Friday, February 24, 2012

What I like about Panasonic Cameras Part II. AGHPX500P

I have used this camera extensively, in all sorts of situations, from covering soccer games to interviews, and landscapes, and I really like it.
I like the texture, the color and the range.

You have to understand that I was brought up with film and thus, I like the texture and the range of film. So when I moved to digital, I was looking for that.

But he thing about digital is that it is not film.

However, you can develop a look that is not your usual digital harsh texture.

A look with its own personality. And this is what I found in the AGHPX500P.

Hudson RIver Sunset

For starters, I shoot everything at 24PN and I like the CineLike V matrix... and other settings that I have discovered through trial and error.

Menus are very, very important !

The base of your image starts with the camera and the way you set it up is through the menus. The rest is done in the workflow.

Here are some samples of the images I have gotten with the AGHPX500P .
I apologize for the water mark, but nowadays you have to protect images that actually have not  been seen.



I used the AGHPX500P to shoot at least 90 % of the documentary of Rafa Marquez. 
That documentary took us to 9 cities, including Barcelona, Pamplona, New York and Stuttgart.

Camp Nou

Hudson River

This still is from a time lapse we did one of the nights FC Barcelona was playing.


One of my favorite characters in Barcelona. 
A true fan of  FC Barcelona, he talked to us about Rafa Márquez in a bar where they got together to see the game.

We interviewed Pavel Pardo In Stuttgart , he had just won the German Championship with the club.

Pavel turned out to be great on camera and he gave us some of the most valuable interviews.

Live action:

We shot most of the soccer matches on high speed.

Here we see Pavel during a training session with Stuttgart.

Friendly Mexico v USA in Houston.

When we were in the Soccer Academy where Rafa began his career in Zamora, we couldn't help  grabbing this great face.


When we talked about the AG-HVX200 in our previous post, we showed you some of the shots we got with the AGHPX500P, here are a couple more from that same project, done with natural light.

As you have seen through all the examples, the conditions of light vary considerably.
All in all. I think this has been one of the best investments we made. It has more than paid for itself and we plan to keep using it for a while longer, specially for documentaries and web content.

And now on a more serious note:

It is not easy to find half bottles of wine, and I hate opening a bottle that I will never finish. And I'm sorry, but once opened, that's it, you have to drink it.

Therefore, half bottles are ideal for me because I don't have to feel guilty by throwing away good wine.

Chateau Recougne is a nice Bordeaux. Strong and a bit earthy with god aftertaste. Great with chicken or duck.


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