2017 has been a great thus far. Finished a round of RED 8K Sensor Tests available on YouTube. Also picked up a set of Tokina Cinema Vista Primes for use on my RED Weapon Dragon 8K VV, all T1.5. They are indeed very nice. Also finished a quick round of cinematography workshops with RED and Zeiss in Boston and New York as well as cinema lens workshop over at B&H. What's up next? First up an aerial shoot that will take me out of town for a bit of February, then working diligently on a couple of short form projects and one bigger beast that should be beautiful. Exciting times. If you find yourself browsing the February American Cinematographer Magazine, I'm looking stable after 12 hours of filming.
Panoramic Imaging has been a fairly large part of my career when working on productions featuring 3D Visual Effects. Combining Spherical Panorama with High Dynamic Range shooting techniques enables us to capture a full 360x180 degree Spherical High Dynamic Range Image, or HDRI. This HDRI is then used in various applications for Image Based Lighting revealing the color, detail, and light intensity of the entire scene. This provides a fast and accurate way to generate realistic computer generated lighting based on the live action scene where the HDRI is captured. When I started shooting Spherical HDRIs we used film cameras and custom rigs. This eventually was developed into a system I created called Panorganizer. This system allows for quick on set capture, organization, and delivery of high resolution HDRIs meeting the speed and workflow needs for VFX productions. I've personally shot thousands of HDRIs at this point and there are now several Panorganizer rigs capturing HDRIs on feature films shooting around the world.
Below are a few HDRIs that I'm rather fond of. Make sure to try out right clicking and selecting different projection types. Also, there's a button in the lower right corner to enter and exit fullscreen mode.