Thankfully, when I was writing the script for ’Metanoia’, I wasn’t stopping along the way to ask how I was going to get it made. If I had, I probably would of thought there were simply too many things I couldn’t accomplish. All I knew was that I was on my way to telling a story that I felt deeply passionate and excited to tell.
Nature photography of any kind has its challenges, however macro photography could be considered as one of the most demanding. There are a number of factors that you have to consider, especially when you are photographing small living subjects, such as insects, or frogs.
Photokina, the worlds largest photo trade show, has been in full swing since 1950. Along with CP+ and PMA, Photokina showcases the latest in digital gear, photographic presentation, drones, accessories, and so much more. 2016 is the first year that The Camera Store TV took the long flight over to Cologne, Germany. One could easily be forgiven for assuming that TCSTV would be in camera gear Heaven. However Photokina, and Cologne, held much more in store for us than just technology.
Our latest TCSTV episode was inspired in just such a way. If we were lost in the woods, could we start a fire using only the glass elements in our lenses? From here, Jordan and I quickly expanded the idea to the following: If stuck in a survival situation, how well could we manage using only the camera gear and photo accessories found in the average photographer’ s backpack? Inspired by equal parts Survivorman and MacGyver, we soon had our most challenging, and most enjoyable idea to date.
Tyler Forest-Hauser has always been a creative person, jumping between composing music, filmmaking and video editing in his early 20s. While I never saw him with a still camera during that period, I could see how important strong composition was to him in the early short films he directed. He had a photographer’s eye, but a photo camera was never on his radar.