From My Backyard: A Pandemic Vlog

by | Sep 30, 2020

Today’s Post and Video by Joe Farace

In my post, Twenty or So Questions With Joe, a reader asked me “Why haven’t you made any new video blogs/vlogs lately?” Well, CW, here’s your answer:

Today’s video was shot using a 47.3-megapixel Panasonic Lumix S1R full-frame mirrorless camera with Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. lens. Audio provided by a Deity V.Lav Pre-Polarized Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Mic. The lens was set at 50mm and the camera was not on top of me, like many vloggers who use wide-angle lenses; the lav mic has a 15-foot cord.

While the Deity mic (probably) minimized noise from the trucks and cars driving up and down the street behind my home, it certainly didn’t eliminate them or minimize it as much as I hoped. Your constructive comments about the audio quality are appreciated but I will be honest and tell you there’s no budget for a better quality mic any time soon. My wife, when viewing the footage, says the traffic noise is “distracting” so I will try to shoot in a quieter environment next time.

Because of the California and Colorado wildfires; the air quality index during that time I recorded this was 86, which the EPA says is “moderate” but it did affect my allergies. The next day, the air quality moved into the “unhealthy” category, so I expect to shoot indoors next time.

And while I’m happy with the video quality—even at the Lumix S1R’s default video settings—the exposure occasionally does fade in and out. The ISO was set at Auto and maybe that wasn’t the best choice? I tried to upload it in HD to Vimeo, who hosts my videos, but it choked so I had to re-upload in “high” quality but still think is looks pretty good. With all those quibbles out of the way, I hope you find something to enjoy about my first vlog in seven months.

Some links to the various camera and lens-related blog posts that are mentioned in the video:

Panasonic Lumix S1R

The Full Frame Advantage: Shooting the Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix G9

What’s New: A New Camera for Me?

Sigma’s L-Mount Lenses

Field Test: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

Field Testing: Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

Sigma’s E-FM lenses for the EOS M6 Mark II

Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 EF-M Lens

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Camera Review

Big Megapixels in a Small Package

My out-of-print film-based book Part-Time Glamour Photography: Full-Time Income, is available new for $17.08 with used copies selling for $4.00 as I write this. Yes, it’s about shooting using film cameras but there’s still lots of useful information and that used price is hard to beat! The newer, digital oriented Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography, is available new for $20.99 or starting at $8.91 used. The Kindle version is $19.99 for those preferring a digital format.