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Jon Simo

Nathan Phillips Square
4 days ago
New work for @redbullcanada 👀 . . Red Bull asked me to create some social content to promote their upcoming music festival in Toronto + their specially designed can to go along with it. I decided to shoot the opening hyperlapse at Nathan Philips Square so that within the first few seconds you know without a doubt it’s Toronto. The hyperlapse took me about an hour to shoot, I snapped, moved my tripod, then repeated, over the entire distance. I shot the can separately after the hyperlapse was completed, doing manual photo bursts and focus pulls all in camera. The footage ‘inside the can’ is a collection of content I shot at last year’s @redbullmusic festival. Shot on a Sony a7III with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (my new fav lens). Have any questions have hyperlapses? Ask me below 💪🏻 #hyperlapsevideo #hyperlapse #torontotimelapse #timelapsevideo #toronto_insta
3 weeks ago
The BMW M8 captured through infrared photography . . Those leaves in the background are actually a deep green, my infrared modified Panasonic GH2 camera captured a wavelength invisible to the human eye. Thanks to the new IR Chrome filter from @kolarivision, specific types of light are filtered out to only let in the IR spectrum, turning foliage into a vibrant red. This specific filter mimics Kodak’s aerochrome film stock, originally produced for aerial government surveillance in the 60s. Remember the scene from Gladiator where Maximus is walking through the fields to meet his family in the afterlife, same idea - they shot that scene using infrared film for an otherworldly feeling. These leaves were in the corner of a gas station parking lot, I wanted to turn an otherwise boring location into something similar, otherworldly. If you’re looking to get into infrared photography/videography, check out the Kolarivision website, tons of great information and products to get you started. @infraredchrome @kolarivision #infraredphotography #irchrome #bmwm8 #m8competition #infraredphoto
Neon Demon Studio
3 weeks ago
Bad Decisions. 🎥 @caseydeidrick . . I love create small pieces of content like this that tell a story in their own right. Casey had just shaved his head for an upcoming project and I thought it’d be perfect to put a knife in his hand for this moody crime scene about to happen. This was shot on a Sony a6500 with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 glass on my Ronin S, I shot this vertically by mounting the camera to a cage. It was lit with a couple of @yongnuo.cz RGB lights and of course all the neon inside @neondemonstudio. In the background is the @alphaelectromechanics Micro Fogger 2 providing some haze. I graded this in Photoshop using camera raw, a powerful way to grade short clips to really make them feel like moving photos. Music: Sandbox by Mac Quayle from Mr Robot vol 5 Thanks to @justinwu for helping me out with this shot, he’s got a bunch of content from the studio coming out soon! #caseydeidrick #neondemonstudio #moodyvisuals #perfectloop #cinematicclip
Neon Demon Studio
4 weeks ago
Inspired by the colours of the galaxies above. These are two portraits from my latest collaboration with @finnthehoomann ✨ . . I snapped these using @fujifilm_northamerica’s absolutely mind blowing new camera, the medium format GFX100. There’s something inexplainable about a 100 megapixel sensor, everything you capture is simply epic - I knew @neondemonstudio would be the perfect location. For the few days I had the camera I absolutely fell in love, the colour science from Fuji is unrivalled right now. When I brought the file into camera raw I was blown away at how far I could push the image, even when grain started to appear it had a magical filmic quality to it. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the GFX100 again, so I can test more lenses and dive deep into its video capabilities. Would you guys be interested in a full review in my IG stories? Who else here has become a Fuji fanboy as of late? Haha Shot with the Fujinon 63mm f/2.8 ISO 320 1/80th shutter Lit with a @colorspike and @yongnuo.cz YN 360 v2 Graded in camera raw and photoshop #neondemonstudio #fujigfx100 #fujifilmxseries #neonportrait #masterzofneon #neonportraits #neonports #fujifilm_street
Neon Demon Studio
1 month ago
