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Field Workshop Notes, Part 1: Video Diary

Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: field recording, nature recording, news, video/motion

I’m just back from the 26th Annual Nature Sounds Society Field Workshop. I thought that I’d share some video diary entries that I shot with my new iPhone 4. As far as I know, this is the first time that video of this workshop has ever been seen online.

I’ll be sharing more of the learnings, experiences, and recordings in the coming weeks. For now, I hope you enjoy this set of dispatches from the field.

[You can read about the gear I took with me in a previous post.]

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8 Comments on “Field Workshop Notes, Part 1: Video Diary”

  1. 1 Matt said at 5:57 pm on July 1st, 2010:

    Wicked. I can’t wait to see your notes from the workshop.

  2. 2 Miguel said at 6:23 pm on July 1st, 2010:

    Fascinating. What a great and funny video, dude!

    Can’t wait to see the next of the stuff you got on this workshop!

  3. 3 Dan Dugan said at 9:12 pm on July 1st, 2010:

    Awesome!

  4. 4 Chuck Russom said at 10:32 pm on July 2nd, 2010:

    Very cool Nathan! I’m glad you decided to go, I’ve always wanted to see inside one of those workshops. That iphone makes for a decent field video camera. Looking forward to the sounds.

  5. 5 john grzinich said at 8:20 am on July 13th, 2010:

    man, the mosquitoes LOVE my furry windscreens. Did anybody at the workshop have any good advice about how to thwart them away? I’m a little reluctant to spray repellant on my fur covers.

  6. 6 Nathan said at 8:31 am on July 13th, 2010:

    John, that’s a great question. I noticed that the Mosquitos loved by fur windscreen, and stopped bothering it when I removed it. I was shocked to find they were so visually attracted to something, as opposed to scent. Anyway, we didn’t discuss this challenge that much. Permethrin is the only thing I’d spray on a furry windscreen, maybe inside rather than out, but it’d probably keep them from landing, not from swarming. Maybe worth some field testing! (anyone else with ideas, chime in!)

  7. 7 Colin Hart said at 5:17 pm on July 24th, 2010:

    Awesome stuff! Just got myself the iPhone 4 as well. Excited to get to use it as a field cam!

    As for the mosquitos, perhaps bring some citronella incense sticks with you? Would make for some interesting logistics in mounting them on your person / gear if you are mobile, but it might work.

  8. 8 Nathan said at 8:18 pm on July 24th, 2010:

    Hiya, Colin! Citronella in the Sierra presents three problems: One, transporting it so it doesn’t break. Two, I’ve not seen it work on Sierra skeeters. Three, it’s summer, so fire danger is extremely high, so matches and the pine duff don’t match well. :-( It sucks that the worst stuff for you works the best…


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