it very easy to number one sync the audio and then select different cameras in real time. After I did a basic edit of each video, Kelly came to the studio and sat next to me in the editing suite (office with computer and 3 monitors). Together we made the final tweeks and adjustments. I upload the videos to my Youtube account and send Kelly the videos to her to upload to Bound for Bliss Youtube account.
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Hometown Friday Night Football

My impressions of Hometown Friday Night Football and what it takes for a high school to put on a football game. The evening starts with the fans coming into the stadium, the concession crew getting ready and the players in the training rooms getting taped up. The teams come out under the field for their pregame warm-ups and then head back in to the locker rooms. In the locker rooms they go over their pregame strategy an get inspirational speeches from players and coaches. The speeches really are very good. The home team comes out of the locker room into their end zone with cheerleaders on either side some holding up paper banner for the players to rip through.  The teams then go to the sidelines and stand at attention while the marching band plays the national anthem. Some of the students even singing anthem although this week they got a bit off from the music, funny.

Hometown Friday Night Football game started in low sun with long shadows, moved into Sunset, into dusk and then into full night with the lights blazing.  The evening was cool enough for shorts for some sweaters and jackets for others. line was 20 to 30 people deep for concessions at halftime.

I did not get up into the coaches and commentary box for this game will have to do so next game.

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