A nature photographer adventure, a documentary – Part 2 was scheduled for Thursday the 12th December 2013.
If you are a regular reader of the James Doyle Photography blog posts and tweets you might know, I was asked if I would like to be involved in a documentary showing what it is like to be the person behind the lens of a camera. I was asked to represent the nature photographer genre.
The day started rather ominously with heavy cloud and rain and a thunderstorm predicted for later in the day, all part of a nature photographer adventure. It was decided to still head out into the field to continue the filming as time was short in getting the required sequences. After several changes to the locations due to the rain, we headed out to our first location. We chose this location because it provided a big shelter shed which we could retreat to if the predicted thunderstorm rolled in.
After getting our gear unpacked the rain started to get heavier so we retreated to the shelter shed. At this point we decided to film the “interview” (the talking heads) segments with the protection of the shelter shed. We had to contend to the usual problems that are confronted when filming such as background noise of planes flying overhead, cars driving by and in our case on the day the male cicadas singing in a nearby tree. We dealt with each “issue” in turn and made good time in the interview segment of filming.
After completing the interviews we stopped for a quick break of coffee and muffins, as we discussed our next move. Although the rain had stopped the sky was still overcast and the light was fading fast, it was decided to continue on to our second planned location, a swampy area close by so we could film what is involved in photographing waterfowl and other related wetland species. The plan was to use a photography hide as a mean of concealment from the birds.
On arrival at the swamp there wasn’t a lot of birds present but the rain had stopped and we decided to proceed with our intended plans. After filming the sequences for the hide segment we were packing up our gear to move to our third location which was to film me shooting star trails and other heavenly bodies.
At this point the clouds started to part and some blue sky started to show, at the same time a colony of fruit bats (flying foxes) started filling the evening sky. We decided to photograph these fruit bats as they made their way to their feeding ground off on the western horizon. It was quite a sight but then as the sun retreated over the horizon the sky was filled with a beautiful golden blanket. Although this wonderful sight didn’t last too long we franticly filmed the sky and fruit bats until the light vanished and we couldn’t film any longer.
I will say it again, the crew were great to work with and hopefully we all worked well together (I’m sure we did) and if any further opportunities arose I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment in working with them again.
Thanks everyone from the Network Ten Documentary Unit for the opportunity to work with your guys and gals, it has been a blast and great nature photographer adventure and hope you guys have some stories of adventure to tell your friends and colleagues into the future.
(Photos were taken using a Point & Shoot camera)