A Carnival of Colour

For a bit of fun, and to try out for the first time live filming using a DLSR style camera I went to the Northampton carnival, and this was the result.

The filming was pretty difficult as the iris on the lens was wide open, so the depth of field was incredibly shallow. Meaning only a fraction of what you’re looking at is in focus – try that when filming a moving and energetic crowd of dancers!

Failming at the carnival with the GH3, SLR Magic 25mm 0.95 lens, and RODE Videomic Pro.

Filming at the carnival with the GH3, SLR Magic 25mm 0.95 lens, and RODE Videomic Pro.

Interestingly because people thought I was using a digital camera for stills they were much more likely to pose and be at ease. One of the plus points of filming with a DSLR.

Editing Carnival

Editing the footage using a multi screen setup

When it came to editing the footage it was clear most of the stuff I shot was out of focus – a mix of a new skill to master and a tough subject to film. Using a second monitor for a full screen preview was essential to check focusing. Still, there was enough material to use in a video so I made an edit and colour graded it to add a bit more life (it was an overcast day). I’m quite pleased to be able to wander around for a couple of hours and come out with a video I like.

Technical details:
Filmed on the Panasonic GH3, with SLR Magic 25mm 0.95 lens. Mostly shot at 0.95. One shot at the end on the SLR Magic 12mm 1.6 lens.
50MB/s 1920×1080 50FPS MOV recording format.
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Graded with Magic Bullet Looks.
Music: High Contrast – The Road Goes On Forever.

God does it better!

I love painting the sky; I’m not an amazing artist but no one can really capture what it looks like. Even though the heavens are a set bit of creation (Genesis 1:1); they get repainted every day with crazy colours and dramatic clouds. It reminds me that God never stops working, the most beautiful thing about creation is that it never stops being created. Everyday things change & grow.

Liverpool skyline

God of this city.

This picture (above) I painted for my house when a group of us moved to live in Liverpool. To remind us that God will move in this city.


Big picture! Probably to scale of the real thing! (don’t know how to make it smaller!?)

I painted this one for my friend Katherine’s birthday. She is amazing, the picture is okay, God did it better the first time round though. It’s based on the view of the sunsets I can see from my bedroom at the top of the house.

Watercolours From My Wanderings (part 1 of 3)

Hello, I’m Ian Bird. Pleased to meet you too.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed every casual and all too rare opportunity to paint with watercolour paints. It’s just a nice feeling- sploshing around colour and light in a fluid fashion.

I guess my art has two main themes- architecture and the great outdoors, springing from my career in Architecture and days spent gamboling about on the moors.

This is the first of three posts that will feature my watercolours. I do hope you enjoy them.

UPDATE: see part two and part three of this series of paintings.

Keep your eyes peeled (a strange and worrying saying which I do not wish you to take literally) for parts two and three.