I recently posted about trying new things and saying yes to opportunities, so when I was asked if I would like to become a Panasonic Lumix 4k Photo Ambassador I immediately said yes! For those who are new to 4k photography, it involves creating short films and taking stills from the footage. With 4k film, you can extract 30 frames per second which I’m still struggling to get my head around! This epic technique enables you to capture movement and those fleeting moments we often miss.
One of the things I’m passionate about is trying out new ways of capturing the world and I’m excited about doing a spot of filming, something I haven’t done since my art foundation course over 20 years ago. Having worked on ‘A Photo a Day’ during 2010, ’52 Weeks of Home’ in 2012 and ‘A Year of Moments‘ in 2015, I think it’s fair to say I like a creative project and so I hope you will enjoy seeing something a little different in the coming months. If you have any suggestions of things I could film do let me know. Please note there will be no skydives or bungee jumps with the camera strapped to my head!
A BIGGER SPLASH
For my first film, I decided to take the camera on a walk along the river to see what movement I could find. I was tempted to sit alongside the fishermen waiting for a passing heron but instead I threw a few stones into the water to observe the splash and ripples. Having only received my camera on Thursday I thought it wise to capture something simple as a first attempt to familiarise myself with the process. Of course, in an ideal world, I would have shot someone diving into a Californian pool David Hockney style but on a grey and wet Sunday you’ve got to take what you can. By the way, the background noise is from the nearby weir.
Once my Hollywood blockbuster was complete I watched the film and paused it at any of the interesting moments. This was all done on the camera and each image was saved directly to the memory card. Here are a few of the images, as you can see it is a clever bit of kit! I like how some of the shapes look like decorative ice sculptures.
I’m excited about having some fun with my Lumix GH4 over the coming months and I’ll be sharing my 4k photo journey with you here on Candy Pop.
Have you ever captured movement using 4k photography? And are you willing to let me film your dog / cat / budgerigar?
This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.