Monthly Archives: Oct 2018

Behind the Scenes with Leo Kawabe

Today we had the chance to sit down with Cinematographer Leo Kawabe about his latest piece, “Dust”. Leo used Tiffen Filters throughout the production. “Dust” is a short film that mixes poetry and visual drama to tell the story of Zen and Brooke; two souls connected by the same pain. Between the sky and the salt beds lies a world of dust; where sometimes, what is left is either death or a reminder of it. The reasons for choosing death are not always clear, but we can look deeper into the human vessels that reach this threshold.”

Tell us a little about the concept of this piece… What was the look you were going for?

First of all, this was a very limited film in terms of budget, crew, time and equipment.

It was done by me and the director (Renato Cabral). We rented a car and traveled from LA to Las Vegas to shoot in 6 days.

The first 3 days were used for tech scout which was crucial since the locations were very far from one another and we needed to calculate the logistics, especially to be able to get the best light.

The look the Director and I had spoken about was to have an organic feel to the images; making the most out of the natural light and the locations.

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How to Edit the Milky Way

Article By: Tiffen Flight Team Member, Kawika Lopez
Shared from: 9th Ave Studios Blog

When I first got into photography, one of the most exciting moments I can remember was being at the top of Haleakala on Maui. It was just around freezing temperatures when we arrived at about 3am. After setting up my camera on a tripod and waiting for a 30 second exposure, the image review popped up. I saw my first shot of the Milky Way on the rear display of my 5D mark III and I was hooked.

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Sit Down with Renan Ozturk

Today we had the honor to sit down with NatGeo Photographer and North Face Climber Renan Ozturk.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a mix of a landscape artist turned professional climber turned cinematographer and director. I started painting pictures and having a life on the road and living in national parks under rocks, literally. Learning climbing and appreciating landscape and wild places in a roundabout way working towards capturing stories I can share with people though film. Now I’m just traveling around telling different stories based on climbing but others that are broader ranging and have to do with culture or conservation.

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Behind the Scenes with Ryan Struck

Tell us a little about the concept of this piece… What was the look you were going for?

Ryan Babenzien CEO of the GREATS brand was approached by Timex to design a new watch. Ryan drew on his experience growing up on the waters of Long Island to create the Baymen. It’s accented with nods to his own passion for the water as well as his love for time pieces. Ryan and I chatted about the story and look he was after, he referenced the 60’s and 70’s surf glow of slide film. This was such an exciting concept to me, as I’ve shot quite a bit of slide film myself, and am such a fan of this aesthetic. I knew there was a few technical things we could do within the camera department to really make this film glow, early morning light and Tiffen Filters being key.

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