This weekend, I had the pleasure of flying the DJI S-900 drone for the Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University. It was a thrill to fly this large camera platform, and get off some great shots. Of everything we shot, this is probably my favorite shot as the drone flew over Lewis Field Stadium.
Years ago I met Phil Bates, CEO of Artbeats, one of the most recognized stock footage library companies, to discuss the work he was doing with time-lapse photography that created many of the companies most used and recognized clips. It was interesting getting his take on what can sometimes be a very tedious job of shooting stock footage for sale. This summer Phil spent time driving around the Midwest chasing storms for the company’s new collection. While he didn’t make it as far west as Hays, Kansas. Phil did capture some epic storms, supercells and probably more tornadoes than he cares to remember.
It was such a nice day on Saturday, that my son and I went out to have some fun with my GoPro HD camera. If you haven’t heard of, or seen, one of these cameras, it is a super small, and lightweight camera that is designed to attached to helmets, bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, and anything else you can think of.
Designed for extreme sport coverage, these little camera’s pack quite a punch when it comes to capturing intense action in high definition. That’s right, this camera captures HD! So what did we do with it? Attached it to the front of the car, and took a little trip.
While shooting this weekend, I happened to see a thunderhead building right in my shot. Too bad I was shooting with a wide angle lens at the time! A quick change out, allowed me to capture this closer shot of a thunderstorm building and then moving off frame.
Spent the better part of Saturday afternoon shooting more time lapse footage. This time out, a wonderful shot of clouds forming and swirling over a wheat field, still in the early stage of growth.
Plenty of clouds today, so I went to shoot a time lapse of the clouds as they drifted by. This is the result for your use.
It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded free footage. Today, I have another wheat field clip for your use.
Wheat Field 02
Date: June 2005
Camera: Sony Z1U
Length: 35 seconds
Codec: QuickTime (HDV 1080i60 codec- Very Important)
File Size: 105MB
Right+Click the image and select Save Link As
As always, you may use the footage for any project – that includes feature film, broadcast television, commercial work, indie project, etc. without having to pay a fee. The only thing I ask is you a) do not redistribute the footage as part of a stock footage library, b) please contact me with the project you used the shot in, and c) list me in any credits for the project.
I would also ask that you send a copy of the completed project to me for my records.
Other than that – go to town and have fun. Don’t forget, I also have several other free video clips for you to use.
NOTE: This is an HDV clips captured in Final Cut Pro and exported as a QuickTime movie using the HDV 1080i60 codec. You should be able to open the file in any NLE that supports the HDV 1080i60 format.