A contemporary account of the emerging genre of conservation photography is explored through the voices and imagery of some of the best environmental communicators working today. Notable anthropologist Jane Goodall, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Michael Nichols, and International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) president Cristina Mittermeier, among many others, share candid thoughts on the power of photography and its value as an effective conservation tool. The narrative is accompanied by stunning photographic contributions from over 40 conservation photographers to illustrate the convergence between the conservation and photography realms.
Inspired by “Conservation Photography”, a thesis by Carlton Ward, Jr.
And check out this awesome "Making of" Video by Producer John C. Brookins here: vimeo.com/102038182
When I first started researching King's Canyon (and Sequoia National Park), a location John Muir called "A rival to Yosemite," I found numerous daytime landscape photos of its stunning vistas, but very little night astrophotography. With the Giant Sequoia Trees and the impossibly steep cliffs of King's Canyon serving as beautiful-yet-formidable "obstacles" to an unobstructed sky, it seemed a worthy challenge to seek out some night skyscapes in the parks, while capturing the verdant beauty of the landscapes by day. This meant a lot of serious driving across much of the combined 1,353 square miles of the two parks (with a principal focus on the Mineral King and Zumwalt Meadows areas) but it paid off with some really amazing night skies, including the biggest meteor strike I've captured on camera (1:41 & 2:26), some epic summertime milky way passes, and more wild star trails experimentations.
We arrived on the summer solstice of June 21st, 2014 and shot for 3 days and two nights. Most night shots were captured with 25 second exposures on two Canon EOS 6D's with a variety of wide, fast lenses, including a 24mm f1/4 and 28mm f1/8. The star trails effect is created by tracing rotations of the Earth's axis, using long exposures and a freeware rendering program called STARSTAX.
Unlike the desolate deserts of shoots past, these locations were teeming with wildlife - from native trout running in the streams, to deer so tame they'd walk right up to you. Our most exciting nature encounter to date came when a big brown bear stumbled upon us as we were setting up a timelapse! (see the entire encounter in behind the scenes doc here: vimeo.com/102038182 at 2:29). This doc also includes other amazing parts of the parks we saw (Giant Sequoias etc) but couldn't quite fit into this one timelapse.
The music is titled "Rain is Coming", a piece by amazing composer and friend Tim Phillips (@catheadmusic) from his epic DRAGON album for the National Theatre of Scotland. You can hear more & purchase it here: cdbaby.com/cd/timphillips1
Reproduced by kind permission of Manners McDade Music Publishing Limited, London mannersmcdade.co.uk
Shot and Edited by: Gavin Heffernan (SunchaserPictures.com)
Timelapse Produced by: Gavin Heffernan and John C. Brookins
Behind the Scenes Shot, Produced, Edited by John C. Brookins
This Prophecy of the White Buffalo has been kept within our Magaska Ptesan Wicoti, Hinhan Wicasa Oyate for more than 160 years. It was carried by Mato Gi, Phil Lane Sr., who was named Mato Gi by his Grandfather Tipi Sapa, (Black Lodge) after his older brother, Mato Gi, would rode the Bay Horse, Eagle Claws, and slay the White Buffalo Bull, as prophesied. Tipi Sapa,( Philip Deloria) received his name from his father Hinhan Wicasa after a life changing Vision Hinhan Wicasa received as young man at Medicine Butte when Hinhan Wicasa was 17 years old.
My Grandfather Vine Deloria Sr and my Uncle Wilfred Cadotte told me this prophecy often, as well as my father, Mato Gi. I heard my father speak on several occasions about this Prophecy with his Tahansi Henry Spotted Tail and others when we visited Ihanktowan Territory over the years. My 14 year old was given the name Mato Gi by his grandfather before he died. It turns out the latest generation of our Oyate who carries the Name Mato Gi, who rode the Bay Horse who slayed the White Buffalo was born on August 27, 2000, after White Buffalo Day was declared as Augsut 27. That is why I decided to share it today. The time for the full fulfillment of this Sacred Prophecy of the White Buffalo is now!
My Uncle Vine Deloria Jr. briefly mentions this story of the White Buffalo Prophecy of the Magaska Ptesan Wicoti, Hinhan Wicasa Oyate, Ikanktonwan Oceti Sakowin in his book, Singing for a Spirit,. Many relatives are the direct carriers of the promises of this sacred Prophecy that was fulfilled by Mato Gi' and Bay Horse, Eagle Claws through the spiritual training and guidance of Hinhan Wicasa.
~ Chief Phil Lane Jr. - Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations
Betrayal is a story about a woman who has been deeply betrayed. Believing she will never trust another again, she sinks into depression, severing all connections with her world. Plunging deep into despair, she experiences an unexpected visit by humpback whale calf, a being whose species has suffered the greatest of betrayals.
Over 2 MILLION whales were killed by commercial whalers in the 20th Century, driving most great whale species to the brink of extinction. Finally in 1986, the Internataionl Whaling Commission (IWC) enacted a moratorium on commercial whaling, finally giving whales a reprieve from the mass slaughter, and offering these species a 12th hour chance at survival.
Despite their suffering in the hands of humankind, this whale does the unexpected and invites the woman into its special world. Together they dance and play, shedding their fears and distrust. Discovering she is not alone in her betrayal, the woman is finally able to let go and forgive. She rediscovers joy, hope and love as she experiences a profound connection with this soulful being.
As their time together draws to an close, the calf rejoins its mother and the woman must return to her world. Both the whales and the woman move on, vulnerable but ready to trust.
Will we BETRAY them, again?
Terra Naomi's song "I'll Be Waiting," from her album "Live & Unplugged": http://bit.ly/HFummP