New for 2017 gear-gear-gear…

This will be a pretty quick post as my friends at the Wallingford Chocolati are about to close. Been like a nutty squirrel adding some outstanding gear to my production kit. A rundown since our last visit:

  • 3x Dracast LED lights with 2x V-Mount batteries. (Perfect for travel and interviews off the grid).
  • Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art lens. (An amazing lens. Maybe the best one in my kit. I know have a crazy fast zoom lens kit including the Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, this new Sigma and the outstanding Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II (It’s hard to say that the Sigma is actually a better lens then this the latest version of this venerable workhorse. Let’s just say the Sigma is a little bit easier to work with indoors. I am very proud of this Canon lens. A must have for event photography and video).
  • DJI Ronin M. (I picked up this amazing gimbal from a friend. What can I say… It’s an amazing piece of kit. I can’t wait to start using it on set.
  • DJI Osmo+. Why the Osmo+ when I already have the Ronin? Well, let’s just say it is very light and compact. For quick shots, it will come in very handy. For larger crew jobs or for when we have more time for setup, I will definitely be excited about bringing out the Ronin. For a quick walk and talk. Osmo all the way.
  • Mavic Pro (That’s right. I’m going aerial! After seeing what my good friend Jeremiah Kaynor can do I figured it was finally time for me to get a hand in the game. I’m excited to see what I can do with this).

In addition to these things, I’ve also added a few support items to make the experience more enjoyable. I’ve got a custom “Easyrig” type harness to support the Ronin on shots lasting over 15 minutes. This is going to help sooooo much. I’ve seen my friends struggle with this and although I’m sure I will be challenged at times I’m excited to have this little “crutch” to help ease the pain. For both my Osmo and Mavic I’ve picked up some small ND filters to maintain a proper shutter speed and exposure. Well, the barista has warned us he is about to close. Better wrap things up.

Let me know if you need my help on any of your shoots; aerial, gimbal camera or hybrid positions. I also have one of the nicest sound kits north of Hollywood. So give me a shout for sound as well. I just love to create, to work hard making amazing film and video with other hard working professionals. It’s a little weird branching out from sound mixing. But actually. as my sound career has taken off I never stopped being a hard-nosed DP and mercurial (though well organized) director. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. I promise to add some photos and correct spelling errors soon. Cheers! Happy 2017! (Update 1/22/17, spelling corrected and images added. Enjoy).

DJI Ronin M camera gimbal
Ronin M
Dracast Hi CRI LED Lights
DJI Mavic Pro
Canon 7D MII, Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art, Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art, Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS II. Super fast, mobile zoom cinema kit.
DJI OSMO. Great for grabbing quick shots with motion.

WordPress App from Anchorage

Hello friends. I’m trying out this new WordPress App on my new iPhone 5. I’m hoping that this makes it easier to blog while I am out and about, which is most of the time.

This is my brother Wayne Kleven at his office. He works as a manager at a Native owned fuel supply company, Northstar Gas.He’s been doing a great job helping keep costs down and quality supplies available year round. I’m so glad to see him doing something he enjoys.

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This is my nephew Joren goofing around on Christmas Day. He’s a great kid and I love him a lot.

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I pulled off the side of the road in Palmer Alaska to take in some of the amazing scenery. The Alaskan sun in December stays near the horizon all day long. This makes for some dramatic light and photo imaging opportunities.

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This post is a test of both the WordPress iPhone App and the iPhone 5 photos on the blog. As you may know I work professionally with the Canon 7D and other higher end cameras. But since I’m on vacation now I will be interested in looking at these results. Hope you enjoy. Happy 2013! Let me know if you need wedding or portrait photography, or video services for business or production camera or sound services for film?

Michael-Peter Kleven (filmmaker and photographer)

mikekleven@gmail.com