In the middle of the Mojave Desert, near the town of Mojave, California, lies a giant aircraft scrapyard. Engines and fuselages sit covered in sand, relics of the past, next to huge, abandoned jumbo jets and other planes. For cinematographer Steve Holleran, this was the perfect location to bring a childhood dream to life and carry out the very first shoot with the Canon EOS C300 Mark III.
Through a dynamic ballet sequence, the LA-based cinematographer and adventure filmmaker challenged the camera's new DGO sensor and 16+ stops of dynamic range across a three-minute film involving harsh lighting conditions, action and bright colours.
"I've had a Canon camera with me on nearly every filmmaking adventure I've taken," says Steve, who shot acclaimed Netflix series Fire Chasers, scooped back-to-back Sundance nominations for his first three feature films, and is one of only a handful of cinematographers to shoot an entire feature film in one shoot. "Canon has been at the forefront of my feature and documentary work, from the Canon EOS C500 Mark II to the Canon EOS C700 FF, which I used on The Obituary of Tunde Johnson in 2019."
For his latest adventure, he took the Canon EOS C300 Mark III and a suite of Canon glass, including the new Canon CN10X25 IAS S lens, aboard an abandoned plane to put his creative vision to the test.
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