While this may look like a beefed up vape, it’s actually my new favourite on-location tool for adding atmosphere to the scene. Meet the Micro-Fogger, it’s this awesome little battery powered haze machine. . . I’ve always been a fan of adding haze/fog/atmosphere whatever you want to call it, to my scenes in both video and photo, it can be a secret weapon to diffusing that harsh digital look we’re all trying to push away from. Haze naturally lifts contrast, it creates more 3D depth with light fall-off and it diffuses highlights in the most beautiful, soft way. In the past I’ve had to use big bulky fog/haze machines that have to be plugged into a wall outlet or powered by propane but this new tool changes that. The micro-fogger vaporizes a haze solution that hangs in the air pretty nicely, you can fill a room on a single charge and it’s super efficient with the amount of liquid it uses. It recharges via USB and even comes with a remote trigger option. Now, it has limits; you won’t be able to fill a large area, or use it outdoors on a windy day but for its size and portability it’s really really awesome, definitely adding to my go-to camera bag. You can grab your own Micro-Fogger v2 from @alphaelectromechanics ⚡️ If you can’t afford the micro-fogger, another great tool is @atmosphereaerosol, it’s a disposable spray can filled with a similar haze, I’ve used it for many shoots at my Neon Demon studio, it’s a cheap yet effective trick for getting those coveted cinematic visuals. These photos and video were snapped on the @fujifilm_northamerica GFX100, a camera I never knew I’d love this much. The second photo is a crop from the 100 megapixel wide shot. The colours straight out of camera are simply mind boggling. #microfogger #cinematicphotography #neondemonstudio #atmosphereaerosol #fujifilmgfx100
Jurassic Park
1 month ago
Had the pleasure of capturing US Open Tennis champion @biancaandreescu_ with @bmwcanada’s new M8 Cabriolet 🔥 Congrats on her win and the #shethenorth motto, so deserving. . . This was shot on @fujifilmx_us’s incredible new medium format camera the GFX100. The 100mp sensor gave me so much room to play around in post and I couldn’t think of a more fitting camera for this talented human. p.s. that closeup photo isn’t a new shot, it’s a zoom in crop from the wide angle 😱 Produced by @notchvideo #usopen2019 #fujigfx100 #gfx100 #biancaandreescu
1 month ago
the BMW M8 in a glorious drone boomerang 🚁🌀 . . Collaborative effort between myself and @cbenfey, together our drone skills are mighty like Thor ⚡️ I officially got my drone license a few months ago and while it was initially a pain to pass a test that really isn’t geared towards drones at all, I’m glad I have it. There’s way less headaches involved and it weeds out the drone pilots who have no idea what they’re doing. What do you guys think of Canada’s drone policies, have your license yet? Drone provided by the awesome folks at @omniview_tech, my go to for DJI drones, parts and servicing - these guys are the best. Produced by @notchvideo for @bmwcanada #droneboomerang #dronie #dronevideo #bmwm8 #djimavic2zoom
1 month ago
Man these GTA graphics are getting good 😏 New work for the launch of the BMW M8 coupe and cabriolet. 👉 Swipe to watch both Day and Night versions. . . This was a collaborative effort between myself and @cbenfey - I wanted to create this video game camera-switch clip and knew the @insta360 would be a solid tool to capture it. We rode behind the car on a @rideonewheel using the 360 cam on a long pole, then used it to capture POV footage inside the car and finally cut to a top down drone shot using the Mavic 2 Pro. For the night shots we rigged an a7iii to the Ronin S on a long pole and captured the same thing albeit a lot more weight for @cbenfey to handle on his OneWheel 😂 The POV shots was that same a7iii just smushed into my face with a 15mm wide angle lens on it to capture my perspective. Which version do you guys dig more?? Produced by @notchvideo for @bmwcanada Cam assists: @jasonkattides, @canningbrandon & @jhuze1988 #bmwm8 #grandtheftauto #gta5 #videogamer #insta360onex
1 month ago
Night moves with the BMW M8 . . This is one of the clips from my big social content capture project to showcase the incredible new 617hp M8 Competition Edition. Over two nights in Hamilton, @cbenfey, @jasonkattides, @canningbrandon and @jhuze1988 captured 4 versions of this car in incredible industrial locations. I’ve never driven a car so fast yet so smooth, it was hard to give back to BMW when we were done 😢 I shot this dollyzoom effect using a Sony a7iii with the Tamron 28-75mm lens on my Ronin S. Starting up close to the car I zoomed in on the lens as I walked backwards about 25ft, this compresses the frame all in camera and creates that wonderful visual effect made famous in Kubrick’s The Shining. I cut this in After Effects and graded the video in photoshop if you can believe it 🤔 I’ve been having an absolute blast shooting more and more cars the last couple of years and can’t wait to keep expanding the kinds of content I do with them. Thanks to @notchvideo and @bmwcanada for letting me get creative with these beasts. #bmwm8 #bmwm850i #bmwcabrio #dollyzoomerang #dollyzoom
