Very First Breathtaking Blackmagic URSA Sunrise Footage of Bronte Beach

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DP John Brawley snuck out before dawn the other day to capture this breathtaking sunrise footage of Bronte Beach with the Blackmagic URSA — and a 30 year old Cooke 25-250 zoom lens.

Did I mention – breathtaking?

Writing every day for planet5D is humbling. When I see the skill, craftsmanship and artistry of someone like John, I find myself channeling Wayne Campbell of WAYNE’S WORLD and muttering to myself “I am not worthy.”

And then, for the exact same reason, I get excited. I have so much more to learn – what an amazing way to spend the rest of one’s life.

We ALL have so much more to learn, so much more to give.

And in a time when the internet and a 24/7 news cycle allow us endless opportunities to focus on how terrible life is, the two minutes and 50 seconds I watched this morning from John reminds me that – at least for those of us who by accident of birth have more options than others — life is what we make of it.

Thank you, John. And thanks for the Blackmagic URSA footage!

Blackmagic URSA does Bronte

Via John Brawley:

I knew the weather would probably be good, so I took myself, the Ursa and a Panavision supplied Cooke 25-250 MK3 T 3.7 zoom down to shoot the sunrise.

This clip was shot over a period of about 90 mins. I filled three of my four 128Gb SanDisk CFast 2.0 cards and did it on two Vlock batteries. Many of the shots were done before sunrise. Pretty impressive for 400 ISO @ T4 at that frame rate.

BlackMagic URSA does Bronte

All shots are ISO 400, 60 FPS at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) ProRes HQ except for just one which was 24 FPS, the shot of the sun actually rising in shot.

One thing to note. The Cooke 25-250 zoom is a vintage lens that’s over 30 years old. It’s quite soft on the edges even when the centre is sharp. You’ll also see a lot of chromatic aberration. It’s hardly what you’d call a modern lens design. But I like it for it’s personality.

I used the True ND 9 and 1.5 once the sun was up.

Read this full article on John Brawley's post “URSA does Bronte”

What do you think? Is the BlackMagic URSA rocking?

(cover photo credit: snap from johnbrawley)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

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