There’s no doubt that as we become more and more technologically evolved, the amount of stress we are exposed to increases. Cell phones, laptops, Wi-Fi all keep us connected to the grid.
We spend less time with our family and friends, we find ourselves multi-tasking on the commute to work all in an effort to try and get it all done.
We sleep less, we eat worse yet we say what a life saver technology is.

Filming nature and wildlife is a natural stress reducer for me. You have to be patient. You have to spend a lot of time just being in nature. When you have nothing but time while you’re waiting for the light to be just right or for some wildlife to make an appearance you start taking in the sights and sounds around you. I always feel better when I come back from filming nature and wildlife.

I noticed something a while back when I was editing some footage I had recently shot. I had some background music playing while I worked and I noticed as I edited the footage I became more relaxed. The tension in my jaw muscles was gone, my shoulders dropped and relaxed. My mind slowed down and just for a minute I was disengaged from everything around me.

So I wondered if it were possible to just break away for sixty seconds and see if that would make a difference.

Check out some of the videos below and let me know what you think.

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It’s About Perspective Not Awards

 

It’s been a few years but I finally got up the gumption to enter a couple of my short films in the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

If you know me, I’m not only my own worst critic but I hate promoting my own work and bringing any kind of attention upon myself. So, […]

By |April 21st, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments
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Your Worth as a Filmmaker Isn’t Measured by What Camera You Own

Don’t Play the If Only Game
What camera should I buy? That’s the number one question I get asked when it comes to nature and wildlife cinematography. The second most asked question I get asked is what camera do you use?

While I’m humbled that other nature and wildlife cinematographers think highly […]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|9 Comments
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Filmmaking Naturally’s Five Most Popular Posts

I love filming nature and wildlife! I love sharing what I’ve discovered and filmed as well as sharing my workflow and beliefs. Some posts resonate more with people than others. I thought I’d post the five most popular posts since I started this blog.

As I approach 100 posts it’s easy […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments
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How A Million Slides Made Me A Better Nature And Wildlife Filmmaker

Before I made the switch to digital video in 2005 I was a still photographer. My cameras weren’t digital, they used film.
For those of you that may have never used film let me give you an idea of the workflow.

35mm photography film came in small canisters, usually with […]

By |January 20th, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|4 Comments
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Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking: Finding The Little Things

Yesterday, I talked about finding joy discovering the little things in nature and filming them. Today I’d like to talk about actually finding these little things. At first it may prove difficult or even impossible but with some practice you’ll start discovering some amazing things to film.
The Key to Discovering […]

By |January 19th, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments
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It’s The Little Things That Make Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking So Special

Gilbert Chesterton said “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”

Today as I was reviewing some footage I shot this past fall that quote really resonated with me not so much literally but from a mindset point of view.

For so many years my mindset was […]

By |January 18th, 2015|Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments