Ever since the Sony a7S was released, the photography world has been abuzz about its incredible low-light performance. The folks at California based Carbon Studios were motivated to test just how well the a7S would perform under the dim natural lighting conditions of a full moon. Enter their latest short film, “Moonlight.”
Filmed almost exclusively during the full moon of September 8th, the crew traveled the California coastline shooting between 12:30AM and 2:00AM. That’s certainly surprising, because the footage used in “Moonlight” looks much more like the break of dawn. A few shots even look as late as mid-morning. One thing that stuck out for me was the astounding capability of the a7S to capture good shadow detail with crisp edges– in the middle of the night! As someone who is looking to make the switch to mirrorless, seeing these technological advancements being made by Sony and other compact system camera makers is truly the most exciting thing to watch in the market today.
According to the Vimeo description, all clips used in "Moonlight" were cut in straight from the camera without color grading, noise reduction, or sharpening. The first two scenes, captured a few days prior to the full moon, were shot 1/25 f/1.4 at 25,600 ISO and 1/25 f/1.4 at 32,000 ISO. The rest was shot around 1/30 f/1.4 at 32,000 ISO. Carbon Studios lists the gear they used on “Moonlight” to include the Sony a7S, a Zeiss 55mm 1.4 Otus, a Zeiss 28mm 2.0 Distagon, and a Metabones EF to NEX adapter.
Below are some images from behind the scenes that show just what kind of light they were working with.
All images used with permission.