Seattle: Part II documents my time at the well known Decibel Festival. I had the opportunity to shoot extra footage while documenting Stimulant’s audio-reactive signage for Decibel. I was able to see some amazing djs that range from Derrick Carter, Nicolas Jaar, Kode 9, to the Martinez Brothers. I highly recommend attending this music festival.
Lets take a minute to talk about the equipment I used. This is the second time using this body (Canon 7D), and it is quite solid. The Z-finder is optical viewfinder for focusing in shallow depth of field (and boy, does this tool help). Z-finders also act great third point of contact (with your elbows tucked into your body, legs apart, knees slightly bent) when shooting handheld. The real treat was testing out the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II lens. Because of its range and the incredible sharpness it maintains, this lens could be the only lens you own. With an aperture of 2.8, this is great for shooting in dark situations. The major drawback of this lens, the whopping price. It’s hard to justify paying this amount for any lens, but if you’re going to shoot professionally, this lens is not to be overlooked.
All footage is handheld and some with the aid of a Z-finder.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Editing & Color: Adobe Premiere CS6 / After Effects CS6
Audio: Breach & Midland- 101
Some examples of the range of music at Decibel:
Nicolas Jaar’s Essential One Mix:
The Martinez Brothers Essential Mix: