Category Archives: filmmaking
I’ve been experimenting with colour infrared video and photography for some time, photography is easier due to the IR blocking filter on my stills camera being quite weak, plus manipulating RAW images in Photoshop and Gimp using colour channel swapping is very effective. However video is another matter entirely, the IR blocking filter on my Canon HV40 is quite strong so filming on very bright sunny days is essential, then manipulating the imagery in After Effects can be long and unpredictable, film grain/noise needs to be removed, channel swapping in video is not very clean so many more effects are needed to produce a ‘respectable’ clip.
I’ve put some IR video clips together in this edit to give you an idea of what can be achieved.
Here is a November desktop wallpaper for you, it was shot at the Lea Valley river in East London using a Nikon D70 and a Hoya IR filter.
Click on the picture then again to make it bigger then right click and save.
After seeing the x-ray plant photos of Steven Meyers
I was inspired to create a video edit that captured the same look and feel.
I filmed plants in my garden using a macro lens then processed the clips with various computer generated effects to create the vivid graphic look of the video below.
The clips were then edited to music and form part of a live cinema performance which will be shown in London.
I hope you enjoy the edit, it’s best viewed in full screen mode. :)
Some time ago I was shown this video of ‘circles dancing in a rhomb’ by
At the time it inspired me to create some interesting patterns with crochet, based around the negative space within the structures and the rhythmic dance of the circles within the shape.
But it was the cellular structure of plants that the video reminded me of most, cross sections of plant stems show similar patterning due to the negative spaces created by the vascular bundles, cork, cambium and pith.
The video below is a rough edit of a sort of conversation between Gelada’s computational realisation and forms found in nature and captured on my new microscope :)
I’ve finally finished my live cinema show ‘Hortus’ you can read a little about it below :)
Hortus explores the relationship between natural and urban environments, it takes the viewer on a journey of discovery through the presence, form and processes of vegetal nature found throughout cities but often overlooked and ignored.
Part 1 – ‘Urban nature’ features a tree as a metaphysical central character binding the human psyche with the non human and was inspired by Malcolm Le Grice’s Berlin Horse.
Filmed at various London man made linear green spaces that finger their way through concrete and brick, including the Green Chain Walk in South East London, The disused railway line Parkland Walk in North London and the Lea Valley towpath walk in East London.
Part 2 – ‘Abstract nature’ was inspired by the representation of nature in abstract form in the work of Karl Blossfeldt and Paul Prudence.
Featuring plants found in and around London it invites the viewer to look deeper into the geometric forms and structures of nature.
An attempt is made to induce a hypnotic mental state through forced motion within the imagery and optical fixation.
Part 3 – ‘Unseen light’ was inspired by the plant processes and light harvesting structures involved in photosynthesis, I wanted to convey something of the unseen quality of this phenomenon, which starts with light in the visible spectrum hitting chloroplast reaction centres and starting a chain of protein folding reactions.
Light in the infrared spectrum is reflected and it was this light (invisible to the naked eye) which was captured to make the video, using specialist camera filters.