Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Skiing in Gulmarg in the Himalayas - new video online

Well after a long wait I'm pleased to bring you a short video from my ski shoot in Gulmarg, Kashmir from earlier this year. Gulmarg is a small village in the Himalayas, about 2 hours drive from Srinagar, the capital if Indian Kashmir. In 2005 they finally completed a gondola that goes almost to the top of 4,300m Mount Affawat, making it the highest operational ski resort in the world.

And there are no pistes. That's right....none.

This makes it a powder skier's paradise, a whole mountain covered in virgin snow, and you can make your own lines down the mountain. Once you get away from the top station, you will hardly see another skier. The open mountain and local culture make a wonderful change from the over developed resorts we are used to in Europe and North America. I hope to make it back there next season.

The whole video was shot on a pair of Canon 5d mark IIs, and this was the fiest time I had shot video on these cameras. A few things I learned:

  • Exposure is tricky, especially on the snow in bright sunlight (the recent 2.0.4 firmware update helps with it's live histogram)
  • Focusing on fast moving skiers is almost impossible
  • Shooting handheld is very wobbly...
We were primarily there to shoot stills and enjoy the skiing, so the video was a bit of an afterthought. Given that we didn't plan any of the shots I'm really pleased with how it came out.

I shot the video with my friend Richard Hadley at Ballistic, and Rich did a fantastic job on the editing. So when you have a spare 6 minutes, click on the video below. Crank up the volume and watch in full screen mode for the best impact.

Gulmarg 23.01.10 from Julian Love on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Favela painting

While I was in Rio I visited the latest site of the awesome Favela Painting project with Rio Times journalist Doug Gray.

Favela Painting was founded by Dutch duo Haas & Hahn who met while collaborating on a film about hip-hop for MTV, shot in the favelas in Rio. Wanting to contribute something to the communities which they met, they designed a giant mural and enrolled the locals to help them build it. Since then they have completed 2 other projects, the most recent of which you see here. 

They provide the design, and then employ the locals do all the painting - providing them with employment, a new skill set and increasing the value of the houses in the process. It's a great scheme and now they are looking to do projects in other cities in South America.

Check out Favela Painting on Facebook and read Doug Gray's article about the latest project for the Rio Times here.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Back from Rio - new video online

I'm now back ion London after an epic 8-week shoot in Brazil - 5 weeks shooting in Rio city and 3 weeks travelling around the rest of Rio state.

Here in the UK we tend to only hear about the city, but there are some beautiful places to visit within a few hours drive of Rio. My favourites were Ilha Grande - a giant tropical island with heavenly beaches - and Paraty - a perfectly preserved colonial town.

The various tourist boards in Rio were a huge help in organising the logistics, especially Miriam Cutz at TurisRio, but also a big thanks to Patricia Rodrigues at RioTur and Andrea Revoredo at the Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau. And thanks also to all those who put up with my terrible Portuguese!

I had a couple of days free at the end to experiment with shooting some video with the Canon 5D mark II. This is only my second foray into video so it's pretty basic. I have another one from India which I shot earlier this year with my friend Rich Hadley at Ballistic that I'll  post soon.

Pictures to follow over the next couple of weeks.

Once upon a time in Rio from Julian Love on Vimeo.