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Flight of The Swans Wins Campaign of the Year at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Award

Flight of the Swans won Campaign of the Year at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Awards.

Sacha was there at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London to accept the award. The judging panel apparently chose Flight of the Swans for the scale of its ambition, huge profile and international reach.

Also commended in the category was the innovative Pumpkin Rescue campaign by Hubbub UK.

It is the first year that long-running environment magazine, the ENDS Report, has run the awards. A full list of nominees and winners is available on their website.

WWT have thanked BPS and all the other Partners for the roles they’ve played in making a success of Flight of the Swans.

Below is an excerpt from the ENDS Environmental Impact Awards



‘Flight of the Swans’ was an expedition and a campaign that saw a ‘human swan’ flying the entire migration route of the Bewick’s swan, from Arctic Russia back to the UK, to try to find out why the species is disappearing, and what we can do to save them. As she and the swans raced to keep ahead of the arctic winter, she also dropped in on even remote communities for face to face meetings with schools, hunting groups, politicians and others, and shared footage and stories of her experiences with the media to raise local and international awareness.

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IBC 2016 Day 1 Round-Up



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Wheel: Solid, ergonomically designed left or right-side camera handgrip with assignable user buttons and a control rocker for super-smooth zooming. Includes a steel ARRI rosette and two LBUS interfaces


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Rocker: Solid, ergonomically designed left or right-side camera handgrip with assignable user buttons and a control rocker for super-smooth zooming. Includes a steel ARRI rosette and two LBUS interface.


Compatibility: ALEXA, AMIRA, ALEXA Mini, UMC-4, SMC-1, EMC-1, AMC-1, Sony/Red via CUB-1, ENG Lens via CUB-2



ecub2Adapts servo-zoom lenses (Hirose 12 pin) to LBUS (Lemo 4 pin). Enables Master Grips to directly control focus, iris and zoom of a servo-zoom lens. Provides a switch to select between iris control from camera (auto-iris via camera Hirose 12 pin interface) or Master Grips (via LBUS). The LCUBE has an integrated dovetail for mounting the LCUBE Bracket (K2.0009620) or the CLM-5/cforce mini Clamp Console 19/15 mm (K2.0006176).

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HandGrip Extensions:

  • Three lengths: 80, 160, 240 mm
  • 15 mm lightweight tube design
  • Solid steel rosette
  • Including cable clips
  • Designed for Master Grips and other handgripswith ARRI rosette

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Side Accessory Bracket:

  • Offers additional accessory threaded interfaces to the ALEXA Mini
  • Compatible with Mini Side Bracket MSB-1
  • Compatible with Rod Mounting Bracket RMB-3




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Viewfinder Brackets for third-party EVF:

  • Fits to the ARRI Viewfinder bracket MVF-1
  • Adapters to Alphatron EVF, Zacuto Gratical, Monitor unit for Canon C300 and SmallHD Sidefinder
  • Provides sold nad adjustable viewfinder positioning



gopro&  sennheiser

An exciting advancement comes from Sennheiser, who are talking about developing a new action camera microphone which will allow GoPro users to finally match their breathtaking footage captured at the extremes with high-quality audio.

Sennheiser’s product, on show in the Future Zone, is a mini external microphone that the company claimed is waterproof and nearly immune against snow, ice, and wind. Based on a lavalier design, it features an internal protective device, the Umbrella Diaphragm, which is located above the acoustically active membrane. A windshield made of a special foam material ensures that the mic can even be used for water sports while fully retaining its wind protection properties.According to Sennheiser, the microphone’s windshield is being fine-tuned. It needs to protect the mic reliably against wind noise and must retain this quality even when completely immersed in water. A classic hairy windshield or a classic foam windshield could not do the job – if they get wet, quality sound has a hard time travelling through it.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!


SmallHD has announced two new 13” production monitors. The first is called the 1303 HDR , which features a bright 1500 nit display (viewable in full sunlight), and provides HDR (high dynamic range) viewing capabilities. The second is the 1303 Studio, designed for use in more controlled lighting environments. The 1303 Studio features a 400-nit display and provides the same feature set, minus the high brightness and HDR capabilities of the 1303 HDR.

