Okinawa Based Wildlife Cameraman
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...is an incredible setting for wildlife encounters. From the white sandy beaches, shallow fringing reefs and verdant rolling hills there exist many environments each with their own set of wildlife characters to be seen. Many shark species can be encountered in these waters such as Hammerhead, Tiger and Bull along with other more lethargic reef species. Nudibranchs and other macro critters along with schools of multicoloured fish can be encountered in many of the dive sites.
Rolling green hills dominate the Northern segment of the island and are home to what is locally known as the 'Yanbaru', a huge swathe of dense and tropical jungle that serve as home to a myriad of wildlife, many of them only found on Okinawa, truly endemic species. Sadly there are also a growing number of species whose existence is listed on the IUCN Red List of threatened and endangered species. This in part is down to human encroachment on this pristine region as well as the scourge of illegal wildlife collectors.
Documenting this location is a pleasure. Plans are afoot to create a short five to seven day course where I will take people with their own gear and an understanding of basic filming skills and introduce them to the world of wildlife filming. This will also focus on the fact that it's not always the camera that counts but the story. The below film was shot on an iPhone. Enjoy.