BTS 12 – Nature

Another great entry to our Behind the Scenes competition by Jean – Masian


The first shot was made very early in the morning to ensure the best lighting. The idea of this sequence was to see the reflection of the sunrise reflect on the water gradually . The difficulty was to find the right angle. The third shot, the harvest, was an attempt to present a landscape of abstract. It required a good control of the drone to maintain a constant speed and direction to mystify the reader. The fourth shot presents a scene in slow motion 120 frames per seconds. Water is a very good subject for this technique. To turn this sequence, I had to be careful to reverse the drone because there was a bridge close by. I wanted to enjoy the movement of water and energy that emerges from it.

The many fast sequences is a glimpse of aerial videography possibility and synchronized with the music accelerating. The last sequence demand to fly the drone to a very low altitude in order to have a carousel effect that rotates with the planting furrows.

The images came from many places: Rivière-trois-saumons, l’Islet-sur-mer, Niagara-on-the-lake, Thousand Islands, Saint-Julien, Quebec, Saint-Nicolas, Lac Blanc, Limoges, Sand Banks, lac les Trois-Lacs, Sainte-Élisabeth-de-Warwick and Petite-Rivière-St-Francois.

Finally, looking for the soundtrack was a long process to get a powerful crescendo effect without reducing the visual impact of the shots. So I chose the excellent artist Solomon Ligthelm, Evidence of Things Unseen , which was purchased from Musicbed. The first musical notes fits perfectly with the first part, up and down, and continuously rolling sound effect sets the pace wanted for this video. At the end, the music fades with a unique sound that is integrated with the smooth movement of the last shot.


I want to thank everyone for participating again and we will do our best to share more of the shots and stories you sent us in coming weeks. Lookout on facebook and twitter for your entry and we’ll try to tag everyone in and show off your amazing work to the world.

If you didn’t participate in the competition but this has inspired you or reminded you of some of your best shots, feel free to send them to us on [email protected] with a brief story and we’ll do our best to share your story with the world and promote your work.

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