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Color in Motion

Yesterday some friends and I took to Gilbert to partake in this year’s, “Color in Motion” run. The event was a lot of fun and very well coordinated–even though my mouth may have tasted like chalk the entire morning!

Check out some of the footage caught from my Go Pro Hero 3 worn with my chestie strap.

Color in Motion–5K Phoenix Go Pro from Julia Rajchel on Vimeo.

Long Exposure in the Desert

I’ve taken a bit of a break from posting, but not because I haven’t been keeping busy producing videos for work and shooting photos. Most recently, my personal project has been capturing a still that embodies Phoenix, AZ for my wall at home. After recently installing hardwood floors, this has since sparked a wave of rearranging furniture and redecorating my home…of which I wanted a new picture to hang above my couch. I wanted the shot to capture downtown Phoenix, but not be so close that you couldn’t make out the skyline. I had seen pictures of this, but had no idea where to really capture the angle I had so perfectly envisioned in my head. So, I set out a couple nights after work to scout the city in search of the best ground.
I came across several promising locations, but getting the exact shot was a bit tricky. Most aerial views that close in proximity to the city stem from parking garages and apartments. Unfortunately, both of these in most cases are private property and since hauling a tripod and large camera lens up several flights of stairs isn’t the most inconspicuous activity, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Initially, I scouted a location off the 143 and Washington, essentially right around where the light rail tracks meet up with the overpass. This was a prime location, but the problem was traffic. There really wasn’t anywhere to pull over and park to walk up near the overpass. So, I surged forward.
After coming across a few more parking garages, I started to grow tired. I was frustrated because the views from some of these parking structures were spectacular, but it came with the risk of trespassing. Instead, I shifted my focus once again. I thought about all my travels being a native here, when and where I had noted the city best. I realized I had an incredible view of the city each and every day in on my way to work…the only problem–I’d once again have to get on the freeway on ramp and that would require me finding somewhere close enough nearby to park safely. After looking up the time for sundown, I planned ahead and arrived at my destination early in just enough time before the sun dipped below the horizon. I was relieved to find there was parking nearby the freeway, but once I found the perfect spot I noted a cop car in the corner. The neighborhood wasn’t exactly the safest, and though I figured the cop was there for reasons more important than smacking overzealous photographers on the wrist for putting themselves in danger on the side of the freeway, the sight in itself made me a bit uneasy. I drove just a couple of blocks away, and parked. I had grown tired of playing it safe and at this point I was in the right place at the right time. I’m so happy I did, because the view of the city turned out beautiful. You can find the image of downtown below from off the !-10 and Washington on ramp.

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After taking this photo, I went on and took several others. The one beneath here is taken from downtown right near Chase field on the corner of 7th street and Jefferson. Though this wasn’t far back enough to capture the entire city, I had a great time gathering long exposure shots…of which would eventually be utilized for my final composition.

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Lastly, this third photo was taken far back from the Papago Mountain Park off 52nd street and McDowell. This shot, contrary to the 2nd shot above, was too far away from the city but offered a nice dark area for capturing long exposure.

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With these three photos, I was actually able to combine them and create a whole new composition from the three. I wasn’t crazy about the three shots on their own, but I really loved how they complemented one another once being combined in photoshop. To finish it off, I created a light writing long shot, “602″ in honor of my city and favorite area code. I threw this into the composition with a color dodge effect and was quite pleased with the results.

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All in all, I realized sometimes you simply cannot capture everything in one photo. But by combining separate photos, you can elevate the photo to a place that never existed–though the viewer may never know otherwise. This was pretty close to the composition in my head, still not exactly…but what can I say…I’m a perfectionist ;)

Sippin’ on Santa Barbara

After an awesome wine tasting experience in Santa Barbara this past February, I found some time today to put together a cut highlighting some sights from our experience. The views were seriously breathtaking! A big THANKS to Sustainable Vine Wine Tours, our gracious host Brian was the best! To see the cut, head on over to it here!

Go Pro Hero 3 Night Test

Chasing the Sun from Julia Rajchel on Vimeo.

I recently acquired the new Go Pro Hero3. I figured what better way to do a test run with it than to drive up to one of my favorite spots, South Mountain. I kept the standard settings for this run, 2.7, 24, W. The footage was a little shaky right on the dash, but for this purpose of speeding up 500%, it actually didn’t matter too greatly. I really enjoy how much perspective you gain with this, and it seems to do pretty well in low-light situations. I wanted to get up the mountain just in time to capture the sundown, which I was just in time for.

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Fall

It’s been a while since I’ve last checked in, as I’ve been on to new adventures serving as the video director/producer for the Apollo Group. I have been doing some filming on the side, when I’m not work (it’s very busy! but GOOD) I’ll be putting together something here within the next couple of months or sooner–in the mean time..here’s a cinematic-ally delightful find from vimeo. I love fall, especially when it’s visually captured. I wanted to work on a project similar to this, but in Arizona we really don’t see the seasons…which meant a drive up north. I haven’t found free time to do so yet, but I hope that will change in the next coming months during this adjustment period….

Cheers!

Pure Awesome Popsicle Magic

Today I stumbled across Ross Ching’s latest video. Apparently, he had to eat 2-3 popsicles a day to make this video possible. It’s amazing what cameras can capture when they allow for high fps recording. Check it out! I am in <3.

Popsicle – Sweeten Your Life from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

Hello, Timelapse–Meet Hyperlapse.

This morning while I was waking up with my usual cup of coffee, I came across some really stunning work by Ben Wiggins on vimeo. His work, though it utilizes the time-lapse technique, adds yet another element that sets it apart from regular time-lapse photography. If you look closely, you’ll notice there’s something within each scene that makes it just a tad uncanny. That is because Ben has used the hyperlapse technique. Basically, within that technique the background of a scene tends to move in an ordinary time-lapse fashion, but what’s different is that the scale of an object (usually in the foreground or middleground) never changes. This creates the feeling of a hyper-realistic environment. I am in love with this, so more than likely I’ll be doing some experiments of my own pretty soon here. :) Check out some of the videos an links below for more information on this.

Tutorial: Creating a “Vertigo-Effect” in a Timelapse Shot with After Effects from T-RECS (Timelapse Recordings) on Vimeo.

Times Square Lends Space to Artists

I visited New York for my first time just a few months ago, and am already set to return as of tomorrow morning. I remember the first time I stepped into Times Square, my add-ish nature completely and totally fulfilled as my eyes darted from screen to screen, performer to performer, with an ecstatic uncertainty of what to focus on. A new dream was born in that instant. As I gazed skyward I noticed there were screens EVERYWHERE, and not just advertisements–but true art as well. Which got me thinking..how on earth does one have their videos shown inside Times Square? For me, that is the equivalent of winning the super bowl, a new goal that I’m striving to learn more about in hopes one day I can create something that, if even for just one play, could assist in brightening the light parade that is Times Square. Oddly enough, shortly after this new goal manifested itself into my curious head, I came across a tweet from someone to one of my favorite video artists stating they had just seen his video work up in Times Square. I couldn’t believe it! So, I did a little research and I’ve come across the most helpful article yet. It seems, then that basically the art is being pulled from certain sites that aim to expose artists. So now my only question is, what should my next project be in hopes of having that type of exposure? I know the answer won’t come right when I’m looking for it, but I remain optimistic that a goal such as Times Square is truly attainable for the modern artist these days.