It was many years ago since I first visited Chile and Patagonia and fell in love with this spectacular country. I wanted to make a film to show this awesome land to as many people as possible, pretty sure that, unfortunately, Chile is still not as well known as it deserves. This short film is just the first step of the journey... Hope you like it as much as I did filming it.
Canon HSRLR cameras + canon prime lenses (from 24 1.4 to 400 5.6)
Music by: Armand Amar (thank you over and over again)
- Torres del Paine National Park (N.P.)
- Cerro Castillo N.P.
- Tamango Reserve
- Queulat N.P.
- Chacabuco valley
- Puyehue N.P.
- Exploradores valley
- Alerce Costero N.P.
- Villarrica N.P.
- Conguillío N.P.
- Vicente Pérez Rosales N.P.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Javier Labra, Berta Valencia, Carolina Labra, Ignacio Osorio and Sebastian Osorio for their love and affection since the first day, without them this would have no meaning.
Filmed with the essential support of CONAF ( conaf.cl ), administrator of Chilean protected areas, and in particular with the GREAT HELP of Angel Lazo Álvarez.
Also thanks to all the people of Conaf who helped me in this project, specially to:
Erik Inostroza, Hernán Velasquez, Heriberto Yaeger, Neftalí Zambrano, Patricio Contreras, Mario Maturana, Guillermo Santana, Juan Caballero, Marcela Quiñones, Luis Montecinos, Loreto Pedrasa, Eliodoro Guitierrez, Eliecer Nanaifil, Marcos Matus, Elisardo Muñoz, Juan Pedro Salazar and all the rangers and people who work every day to preserve this great wilderness.
A close encounter with a mother polar bear and her two cubs on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean.
Speechless: Nature without music or narration.
Episode 09: A Polar Bear Family on the Arctic Ocean.
Location: Arctic Ocean.
Recorded on July 24th, 2012.
I want to share the experiences of visiting these remote locations of outstanding natural beauty by making this series of videos as real as possible.
So I've decided that maybe the best way to do this is strip down the video, with raw footage only, no music, no David Attenborough, no fancy editing and no touching up. As it was on the day.
And maybe, with no one telling you what to think and no music to stir the emotions, maybe it will be quite refreshing, and a lot more real?
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size. A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb), while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea. Their scientific name means "maritime bear", and derives from this fact. Polar bears can hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present.
The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline. For decades, large scale hunting raised international concern for the future of the species but populations rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect. For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and polar bears remain important in their cultures.
iLCP Fellow Ralph Lee Hopkins set out to tell the story of the Galápagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site protected for all humanity. He wanted to make photographic images that capture this fragile eco-region, its rich biodiversity, the people who live on the islands, and the threats the archipelago faces today.
During many consecutive trips to the Galápagos, Ralph found the threats and the challenges: unsustainable development; overfishing; invasive species; increased tourism, and a rift between decision-makers and those who live on the islands. He also found a network of international conservation groups working with Galapagueños who are passionate about saving a place they love. Today, new coalitions are improving environmental education; organic farming; recycling; GPS tagging of sharks and other sensitive species; high-tech monitoring of the Marine Reserve, and enforcement of environmental laws.
The Alliance team included Associate Producer, Writer, and Field Interviewer, Carol Ann Bassett; iLCP Director of Communications and Production Jenny Nichols; videographer Jeff Litton, and Ralph Lee Hopkins, who created the Alliance Project with the iLCP to produce this documentary. One outcome of the Alliance is “Voices of the Galápagos.” The film showcases the people who live on the Galápagos Islands and highlights their perspectives, goals, and on-going efforts to preserve the place they call home.
Cabo Pulmo is the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific, and, at around 20,000 years old, it may be the oldest and most important reef in the American Pacific. The preservation of Cabo Pulmo is a local, national, and international success story. After decades of intense fishing had depleted Cabo Pulmo’s marine life, the local communities secured protected status for the reef from the government. In 1995, the State of Baja California Sur made Cabo Pulmo a Natural Protected Area; in 2000 Mexico dedicated it as a National Marine Park. In 2005, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California”. In 2008, Cabo Pulmo became a Ramsar International Wetlands Site.
This video was designed as educational material and was not created for Profit Purposes as stipulated by the mission of the Gulf of California Marine Program at SIO.
Los Guardianes de los Arrecifes – Pesqueŕias sostenibles en la moskitia / The Guardians of the Reef – Sustainable fisheries in La Moskitia
With the ban on SCUBA lobster fishing imminent, the residents of La Moskitia, Honduras, are poised to transition to a safe, sustainable, economically secure future in a fishery employing artisanal fishing practices.
A way to share videos about ecology, biodiversity and sustainability within our community.
Un modo per condividere video in tema di ecologia, biodiversità e sostenibilità con la comunità USiena.