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New Camera Technology Provides Broader Media Impact
As a filmmaker and photographer that works mainly with non-profit conservation organizations, I'm continually looking for ways to create higher quality programming while keeping production costs down, especially in this economy. So I'm excited to tell you about the new Canon 5D mark II camera system. It doesn't replace professional video cameras for some situations but is perfect for the type of programming I typically do for conservation organizations. This new DLSR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera technology makes it possible to capture both high resolution still images and high definition video with the same camera system. There are a number of advantages to this system that will make your next media project more effective and economical.
The bottom line
is that your media project can have a much broader impact with
lower production costs. Please contact us if you are interested
in learning more about our photography and video services using
this DSLR system. We would be happy to present a custom demonstration
and discuss the possibilities of creating a multimedia presentation
program for your organization. Feel free to call or email us
to set an appointment.
power of embedded online video
Now more than
ever is the time to use every tool available to inform people
about the importance of conservation efforts throughout the state
of California. One new and highly affective tool is viral video.
This is video that is uploaded to the internet using a site such
as Vimeo. Once uploaded you can share it, embed it into your
site or have others embed it into their site. This sharing and
embedding can have a viral affect with the potential of reaching
An online mini-documentary created for your organization can tell the story of rare species & sensitive habitats; share secrets of past civilizations; profile important conservation efforts and the dedicated people behind them; encourage others to get involved.
To help you get your story online we're offering a special package that not only includes the production of a video but also uploading, hosting and online distribution. In addition your video will become part of the Fieldnotes California Series. Fieldnotes California covers stories related to protecting, preserving and restoring wild places in California. It is an effort to make quality nature conservation programming accessible to everyone with high-speed internet access, and for fieldnotes.com to act as an on-line media resource for science and environmental educators and their students. Fieldnotes California provides organizations, researchers and resource agencies an important portal through which to share conservation and research stories.
I'm filming this project for Friends of Rose Canyon, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving this special canyon park.
& TRAVEL PHOTOGOGRAPHY
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December 2006 Fieldnotes
THEATER Kaweah Winter in Sequoia
2006 Production Update
AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON
LAGOON AND ITS WATERSHED
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Enjoy the holidays!
May 2006 Fieldnotes
Introducing Fieldnotes California, a new series of on-line video segments being produced to cover stories related to protecting, preserving and restoring wild places in California. This special series also profiles parks, reserves and wilderness areas throughout the State. Each 3-5 minute video segment is viewable on-line at www.fieldnotes.com.
Over the years, natural history filmmaker, Jim Karnik, has produced numerous video programs on California's wild places. Some focus on particular habitats and species, others discuss important conservation issues including preservation, and restoration. Most were produced through non-profit conservation organizations and present an important conservation message.
Jim's goal with Fieldnotes California is not only to repurpose many of these previously produced programs but to create a new series of short informational pieces as streaming video content.
Fieldnotes California is an effort to make quality nature conservation programming accessible to everyone with high speed internet access, and for www.fieldnotes.com to act as an on-line media resource for science and environmental educators and their students. Fieldnotes California provides conservation organizations, researchers and government agencies an important link through which to share their nature conservation stories.
As development of Fieldnotes California progresses, links are being made with San Diego City & County School Districts and The San Diego Science Alliance, to establish Fieldnotes California as an on-line resource. Schools and libraries will also have the opportunity to purchase DVDs of some programs for a nominal fee.
January 2006 Fieldntoes
NEW SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT
I'm excited about developing a new series of DVD's and photography called "Impression - A Sense of Place." I've been working on this format for some time under the "Wilderness Theater" series title, but wanted to expand it to include World Heritage Sites and other scenic locations. These "environmental pieces" are designed to provide an audio/visual experience through enhanced natural audio, dramatic widescreen cinematography and acoustical music. Impressions draws you into the environments of Earth's spectacular wild & scenic places. Each Impressions location video will be complimented with a collection of note cards and prints created from images from the video.
Much like a fine art photograph of a dramatic landscape, "Impression - A Sense of Place" can turn the latest flat panel widescreen monitors into a form of kenetic art, creating relaxing environments that transports the viewer to spectacular wild & scenic locations. Of course you can enjoy these DVDs on any TV but the cinematic 16:9 image really projects on a widescreen monitor.
