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 Filming the annual Yosemite "Firefall" at Yosemite on Red MX 
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Thanks to forum moderator and friend Steve Bumgardner (aka @YosemiteSteve), I had an opportunity over the last few days to film the annual "Firefall" spectacle at Yosemite National Park for my film "TimeScapes." During this brief period, the sun sets at such an angle in February as to backlight the waterfall at Horsetail Falls with very warm, direct sunlight from the distant horizon, making it appear almost like lava. http://www.michaelfrye.com/articles/horsetail.html

I successfully pulled off a 2-minute, Z-axis, MX shot with my Duclos 80-200mm lens at 200mm on my camBLOCK moco system. I was very surprised that it worked so well. The trick is, to slow the movement down. I ran the camera up the track about 4 feet over two minutes, and it was solid. I placed some branches and pine needles in the foreground (the last photo) to give the move some depth. I would never have been able to do that by hand on any slider.

Somehow, I did not see ANY other movie cameras at Yosemite filming this!

I'll try to post some better pics when I get home and can get some framegrabs.


Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:07 pm
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Epic.

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:34 pm
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Just magic.
Thanks for the Michael Frye link, most informative.


Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:05 pm
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Canon 5D2 with 600mm f/4 + doubler. We tried an abstract angle on this one.


Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:25 pm
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Post Re: Filming the annual Yosemite "Firefall" at Yosemite on Red MX
This is magnificent! Congrats!

I spent four days in February last year trying to film it, but conditions were not right,
and it is likely going to snow/rain in the next ten days as well.


Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:50 pm
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Very cool. Excited to see this.

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I would delete this post, but sometimes, you just gotta love the hard work of the spam-bots!

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Post Re: Filming the annual Yosemite "Firefall" at Yosemite on Re
Thats great. Best bot post so far. Its not Watson, but its getting there. What will we do when one passes the Turing test? When the bot gets so good at this that we can't tell its a bot? My habit of responding to posts is so obsessive, I think I have answered up to a few bot postings already. If a bot does a simulated timelapse in a virtual forest, then reports it here, is it a valid post? Are dreams a valid experience if they shape our waking behavior? Uh Oh.... I am starting to sound more like a bot than the suspicious post.


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Fantastic colours and view! and those big guns :) immpresive!


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