Looking at pictures of our own planet isn’t really a big deal anymore. But witnessing high-definition timelapse of clouds and even wildfires from space? Now that’s something we don’t get to experience every day. Let’s take a look at what NOAA’s newest weather satellite GOES-17 has in store for us.
Watching nature documentaries like BBC’s Planet Earth gives us an insight into the world of all kinds of animals. We feel that we get to know their world and the way they act in their habitats.
But how exactly realistic these documentaries are? Simon Cade from DSLRguide discusses this topic in his video. Are we looking the life of these animals as is, or it’s just a well-crafted, imaginary story aimed to entertain us? With all the fake sound effects, cutting, directing and even computer effects, how much of the “real” do we actually see?
The BBC is renowned for its stunning wildlife sequences. Every time they release a new wildlife series, especially one narrated by David Attenborough, the visuals are stunning. We are shown wildlife in a way we’ve never seen before. They use or invent technology that hadn’t even existed just a few years earlier. They really are on the bleeding edge of what one can achieve.
In their recently released Planet Earth 2, the crew were able to get shots that had previously been impossible by utilising new technology. Thanks to advances in thermal imaging technology, modified RED cameras, and the Sony A7S, they were able to get night time wildlife shots like nobody had ever seen before.
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.