Arctic Expedition 2014: gear, gear, and more gear!

With just 11 days left until we begin our adventure to the arctic, I’m madly gathering together the last of the gear that I’ll need to take. I’m making lists because it’s impossible to remember everything. Brain overload.

With teaching environmental communication through photography and videography, most of my gear is for this. Cameras, lenses, batteries, tripods. We’ll be on an icebreaker of European origin. It has 220V power outlets so I also have to bring a step-down transformer since I’ve got a gazillion batteries to keep charged. I’ve also been warned to bring a good surge protector. Done.

Here’s a smattering of gear that I’ll be using for teaching the students how to shoot video. For good video shooting, you absolutely need to keep the camera either still or moving fluidly. There’s nothing worse than watching video where the camera has been swaying from side to side. Great way to get motion sick. 🙂

Two rigs for stabilization that I’m taking are a Glidecam DNA 1000 camera stabilizer. And a shoulder rig stabilizer. The Glidecam will allow us to shoot video while we’re walking or running, but without the bumping up and down to make us motion sick while we’re watching the video footage. The shoulder rig will help us keep the camera steady and is also great for panning.

If you’re shooting video, you also need to record good audio. The built-in mic on my Nikon D7100 is ok, but not great and you just don’t have as much easy control over recording volume as with an external recorder. So I’ve got a Tascam DR-05 for audio recording. And to plug into it, a Rode Videomic with a dead cat (that’s the name of the fuzzy cover that goes over the microphone to prevent that annoying sound when the wind sweeps across the mic. I know… I didn’t name it. That’s just what it’s called 🙂 ). I’ve also got a boom pole for the videomic and a lav mic (lapel microphone) for interviews.

Here’s a look at some of the video gear I’ll be taking…

Some of the video gear I'll be taking with me to the arctic. From left to right - Rode video microphone, Glidecam camera stabilizer, Varavon multi-finder viewfinder, shoulder video rig stabilizer.

Some of the video gear I’ll be taking with me to the arctic. From left to right – Rode video microphone, Glidecam camera stabilizer, Varavon multi-finder viewfinder, shoulder video rig stabilizer.

This is just a small bit of all of the gear I’ll be taking. That’s why I’ll have two big lockage plastic cases on wheels, as well as a duffle bag of clothes and my tripods, as well as my carry on camera gear. Here’s hoping my back holds out! :0

Our crowd funding campaign – update

Hi Folks,

Our crowd funding campaign to raise the funds to launch our Youth Environmental Ambassadors Program (YEAP) in the arctic this summer is progressing nicely, but we still have a long way to go. We’re hovering around the $2,000 mark, but we need to raise $25,000. We have 31 days left to reach our goal.

Your support is VERY important to us! We need it to get myself and my co-teacher, Angela, on the arctic expedition with Students On Ice, to run our first every YEAP. We really want to make a difference – inspire a generation of change. A generation that values the environment and sees people and the planet as just as important as profits. It is possible to live sustainably. But it will take the next generation to get us there. So please supporting our crowd funding campaign by clicking HERE.

It takes just three mouse clicks to donate:

1. Go to our campaign webpage.

2. Look at the donation levels and PERKS on the right hand side of the page and choose the one that you are most comfortable with. Remember, every donation gets a thank you gift – ranging from an e-postcard to a limited edition signed fine art print. Once you’ve found the donation level you like, click on it and it will take you to a secure payment page where you can choose to pay by credit card or Paypal.

3. Once you’ve entered in your details, just click to confirm your payment and you’re done! And, you’re just supported an entire generation with your donation.

Remember that your donation isn’t just for this expedition. By supporting this inaugural run of the YEAP in the arctic this summer, we’ll have the experiences, stories, and photos we need to then to funding pitches to the corporate world. Our goal is to obtain a significant amount of corporate funding to further develop the YEAP. We would like our second YEAP to be on an expedition to Antarctica! And after that, the world is our oyster. We’ll be taking high school kids all over the world, to see the earth’s natural environments – see their beauty, their value, record those things in their photos and videos, and then create stunning visual presentations of their experiences to share with the world. This is where students become Environmental Ambassadors – using their own photos and video to share with the world, their messages of why and how we need to make the changes necessary to live sustainably. It is possible! We just need your support to get things rolling.


Thank you for your support,

Shelley & Angela