December 25, 2014

SUBJECT: Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!


Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird [4k Frame Grab - GH4.]

Season's Greetings!

After a rather cold and snowy start to the season in November, December turned mild and virtually snow free. I was thinking that I probably wouldn't be able to create a wintry video in time for Christmas.

Luckily, on the morning of December 23rd I woke up to nice big flakes falling and ran outside with my Panasonic GH4 and the Tamron 150-600mm lens to capture video in 4k. I also took some video in high definition 1080p at 60fps and slowed it down in post-production.

What can I say? I'm addicted to both the GH4 and that lens. I love the fact that the lens has the focus ring right in front, which makes it easier to focus. I also now have the Metabones EF lens to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster. This allows me to use all of my Canon lenses and control aperture and image stabilization. It also works as a reverse teleconverter making the crop factor about 1.6 instead of 2.0 and gives me extra light.

Anyhow with the snow flying, I did my Christmas bird count and came up with the following species: Northern Cardinal, Black-Capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, House Finch (Male), American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Dark-Eyed Junco, House Finch (Female), House Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, European Starling, Tufted Titmouse, Easter Bluebird, Pine Siskin and Purple Finch. Most of them are in the video at the end of this report.

I'm sorry I haven't posted as much as I should, but I've been quite busy fighting oil trains in our area. The amount of oil being transported via rail along the Mississippi River is staggering. It's the same amount of oil carried in a pipeline except more likely to leak, spill and/or explode!

Anyhow, have a Great Holiday Season and a Healthy and Peaceful 2015!

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal [4k Frame Grab - GH4.]


As always, it's best to view this video by downloading it off of Vimeo's website. Click on the Vimeo logo above, to view it on Vimeo's website. Then click the download button and right click over the "HD" option to save directly to your PC.


—Alan Stankevitz


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