Shooting in the Souk… Ragga Style…

Well it was a fun and a very busy day filming in the Spice Souk at Dubai Creek.

Melissa Rodwell was shooting high fashion for an American magazine called Maverick, which was very cool!  The main board model Zelika from Bareface moved incredibly well and was not at all perturbed by all the onlookers and by onlookers I do mean onlookers…  I don’t think any of the workers in the souk had EVER seen anything like it…  One, the American fashion photographer nimbly moving around creating a crazy form of dance, constructing beautiful scenes in the deep interesting alleyways, two the sheer size and beauty of Zelika (I think the average height of the men down there was about 5ft 6). Three, the fact that Zelika wore a purple bikini with  only a sheer top sexily draped over her…  The purple wasn’t the interesting part…  All I could picture was being arrested… and finally the fact that we had the RED camera out!  Which is quite a beast and to the untrained eye looks slightly well alien…

Alchemy Films Dubai kindly provided the camera as well as internationally acclaimed DIT Andrew Clemson and the faithful and trusted Camera Assistant Mohsin.

I HG was on hand to fulfill two tasks.  Firstly, to shoot a behind the scenes of Melissa’s photos shoot in Dubai and secondly to teach her how to use the RED camera.  As both myself and Nick Davidson DOP/ owner of Alchemy Films decided it was time to try taking stills from the RAW 4K video footage and with Mellisa in town it was the perfect opportunity.

Melissa said she had been offered to do this several times State Side, but no-one ever came up with the goods.  Being true to our word we did!  Not only that, but for true stills shooting Cam Assist Mohsin even managed to rig a side plate to the camera so it could quickly and easily be rigged portrait – something you don’t have much call for when shooting moving image…

When your aim is to pull stills from video you need to increase the shutter speed to freeze the action and that is exactly what we did.  We set the shutter at  1/250, frame rate at 30fps which is still native 4K and got an exposure at about T2.8 which provided a beautiful shallow depth of field even on the 25mm.

The location was Amazing!  People fantastic and what I hear from DIT Andrew the stills he has already pulled look as Melissa would say ‘HOT’!

Watch out for Melissa’s blog in the next couple of weeks www.fashionphotographyblog.com as she will be writing all about it and posting the video I shot, that is when I find time to edit it…

I’m off to Sir Lanka for a few days to a friends wedding!  Hoping to get some surfing in and maybe  even a little filming on the Canon 5D oh and keeping real and knocking off some old school  Kodachrome 40 stock on the good old school Super ‘Duper’ 8mm – hhhhmmmmmm!  Hope someone  still processes it!

Can’t wait!

HG

RED stills, the behind the scenes video and more all to come! As they used to say on TV when I was nipper  ‘Stay Tuned’!

TV is so last year, or maybe even 7 months before that…  Whatever… I’m off on holiday…

Hope Canon bring out the Firmware update soon, if they do it while I’m still away hope I can get to an internet connection.  One man who will certainly know is HD DSLR expert Philip Bloom