Karate, Okinawa, Sony A7S II
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Moving Pictures – Okinawan Martial Arts Budosai Seminar

Along with the photographs I shot for the Okinawan Martial Arts Budosai Seminar on April 29th, I also took some video of the event.  I edited the footage in Final Cut Pro X and uploaded to YouTube.

For those interested, I shot this with a Sony A7sII with the 16-35mm lens (at around 20mm). I manually set the exposure and the white balance. I shot with continuous auto focus. The camera was mounted on a CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal by CAME-TV (see top image).

It was a great learning experience. You have to find a balance between documenting the event fully, and not getting in the way of those attending. I didn’t want to block the view of the students or be hit with a flying foot or fist.  For some techniques, it would be nice to have another camera angle to show close ups, but for this occasion a single viewpoint will have to suffice.

Looking forward to shooting a lot more video this year.

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