Filming a Documentary Under Extreme Conditions

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To say it was cold was an understatement. The early mornings, when the natural light was good for our photography, hovered around -20 F.  Thank goodness there was no wind and the sun was out to help warm us up.

Mornings were so cold that glasses were frosted and not usable

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Ardak’s horse had some frost also

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I dressed in 5 layers on top and 4 on the bottom. The boots I purchased in town worked great.

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I filmed the full moon one evening, and it was just as cold as the morning

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My breath at minus -20 F illuminated by my headlamp

While filming the moon my tripod froze to the lens base, and I had to bring it inside to thaw out so that I could take the lens off

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Driving out to our filming spot each morning was just magical with the clear skies, snow, and beautiful mountains. The morning views made the cold more bearable.

The setting moon

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The sunrise
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It took lots of equipment and peeps to get just some of the footage we need for the movie. We are going back in June, when Ardak might release his current eagle forever, and obtain a new one. Will show those pictures when we return.

Setup prior to filming

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How we obtained some of our video and photos

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Filming

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We used a GoPro for some of our video. Its light weight and small size allowed us to mount it where needed.

Sometimes we mounted it on Ardak’s horse

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It took a little ingenuity and trial and error to get the GoPro to work when mounted on the eagle.

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Click on the picture below to see the result of our efforts

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