Full Moon 4K from Alex Kryszkiewicz on Vimeo.

It was very nearly a full moon last night (off by several hours technically…). Thought it would be interesting to shoot it through my EF 70-200 2.8L IS II with my mark III 2x extender. I dropped the 4k file into a 1080 timeline, added a bit of sharpness and curves and exported. I decided not to correct the slight shake which was caused by any movement on the floor in my bedroom where the tripod was standing.

1D C Night Shots in Camden at High ISO from Alex Kryszkiewicz on Vimeo.

This is a test of the Canon 1D C in low light with super high ISO settings. Shot at 4k and exported out of Premiere Pro CC at 1080HD Vimeo settings. Completely non-scientific test in real-world scenarios for street/documentary shooting. I mixed up the grading throughout so you can see what can be done with these Canon Log Gamma files at 4k.

The song is Any Colour You LIke by Pink Floyd

Rotterdam Central HD from Alex Kryszkiewicz on Vimeo.

Here’s another grade test I’ve done with my recently purchased EOS-1D C.
Started with Canon Log Gamma in 4k, 25p and then did my own quick grade in Premiere Pro CC and exported as Vimeo 1080HD mp4 file for you here.

Camera lens and settings:
4K, 25p, log gamma
ISO 400
EF 16-35 f/2.8L @ 16mm, f/9
1/50th
Polarising filter set to neutral.

Naked Sky

I recently bought a 1981 Canon AE-1 Program 35mm SLR on ebay with a FD 50mm f/1.8 attached. Me and my patient wife/muse often walk through our local park on our way into Hampstead, or the local “country” pub. In the past I’ve brought my 5D MKIII with a 50mm lens, but it’s a bit heavy for long walks. I also owned a Canon G1X for a while, but wasn’t happy with the slow auto focus. It was time to go analogue!

I had been playing with VSCO film stock simulations in Lightroom anyway, so I figured why not get real film? Since owning this nifty little unit (much smaller and lighter than the 5D/50mm combo) I’ve had a few nice, mild winter days to test it out. These are a few examples of the results. 

Film stock: Kodak Portra 400 

Printed at Aperture, Rathbone Place (www.apertureuk.com)

No further corrections, or enhancements that I have done. 

PRINCES’S TRUST - Cavan White from Alex Kryszkiewicz on Vimeo.

This film was shot in Derry, Northern Ireland (one of 16 films I shot for the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards campaign) and tells the story of Cavan White who we met in the Strand Foyer homeless youth shelter. Cavan had a hard start, growing up within an alcoholic family. Without anybody to turn to for help Cavan started down the road of substance abuse at a young age. 

The Prince’s Trust helped Cavan find accomodation at the Strand Foyer and later presented him with an opportunity to row the Colmcille Curragh, a 40 foot canvas traditional boat from Derry to Scotland. This successful, culturally celebrated event gave Cavan a massive confidence boost and he’s continued on the up since.

THE PRINCE’S TRUST: Susie Cuthill, Young Ambassador, Northern Ireland. 

During the wet autumn months here in the UK I went on the road with Ben Edmunds from Beagle Media to shoot and direct 16 films for the PRINCE’S TRUST as part of their Celebrate Success Awards campaign. As one of 2 main teams covering the UK we travelled to Wales, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, West Midlands and a few other lovely spots in the great, green land. Being on the road for many hours, eating crap food and often staying at fairly creepy hotels (in one place in Newcastle I tried to pull my curtain shut and the whole apparatus came down on me in bed with a large cloud of dust!) I was able to reflect on life outside London’s bubble. I learned so much about the struggles people are facing around the country due to poor circumstances, or damaging antisocial behaviour in their environment. Seeing how these people coped, pushed for positive change and really championed their situations with help from the PT was inspiring. In most cases it starts with an attitude shift and then the willingness to ask for help. Once the help comes, most of these individuals were inspired to help others, thus winning them various awards with the Prince’s Trust. 

This film was shot in Northern Ireland and tells the story of Susie Cuthill and her young family’s struggle against the challenges of the financial crash of 2008. The Prince’s Trust played a key role in helping Susie and her family turn a tough situation into a success story.

Rio is no doubt one of the world’s most colourful cities. While conducting research for an upcoming film project in Vidigal favela I managed to captured some fantastic graffiti. 

DOC REEL 2013 from Alex Kryszkiewicz on Vimeo.

My 2013 documentary showreel: Most of the material was shot by myself for my own projects. If you’re interested in any of the specific clips and would like to know more, please message me.

Music in order of appearance:
Cover of Little Wing, by Brett McLaughlan
Magnet by Bombay Bicycle Club
Yarat! Documentary Theme by Martin Skarendahl