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During the summer of 2013 we sailed from Trinidad to Buenos Aires on board the National Geographic Explorer. Named the “Epic South America” voyage, we explored seven different countries and traveled more than 6500 miles. Along the way we taught a digital story telling workshop….

Lindblad just posted a short video about the program. Stay tuned for 2014 date and locations

News about the upcoming workshops on the National Geographic Explorer

We had the pleasure of working on National Geographic’s recent landmark series “Untamed Americas“. We are excited to announce that it was just nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography”.

The story we shot was based in Jasper NP , in beautiful Alberta, Canada. Our mission was to shoot the big horn sheep rut.

the team

The team- David Wright, Hayes Baxley & Wes Bradford

Jasper NP

Jasper NP

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.

BH cu

Big Horn Ram


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


Hayes Baxley & David Wright

DW shooting

David in Jasper NP













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

Finding the right camera bag seems to be an ongoing struggle. It constantly reminds me the Goldielocks and the three bears…. I am always trying to find just the right on.

The parameters are protecting the camera gear, having a bag that is  light, but strong and also comfortable. To my wife’s dismay, I think I have every shape and size on the shelves of my office. Then I discovered Gura Gear. They produce a line of camera packs that are to be the ideal combination of quality, strength and are still light weight. Perfect for a trek in the mountains or a day photographing in the city. With weight restrictions also being a concern at airport check-ins, this bag is also a great solution for plane travel.

I have been testing out their Bataflae model (see above), which even my very discerning wife doesn’t mind wearing when we are out for a hike. The pack is well designed and very versatile in terms of fitting the straps to ensure a comfortable fit what ever size you are.

The other challenge we face in traveling is packing gear in shipping cases so that airport security guards don’t damage items when they place things back where they may not have started out. Gura Gear have the solution for that too. They have a great line of pouches they have branded the Et Cetera line. As there website suggests “a great way to handle your extra stuff and organize the chaos”. The pouches each contain items like my radio microphone kit or video monitor. Not only can I quickly find locate each of those kits, but they are safe inside the larger shipping case, even with the roughest treatment the baggage handlers can throw at it. With transparent lids so you can see the contents,  strong enough sides to afford extra protection and a place to label the gear, more pouches the Et Cetera line will be on my Christmas list.

We have two exciting trips coming up with National Geographic / Lindblad, Epic South America & South Georgia/Antarctica.While on board we will be teaching two film-making workshops, please let the reservations folks at Lindblad know if you would like to attend, as spaces are limited. As fun as these trips will be, they will demanding in terms of protecting gear in the rigors of climates that range from the tropical heat of the Amazon, to the frigid temperatures of king penguin colony. The Gura Gear pack and their Et Cetera pouches will be traveling with me to meet the challenge. If you are getting ready to join us on these adventures or heading off on your own, Gura Gear is a great option to carry you gear. Excellent build quality, design and so light that it will really help you stay within airport weight limits for carry-on bags.

Come join us on one of upcoming adventures on Lindblad’s National Geographic Explorer


or speak with an Expedition Specialist   1.800.397.3348

We will be traveling on the Epic South America trip (September) and then to the Antarctic (November)

Be sure to sign up for our video workshop when you book the trip as places are limited

Epic South America

February 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Places are getting booked up on our Epic South America trip. It should be an incredible adventure and offers every kind of opportunity to shoot your own expedition video. To get a jump start on all the gear you will need and techniques to help to capture the trip, take a look at our online tutorials

Celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic: Epic South America

38 Days

Explore the cultures, wild places, and grand cities of eight distinctive countries, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites, and three legendary rivers—the Amazon, Orinoco, and Essequibo. Travel with a top expedition team, National Geographic and guest experts, and now, featuring complimentary round-trip air from Miami

Epic South America

December 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

The brochure is out for the “Epic South America” trip we will be making on board the National Geographic Explorer in September 2013. We will be teaching a series of expedition video workshops in an amazing selection of locations from Trinidad, all the way to Buenos Aires. Places sell fast, so check out the details at the Nat Geo/Lindblad website


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