Waste Land

Found this through watching this.

WASTE LAND Official Trailer from Almega Projects on Vimeo.

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.



I got this old vintage lens recently and yesterday I used it for the first time. This was a spontaneous five minute project (I refuse to write "test") without a concept at all. I tried to give it a filmic feel and I'm quite happy with the outcome.

"Julia" from Roman Königshofer | rawmeyn on Vimeo.

GH1(3) & Pentacon 29mm/f2.8 (720p/50fps with a shutter of 1/100 mostly at f2.8)
Lensflaring and lens wacking :)
I slightly denoised the footage and did some minor color correction, added little diffusion, put a tiny bit of yellow in to the highlights and blue in to the shadows & added some film grain.
All done in a 32bit comp in After Effects.

As always I recommend to download the source file on Vimeo for best quality visuals (though the compression still kills a lot of lovely grain).

Music: Air - Alone In Kyoto

Here are some fullres stills:

Now it's time to work on on my little Indonesia flick. Oh and I already started to upload some photographs of Puerto Rico on my Flickr...


Saw this brilliant short yesterday evening on Arte and felt like sharing it with you...
Schwarzfahrer by Pepe Danquart:

There is also a version with english subtitles on Youtube (in lower quality though).

GH2 Skate montage

Panasonic teamed up with filmmaker Ty Evans & photographer Atiba Jefferson to make this little montage:

ATIBA EVANS Panasonic GH2 Skate from skatefairy on Vimeo.

Finally a clever marketing decision from Panasonic. The GH2 really rocks it! Right now there is no better DSLR for shooting video out there! Let's see what Canon is answering... exciting times for the tech-geeks :)

The using a sweet handle too.

Screenshots (cropped from the youtube version):

The 20mm/f1.7 pancake is also mentioned on the vimeo page.

Can't wait for the 25mm/f1.4 and the videooptimized 12-50mm/f2.5-3.3 lenses :)


SIGHT|SOUND from High Seas Films on Vimeo.

Love it!
by highseasfilm.com

Long Treks on Skate Decks!

A few days ago this showed up in my feed reader through the Patagonia blog: 2000 Kilometers by Skateboard in Morocco with Long Treks on Skate Decks!

WOW! Those guys are really rockin it on their longboards! If you have ever been to Morocco you know that some of their roads are definitely not the best for a longboardtrip :)

Here is the trailer for their previous trip through Peru and Bolivia: So epic!!!

All episodes here!

I thing they are working on the Morocco flick right now. Can't wait! Right there it pops in my mind... I have tons of Morocco footage laying around from our trip but no time yet to edit more that a trailer yet... But time will come...

Also check their website: longtreksonskatedecks.com & flickr!

New Flickr set

Done! I finally uploaded all Indonesia photos. Check my Flickr set!
Started working on that little tripmovie already...

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus announced two new cameras today. The new Pen E-PL2 and the Point&Shoot XZ-1. I was waiting for the XZ-1 for months now. Looks like a winner! Back in August 2010 I mentioned the Canon S95 as my dream Point&Shoot camera, but then I heard the first rumors about the new Olympus and waited... The XZ-1 seems like a suped-up Canon S95 with both front and back dials plus a faster lens, pop-up flash, accessory port and 720p video. This is how I like it :)
Since my double broken FX35 I haven't bought a Point&Shoot camera and really miss one often. The only thing which bothers me on the XZ-1 is its size. There are more great P&S cameras out there like the LX5 or the Ricoh GX series, but those are all just to big for me... I like it slim. Sadly the XZ-1 isn't that slim either as you can see here. It appears that we definitively can’t get everything... (Like the XZ-1 features in a slim S95 body.)

Olympus XZ-1

There is also a waterhousing available for the XZ-1.

First XZ-1 video:

Martin De Thurah

So good! I could watch this music video over and over again! Danish director Martin De Thurah is a true genius! See more of his work on his vimeo page.

CARPARK NORTH - HUMAN from martin de thurah on Vimeo.

Featured on The Magic Bus

Today I got a message on my Flickr from Maddie Joyce telling me that I (and my buddy Luke of course) got featured on her growing blog "The Magic Bus". That's sweet! I really dig her blog and photographs too. We share the same passion and attitude towards life I guess :) Thanks Maddie!

Screenshot "The Magic Bus Collective"

"The magic bus is a growing collection of inspiring and enchanting images from around the globe, capturing the ocean and those who live to be in it. The bus is ever expanding as more wild folk jump on board to share their art with the world. It is constantly moving, picking up wonderful characters and artists along the way and taking you to incredible places where creation is bountiful and the waves are perfect."

I have still some pictures left to upload from our Indonesia trip last summer... After that there are already lots of other shots waiting to get featured on my flickr ;)
And of course... the Indo Movie Project!

Here are some more of my favorite Indo shots (by Luke & me):