OluKai ‘Talk Story’ – shot on HDSLR with some lessons learned

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Scott Gold has sent in some very nice HDSLR movies shot for OluKai in a series called ‘Talk Story' and he's proud to tell us about how he shot them, what he learned, and shares his thanks for having a resource like planet5D (I'm blushing).

Archie Kalepa: Foil Boarding

Lauren Bartlett: The Ocean Takes You Home

From Scott Gold

I've been a huge fan of planet5D for years now and and wanted to say thanks for all the information and resources you've made available. I recently shot and edited a series of videos for the premium footwear brand ‘OluKai' and I like to think Planet5D helped with my preparation.

About the project:
OluKai wanted me to shoot a series of videos that capture an island pastime called ‘Talk Story' for a new micro site they were building. Here's a description of Talk Story from their site:

“Around the world, every culture has it’s own way of sharing information. In the islands, it’s an informal conversation known as ‘talk story’. It’s about slowing down and taking the time to share ideas, stories, history and opinions with the people around you. This website will be the home of that on-going conversation with hopes of inspiring and connecting us all.”

You can view the site here: talkstory.olukai.com

The production took place on Maui over a period of nine days and over a huge variance of conditions and locations…from 20 feet underwater to 10,000 feet on a volcano, to cars, boats and even Jet Skis.

What I learned from the production:

  • The small form factor of the HDSLR was definitely my biggest asset.  The whole point of Talk Story was to create a friendly environment where your subject can talk uninhibited. Because the cameras are so small they don't intimidate like a camcorder or film camera would. For inexperience subjects I truly think this lightens the atmosphere and got things rolling quickly.
  • I saved a ton of time by using the C1, C2 and C3 camera user settings. The less your subject has to wait the more natural and genuine your recording will be.  C1 I set for RAW stills.  C2 was for interiors.  C3 was for exteriors.
  • HDSLR's are pretty tough, but the do have their limitations.  I remember having heat issues with the 7D while recording the Archie Kalepa interview.  Next time I'll remember to turn off Live View mode while I'm waiting.  Having to shut down a camera while your subject is talking in not good.  Surprisingly the 5D did not have this issue.
  • When in tropical environments it's imperative to think about condensation on equipment.  Internal lens fog can render a lens useless for hours.  It's best to acclimate your gear to it's shooting environment long before you plan to start…even if this means sleeping in the hotel room with the A/C off and the windows open.
  • If you are planning on doing any underwater videography at all, search online like mad for forums and helpful info.  It's a wildly different ballgame underwater and it pays to be prepared.  Surf photographer forums are a great start.
  • Another note on underwater photography…Rain-X.  Just buy it.  It will keep 99% of water drops from forming on your underwater housing's lens.  Amazing stuff, but technique is everything; you must apply it perfectly every time or it won't work.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D
Tripod Manfrotto 503HDV Fluid Head w/755XB Pro Tripod & Case Kit
Monopod Manfrotto Fluid Video Monopod W/Head
SPL 7D Underwater housing
Audio-Technica AT897 – Shotgun Microphone Kit
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye Zoom
Various ND filters

Premiere CS5
Colorista II

Thanks again for all the great content here on Planet5D, you've helped more than you can imagine. Keep up the good work!

Scott Gold

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D.com

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  1. In “The Ocean Takes You Home”, you should have cut the parts of the interview where she’s not in focus…
    Apart from that, nice images.

  2. I thought the “lesson learned” was gonna be “don’t stand in front of the guy with a bow & arrow” :)

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