Photography, videography and general ramblings about the things that interest me, such as: The outdoors, history, travelling, design, architecture, music, art, science & technology...

Rico Bergholdt Hansen

Odense, Denmark.


Sao Miguel - the Azores (UNGRADED)

This is an ungraded version of this video: vimeo.com/12124252

If you wanted a more true to life color rendition of the island of Sao Miguel, this is the video to watch.

I used Magic Bullet Looks for 'contrast', 'exposure' and some colorless gradual neutral density filters.


Sao Miguel - the Azores

May 2010, I spent 11 days on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. It was supposed to have been 15 days but the volcanic ash from Iceland shot down the airport in Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel). So, the first four days of my vacation were spent waiting / hoping for change, in Lisbon. 

I love planning vacations and this vacation had been 'underway' for over a year. I use Google maps / Google Earth to 'scout' locations (see: pixelviking.com/blog/2010/2/17/sao-miguel-azores-here-i-come.html), so 75% of everything you see in this video is from locations that I found via the Panoramio images in Google Earth. The rest are chosen 'on location'.

I chose to stay at Furnas Lake Villas furnaslakevillas.pt after seeing their website. Who wouldn't enjoy that? Well, I did anyway... :)

Had I had the extra money, I would have rented a bigger car than the small Nissan Micra, which turned out to be too small for the gravel roads, especially since the winter had been very wet and the roads were in bad condition. I could of course just have stayed on the 'real' roads but what's the fun in that :)


I hope these 9 minutes and 28 seconds don't feel too long. I did my best to push the camcorder to its limits and the work in post also went beyond what I've ever done before. I hope that you at least get a good idea about what there is to see in this 'almost' paradise...


Tech stuff:

Sony PMW-EX1R ...camcorder
Manfrotto 535 MPRO ...tripod legs
Manfrotto 503HDV ...fluid head
Manfrotto 682B ...monopod
Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo ...warming polarizer (77mm filter)

Sony Vegas Pro 9.0e
Magic Bullet Looks
proDAD Mercalli
Furnas Lake hot springs in Sao Miguel, the Azores.
Behind the scenes of Sao Miguel, the Azores.
Timelapsing Pico da Vara in Sao Miguel, the Azores.
Looking down from the Fogo crater in Sao Miguel, the Azores.

This week in Vimeo!

The Vimeo staff chose to feature my account on their weekly blog this week. It's always nice to get some attention :)

After all, I upload videos not only for myself but also because I hope that others will find them mildly interesting. So, I'm happy that they chose to feature me and my videos - thanks Vimeo!

Read the blog.


Drama in the sky

This was first of all a test of a new filter - the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo - a 77mm circular screw-in filter with variable neutral density and built-in polarizing filter: singh-ray.com/varinduo.html

I ordered this filter to be able to get as much depth of field out of my EX1R as possible. The camcorders built-in neutral density filters (ND1 and ND2) do a great job of controling the light that enters the lens. However, sometimes I'm forced to close down the iris / aperture. This again 'hurts' my shallow depth of field.

With the Vari-N-Duo, I'm able to keep the iris fully open (at f/1.9) and control the light entering the lens with the filter. At the same time, I get the benefit of having a polarizing filter (which helped a lot in this cloudscape).

The downside is that the filter is quite thick and the EX1R has to be zoomed-in to somewhere around zoom level Z30 to avoid vignetting.

The music is by my current favorite musician - Ane Østergaard AKA Band Ane myspace.com/bandane. She's in her early 20's and her only instrument is "Mr. Labtop" :) She's a student of the Electronica line at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark).


Punky Brewster

Punky Brewster (played by Soleil Moon Fry) is one of the 80's shows that I remember the best. Punky's attitude and her cuteness is so refreshing. Everything seemed so much easier back then... :)

You can watch a lot of the shows on the PunkyBrewsterForever channel on Youtube.