"INVADERS OF AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON" COMPLETED - View on-line
the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Invaders of Agua Hedionda
tells the story of how the introduction of non-native plant and
animal species into sensitive natural systems, like California's
coastal wetlands, can throw them off balance, pushing already
sensitive species closer to the brink of extinction.
You can view
a QuickTime version of this video at http://fieldnotes.com/IAHL50.html . You are welcome to
link to this page.
October 2005 Fieldnotes
NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES
ON ITALY'S CINQUE TERRE AND TUSCANY
I captured some wonderful images of Milan, Rapallo, Portofino, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano and Florence. As we hiked trails along the coast and in the countryside there were many photo opportunities. I selected several images for a series on the region that can be viewed on my website at http://www.fieldnotes.com . Prints and note cards are available for purchase.
Much of this region of Italy is now designated a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO- (http://whc.unesco.org/en/about/). One of the main goals of this organization is to ensure the protection of natural and cultural heritage.
LAGOON & ITS WATERSHED"
is in post
production. Just last week Mike Hasting and I paddled a kayak
through the lagoon to get footage from water level. Filming from
a kayak allows me to get within 10 feet of birds that I would
only get 100 yards of if I were on foot. It also gives a unique
perspective of the lagoon rarely experienced by most people.
We were hoping to get some footage of a Light Footed Clapper
Rail and as we were paddling the last channel I panned over from
a snowy egret to find and film a lone rail feeding along the
edge, totally unaware of our presence.
May 2005 Fieldnotes
Scouting the Sierra's for Wilderness Theater filming - I recently returned from a brief tour of the Seirra's, filming new locations for my Wilderness Theater DVD series. This trip included footage of Mono Lake and The Feather River in the Northern Sierra. The drive up 395 along the Eastern Sierras was spectacular. The entire ridgeline was still capped with snow.
Batiquitos Lagoon Restored now airing on Local Cable
The Nature of Buena Vista Lagoon Approved for Airing
The Feather River CRM 20 year Commemorative video in post production
April 2005 Fieldnotes
"The Grasslands & Wetlands of California's Central Valley" There are several state and national wildlife areas here that provide habitat for many migrating birds and protected tule elk California's Central Valley. I recently visited a couple areas and captured some great widescreen footage of wildlife. In Merced County near Los Banos, over 160,000 acres of Grassland Wetlands support more then 550 species of birds, animals and plants. Most of this area is privately owned and is actively used by hunting clubs. However, San Luis National Refuge is a protected area with driving and hiking access to wetland areas. Visitors can also drive around a large fenced area that encloses a small herd of tule elk. I was a bit disapointed at the lack of birds seen during my visit. I was under the impression there would be multitudes of migratory species. I hope to spend more time here in the future.
Yosemite - Grand as Ever. I was planning to get some winter footage in the valley but it was warm and dry during my visit. This, however, ment the waterfalls were quite spectacular. While there I captured some great footage of a coyote hunting rodents in a meadow. He would carefully survey the field with all his senses. Then, once he zeroed in on his prey, he would take a few steps and pounce head first into the ground. He caught one critter while I was filming. Yosemite is always such an inspiration. The widescreen footage I aquired during this visit will be used in the Wilderness Theater DVD on the Sierra Nevada Range.
"The Nature of Buena Vista Lagoon" nears completion. It will provide a visual feast of the lagoon and its wildlife. It will air on local cable in the Spring of 2005. Hundreds of birds use this freshwater lagoon throughout the year. A recent fire opened up some views to the lagoon. Within just a few months new vegetation has taken hold. The expanding growth of bullrush and cattail threaten to overtake the lagoon. Eventually something will have to be done to prevent it from becoming a swampy meadow. Historically is was a tidal flushing saltmarsh. One option is to restore it to that state.
"Batiquitos Lagoon Restored" is now airing on Adelphia Cable in Carlsbad, California. This half-hour cable program presents the story of the restoration of Batiquitos Lagoon to a fully tidal flushing coastal wetland. DVD copies will be donated to the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, Carlsbad City Library and the City of Carlsbad.
