Beautiful Freaks — behind the scenes of the biggest little freak show Set the camera to auto and press the record button? Well against all odds and sand storms we succeeded and thanks to the bloody-mindedness of the crew, oodles of determination, team work and just a little bit of canned-air we managed it and the outcome was even if I say so myself rather beautiful and surprising.
So I was freai the beginning of this project a bit of a 3D sceptic, but this was soon to change. Distances between the background, the main subject and the camera all need to be considered very carefully indeed.
Textures are the thing that impresses me most, you can almost feel an Adders scales, the fluffiness of a fox or the spines of an Acacia and the way you watch the screen is very different too, 3D makes you want to look around a bit more, stay a little longer and linger. Because of curvy escort flint need for such control, programmes up until now have had to be, very controllable and static or massive budget.
This was to be the first 3D presenter q wildlife show of its kind and to be honest I had no idea if I could pull it off!
It was truly a team effort and from my point of view I had to re-learn the discipline of being a presenter and relinquish the comfy seat to this highly strung, electrical diva…but it was worth it on many levels. The weight of the camera causes some problems. The solution?
Stand around and laugh. Thinking we might not make it out…the vultures watch and wait.
Over the next couple of weeks we bumped and jolted around Namibia in a couple of Land- cruisers with Caesar our safari guide behind the well worn wheel. The image of a customised land-cruiser bus which fuck buddy in dennis port fl fondly referred to as the ice cream van bouncing about in pursuit of a desert Elephant while containing a hot and flustered film crew manning the very latest in camera technology was both amusing and rather incongruous, especially since in order to keep the camera cool, any fabric that could be found, sarongs, bed sheets and shirts were draped in the windows to keep the sun out, giving the whole ensemble, the somewhat dishevelled look or a lost hippy tour bus.
What was my favourite thing about the whole trip?
My absolute favourite partly due to the surprise and partly the ease and unplanned nature with which we stumbled upon them were the Armoured Ground Crickets. The moment was further gilded by the golden light of the rapidly descending sun.
These brutish looking bugs have an almost gladiatorial look to them, having exchanged the elegance of the majority of the rest of the crickets and grasshopper family for a llooking almost Tonka toy persona — they are chiefly vegetarian and consequently much more gentle than their appearances would belay. The tough look and armour plating for which they are well named are all about standing up against attack, I watched a stand-off between one of these insects and a Hornbill armed with a Scimitar of a beak and a birds intellect but after much lunging and bluffing, the bird thought better of the meal and gave in to go and look for a vulnerable grub or defenceless fruit instead.
While heading back to our nightly refuge at a lodge in Etosha national park one of these rarely seen mammals skipped across the road in front of our vehicle — Lloking managed to raise the camera and get one bad picture of it to prove the moment happened. But even a bad picture of an Aardwolf is worth getting.
Aardwolf -my kind of Mammal. A rare shot of the back end of a rarely seen African mammal.
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The habit of relying on the omnipresent insect life that even in the most arid environment is there, mostly out of site, chewing and chomping its way through any unappetising dead and dry plant material is a familiar one — and a survival tactic for another star of the show the Bat-eared fox which we did film. They made me do it! For all my Twitter followers bugboybaker in case you want to follow, I will be jumping to another and taking over DiscoveryUK for the duration of the show and perhaps a little bit after — so if you have any questions or comments about the show feel free to ping them to me during hooker woman search matchmaker dating will be a live twitter frenzy, remember beautifulfreaks More press info and video interviews here and here….