A Quick Peak at My Day
Many have this perception that what I do is very glamorous. My postings on Twitter & FB of “The Office” helps this along I’m sure but what I do isn’t glamorous. It’s incredibly fun (by how I measure fun), really enlightening, a ton of hard work and I’m incredibly fortunate I can do it. My posting from yesterday brought in a bunch of email with some good questions, let me see if I can answer them. “Who’s paying you to do this work, how did you find them?” This was the most common question and the answer will surprise it seems a number of folks. No one is paying me to be here, it’s all, all out of my pocket. To this date, I’ve never had an assignment. These projects are ones that Sharon & I feel are important so we get involved in the hopes we can make a difference. In the case of the Riparian Brush Rabbit, it’s a long term project with some of our best friends so when they call and say our photography can make a difference, I drop everything and get my butt on scene. “How do you hear about such projects?” I keep in touch with some key biologists with critters I care about. They are great about letting me know what’s happening. How do you find these folks? It’s all outlined in Captured.
“What gear do you take on these projects, how do you know what to bring?” This is a very good question and the answer is pretty simple, I bring it all. When it comes to the basic camera gear, I bring what’s listed in my MP-1 and since that’s all I own, it all comes with me. Along with that is lighting gear, blind, chair and in this case, chest waiters and dry bag. That’s in the truck, when I go out in the field I leave nearly all of that in the truck. As you’ll see in the video, the D3x/200-400VR2 are in the dry bag, 14-24, 24-70 & 70-200, SB-900 are in the sling bag. The photographic goal for today was document the work being done on this emergency rescue of the RBR during the flood. The goal wasn’t to create the most amazing wildlife photograph ever and in fact, a lot of the work I do, that’s not the goal. Dealing with the politics of endangered species and its management requires more often the basic photographs you get by simply being there then any other technique.
Now about the video. This is a really crude, not edited, quick posting just to give you a little idea about my day. At one point you’ll see the rig I’m using when I shoot my shadow. No one has mics, it wasn’t meant to be a video shoot, the thought just occurred to me when I was thinking about the questions asked of me that video might answer the question the best. I put the S9100 a top of the D3x and walked with it, shooting handheld the whole way. No, I never went in for a drink. What you’ll see is our walking from mound#1 to mound#2 where the RBR had been placed when they were rescued back on the 1st. We canoed to the first mound and then as you’ll see, walked over to the next mound to do some survey work on the way. We canoed back to the vehicles after working on mound#2. At the end, you’ll see why this is not an outing to get “the” shot as I took a couple clicks of a rescued bunny watching us leave the mound. All the water you see is covering roads and meadows and three weeks ago wasn’t present and probably will be around until June/July. As for the video, I’m not sure if it’s my internet connection or I goofed something up in the rendering but if the video looks goofy, my apologies but you’ll get the idea of how I spent my day. I share all of this with you because…I want you to have the same kind of day which means you get YOUR camera involved in preserving our wild heritage.