The story we shot was based in Jasper NP , in beautiful Alberta, Canada. Our mission was to shoot the big horn sheep rut.
The weather was unusually cold but with the help of producer Hayes Baxley and local guide Wes Bradford we finally triumphed and returned home with a great story. Jasper has to be one of the best wildlife destinations I have ever visited. The landscape is incredible and while there we saw wolves make a kill, deer, moose, grizzly and golden eagles… But the stars of the show were definitely the big horn sheep. The knock down fights went on for hours, although we would then wait hours in -30 degee temperatures for the next bout.
The high speed sequences were shot with a Phantom camera from Vision Research recording to a Nanoflash from Convergent Design. The cold presented a huge challenge to us and the gear. Cables became so brittle that they would snap if not handled with extreme care. Luckily after two weeks of waiting, the weather became ideal and we got the sequence just in time to return home for the Thanksgiving holidays
Here is a clip from the show which can be seen on National Geographic... check their site for times. We will be on board the NG Explorer the night of the Emmy Awards Ceremony, sailing off the coast of Brazil on the Epic South America expedition, but fingers crossed for the big night.
Author- David Wright