Category Archives: Video

Upper Cascades: Hanging Rock State Park

Within the boundaries of Hanging Rock State Park are 5 “advertised” waterfalls. (Rumor has it that there are other falls not found along the marked trails.) Upper Cascades is the shortest hike from the main parking lot and is certainly a pretty natural feature. For the video I used a combination of footage from my Canon 7D DSLR and my SJCam SJ 4000 action camera. All still photos were taken with the 7D.

First view of Upper Cascades in Hanging Rock State Park

Detail shot of Upper Cascades at Hanging Rock State Park

Upper Cascades at Hanging Rock State Park

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Hanging Rock State Park: Hidden Falls

Hanging Rock State Park is located near Danbury in the northwestern part of North Carolina. Nestled in the Sauratown Mountains, the park is home to several waterfalls. While not the tallest falls in the state, they are certainly pretty. Unlike so many waterfalls that require miles of hiking to reach, the well known falls of Hanging Rock State Park are all short hikes from convenient parking lots. In addition to the five publicized waterfalls, my understanding is that there are a few other falls hidden away and requiring a bit of effort and adventure to find. The following are a few photos and a video of Hidden Falls. All photos were taken with a Canon 7D. The video is a combination of footage from the 7D and from my SJCam SJ 4000 action camera.

Hidden Falls -Hanging Rock State Park

HIdden Falls - Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury NC


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Shackleford Banks Wild Horse Video

I’m not a “video guy.” It’s not something I consider myself good at. But, like many other photographers, I dabble in it a little. A few months ago I purchased a little video camera… a Kodak PlaySport. I was attracted to this little camera because it’s waterproof to a depth of ten feet. That’s plenty deep to use it around water on the kayak. I also liked it’s compact size and the fact that it shoots HDR… not great HDR mind you, but HDR just the same. Since purchasing it I sometimes rig it to the front of my kayak and let it record while I paddle and take photos. When I’m on foot I have an adapter that lets me mount it on top of my still camera vai the flash-shoe. On the rare occassion I’m in the field but without a camera… like a recent Wild Horse photography workshop where one of my clients left their camera body at the hotel… I might even hand-hold the thing. Obviously recording high-quality video isn’t a priority.

Shooting video is only part of the game. Editing is entirely another matter. Footage is one thing, putting it together in an enjoyable, informative or entertaining manner is something else. And I can guarantee it’s not something I’m likely to ever master. Regardless, heres a short video of the horses of Shackleford Banks. It’s more of a learning project for me than an attempt to present something that will wow an audience. Hope you enjoy it as crude as it is.

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Killer Shots

We’ve all heard the term “killer shot.” In most cases it refers to a really great photograph. However, in this case it’s talking about shots of Apex predators… literally shots of killers. “Killer Shots” is a new series airing on NatGeo Wild. The show follows a wildlife videographer Andy Casagrande on assignment to capture footage of various predators. In the most recent episode the assignment was to film a big cat stalking, capturing and making a kill on the Serengeti. What I found most intersting about in this episode was the videographer’s use of a radio remote control truck to get some very unusual footage. He attached to small HD video cameras to the little truck then used it to get close and personal footage of two male lions lounging in the shade of a tree with a recent kill. When I saw one of these big cats pawing at the RC car like a kitten playing with its favorite toy I just couldn’t help but smile.

I firmly believe that the best wildlife photography show on television is “Wild Photo Adventures” by the southeast’s own Doug Gardner, but this new show Nat Geo Wild show is definately entertaining. It’s going to give you an inside look at some of the risks, hardships and patience required to capture amazing footage of wildlife around the world.

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Wild Horse Fight Video

While photogrpahing the horses of the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve this morning I’d mounted a small video camera on top of my DSLR still camera. I certainly don’t claim to be a videographer but I thought some folks might enjoy this little clip.

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