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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Friday, 27 May 2016

Ozonjuitji M'Bari Waterhole, Etosha, Namibia

Across Etosha there are numerous waterholes, some man made, other natural. Ozonjuitji M'Bari is a manmade one which attracts large numbers of animals. They come from far and wide to drink in the hot, parched landscape. Elephant share water with zebra, springbok, wildebeest and ostrich.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Penhallam Manor Reconstruction

Penhallam Manor is now just a set of low outlines of walls within a Cornish woodland. Using Digital reconstruction we can now see hat the manor looked like back in the day. I made this short clip using Apple Motion 5 and google SketchUp. I created a scale building of the manor using photos of the information boards around the site. I added some detail and mixed it into a photo I took of the actual location. Below is what it would have looked like. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Spring is Here: A Video Montage

A few weeks ago I posted a few pictures of Spring arriving here in Cornwall. Over the weekend, I went out and took another series of photos and as promised made a video. The second shots were taken in the exact same position and the exact same angle. Most of the shots aligned perfectly in post-production thanks to using the overlay feature of magiclantern add-on for canon cameras while in the field. I slowly mixed the two images in motion5 software then combined the 20 odd clips into this montage of the arrival of spring. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

This is not Ambergris

So my last post asked if I had found ambergris and I can tell you that unfortunately it was not. It was just a lump of animal fat that had washed up so I won't be making big money from it and flying off somewhere. Anyway I have a video of spring arriving as I promised I was working on a few weeks ago to upload so stay tuned.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Is This Ambergris?

Ok, I have a favour to ask anyone reading this. Today while walking on the beach fossil hunting I came across what I suspect is ambergris. I took it home and have done some research but still not sure. One method I tried was heating a pin and placing it on the substance. It gave a white cloud of sweet smoke and melted as a black tar. Does anyone reading know about ambergris or someone who does. You help would be most appreciated. Below are the images.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Elephant Investigates GoPro

Some of you may have seen my video of forest elephant in Gabon. I thought I would show you one of the clips used in its full length. The following clip is 1:30 long but only shows for about 4 seconds in the full clip. It is such a sweet moment with the youngest elephant suckling in the background while the elder infant comes up to the camera and peers into it. I filmed this by attaching my GoPro to a tent post and controlling it with a remote from the office tent. The full clip is below followed by the elephant video it features in.

The full clip followed below by the edited video of the forest elephants.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Namibia 2.5d Parallax

It has been a week since my last post and I have been busy applying for jobs and writing. I also made this video. It is a compilation of still images edited in such a way they seem alive. The effect is known as 2.5d or parallax. The photos are of my trip to Namibia and edited in the graphic editor GIMP. These were then turned into the clips you can see using apple motion 5 software.