Gymkhana 7 BTS with 100 GoPro HERO Cameras

I love cars. I have been enamored with Ken Block’s Gymkhana series ever since it started a few years ago. What is Gymkhana, you ask? It is a few glorious minutes of magnificent hooning by a pro driver in a killer car and on a ridiculous course made of real-world locations. The latest edition takes place on the streets of Los Angeles.

What does that have to do with photography?

100 GoPro HERO cameras. Drones. RED EPIC cameras. The kind of stuff camera geeks are made of. [Read more…]

RED HDRx Gets ‘The Impossible Shot’

The above sample clip demonstrates the HDRx voodoo that RED is working in its new EPIC camera.  The shot from dimly lit tunnel to a sunny afternoon maintains the aperture and other exposure settings during the transition.  No one is pulling aperture via a remote during the transition.

Using the new HDRx feature in the EPIC, the camera makes the previously-impossible now possible.  The HDRx functionality works by recording two exposures and blending them together, which allows the camera to hold the highlight details in the clouds after emerging from the tunnel in the above video.  The exposures are captured simultaneously, with the underexposed frame recorded at a fraction of the shutter speed of the “normal” frame.  Not even film has this kind of latitude.

[fxguide via Prolost]

RED EPIC and Scarlet Back on Track, Will Be Done When It’s Done

Last week, RED’s Jim Jannard provided an update to the EPIC’s serious firmware “bug issues” that had adversely affected the production schedule of the ambitious RED ONE followup.  The bug has been killed and the production of the EPIC appears to be back on track. [Read more…]