I won't lie, the older I get the more it hurts but occasionally, and I mean very occasionally, I'll push the boat out and brave the storm. There's more to life than work but when your work is your paid hobby, there's more life than work!
Apart from the odd sunrise or sunset, I normally only get one shot at capturing each timelapse I undertake whilst shooting on location. Unlike traditional filming, there's no 'cut' and start over from the director - there's often no director with me so I'm left to my own devices to get the shot in the can. This task however, was a bit more of a rare occurance. We're not talking solar eclipse rare; more of a couple of month's wait and by that time, I would have missed the transmission date anyway!
In late 2015 I was given the opportunity to capture seasonal change of Grow Wild's four flagship sites dotted around Great Britain covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The idea was to start filming in April 2016 and re-visit each site to capture the change in growth over a couple of seasons or so.
One of the questions I get asked most is what camera to buy for timelapse photography. It's a question that I can't answer as I've shot timelapse on everything from a Canon AE1 to the Phase One - it's all down to personal taste and experimentation. If you're starting out on a limited budget however, there's always the second hand market and it's not always bad news...
For the past few years there's been a lot of 'in my bag' posts where photographers list or take a picture of their kit. For me that would be a challenge in itself as most of my kit is big bits of metal or just too long to fit into your average picture.
Instead of a normal picture, I decided last year to show some of my kit in action on my 2014 showreel as a kind of mini intro to the video. For this year's reel, I wanted to go big...
Renowned for it's islands poking out of the Adriatic sea as if they were coming up for air, Croatia is a beautiful spot for touring around on a boat but for this assignment, we were bound for a mainland-only tour to capture it's equally beautiful land based areas! With a rainy start, would we get what we needed in time?