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.
It’s not often that I film subjects outside of nature and wildlife. However, I think the challenge of going outside your comfort zone by shooting different situations makes you a better filmmaker.
So here is an evening of fireworks in the small town I used to live in a few years […]
Filming nature and wildlife is my passion. It’s what winds me up and cools me down. While I read a lot of nature and wildlife blogs, I also like to read blogs about life.
One of my favorite blogs I’ve been reading recently is Almost Sexy Mommy run by Trish, a truly […]
I’m always trying to be a better nature and wildlife filmmaker. Every day I try to get a little more insight into animal behavior, plant identification, weather, anything that helps me capture footage of the natural world.
I also like to see what other filmmakers and photographers are doing. So I […]
It seems that whenever I use the word “never” as in “I’m never going to do that again”, I end up eating my words.
Although I AM proud of the fact that I said I would never stop at Wall Drug in South Dakota and I’ve honored those words for over […]
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, […]
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 […]