ACS Paul Nichola with Bob Miller Technical & Innovation Achievement Award
Director, cinematographer and camera developer Paul Nichola was recently presented with the Bob Miller - ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award at the 46th 2017 Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards for Cinematography. The award, sponsored by Miller Camera Support Equipment, recognizes Nichola’s development of the 360 x 60 High Dynamic Range (HDR) Panoramic Camera System.
The panoramic system uses existing industrial imaging cameras incorporated into a zero parallax rig that is able to capture the same dynamic range of light and dark as the human eye. It was first utilized on a shoot in Beijing for a re-enactment of a Chinese archery ceremony to record key segments of the ancient ritual.
Nichola incorporated four Ximea 2K x 2K cameras with 6mm Kowa lenses to achieve a 360 x 60 degrees field of view. The Ximea cameras were chosen because they offer a “lin to log” function. This allows the camera operator to nominate two points along its linear exposure acquisition to reduce sensitivity. The dynamic gain control occurs individually on every pixel during the exposure of a frame resulting in a pseudo log exposure, with a net result of preserving deep shadows and bright highlights.
The Bob Miller - ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award forms part of the National Awards for Cinematography, which is an annual opportunity to celebrate the art of cinematography in Australia. Miller Camera Support has sponsored the ACS since the organization’s inauguration in 1958. In addition, Miller donated an LP54 tripod in a handcrafted wooden case fitted with a special Bob Miller Award plaque which is permanently housed at the ACS headquarter in North Sydney. The LP54 plaque has the name of the Bob Miller award recipients from each year engraved on it, in perpetuity.
To learn more about the ACS, visit http://www.cinematographer.org.au/