Filmmakers, rejoice: thanks to a court case from 2019, you may no longer need to get a permit and pay fees for commercial shoots in national parks. D.C. federal judge has just made the decision, ruling that it’s unconstitutional for the National Park Service to require a permit and charge you with fees.
No matter how cliché it may sound, it seems that photography sometimes really can change the world and influence the course of history. A perfect example of this is a 19-century American photographer Carleton Watkins.
He was born in 1829 in New York, and upon moving to California, Yosemite became his most favorite subject. Believe it or not, it was thanks to his work and his love for Yosemite that this area was preserved. And not only that – he also influenced the development of the national park system in general. This is the story of photography that, indeed, changed the world.
The remaining three of four filmmakers who decided to ignore signs and trample the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, last year have now been sentenced. The incident happened in July 2016. In November, one of the four, Hamish McNab Campbell Cross pleaded guilty to foot travel in a thermal area and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to five years unsupervised probation, $8,000 in fines, and banned from US Public Lands for five years.
Now, the three other members of the group, “High on Life SundayFundayz” have returned to the USA to face the music. Canadians Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown have been sentence. Between them they have received fines totalling over $7,500, community service, and a brief amount of jail time.
Some of you will remember the story of four filmmakers caught on camera trampling the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone a few months ago. For those that missed it, the video is linked below. Needless to say, it sparked quite the outrage. Not just from the photographic community, either, but from the public at large.
When the video surfaced, the Internet was quick to identify the foursome as Canadian filmmakers shooting for “High On Life SundayFundayz“. Federal arrest warrants were then issued. These were later quashed at the request of their attorney, Thomas Fleener so that the men could re-enter the US without immediately being arrested. Fast forward to now, and the case is being heard.
If you thought that film is dead and that there’s no money to be made in nature photography, you’d better think again.
74 years after the National Park Service commissioned the great Ansel Adams to document the National Parks, the NPS is looking for a full-time photographer to perform a similar job, and is offering a salary of up to $100,000 per year.
One of the fortunate photographer’s duties will be to capture large-format photos for the Library of Congress collection.
Just days after a man was tased in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for illegally operating a drone, photographer Jason Lanier, has shared his personal experience with park rangers and law enforcement, which he describes as discrimination. On his Youtube channel, Lanier shared a 7-minute long clip of two separate interactions he had with law enforcement while on a non-paying shoot with a local photography club.
Take a look: