Monday, 12 November 2012
In August I was contacted to shoot a mini-documentary on a conducting masterclass held by the great Finnish conductor Jorma Panula. The documentary was to be shot over two of the masterclass days, and two fascinating days it was. Although I'm not a musician or student of conducting, it was very interesting to watch a capacity like Jorma Panula teach his students. For this documentary I wanted the rhythm of the music to pace it, gearing it towards a calm pace but still with a strong direction. The film was mostly shot on the Canon 5d mkII with some shots off a hacked Panasonic GH2. For the shots of the conductors I used two very nice older primes - the razor sharp Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 105mm f2.8. This one is easily one of my favorites now - no problems whatsoever throughout the range, rugged and compact build. The other was the Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f3.5. It is not as fast as its f2.8 sibling, but razor sharp with virtually no optical faults wide open making for that much less worry when shooting. Anyway - here's the film.