When it was first broadcasted in 2006, BBC’s series Planet Earth was truly groundbreaking. And now, more than ten years later, there is its brand new sequel – Planet Earth II. It’s the most cinematic wildlife film yet. You could sit back and watch it, and feel like you’re watching a movie. But what’s the secret to this cinematic feeling of the series?
They say never work with children or animals. The children bit I completely agree with, but I find animals to be an absolute pleasure to work with. Not everybody’s used to working with animals (or kids), though, either on camera or off. Whether you’re shooting video or stills, they can be challenging.
To help overcome some of those challenges, Cooper Films have put this video together with four tips for working with kids and animals on set. The video does aim more toward video shooters. The reasons why, as a photographer, you might have a child or animal in front of your camera may be different. But, the potential issues are very much the same.
If there’s one “triumphant underdog” story that’s been popular this week, it’s this one. The footage from BBC’s Planet Earth 2 series of the young marine iguana escaping the snakes on the beach. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry, I’ve embedded it below. Shot in the Galapagos Islands, it’s an incredible sequence of events, shot beautifully.
They say filming in the Galapagos is, in some respects easier than elsewhere in the world. This is because the animals have not had much exposure to humans so have not yet learned to be afraid of us. A concept that would probably feel pretty strange for most of us.
When her work isn’t being shown in the Saatchi Gallery within the Louvre or in an advertisement for Adobe, Flóra Borsi is behind the camera or computer, capturing and compositing fine art images to share with the world.
In one of her more recent series, Animeyed, the Hungarian photographer brought together animals and self portraits to make an eye-catching collection of images that show the eyes of animals overlaid on her own. [Read more…]
Photo shoots are stressful enough when you’re dealing with even a handful of human subjects. Could you imagine if you had to shoot over 12,000 animals?
Well, this endeavor is a reality for photographer Joel Sartore, who was commissioned by National Geographic to capture Photo Ark, a series of portraits that show off the world’s 12,000 captive species before they disappear. [Read more…]
We’re all getting a little anxious to get our hands on a the new GoPro 4, so, while you’re waiting, here is another installment of adorable animal footage captured with a GoPro to serve as a little inspiration. This time the team over at AS Goprod helps us get acqauntaied with a curious owl and her nest of fledglings that are impossibly adorable. The clever photographer must have noticed the owls nest and secured a GoPro onto the branch directly in front of the nest. (Note to self: put GoPro in front of owls nest.)
The footage the photographer was able capture of the highly inquisitive birds is perfect beyond words, take a look:
Budapest based photographer and artist Sarolta Bán wanted to put her talent and social impact to a good use. Over the years her surreal style drove a following of over 124,000 Facebook fan and now she is giving something back to the community.
Ban is using her talent to aid sheltered dogs find a new home by taking their photos and recomposing them into surreal works of art.
The project asks for photos of animals in need of shelter. Ban will then create a wonderful composite of him/her/it to raise visibility for adoption and will later award the photo to anyone who adopts the dog. On the project page she shares: [Read more…]
Photographer Ernest Goh is probably most known for his special way with animals. His fish photography book, simply called The Fish Book, gives a phenomenal, and quite humanizing view on the aquatic. For his next book – Cocks – Singaporean photographer turns his lens on Chicken Beauty Pageants, making those feathery animals look as human and emotive as the boy next door.
Ernest goes on a quest for searching beautiful chickens. Ayam Seramas are a specific type of chickens used as ornaments and bred for their beauty. Ernest followed their growth path from hatching at expert chicken farmers all the way to them being displayed at special Beauty Pageants. [Read more…]
Meanwhile in Australia….
An eagle abducted a camera that was set to monitor fresh-water crocodiles in Margaret River. This was a motion triggered camera set by the rangers to try and capture some footage of fresh water. The camera went missing in May.
Fast forward to November – six months later – and the rangers got a call from a Parks and Wildlife ranger from Mary river – some 100 km away – who found the camera.
Being a motion triggered camera, the device took several 30 seconds sequences of the journey, ending with the eagle placing the camera on the ground and trying to peck it -actually taking several selfies. [Read more…]
Some would say that high speed photography is pretty hard on the technical side of photography. Others will say that portraiture is the hardest of all. Photographer Carli Davidson combines the two by taking photographs of dogs shaking water off.