It isn't every day one photographs using a cinema camera. It just isn't really meant for it. It has a "still" button which is a little difficult to push, and then the only hint one has that a photograph is captured is the word "Still" which briefly appears on the screen in one corner and next to the media information. And there is no way to then view the image, so we are left with an experience much like I grew up with with my hand-built 6 x 17cm camera or my Hasselblad Xpan (which I used for fine art photography work from 1998 until 2008. Except it was quite obvious with those when the shutter button was pressed. But it was exciting not seeing the results until the film was processed.
With the cinema camera I'm likely to capture some moving footage around the same time, and that I could and can view straight away. So at least I know it's working. And I suppose I could just extract a still from that footage, but the approach is different and I prefer to take a still when I want a still. And here they are.
And as it always has been, the image is all that's important, and this camera just works for me. I just point it where I want to, and it finds me sharp results with gorgeous colour science, and highlight roll-off that just looks just like film. It's an organic experience.
These images were captured within a few days on the way down and back from a trip to Fiordland.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K / Canon 10-18mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses.
Photographs NZD 1200 unframed / limited editions of 10
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