Bear Lake

Fun weekend project with BTS footage.


I listened to a podcast with Den Lennie where he said film school is not really necessary, but you do need some structured learning. This past weekend my wife and kids were out of town so I wanted to work on a project.  I wanted to structure my project so I could concentrate on three things:

  1. Thinking out side the box
  2. Fast and Slow Motion
  3. Blending Modes

I am a big fan of Patrick Moreau from StillMotion, I think I have listened to all the podcasts he has ever done, one of things he talks about a lot is thinking like no other film maker, if there where 15 guys shooting video at an event, he wanted to get the shots no one else was thinking about. So on this project I want to think outside the box and capture this lake that get photographed by thousands of people a day in the summer in a way no one else has.

Bear Lake Video

Behind The Scenes – Bear Lake

I wanted to practice with fast and slow motion as well, all of these fast moving shots were not done with time lapse, I was surprised to see how well just using the Rate Stretch Tool works within Premiere.

I ran across Elliott Sellers video on Vimeo a while back called Once Again and I got inspired to incorporate his use of blending modes techniques in to my project. I tried all the different blending modes and found that Screen worked well and sometimes not using any but just lower the opacity down work well too. I was thinking of using lots of color grading and effects like he did, but I couldn’t touch my footage for some reason.

I told Jake Nielsen that I was heading up to Bear Lake to shoot and wanted to see if he wanted to help out, he said yes and got a camp site in RMNP so I got one too. It was a cold night it down to 37 degrees that night. My sleeping was nice and warm but I just couldn’t sleep well, you can hear how tired I was in the morning, listen to what I say the temperature is.

There was a full moon and we headed up to the lake and got some neat shots of the lake around midnight.

I also got up at sunrise and only couple of other people were up there taking pictures.

I hope you enjoy my little weekend project.

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Gear Used in This Video


Used on a lot of the shots

Canon 70-200

Canon 70-200 Jake's

Canon T2i



Bear Lake Under a Full Moon with Stars