September 14, 2015 at 3:32AM, Edited September 14, 3:32AM


I put my A7Rii through its paces and made a travel film about Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, Australia. Thoughts, comments, feedback?

It's called "The Great Ocean Road & Back Again".

Here's a link -

A week ago, I set out on an epic trip across Victoria with my girlfriend Sofie. Our aim was to cross off a whole bunch of amazing places from our bucket lists and discover a few more while we were at it. The film was mostly captured handheld with a Gorillapod for locked off shots.

Melbourne, Geelong, Apollo Bay, 12 Apostles, London Bridge, The Dandenongs, Triplet Falls, Great Ocean Road.

Filmed, edited and graded by : Luc Szczepanski

Music : AJ Churchill (
Camera : Sony A7rii filmed in 4K
Lens : Canon 24-105 f/4 L with Metabones E to EF adapter
Accessories : Gorillapod
Colour Grade : James Miller's DELUTS


Love your shots and composition, but not so happy with the color or grading.

Some of this might be 8-bit LOG recording, as there doesn't seem to be much image gradation anywhere. ( i.e. skin tones tend to have one solid color, blacks are "dead" black, etc... ) This gives things a hint of a "bleach process" look.

I am waiting to start shooting V-log with my GH4, and wonder if I'm going to have to deal with the same thing when shooting 8-bit LOG. ( which might mean buying an external recorder to shoot 10-bit LOG )

September 14, 2015 at 10:59AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thanks for the feedback Guy, a fair assessment. I still haven't gotten the hang of grading in general, let alone Sony a7s/rii footage which seems to steer towards weird yellow tones. Any suggestions as to what I could do to improve my grading? I feel like the colour grading falls apart when the exposure isn't quite right - perhaps investing in a few NDs? Could it be the way I shoot or a mixuter of both?

Luc Szczepanski

September 14, 2015 at 9:07PM

>>> I feel like the colour grading falls apart when the exposure isn't quite right

I think part of the problem with 8-bit LOG recording is that there aren't many bits to record the LOG image data. ( which is why some people are reporting better results with a 10-bit external recorder with the GH4 V-log )

I haven't shot LOG before, but reading up on Panasonic's V-log people keep stating that getting your exposure correct is critical to getting the most out of the LOG format. I'm expecting I will have my own learning curve to get a handle on how to shoot LOG correctly.

Have you tried any of the Sony A7S forums to find out how people are handing S-log2 footage in post ? ( the right workflow is probably essential to get the best out of this )

September 15, 2015 at 9:51AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I just read something very interesting about one way to get good exposure when shooting Panasonic or Sony LOG format...

With most LOG formats a standard 90 percent reflectance white target has an IRE level of about 60 IRE. So you can set one of your camera's ZEBRA displays to 60 and then use a white target to adjust exposure until the ZEBRA pattern starts to show up, which should roughly be 60 IRE.

When I have time I am going to give this ZEBRA exposure technique a try to see what the results are like. Should be interesting.

September 15, 2015 at 6:29PM, Edited September 15, 6:30PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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