Wildlife Cameraman splendid locations

Wildlife Cameraman splendid locations

Wildlife Cameraman Graham Horder and Sound Recordist Dafydd Baines having a breakdown

Wildlife cameraman splendid locations: yes I have been to wondrous parts of the world. Being a wildlife cameraman is not always about working in the most fantastic places though. At the moment I’m working on a series about urban wildlife. Wales is civilised, relatively, so the locations are not squalid slums or disease infested ghettos. Don’t get me started on that subject. How can this happen in a modern world?

The picture shows me and sound man Dafydd Baines, as he put it, having a breakdown.  It’s a difficult series!  The picture doesn’t show the whole story. This breakdown truck was abandoned at the back of a car wreckage yard. We used it as a filming platform. Actually, we didn’t film anything because it was that kind of day. While we stood getting progressively damper a heron perched in a tree nearby preening. As herons go I’d say it was lackadaisical.

Bethesda conjours up images of stern chapel folk, and as we stood on this truck we did feel as if we were being punished for ours sins. You may wonder what we were trying to film. I’m not sure it actually matters, but don’t laugh when I say brown rats. Brown rats are very easy to film in certain beautiful Asian temples of the world. In most other places they are exterminated as soon as the council knows you want to film them. You can’t blame them really, or can you?

Despite us baiting a suitable area with the  most delicious food, probably even better than what we had for lunch, we didn’t see a single rat. After the fact we learned that a Jack Russel terrier had taken to patrolling the filming area, something that wasn’t conducive to success.

So if you think ‘Wildlife Cameraman splendid locations’ are four words that belong together, think again. As the song goes, it ain’t necessarily so.