Motion-detector camera at 1,200 feet On December 12th, 2020, Steve Merli and I placed a game-cam in mountain goat winter…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 12-minute slideshow
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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Avalanches in Goatlandia Yesterday (20210304), avalanches were triggered above the Thane Road runout on Snowslide Creek. Several folks posted impressive…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 80-second slideshow
Cliff-base foraging February 7th When fresh, chest-high snow lies deep on Nettleslide, Jánwu mostly forages under conifer forest, unobservable. But…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 1-minute video
Yardbirds Over the 44 years I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska, behavior of two once-wary species has changed remarkably—probably due to…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 60 second video
More the merrier Our coastal goats—since October anyway—have been hanging out in pretty small, compatible groups, dispersed all over Goatlandia…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 4 minute slideshow
Goat-watch at Áak’w Kwáan Sít’i (Áak’w people’s glacier) 20201203: Every other Friday, Discovery staff get together for a ‘distanced’ outing.…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 2 page journal
More general description of the mountain goat can be found on the category page: nature>critters>mammals>hooved>mountain-goat Few people have observed the…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 30-second video
New angles on Tʼóokʼ dleit ḵaadí, nettle snowslide (Behrends Slide) Late September, 2020 It’s probably time we stopped calling this…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 90 second slideshow
Hydrology in the point cloud. Maybe it’s all those years stippling scenes and species portraits, point by point with double-ought…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 2-minute slideshow
Rebound, succession, fish&wildlife, and aviation on Juneau’s Mendenhall Wetlands In 2011, Jeff Sauer at Juneau Audubon asked for a presentation…2011 | Richard Carstensen | 36-minute slideshow
Kaalahéenak’u, inside a person’s mouth (Peterson Creek) For Clan Conference in autumn, 2015, I prepared a 7-minute animation exploring the…2015 | Richard Carstensen | 7-minute slideshow
Deer cemeteries on Sayéik, spirit helper (Douglas Island) Back in mid-May, I reported on a motion-camera study Steve Merli and…July, 2020 | Richard Carstensen | 9 minute slideshow
Burn succession, Asx‘ée, twisted tree On May 9th, 2020, some camper-kids with lighters ignited a pretty dramatic grassfire at Crow…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 14-page journal, 6-minute slideshow
Stream work documentation on Tàan, sea lion (Prince of Wales Island) The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, and dozens of…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 19 minute slideshow
How a deer dissolves Steve Merli and I have slightly refocused our motion-cam deer study from behavior of live deer…2020, May | Richard Carstensen | 6 minute slideshow
Lentfer audio-visual dark-eyes My friend Hank (Henry) Lentfer is using a combination of high-quality sound recording and high-res remote-control telephotography…2020 | Hank Lentfer | 4 minutes
Repeat photography for study of seasonal change Until 1988 I abstained from cameras, content with pencil sketching and pen-&-ink illustration.…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 3.5 minute video & 63-page pdf
Northbound swans, Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (M-word Valley) April 4th, 2020. For the past week or more, birders…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 3-minute video
A fireside presentation My talk at the Visitor Center in February, 2020 explored the past 20,000 years of glaciation and…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 27 minutes
Going back clearwater (Montana Creek) In late May, 2019, Discovery naturalist Steve Merli and I explored the middle reaches of…2019 | Richard Carstensen | 5-minute slideshow