According to SmallHD the 1303 HDR and Studio feature an extremely wide viewing angle with little to no visible color shift. The 1303 HDR also utilizes an optically bonded glass screen with an anti-reflective coating for added protection while eliminating glare.

The 1303 HDR builds on the HDR technology that SmallHD developed for its 17”, 24” and 32” Production Monitors, but in a much smaller package. The 1303 HDR looks to be a good field monitor for small crews, who don’t require a large monitor, but need something bigger than your typical 5/7″ on camera display.

The new monitors can display a 1920×1080 image on 10bit IPS LCD panels, with a 4-up signal view. The 1303 HDR offers a high color range, capable of reproducing the P3 color gamut. Plus it provides an HDR Preview function with built-in tools for real-time monitoring and customizable camera gamma settings.

Both 1303 HDR and Studio can support any 3D LUTs using SmallHD’s ColorFlow technology. Previously created look-up tables can be used on-set, or LUTS can be loaded via the monitor’s full-size SD card slot.

The new monitors can be fed via either HDMI or SDI inputs and can output to either format as well. Cross conversion takes place in a mere single frame.

Like the rest of the SmallHD Production and Studio monitors, the 13” versions are extremely rugged—built with a solid, milled aluminum chassis. To deal with on-set realities, even the 3mm thick screen impact protector can be replaced in seconds.

For quick deployment the monitors can be used at home on a rack, table-top, arm, C-stand or cart. The feature numerous ¼-20 mounting options all around the frames, plus the RapidRail system that can provide quick mounting of various accessories like wireless receivers and focus systems.

Power is via 12VDC through a 4-pin XLR connector. An optional onboard Anton/Bauer Gold mount or V-mount battery plate with a 4-pin XLR connector can be attached. A video receiver (Teradek, Paralinx, etc) can be mounted to the RapidRail system and powered by the LEMO accessory connection on the back of the monitor or D-TAP through the battery bracket.

Both monitors will be available on and through SmallHD authorized resellers in Fall 2016. For more information visit:



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Any Rig in Any Environment
Compatible with any HDMI or HD-SDI camera, the Sphere is the most flexible 360º monitoring and streaming solution for 4-camera VR rigs. Its 4 USB ports offer an integrated power solution for GoPro rigs and its stereo analog audio input allows you to embed the output of your soundboard right into the live feed.

Sphere also includes twin Lemo connectors for redundant power and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity and attaching a second Sphere unit.

Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.

Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.

Color Calibration Settings
Users can calibrate each camera’s white balance, tint, and color profile right from the Sphere application. If you need a quick calibration, the application can color match across all video feeds at the same time to provide a balanced image instantly.

In-App Recording
The Sphere iOS application allows you to save individual 360º snapshots and your stitched video footage directly to your iPad’s hard drive in MP4 format.

Wireless and Internet Connectivity
Sphere connects to wireless access points and the Internet via a 10/100 Ethernet jack. To enhance the wireless range of your Sphere stream, we recommend connecting the device to a Ubiquiti access point for a robust WiFi signal up to several thousand feet.

Support for up to 8 Cameras
Should you need more than 4 cameras for your 360º production, a second Sphere can be daisy-chained using the device’s 10/100 Ethernet port.





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Introducing the Canon EOS 5D MKIV

Intoducing the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the newest addition to the legendary EOS 5D family.

Flexibility without compromise, enabling you to pursue the perfect moment.

As successor to the EOS 5D Mark III the camera has been designed using first-hand feedback from the photographic community to create the most versatile EOS model yet.

Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the camera fuses speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality. The EOS 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, allowing photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.

To work hand-in-hand with the camera, Canon today also introduces two new high performance L-series lenses; the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM.


EOS 5D Mark IV Key Features:

30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with high exposure latitude delivers images that are packed with detail, even in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows.

