Well here is a little teaser from my trip to Norway to shoot the Aurora. Over 24,000 still frames were shot with the Sony Alpha A99 and NEX5. Over 4 hours of video rushes shot on the PMW-F5, Action Cam and A99. All in all an extremely successful trip and some really great material to use in my short film that will be released a little later in the year. Quite a few people have been asking about how the cameras performed, I will write it all up as soon as I get time. The F5 really surprised me. Some of the footage has really blown me away.
Not so much the sensitivity (I think the F3 is slightly more sensitive) but the really incredible dynamic range. Take a look at the fire frame grab. You can almost feel the heat from the fire! The richness of the image speaks for itself and this is ungraded. For interviews against the brilliant white snow the dynamic range really helped. I was really lucky to come across some traditional reindeer herders up on the arctic plateaux.
It was one of those un planned situations with the very real risk that the herders would have to dash off at any moment, so no setup, just grab the interview asap. The cameras broad dynamic range was a real help and the interview looks perfectly OK, even though I’d rather have used a reflector for a little fill and sparkle in the guys eye’s.
Anyway here’s the video clip, mainly time-lapse from the Sony Alpha A99: