Ark in Space

In June 2012 I visited RSPB Troup Head, in order to produce a short promotional film for the RSPB. A week was spent filming on the high sea cliffs of the reserve, where I was privileged to be in the presence of the beautiful and prehistoric Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus. The close proximity allowed me to delve into the Gannets lives, witnessing the complexity of their behavioural traits.

During the week the weather was by majority hot and sunny with flat seas, this proved to be challenging in terms of exposure whilst filming these large white birds, but it also meant that the majority of the Gannets kept to the cliff edges, never venturing above the cliff tops. Only two days did I experience wind which provided some interesting photograph and filming opportunities. The waves picked up, and began crashing into the base of the rocky cliffs, whilst the winds updrafts allowed the Gannets to gain height, congregating at the uppermost parts of the cliff face, gliding effortlessly above the horizon.

Stills to accompany the film can be found here:

Filmed with a Canon 7D, 18-135, 100-400, 50mm 1.8, and GoPro Hero 2.

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