The Heavens Opened

Perhaps the title is a slight exaggeration, but it did rain today. For the first film on the blog, I took out the camera to shoot around Bristol, asking as many people as possible; ‘What wildlife issue most concerns you?’

By ‘as many people as possible’, I mean four (technically five, but one was a two-fer). Just after bumping into and talking with a couple of good friends, the camera battery died. I pin this on not turning the camera off whilst pacing around in a “predatory manner” trying to wrangle in unsuspecting people for interviews.

That description of my technique is courtesy of Tim Melling (pictured), who did an excellent job of keeping the camera dry and also acted as the sound guy.

Tim, the sound recordist, keeping the gear (and himself) dry

Tim, the sound recordist, keeping the gear (and himself) dry

So, a semi-successful trip. The rain didn’t help but we overcame it. In the end, we were beaten by technology. Will have to go out another day to get a few more interviews, then onto editing.

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The ‘DCR’

As we now know, there are two main themes to this blog; wildlife and filmmaking. Concerning the latter, I have resurrected an old piece of equipment which should be quite useful.

The DCR-TRV22E

The Sony DCR-TRV22E miniDV handycam

It’s the Sony DCR-TRV22E Handycam. Having originally come into service as a family video camera around 2004, the DCR has since fallen into disuse. For my purposes though, it should be perfect.

The main features boasted include a 10x optical zoom and a handy night vision mode.  Settings are fully automated, with some degree of control on exposure (the lens aperture is apparently F1.7). There is manual focus via the touch screen, but it’s not too practical so probably best avoided.

We’ll see how it gets on! I’ll be looking for a cheapish zoom lense for it.

Commence Blog

Welcome! You’re reading the blog of Rob Morgan, a zoologist based in Bristol, working as a media researcher.

You might be wondering why I would create a blog of my own. All of this stems from my involvement in the recent Bristol BioBlitz blog, which was a great experience. I’m also following the advice of a few good people who have encouraged me to stick my neck out on this.

As an incentive to keep this blog up to date, I needed a driving force to provide content. The unfortunate result of that thought process was the brainstorming page you see illustrated here in this, the first post.

The Bristol BioBlitz blog is largely to blame

The Bristol BioBlitz blog is largely to blame

It's definitely a good thing that you can't read this


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In summary, I hope to use the webspace here as a dump to record my forays into the wide world of natural history filmmaking. Here’s hoping it develops into a useful page!