ORDER VIDEOS ONLINE - I'll be adding more on-line order capability of old and new programs. Check the VIDEOS page to see which are available.
"Birding San Diego" - A 30 minute cable program produced for Nature Festivals of San Diego County provides and intorduction to bird watching and birding hot spots in San Diego County. Go to ctn.org for the
Lagoon Restored" to air soon
Filming Continues on both Buena Vista Lagoon in Carlsbad, California and Los Penasquitos Lagoon near Del Mar, California. Although the wet weather we are experiencing this year has provided an opportunity to get great shots of waterhed issues, such as urban runoff, it has made filming wildlife a bit more challenging. Doesn't seem to bother the ducks though.
A SECOND CHANCE FOR WILDLIFE - A half-hour program produced for Project Wildlife to air on CTN. Go to ctn.org for the latest scheduling.
BIRDING SAN DIEGO - A 30 minute cable program produced for Nature Festivals of San Diego County is complete. The program provides and intorduction to bird watching and birding hot spots in San Diego County. Go to ctn.org for the latest scheduling.
Wild Places and Primal Landscapes - is a series of images on rugged landscapes, from the sandstone bluffs of Torrey pines State Reserve to the red rocks of Sedona.
Your input about watersheds would be appreciated. I'm looking for organization(s) to partner with and suggestions for possible funding. Please contact me if you are interested in getting involved.
note: Phone number change
Project Wildlife Wildlife Emergencies is in final edit. It was a great experience working with the staff and volunteers of this organization. "Wildlife Emergencies" follows rescuers as they assist injured or trapped wildlife. The film covers wildlife rescues, in home rehabilitation and release of creatures back into the wild. This half-hour program demonstrates the extreme dedication of Project Wildlife volunteers and their love for wildlife.
Batiquitos Lagoon Revisited is in the editing stage and should be completed by the end of August. I was able to capture some great footage of nesting herons. Their success and the popularity of a eucalyptus grove for numerous wild birds is a direct indicator of the vitality of the lagoon.
is in production. Several interviews are scheduled with birding
specialists and park rangers to discuss the techniques of bird
watching and identification. At the same time the program will
explore several of San Diego County's birding hotspots.
Friend and associate Brent Jones moved to the area a little over a year ago. Brent has been exploring and photographing the landscape of Sedona to create a series of fine art panoramas. Not only did he and his wife Cathy put me up for several days, Brent took me to several locations that provided outstanding views of the country. I highly recommend that you contact Brent if you're in the Northern Arizona area and would like an experienced photography guide. His website is http://www.ransomjonesphoto.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been getting some great wildlife shots of wintering birds and nesting herons by adapting my 300mm still lens to the Canon XL1S. Doing this gives me a telephoto equivalent to a 2,100mm still lens. What this means is that I can stay a safe distance from wildlife and still get very close shots.
I covered the San Diego Bird Festival in February to get footage to use in "Birding San Diego". Bird festivals offer people an opportunity to experience and learn about the many birds that visit and live in wild places.
of Buena Vista Lagoon
Filming Buena Vista lagoon is difficult due to the thick vegetation that blocks water level views of the lagoon. There are only a few spots that allow access. When I produced "Field Notes on Buena Vista Lagoon" 13 years ago, there were many more opportunities to film wildlife from the shore. This time, I will rely heavily on long lensing to capture the wildlife of Buena Vista Lagoon.
It is hard to believe another year has come to an end. 2003 was an interesting year. I completed a number of video projects including "A Legacy of Stewardship" at Torrey Pines State Reserve and I renewed my interest in natural landscape photography creating a series of photographs on Torrey Pines. But for many of us the wildfires that scorched so much of San Diego's backcountry will be on our minds for some time. Beside the incredible loss of human life and property, many wildlife habitats and species have been heavily impacted. Some species that were already endangered are now that much closer to extinction. But we will also see a rebirth in many areas, for fire is an important part of the ecology of southern California. To help understand the human and natural issues related to these wildfires a coalition of resource agencies, environmental professionals and scientists have come together to form The San Diego Fire Recovery Network. I hope to be involved with this organization over the next year or so, documenting research activities and creating programs for public outreach.