I scanned my Facebook feed as you do occasionally, and then ! I saw a post by Drew Geraci here in New Zealand who was filming out in Fiordland. Who is he you might ask.
Drew is based in Washington DC and a time-lapse photographer renown for creating the opening time-lapse sequences in the popular American TV series House of Cards. He’s a brand ambassador for time-lapse and camera gear namely Kessler Crane, Manfrotto and Sony. He’s also the Lord Commander for his company, District 7 Media. He has a string of Vimeo Staff Picks and a collective 8000 Facebook and Vimeo followers.
I messaged Drew and asked if he’d meet up in Queenstown with his number 1 Kiwi fan. He was more than happy to give his time. Woohoo ! We teamed up at Starbucks and talked about time lapse, Trump, and the beauty of New Zealand. I was encouraged when Drew took the time to view my website and Vimeo channel and complimented me on my work. He threw in a few tips too, one being a new axis for filming with a perspective push. This entails using Manfrotto’s Magic Arm – something I have yet to explore and invest in.
Drew is coming to New Zealand again soon and there’s a promise we’ll do a shoot together here in Central Otago.
Here’s a picture of the two of us in Queenstown Mall and another of Drew’s experience at trying a time-lapse in Fiordland when a bus load of tourists came into frame. Don’t you just love his facial expression !
This month, I sold the above image which will feature in a Colliers International marketing brochure for the sale of a prominent Wellington building in the central business district. This image is from one of my time-lapse sequences and regarded by me as a hero shot from my collection. For that reason alone, I needed to be sure it sold for an appropriate price with strict conditions for use. I say that because the agreement was about to be unwittingly breached. I’m glad I got that resolved before I released the link to the high res file !