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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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My second technical exercise on the a57 - up close with some old machinery.

I have had varied responses as to the thoughts and emotions this evokes - I would love to hear yours - positive, negative, a little different - this has proved something of a strange looking-glass, and I really do like to hear what you feel in it!

Mostly old manual glass - MD Rokkor 50mm + 2x converter on bellows, with glassless converter

Ambient sound recorded onto the camera from an Rode NT3.
Music: Portions of JS Bach's Toccata in Dminor, the rest original. Performed and recorded from a Yamaha DGX690, then all edited in Reaper.

Edited in Corel VideoStudio 5.

4 afternoons effort

Note that the Vimeo version vimeo.com/56551847 is of significant higher colour and tonal quality than the dA HD render. Send me a note if you would like the original 44MB (7Mbs) version.

All comments and feedback appreciated - anything that will make for a better product!
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JoeBlu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017
That was brilliant, people often overlook the little mechanical miracles of everyday use. I like how you've edited the video to the music, it's like looking into a Gothic industrial age. Good job :)

(a little note if i may, I found the little camera shakes to be odd, it feels like it goes against the cold, crisp, calculated little world )
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you - it was kind of where I wanted it to go. The music was 'composed' for it - my son is good at that sort of thing. I described a feeling, and he produced a few bars in that style. I recorded a few effects I wanted - the kettle drums for the foot landing, etc. The Yamaha is an amazing device. Then pulled the all the sound clips and the video into Reaper, and tweaked the timing of each sound bite to fit.

The juddering is awkward, indeed. I tried a little stabilisation in post-processing, but that didn't really cut it. I had had the camera about a week or so when I shot this, so it was very much a learning experience. I would attempt a number of things differently now! The sound is quite brash, and the colouring is off in the first few sections. And the stabilisation. Macro is quite hard, since any movement on the body is magnified. The lens I was using has quite a 'firm' focus ring, and that made the focus pulls harder. Over the years I have learned that 'shooting it right' is the best way!

Thanks for the feedback!
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JoeBlu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017
Job well done to your son as well then :)
It's always worth it when you learn for the better.
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The music is such a contrast to the seemingly harmless action of the film, then again the movement of the iron "foot" and the needle and these somewhat slightly hesitant motions make you expect some strange twist. It would have been great if the film had such a surprising end. But I really like the film because it gives my the feeling that the machine is acting out of its own will...
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's interesting hear your comments. In the three years since I made this, I have learnt a lot technically and possibly 'artistically'. I don't think I would make it quite the same way now. But I think I would still put a 'happy' end to it. The real world is filled with sufficient pain and horror that I don't feel a need to add to it, or revel in it. But there are many forms of surprise. You make me think a little of how to deal with endings - thank you.

I have to ask if you had speakers with a decent bass response (sub woofer)? Small speakers don't really do the kettle drums that were used on the foot landing very well!

The "machine acting out of it's own will" is an interesting idea - I can see how you get there.

Thank you for your insights!
Grant H
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Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
@01:26OMG this is great! :O
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Brilliant...................I think this is the 'Forerunner' of Film/animation on d/a
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it :bow:

There is some very good work on dA, but not a lot. dA is not very friendly to wannabe video posters - the process of getting the rights to post video here is quite a mission. I'm not quite sure why - I suspect storage and bandwidth requirements mean they want to keep the YouTubers out - which they by and large achieve.

But it would be nice to see little more video work on dA - so hopefully the Nine-Muses will be a little part of that.
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I do HOPE so!
It is an 'art form' after all????
Hugs
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enricomiglino Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
P.S. Downloaded and saved in my personal interesting videos :)
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enricomiglino Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
With compliments!
As I saw this short, I bet that it was the winner.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
And for video, my internet link is too slow and erratic to watch video, so downloads are quite important!
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enricomiglino Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Then I have a critics too :)

You told that it was in your mind a short in steampunk style. That's well represented I think in the middle of the video, while there is the gears movement overimpression. Then the only two evident defect that I see are in the first few seconds: the red wire is a great idea but there is a sort of hesitation... Not sure if it was done with intention.
The other point that gives away from the steampunk idea is around the final when there is the final handcraft removed from the sew machine. It is a too "human" gesture and may appear a bit out of contest.

Then, I vote yours for the winner anyway
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think your comments are very valid - thank you!

The red 'wire' is standard sewing cotton. I had a good number of goes threading the needle. Do you know how hard it is to thread a sewing machine needle smoothly in front of a camera! I have cut around it a bit - possibly I should have slowed the video a little - that might have helped with the jerkiness. Overall, stability with macro is seriously challenging, and even the mercalli filter didn't help much.

The penultimate scene is certainly not steampunk in any sense. I suppose its an attempt at a 'resolution', making it clear what the preceding scenes are about. It should be a piece of leather (or at least vinyl), to be in a steampunk idea.

I think overall, as Steve (pearwood) said, its not really very steampunk. I would have needed to manage the lighting better - far more orange flame-like highlights, and darker shadows, etc, and then in post upped the contrast and/or gamma to something a bit more scary. And then more pounding hammers in the sound track. Interesting thought...!

Thank you for the time and consideration - and support - it's really appreciated!

Grant H
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is some great macro filming and I loved the editing on it.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks - it was fun to make!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome.
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
It's a really, really nice job you did there. You could (with no questions whatsoever) surpass my colleagues from the editing class. :)
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why thank you!
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enricomiglino Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I found it fine, nice, poetry of details.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou.
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enricomiglino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sure I liked it very much
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rdungan1918 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Excellent work Very professional
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you - it's amazing what one can do with these cameras.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet job, Grant. Who would have thought that a sewing machine could be so sensuous.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Mmm - that's a different take - but I can see it. I had this gothic/ steam-punk view in mind!
Glad you liked it, and it was fun!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The flow of the fabric and movement of the presser foot were quite graceful, even with the sound effects as the foot dropped into place.

It was too bright and lively for gothic and not anachronistic enough for steampunk. :D
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you are right on all counts.
Although I had in mind maybe baroque rather than gothic in the modern 'goth' sense. As in Gothic Architecture.

(BTW it is huge fun to sit at a modern keyboard, with a full orchestra and more at your fingertips, and fit sounds to a movie)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
That is wonderfull!:wow:
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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