Engineered to perform with the innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Dual Pixel RAW that lets photographers fine-tune image quality after it’s been captured

Low-light performance is improved throughout the ISO sensitivity range, right up to the max ISO 32,000 setting (expandable to ISO 102,400).

A Digital Lens Optimizer works together with Lens Aberration Correction to compensate for optical phenomena, including the camera’s optical low-pass filter, for incredible image quality.

Step up to cinematic 4K with DCI 4K up to 30p

Stay connected with Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS

Pre-Order Now

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EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM FSL

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Key Features:

Versatile collection of wide-angle focal lengths

Premium image quality

Fast constant f/2.8 aperture

Durable L-series construction

Advanced autofocus

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EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM FSL

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Key Features:

Versatile 24-105mm zoom range

Constant f/4 max aperture

L-series weather-proof construction

4-stop Image Stabilizer

Advanced optical construction

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Seascape and action photographer Steve Deer

Seascape and action photographer
Senior Advertising Creative, Steve Deer, treats his local neighbourhood on The Wirral in Northwest England as his photographic playground. Every weekend he wanders around with his camera, always finding something new to shoot, or different perspective to capture.[ux_image id=”52351″]

How did you get into photography?

About 20 years ago I started taking a camera with me when I went down to the coast – we only live 5 minutes from the sea, and I call it my playground. Due to my job I was quite well up on Photoshop even before digital cameras were widely used.

I started looking at early photo websites and got inspired into taking black and white shots, maybe I’ll get back into doing that one day.  Masao Yamamoto and Ragnar Axelsson are inspirations for me, their photographs tell a story.

Do you think your training as a graphic designer influences your photographic style?

I think it gives me spatial awareness and an eye for creative composition. These are important to me when taking a shot. I understand the “rules of photography” but I try not to be overly concerned about them. You run the risk of taking the same photo as everyone else.

I really like it when the super minimal approach comes together![ux_image id=”52352″]

Is that how you would describe your style?

Simple, clean, spatial. Striving for that ‘Zen –like’ quality. You’ll notice regardless of whether it is landscape or action, I always shoot from as near the ground as possible to get the right perspective.

And the coast gives you that?

Oh yes, I’m happy to return to the same scene over and over again, there will often be something different to see, and learning to see it is the key.

I look for graphic lines in the scene that interact with the overall space. I ask myself ‘is there anything going on that conveys some sort of narrative’.

You certainly go back to the mudyard regularly, what are you hoping to find?

For a desolate place, it’s also very busy. Lots of rotting marine stuff lying around… Maybe what I’m searching for is something really simple that conveys the decomposition and miserable mood of the whole scene. But, maybe not. I just know there is a great shot waiting to be taken there.[ux_image id=”52353″]

Some of your most striking photos are your action shots, what do you think are the challenges of capturing action?

The hardest is catching the right moment, or micro-moment, everything is happening so fast. But at the same time to make the subject stand out. You have to think about the aperture, shutter speed and the angle you shoot at to separate them from the scene.

Finally, you have to portray the excitement of the event. To be faithful to the emotion.

Having watched you shooting the windsurfers, there appears to be an understanding between them and you.

Several of them like to perform when they see the camera, I have learnt to recognise their sail colours and watch for them to start coming in close. Naturally I concentrate on the performers, they make it a lot more enjoyable for me.[ux_image id=”52354″]

What advice would you give to seascape and action photographers?

First, keep going out with your camera. That amazing shot is out there, not on the couch!

Try to plan what you are going to shoot. It’s best to have a plan, but don’t worry if you move off it as opportunities arise. I’m always looking for something that makes me laugh. So you have to be spontaneous as well.
And don’t be too precious about your equipment. You can always clean them off when you get home![ux_image id=”52357″ link=”” target=”_blank”]

So, what’s next?

I love my photography, but I’m not overly ambitious. I do it for pleasure.

But, thinking about it now I’m definitely going to return to black and white and try to capture even more simplistic scenes. Maybe something completely abstract. Search Steve Deer to find out more about his photography.[ux_image id=”52358″ link=”” target=”_blank”]