We had a new experience recently. Being the subject rather than just photographers was interesting and a great learning activity. Chris Gourley, a producer/director/videographer from Iowa Public Television spent a day with us watching us work while interviewing us with great skill. He also had us provide a selection of images to use in the short feature he was preparing for the IPTV program “Iowa Outdoors.”
The first showing of program #302 of “Iowa Outdoors” will be Friday night April 19 at 8:30 CDT. There will be repeats over the next week. The station usually puts segments from the program online within a week of the first showing.
This image of Mr. Gourley was made with our small “pocket” camera as we sat on the old stile at the Hanging Bog Preserve, a TNC property in Linn County, Iowa, while talking about our years of photographing together. Spring had not really arrived but there were Skunk Cabbages. A few were outside the sensitive seep area so they were a good subject. We also found some pretty lichens. That furry microphone cover and large lens appeared over our shoulders and above our lenses as we worked while trying to pretend he and they were not there.
From Hanging Bog we made a stop at home to see our digital darkroom. Then we to the Indian Creek Nature Center where the collection of glacial erratic boulders provided some pretty abstracts. The image below is one of the attractive patterns found in a boulder that began life as an ancient sponge. Fossils and crystals made lovely subjects before the spring flowers appeared.
We are eager to see the program and hope viewers enjoy it as much as we did participating.