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New Orleans and south Louisiana commercial food photographer, Matthew Noel, shares his journeys finding flavors using HD video, food photography, and hdslr cinematography.



Matthew Noel blogs about food, food photography, photography, and the food scenes and culture across south Louisiana including Houma, New Orleans, the surrounding areas, and travel across the world.

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En Route

Matthew Noel

This video was a personal project shot one afternoon in New Orleans.  The video was shot with a Nikon D800 and 24mm f 2.8 lens on a merlin steadycam.  I used this simple setup to constrain my storytelling options and force creativity with specific cinematic tools.

Produced by Matthew Noel and .

Special thanks to David Gallent.

Music by Gillicuddy - Springish

Behind the scenes of Mr. Ronnies Famous Hot Donuts King Cake

Matthew Noel

I visited Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts to get a behind the scenes look at what makes their king cakes so special. 

Find Mr. Ronnie's at Produced by  Cinematography and editing by Matthew Noel.  Shot on the Nikon D800.

Nikon D800 test video - Swamp

Matthew Noel

I just received my d800 and wanted to test the video mode in a real shooting situation.  I took it out to a nature reserve near my house in south Louisiana along with my Nikon 24-70mm, Sigma 120-400mm, and tripod.  I shot on neutral picture setting which lowers the contrast and helps keep dynamic range. I also used the 60 frames per second 720P movie setting for the slow motion shots. This was edited in Sony Vegas which handled the raw files quite well.  There is a slight curves adjustment to bring back contrast and some sharpening.  The music is courtesy of Please ask if you have questions.

40 Minutes in the French Quarter (D7000 test video)

Matthew Noel

I spent 40 minutes in the French Quarter and figured that I would challenge myself to make an interesting video out of the resulting footage.  I've been shooting video with the Nikon D7000 dslr for about a month now, and I'm quite happy with the results.

Here is all the technical stuff.  It was all shot on the Nikon D7000 dslr on a monopod with a fluid head for stability.  I chose the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens because it is a good portrait lens, yet wide enough to capture an entire scene.  A fast 50mm would have work just as well.  I created a low contrast, unsharp picture control in the camera so that I would have more latitude (usable camera information) for color grading in post.  I edited the H.264 video in Sony Vegas Pro 10 and graded the color with magic bullet looks.  In magic bullet I added a warming filter, s curve, and a bit of film grain.  To finish off the footage I applied a modest amount of sharpening and a slight touch of the unsharp filter.

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