I’m a late-adopter of most technologies. Nearly 40 years old before my first camera; last among my friends to give in to email and cell phone. No different in the world of moving pictures. In education, I remember Clay Good’s dictum to his phone-wired highschoolers: stills, but no movies. In his experience, video viewing and making sucked kids into a subjective vortex. When instead, they backed into the ‘old-fashioned’ technology of still photos, a more observant mindset emerged.

That was at least a decade ago. Today (2018), the triumph of selfies has warped our teens’ relationship to stills. In the seesaw-&-wratchet of technology, anything we do too much of is dulling. The trick is to stay fresh—to keep searching for each tool’s noblest use—and to desist from pounding screws with hammers.

I was lured into video by drones—one technology I jumped into rather early. I just knew that watching forests and streams pass below from Raven-strafing level would be mesmerizing. Hard to imagine one could tire of that.

And then there’s motioncams. What a revelation—to learn what critters do when we’re not there!  For me, video is currently a spice. Not the main course, but a tasty complement to more and more of my documentary efforts. Some of the older vimeo-posts linked below are composed strictly of still images, assembled into narrated slideshows, but using pan and zoom for some of the features we associate with “moving pictures.”

Oh yeah, and speaking of the rapidity of technological change, it’s already pretty amusing—that ‘poster’ for my 2015 video below called New technologies for old naturalists. The drone in that photo already looks about as “new” as a Model-T Ford.

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Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: the natural history of resilience

Presentation for Evening at Egan On November 9th, 2018, I gave the second in a series of 4 lectures for…

Nov, 2018 | Richard Carstensen | 36 minutes

Flight at Asx’ée, twisted tree (Eagle River)

In late October, the meandery delta channels at Asx‘ée, twisted tree (Eagle River) are pretty ‘used-up.’ Salmon season is mostly…

2015 | Richard Carstensen | 1 minute

Bear-Lawson flight

Quadcopter views behind Anax Yei Andagan Yé, where the sun’ rays hit first (Douglas, harbor area)  Launched from divide between…

January, 2016 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minutes

Windy moonrise

Experiments filming moonrise on a cold, windy February day in Juneau, Alaska. Includes segment with great blue heron, trying to…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

Skiing at Spaulding Meadows

Skiing at Spaulding Meadows, above Auke Bay. spaulding from Discovery Southeast JuneauNature on Vimeo.

2017 | Richard Carstensen |

Bog visit on Sayeik (Douglas Island)

Tracking from skis on fresh snow in deer-&-hare country, Sayéik, spirit helper (Douglas Island). douglasbogs from Discovery Southeast JuneauNature on…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 96 seconds

Behrends avalanche

Three days after an avalanche came down Behrends Slide, near Juneau, Alaska, I went up for some raven’s-eye perspectives. The…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2.5 minutes

Natural history of Kupreanof

Introduction to the natural and cultural history of Aansadaak’w, the town before (Kupreanof), hosted on the City’s vimeo site along…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 20 minutes

White-fronted geese

Coming home from Hoonah in late April, 2015, Cathy and I swung out to the Industrial Boulevard wetland access to…

2015 | Richard Carstensen & Catherine Pohl | 10 seconds

Amalga flight

Low-elevation views of the Amalga Salt Chuck and the Eagle Valley Center, under renovation in spring, 2017. amalgaflight from Discovery…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minutes

Spring migrants on the Refuge

Yellowlegs, peeps, and northbound songbirds on the Refuge dike trail.  

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 90 seconds

Discovery’s education and research at The Glacier

Discovery Southeast celebrates 4 decades of research and education at Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (Mendenhall Valley) glacierdiscovery from…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 27 minutes

Raven’s-eye views of postglacial succession

Aerial views of post-glacial succession. Combines UAV perspectives with high-res orthophotography plus forest profile views in the LiDAR point cloud.…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 20 minutes

Kids & porpoises

Sealaska Heritage is wrapping up a 10-day culture camp for middle school students. I came along to share information about…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 1 minute

Steep Creek Critters

Filmed all these clips in less than 2 hours at Mendenhall Visitor Center today. Never would have guessed what a…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minutes

Cowee flight

100 seconds of aerial video over Ch’eet’ Taayí, murrelet fat (Cowee Creek), on the north end of the CBJ. End…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

Wild food

Wildlife photography on northern Tàan, sea lion (Prince of Wales Island). I was hosted by Don and Andrea Hernandez at …

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

Eagle beach aerials

Out to the scout campside of Eagle River today, Sept 10, 2017. This is where I became a naturalist in…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

Eaglecrest aerials

In September, as deer cabbage turned gold, I flew some of the new trails on ridges above the lifts. eaglecrestaerials…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

September in Granite Basin

Vignettes from an evening visit to Granite Basin, just a couple hours above downtown Juneau. Thoughts on the connections between…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2.5 minutes