Disney Nature’s Ocean

17 10 2010

When I saw this movie the first thing I thought of was how did the camera crew get this absolutely breathtaking footage of life that is still but a mystery to most? How did they get that close to the aquatic animals? How did they capture the animals doing the things they were doing at such speeds? How did their cameras not break? What kind of equipment did they use? How long did it take?
All these questions swirled around my head so I decided to get some answers. I went to the OCEANS website and got minimal information:
Firstly, they had a large camera crew. The movie explores four oceans so they basically had four different crews camp out in the ocean for four years capturing rare footage of oceanic wildlife.
They all knew of certain destinations that they expected to be abundant with sea life. The sad part was that a lot of those places weren’t at all what they had expected. The wildlife had been diminished due to over-fishing and such things. Other sights met their expectations.
The crews visited some places where humans have scarcely ever been to. In such places, the animals were not shy nor scared.
As I had expected, time was always an issue. They couldn’t control what nature did and that is always risky when you have a deadline to film it. OCEANS camera crew noted that if one thing went wrong, they would loose most of the shot.
These constant failures would become completely worth it when the crew saw something amazing. To be specific, the crew saw the largest blue whale known to exist and were completely ecstatic.

This job obviously takes patience and enthusiasm. You can’t be a wild life photographer if you aren’t that into it. In a way, that it kind of a rule for all photojournalists. It is a career that takes much patience. The shot has to come to you and your job is to capture it in the best way possible. Some days the shot just won’t come. That’s life, I guess.

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4 responses

17 10 2010
jacquelinemerrill

That’s so cool that they discovered areas where the animals aren’t scared or timid around humans. It makes sense though, because they haven’t experienced us as predators. I bet traveling around to film this would be amazing.

17 10 2010
Mister Fischer

I agree with Jackie: very cool. You have to find a way to go on an exploration like this. When I was in college, I went on a trip to the Gallapagos Islands where, similar, the animals were not scared of humans, having seen so few of them. The experience was incredible, and the pictures we took of the animals and the landscape were also pretty amazing. Does this type of photography and photojournalism interest you? I wonder how you get into it? How do you get connected with an organization that goes on trips like this?

Find out!!!

4 11 2010
helena

I have seen this trailer before and sure it was awesome but i never quite thought much of it until I read your post and watched it again. It was as if I was watching something completely new and different. You had me thinking about how rare all of these things were and how much work goes into projects such as this. This new way of seeing definitely made me appreciate it more.

5 11 2010
Corrina

just saying the baby sea turtles are wicked cute 🙂
and also,i really like that a lot of your topics involve photo journalists who star off by observing their soroundings, but end up having the choice to make a difference in their environment. For example these camera people had the intention of capturing their sorroundings, but ended up making a statement about how we should better our environment. I guess that’s one thing i really like about photojournalism

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