Horses and Solitude: Inside the Life of a Brazilian Gaúcho' featured by NatGeo

My short film 'Horses and Solitude: Inside the Life of a Brazilian Gaúcho' is featured by National Geographic short film.

The gauchos of South American’s pampas are the stuff of legend. Now considered national symbols in Argentina and Uruguay, these solitary horsemen and women have herded cattle through the lowland plains for centuries. In Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, gaúchos (the Portuguese equivalent) have become so integral to the culture that the term is used to describe anyone living in the region. Get a glimpse of what life is like for a modern day gaúcho in this breathtakingly beautiful short.

Credit: Caroline and Chris Schmid Production Company: Eyemage Films

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

New Short Film Released From Chris Schmid

To be a gaucho means to be honest and kind to all living creatures.

"O Homem do Campo" is a story about being connected to nature and oneself, set in the stunning landscape of South of Brazil, made even more intensely beautiful through the meditation that solitude brings. Captured with a combination of Sony Alpha cameras (a7rII & RX10III), DJI Ronin and DJI Phamtom 4 Pro by award-winning photographers and conservationists Chris and Carolina Schmid.

A Eyemage Films production | eyemagefilms.com
Story by Chris and Carolina Schmid
Edited by Eyemage Films
Executive Producers – Chris and Carolina Schmid
Written and directed by Chris Schmid

The African Survivors First Trailer showcased at Photokina

It’s been an absolute pleasure to support this premiere screening of “The African Survivors” by showcasing the first trailer at the Sony booth today at Photokina during my daily talks.

“The African Survivors” is a very exciting project we’re working on with my wife after creating our own independent film production company Eyemage Films.

The documentary is due for 2017. Hope you’ll enjoy this first trailer!

Teaser - The African Survivors

Fighting to survive, killing to succeed - nothing will stop them trying to reign supreme over their territories.

See you at the Sony booth at Photokina 2016 on September 23rd 2016 to discover more.

Or online at theafricansurvivors.eyemagefilms.com

as of September 23rd.

I will be at Photokina though in Cologne, Germany, later in the month where I will be doing daily talks at the Sony booth from September 23rd to 25th about my experiences shooting with the Sony a7 series cameras.

Do come and check them out!

Winner of the 2016 PDN Great Outdoors photo contest

I’m so stoked and I cant believe that one of my images were selected as a winner in the PDN Great Outdoors photo contest in the professional category! The image came from a shoot back in Florianopolis in Brazil last year. I am very thankful to everyone who has encouraged me along the way on my photography journey.

This image was shot using a Sony α6000 mounted on a DJI S900.

http://www.shutterloveonline.com/contest_galleries/greatoutdoors/2016/

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Chris & Carolina Schmid launches Eyemage Films

Acclaimed photographer Chris Schmid and his wife Carolina Schmid are very proud to launch their own independent production company Eyemage Films, dedicated to create the highest quality of wildlife, nature and travel short films. They established Eyemage Films primarily to increase awareness of global conservation issues and the understanding of the animals and the nature on our planet.

Chris, CEO of the company, he is also a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador and WildAid contributor. He and Carolina, aim to bring both conservation and an educational aspect to their short films.

Chris is also an award winning photographer. His work has been more and more recognized and has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations around the world. More information about Chris’ work can be found here.

UP & BEYOND - NEW SHORT FILM

UP & BEYOND - NEW SHORT FILM

Because directing motion pieces is such a part of my career, I had to do what you do in the motion world and put a montage of shots made these last years.
Director - Chris Schmid
Editor - Chris Schmid

This film was shot with my regular gear:
- DJI S900
- Sony a7s
- DJI Inspire 1
- DJI X5 camera
- DJI Phantom 3

White and Dust

This short film strives to highlight the life in the Northern hemisphere of our planet. It is the result of filming in remote locations in Arctic, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland the last couple of years. Headphones recommended!


Director - Chris Schmid
Editor - Chris Schmid
Music - The Musicbed
Additional images Dovrefjell and Reindeers - JAPictures / japictures.com

This film was shot using my regular photographic gear:
- Sony a7rII
- Sony a7s
- Sony a99
- Sony a77II
- Sony FE 28mm 2.0
- Sony FE 16-35mm 4.0
- Sony FE 70-200mm 4.0
- Sony LA-EA3
- Sony G 70-400mm SSMII
- Sony G 500mm f/4.0

Sony unveils a6300 and G-Master lenses

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Sony today launched the new a6300, a mirrorless camera that boasts the world’s fastest autofocus speed and the world’s highest number of autofocus points. Sony also launched an entirely new brand of interchangeable lenses: the G Master. This line will represent the best of what Sony has to offer in terms of optics. The brand will launch with 3 new E-mount lenses: the 24-70mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.4, and 70-200mm f/2.8. More information on G Master lenses here.

Sony a6300 key features:

  • 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor with copper wiring
  • 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (8fps continuous live view)
  • Silent shooting
  • Max ISO of 51200
  • 4K video capture up to 100 Mbps
  • More information on Sony.com

Press Release: Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus

New Mirrorless Camera Features World’s Fastest AF speed1 and Highest Number of AF points2 plus Newly Developed 24.2 MP APS-C Sensor, High Resolution 4K video recording and more

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their award winning lineup of mirrorless cameras, the α6300 model.

The camera boasts an unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1.  Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking,

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to  support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

The versatile α6300 is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP (approx.. effective) APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200 3.  It can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

“The α6300 is yet another example of the dominant innovation that Sony continues to bring to the industry, especially from the mirrorless space,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  “With this new model, we’ve combined the world’s fastest and most extensive AF system with a superb image sensor and many of our most advanced imaging and video technologies, creating a package that can far exceed the performance of any DSLR in its class.   This camera connects you with the action like never before.”

Unrivaled AF Performance

Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilizing a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds1.  The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it  to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognize.

In addition to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new High-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance.  This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion.  This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

Of note is the fact that the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses4 with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3.  This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor

In order to maximize efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine.

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximize the sensor’s overall capabilities.  Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO512003, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range.

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities

In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens camera, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format.  When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x5 (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality  footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec6 during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats.  Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system.  AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.

Other professional caliber video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps7, another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors.  This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD8 (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking.   The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording9 for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider color space.  Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Also included on the new camera is a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and also supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. The new model has enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control.  Picture profile settings are available, as well as Time Code / User Bit and much more.

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics

The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility.  There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-finder easier than ever.

Aesthetically, the new α6300 camera features an extremely solid feel in hand thanks to its robust, magnesium alloy design.  It can be customized to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customizable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to.  The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance10, a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

The new α6300 camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera.  It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α6300 interchangeable lens camera will be available in March for about $1,000 for the camera body or for about $1,150 paired with a 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 kit lens (model SELP1650).  Prices for the Canadian market will be about $1,350 CA for the body and about $1,500 CA for the camera kit.  It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout each region.