Neon Demon Studio
1 month ago
I think I may have found my dream camera, 100 megapixels and all 😍 @fujifilmx_us GFX100 Medium Format . . . #fujifilmgfx100 #gfx100 #cameraporn #gearporn #neondemonstudio
Picton Airport
1 month ago
#TheMotoSocialCamp gang from our adventure at an abandoned airfield last weekend 🏍💨 . . Shot with my @insta360 one x and the extended selfie stick, no drones here! . . . @jackdotorg @vikpiccreative @themotosocial @sammyleeradics @themotofoto @xkylex @blair.scarlett @dustincoldicott @rygillies @jesseleehayman @townmoto @moto_revere #motosocial #insta360onex #insta360 #motosocialtoronto #themotosocial
1 month ago
I’ve got a series on @cbc Gem, take a peek would ya?⚡️ @mindfudgeseries . . What started out as humble little Instagram shorts evolved into a full fledged 8 x 8min webseries created by myself and my partner in crime @justinenelson! Each episode is this wild cinematic journey through Justine’s imagination as she juggles life, love and being a shit out of luck 24 year old 💩 I’m super super proud of this series and would love if you guys watched (it’s only 60min total and absolutely free to watch) and leave me a comment on what you thought! Link in Bio to stream📺 This webseries would never exist without help and collaboration from a bunch of amazing humans 👇🏻 @vandal.media @thepetewoodsband @cbccomedy @eggplantpictureandsound @owainparri @nicolettepearse @mccullochk @peterharveyfilm @sabrina.spilotro @jhuze1988 @tremblingwater @the_j_stevens @alana.comeau @travis_k.n @anikarosej @brittamcjohnson @glendamacinnis @chaseaheart @actor_jim #mindfudgeseries #torontofilm #cdnfilm #lgbtwebseries #lgbtseries #lgbtvideo #cbcgem
Picton Airport
1 month ago
Spent the weekend at an abandoned airfield with 200 people and their motorcycles, the stars approved. . . The event was put on by @themotosocial and @jackdotorg to raise awareness for youth mental health, our group raised over $50k which puts a smile on my face. Huge shoutout to the lovely people who founded @themotosocial - I remember meeting @vikpiccreative and @sammyleeradics at the very first gathering when it was only 5 people, it’s been surreal to see the community grow. I shot video content all weekend that I’ll be sharing real soon, if you were at #themotosocialcamp leave me a comment below! Until next year ✌🏻 . . #motosocialtoronto #astrophoto #princeedwardcounty #motosocial
2 months ago
New work for @virginradiotoronto ⚡️ I was tasked with shooting a multitude of mixed media content for this social spot; timelapse, hyperlapse, 360, pendulum cam, 3D photos and traditional video capture on the Ronin. It was a blast to take all these techniques I’ve learned over the years and provide a slew of content to the director and editor to create this piece. Want to know about any specific shot? Comment below, happy to go into details ✌🏻 Starring @adamwylde @jaxonair @onairtj Directed/edited by @mrdarrenmcallister DOP @jonsimo Ronin Op @lukewarmsaagi Gaffer @jhuze1988 Cam assist/grip @juanjosela Prod Manager @missynix86 #virginradio #torontofilm #torontocommercial #insta360onex #virginradiolive
Trent Hills, Ontario
2 months ago
I always feel so small when I look up to the starry sky, in the best possible way. It’s one thing to see the sky on a beautiful clear night but creating timelapses from them is on a whole other level for me. This technique above is called star trails and it’s created by stacking each star photo on top of each other as they move in time. Using the lighten blending mode they all start to smear together and you really get to see the rotation of the Earth in action. Getting to see something like that in which the human eye can’t in real time is really special to me. It’s surprisingly easy to accomplish, in both stills and timelapse video, so if you have a few starry sky photos hanging around, try creating some star trails with them 🙌🏻 #startrails #starrysky #astrophotographer #startimelapse #startrail
Trent Hills, Ontario
2 months ago
