If I haven’t posted in the last couple of weeks it’s because I had been busy shooting basically every single day.
That’s why I postponed a bit our trip to India. Now I’ve almost done with the work here and I’m ready to pack and thinking about my next months in India. I will fly on October 30th, so this is my last week here in Italy.
It will be challenging, because my son has been very happy with his friends at the kindergarten and we’ve enjoyed our months in Tuscany, but at the same time I’m very excited for my next trip and my next project. And I’m sure that my son will love the spend the winter in a warmer place as well (he’s used to, being this our life style in the last 4 years).
I’ve started to build my list of yoga teachers, dancers and movers that I will love to film and interview and I think I will be going to meet some very special and unique people.
I will have my base with my wife Paula and our son Leonardo in Mandrem, North Goa, and then I will go around travelling in almost all the country. It will be tiring for sure, but awesome, no doubt.
One of my first destination that I will visit in India will be Vrindavan. I’m so excited for that. Not only for its 5000 temples or because I will be there for Diwali but also because I will have the chance to see and document the devotional side of movement, that it’s something you can see only in India. So much devotion and grace will be there. I can’t wait!
From a technical point of view, packing for me also means what to bring and what to leave at home in terms of equipment.
And this is a big decision.
Regarding cameras and lenses, after a couple of years where I mixed my usual love for Canon products with a Panasonic GH4 first and then a Sony Alpha 7s, I’m glad to announce that I will use only Canon equipment for this production.
From left to tight: a Canon 1DX mark II, a Canon 5D Mark IV, a 50 mm f 1.2 L, a 24 mm f1.4 L and a 70-200 f 2.8 L IS.
It’s not cheap stuff and I will have to take extra care in the field with dust, animals, people and indian confusion all around, but I hope everything will go well as always.
It will be a big experiment to shoot a documentary with DSLR instead of a video camera (I was thinking a lot about getting a C300) but with the pros and cons of DSLR I put photographic quality first and light weight second, and in my humble opinion, the new canon 1D is second to no one. (It’s not that light, sure, but lighter than a big video camera of the same quality).
To add some extra movement to my movement project, I will use my Ronin M and I will bring also my DJI Phantom 3 Pro (and a Manfrotto tripod with a video head of course – I will make also some static shots, otherwise my shoulder will cry). Last but not least, I improved my audio side with a Senheiser MKH 416 and some Senheiser lavaliers.
And that’s all.
I decided not to bring any artificial lights. I know this will be a challenge but I want to keep the photography as more real as possible and I will need to be creative to find interesting sources of natural or artificial lights, especially in night shoots.
That means that I will leave a lot of stuff at home but I can’t really carry anything more than that.
Oh, as usual there is no space for my clothes. Well, there is always the Night Market in Goa for that.