Yesterday YoungDoo and I decided to get out of the house for a bit and figured a cup of coffee was a good enough excuse. Upon arriving at the coffee shop we discovered it packed full of people with no where to sit so we went with plan B, a trip to the lake since it just happened to be such a beautiful, sunny day.
The warm yet harsh light of the sun made my images cry in pain as I kept trying my usual tricks, so I decided to push the x-pro1 and see what it could take as I shot into the sunlight. Even when a highlight is totally blown out it handles the light surprisingly well. Those delicate areas right around the blown whites are fairly smooth considering. I did feel the need to shoot/convert to black and white after noticing some chromatic abrasion fringe along my focused edges and the color and tone in general suffered when I pushed exposure too much. The in camera black and white modes proved to be really lovely, of course they only affect the jpg image but still, good enough for my needs at times as RAW is not always a necessity.
The way the direct bursts of sun caught the lens was all to lovely not to quickly switch over to video mode and sneak in a little video recording as we hopped along down the trail. While I will admit a steady cam would be nice sometimes, I was still happy enough with the way they turned out to spent some time cutting together the two clips I had recorded. I lucked out with the music track by Peter Broderick, ‘For Pop’ because after a little trial and error I managed to get the music to line up perfectly and make for a humble little narrative. Enjoy the video below or click here for a full HD stream.
I don’t know about you, but watching this makes me really happy. Never underestimate how joyful even the simplest of moments in your life really are. It’s so important that we don’t let ourselves loose sight of this.
(Originally created for and shared on my Yesterday Was Only project)