Yes, I know. I’m a month late with the whole Christmas holidays with this, but it’s finally here. I decided to focus on something simple, but very important to me. Every year for the holidays, my family and I go to a close family friend’s house to celebrate the holidays. My father always makes seafood rice soup for everyone to eat. He has done this pretty much ever year for possibly over 20 years I think sometime after his arrive in the United States. My dad is awesome, his soup is delicious and it is personally important to me, so I thought this was something that was worth recording.
While I’ve used other cameras before, this was my first time (first time as in during Christmas Day 2010) using the Panasonic Lumix GH1 with a 25mm computar lens. While I’m familiar with using DSLR cameras prior, I do not use it often. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the camera; it is very light, but packs quite a punch.
I was often on-the-go when I was shooting my father while he was cooking (with some assistance from my close family friend/grandmother; some of the footage is shakier than I thought. The lens I used is not made for movement, so you can see I was often adjusting the focus of the lens. Other times, I accidentally changed the f-stop rather than the focus (seen at the end). If the lighting was good, the image appeared to be quite sharp. But as I said, I was quickly trying to follow my father’s moment and encountered different lighting situations: the sink near the window, the light under the stove and the dining room where it was fairly dark. I wasn’t even thinking of changing the f-stop as I moved from one place to another at times as you can see with the footage of my uncle in the video. In turn, the image wasn’t as crisp as I would like it to be.
Nonetheless, this is my first real attempt as using the camera. Hopefully things will get better as I learn more about it and have a better grasp on it.
“We WIsh You a Merry Christmas” & “Jingle Bells” by Kevin MacLeod
from incompetech.com, used under the Creative Commons license.