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David Doubilet 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m59s
Language: english
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David Doubilet 1

Summary:

Underwater photographer David Doubilet guides through his retrospective exhibition in Iserlohn, Germany. He tells exciting stories and provides insight into some special shots.
 
Doubilet compares features of colour and monochrome pictures. He reveals his fascination with Antarctica and remembers encounters with animals around the planet.
 
He looks back on his work and career spent in the oceans of the earth.

David Doubilet 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
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David Doubilet traveled planet earth and documented nature from the ocean's perspective. His underwater camera records scenes from another world.
 
His fascination with water began with an experience from his youth. Working under water poses risks and challenges that Doubilet never forgets. He rewards himself with surreal images which impress and alert. Climate change threatens ecosystems of oceans worldwide. Doubilets pictures show the fragility of these places.
 
He dived in the arctics and tropics, and returned with photos that surpass imagnination.

The Diving Pepper Shooting

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m41s
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Those wacky guys at the studioCOMMUNITY are back. This time they've done a studio action shot. Stop-action shooting when varios objects take a dive in an aquarium.  First they give us a look at what they want to achieve and invite us along for the ride. 

Nikita and Maxim guide us through the set. We see why it's important to isolate the corners of the aquarium. As we all know Gaffers tape rescues every set.  Black paper is added to cancel the main back glass reflections and we're in business.

The lighting setup is then explained in detail. Maxim shares his tips about covering the equipment and cleaning the glass after each shot to keep the focus from being confused. Additional bubbles are manually introduced and the final shots are very promising. Maxim explains briefly the steps done in the intense post processing and we get to see the final product at the end.

This film is a lot of fun and explains the process so that virtually anyone can recreate this set. Enjoy!

 

Costa Rica

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m34s
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Tobias Hauser, who has been a photographer and photojournalist for over ten years, sits down for an informative interview with FotoTV to share some of his incredible experiences photographing the beautiful tropical scenes of New Zealand, Cuba, and his Costa Rica. Hauser’s most current project as a photojournalist is the small Central American country of Costa Rica offering divers climates and nature, volcanoes and rain forests, and incredibly rare animals to photograph. As Hauser explains, the most important aspects are to know the time of year and season to travel to Costa Rica and how to prepare and what to expect when you arrive and make your way though the country on a photo expedition. Costa Rica is definitely a land full of beauty and adventure and Hauser definitely takes his share of risks to document the abundant animal kingdom there. From crossing swollen rivers in jeeps, to tropical flash floods, Hauser years of location traveling experience has made him well prepared to reach an inspiring natural phenomenon of Costa Rica that happens on Ostinal Beach, the turtle egg laying event, or “Arribada”. Hauser recommends taking a competent rain forest guide when in Costa Rica. Not only to be able to locate, identify and photograph the wonderful, rare and often camouflaged animals, but also to watch out for deadly species that often may be hidden to the untrained eye. Hauser’s adventure does not end on land. Another recommended photo opportunity which he has experienced is the world’s largest shark migration that takes place in the Golden Triangle, between Galapagos, Cocos, and Malpeo. Hauser regularly gives lectures on location travel photography, including the Philippines, New Zealand, Cuba and most recently Costa Rica. A photo book of Costa Rica has also been published.

Dos Winkel

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Runtime - length of the film: 17m06s
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In this thought provoking film "What’s the catch with the fish?”, photographer and dedicated ocean conservation advocate Dos Winkel discusses his passion, underwater photography and his undeterred quest to educate the public on saving one of the planet's most precious resources: the living seas.

Every photo Winkel takes tells a story, and as a lifelong non-fish eater he has made it his mission to save the magnificent creatures of the world's oceans. Through his spectacular and sometimes rare photographs, he has made his hobby of scuba diving into a very significant environmental effort. "Help preserve the oceans", he says. His main objective is to illustrate the present and future threats of the oceans and the possible solutions society can undertake in order to save our seas.

The strongest message Winkel reiterates is, "Do not eat fish." As he points out, "Humans do not need to consume fish in order to get the required Omega-3's they need. Omega can in fact be harvested from algae, which incidentally is the same way fish get their source of omega." He continues, "Fish ingest algae which contains omega. Even chickens and pigs do not naturally consume fish on their own, but yet still, they are fed fish waste and byproducts by humans." An undertaking he finds deplorable.

Winkel's colorful underwater spectacle of photos of fish in their natural habitats is his way of documenting a world that many take for granted. His thought provoking images are both visually compelling and morally questioning. If we don't begin now to save our seas today, tomorrow may be too late.

Joel Meyerowitz 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m43s
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Joel Meyerowitz

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In the first part of our interview, Joel Meyerowitz, discusses how photography has impacted him and how his perspective has changed over the years.

In the second part of our interview, Meyerowitz gives an account of his conceptual photography exhibition "The Elements: Air / Water Part 1".

While preparing an exhibition of photographs of swimming pools by the sea, Meyerowitz became inspired by the swimmers diving off the pool platforms. The idea was simple; he decided to make a video of the divers and to use this in his exhibit as a video installation. But he soon learned the implementation to be far more gratifying than he could imagine.

While filming and photographing in an underwater room, Meyerowitz captured striking images of two precious elements, water and air. His images show the relationship of these two elements as they envelope the diver, all briefly coexisting together, before separating. Not only did he have video for his installation, he had a new series of stunning images.

This new method of showing both still images and video in an exhibition was very appealing to Meyerowitz. He is currently planning consecutive exhibitions, showing the interactions between the four elements, namely Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.

Veluwe

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m37s
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Ruben Smit is a passionate ecologist and photographer. As a photographer, he specializes in outdoor photography and gives us a guided tour of his nature photography. Most of the pictures seen in this film, were taken at the Veluwe Areal near the German-Dutch border. In 2006, Smit published an illustrated book, Verborgen Veluwe, featuring pictures from this area.

 

This film can also be seen as a travel guide for the largest dutch woodland. Ruben shows us highlights of the Veluwe and gives some tips for finding accommodations.

Underwater Rendezvous

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m40s
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Todd Essick has become famous for his underwater nude photographs.

As a photojournalist he was fed up with the use of photography in the tabloid press and so he turned to be a underwater photographer.

In this interview he talks about his perfect job and how his work is controversial in the States, yet much appreciated in Europe.