SmallHD, walrus and the roar of a T-Rex….

November 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

Just back from shooting a story on walrus. Our first location was St Lawrence Island in the Bering Straits, Alaska. Its only 35miles from the Siberian coast, so you truly can see Russia from there. An amazing location and enjoyed the hospitality of the folks in the two native villages of Gambell and Savoonga.

We were accompanying biologist Holley Muraco who is the guardian of three walrus that now live in a wildlife park in CA, but originally came from Gambell as orphans. Holley was on a mission to better understand wild walrus to help take care of the three she cares for.

The team at SmallHD sent me a DP6 monitor to test while working in the harsh conditions of St Lawrence. With temperatures around 25 F and 40 mph winds, it was far from ideal shooting weather, but the DP6 never missed a beat. I was also using their own battery pack, which gave great service. I normally travel with an 8″ HD Panasonic monitor, but with the smaller form factor & superior picture quality, the SmallHD was a vast improvement. I would defintely recommend the SmallHD line to anyone from the keen amateur to professional. They have a wide range of projects that cover shooting with your DSLR or a full blown feature film camera, all at very competitive pricing.

After Alaska we spent two days shooting with the captive walrus down in CA. It turns out they are quite the film stars. They appeared in the movie ’50 First Dates’ with their co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, but most impressive…. provided the roaring sound of the T-Rex in ‘Jurassic Park’.

The walrus were fascinated by the camera and the image on the monitor…. it seems even they were impressed by the DP6.

The even better news is that SmallHD have just brought out two improved versions, the AC7 & the DP7 Pro, hard to believe, but with an even greater contrast range and better color reproduction, I look forward to trying the new models.

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Contributor- David Wright

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