The Art of Night – The Photography of Mark Gee

A work in progress – Strapless Kitesurfing Video

Strapless kitesurfing in Wellington, New Zealand from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

Every now & then I have the chance to get in front of the camera instead of the one standing behind it shooting the action. This time round I was being filmed by Simo from Stikman Films for a short kitesurfing video for my sponsors – Takoon Kiteboarding Company. But getting out there & kitesurfing is not the only fun thing I get to do on this little project. I’m doing all the editing myself, which is actually not that easy when you are the subject…you tend to become your own worst critic.

The video above is just a few shots from a to be finished edit. It’s all a work in progress with a lot more footage to be shot & edited, but the end running time will probably come in at 3-4 minutes once the final cut is done.

The footage was shot on a Canon 7d all in slow motion at 50fps. I wanted to go for more of a laid back theme rather than the fast paced action you see in a lot of sport videos these days, so we shot slow motion at 720p (1280×720 pixels of resolution) with the option of speeding up to normal 25fps speed by just doubling the speed. We used a Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5.6 L series lens just so we had the versatility of zooming in & out between the focal lengths, & the editing & colour grading was done in Final Cut Pro. Stay tuned for the final cut…

Strapless kitesurfing - A frame from the video

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