One hour of Fireflies stacked into a single image ✨ I snapped 150 photographs at dusk, the glow was surreal - every few seconds you’d see the dark forest illuminate neon green. I used my star-trails photo technique in a new way and layered all my shots together in photoshop to create this surreal view of how the fireflies move. I find it fascinating that they all maintained a similar height off the forest floor. There’s a great BBC doc called Life that Glows which delves into fireflies and more, highly recommended. The little fliers only lasted for 60 minutes but so I’m happy I could capture it this way, it’s magical experiences like this that remind me why I love nature so much. #exploreontario #fireflies #discoverontario #ontariocamping #ontarioparks
Toronto, Ontario
2 months ago
This post is a a failure... but there’s still merit in posting it. Here’s why👇🏻 I was given the opportunity to shoot some social content for a TD Centre / Raptors collaboration piece, the producers said I could create whatever I wanted from a helicopter as long as it showcased “We the North” written in the windows of the buildings. I wanted to take my hyperlapse techniques that I’ve used on the ground and try them out in the sky. Trying something new for a client can always be a risky decision, I was confident in my hyperlapse skills but never from this vantage point. I was told I had an hour in the sky, but when I was up in the chopper I quickly realized that was not the case. I found myself sharing the helicopter with 5 other people, including a photographer, of which we had to take turns shooting out of the only accessible window. With take off, landing, and dialing in my equipment mid flight, I had maybe 15 minutes of shooting time max - stress definitely ensued. My goal was to capture 2 solid aerial hyperlapses, 1 or 2 backup angles and then 5 useable shots of video b-roll in case all of the above failed horribly. Since these type of shots are so rarely done, I didn’t have anywhere online to pull information from, I didn’t know what focal length to use, what shutter and if I should go stabilized or handheld, but I love a good challenge. What you see above is my stabilized and uncropped handheld attempt at capturing the Toronto skyline. What I didn’t realize at the time is that my wide angle lens was too slow at f/2.8 and my shutter wasn’t fast enough to capture anything without inducing a bunch of motion blur. At the time I thought it was going to be an incredible capture that would for sure work. It wasn’t until I brought the footage into photoshop that I saw all the errors, despite the inconsistencies I decided to still give it a go. This meant aligning 450 photos by hand, layer by layer, which took me about 5 hours... In my mind this clip failed but in retrospect I learned so many things and now know how to capture a handheld aerial hyperlapse properly. I’m posting this as a personal victory in failing... because it’s the path to succeeding ✌🏻
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
2 months ago
How to create fake drone footage, while also enjoying a brisk hike I shot this using my @insta360 One X camera on the invisible selfie stick. It has insane built-in stabilization that makes my running super smooth. I just reframed the camera to point forward, added some drone sound effects and motion blur and boom, instant cheap FPV drone visuals 😎 #insta360onex #instaonex #dronefpv #airvuz #droneracer
2 months ago
4 loops from my @bmwcanada project, which is the best? These were all shot using the @insta360, a tool that has completely changed the way I think about capturing content. I’m able to shoot on the fly and then create impossible cameras moves in post, a total game changer. #insta360onex #instaone360 #bmwcanada #bmwmfestival #360video
2 months ago
New work for @bmwcanada, went bananas with this edit. . . . This was shot over 3 days for BMW’s M-Fest at Mosport Park. I pulled out all the tricks for this one, including @insta360, both on a drone and on my extendo pole, super slow mo, gimbal, 3D photo, hyperlapse, timelapse, and stills. . . . I wanted the edit to feel like this nonstop flow of energy, just like the weekend felt. I’ve played with each and every shot in some way or another, whether it’s time remapping, post zooming, motion tracking and stabilizing or 360 reframing. . . . What’s your favourite trick shot from this edit? . . . Produced by @notchvideo Shot by myself and @cbenfey Assistant cams @owainparri, @jhuze1988, Drone provided by @omniview_tech . . . #bmwcanada #editorscircle #aftereffectsedit #insta360onex #bmwvideo
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