I Got to Join the Teradek Live! NAB 2016 Show

This week while at NAB in Las Vegas I was honored to join the "Lite It Up" panel as a guest speaker alongside some great directors of photography. You can check out the entire session at this link.

It was a little daunting being up on stage in a giant glass studio in the middle of the show floor, but I really enjoyed speaking with the host Megan Donnelly, a trainer with AbelCine out of Chicago, and had fun getting to know the rest of the panel after the show. I was there to talk about the new Stella lights I've been using on production. If you haven't seen my article on three point lighting over on Pond5, please check it out!

Illegal Fishing Footage Goes Viral on AJ+

The news outlet AJ+ recently repackaged a great deal of footage my team and I shot on location in the South China Sea, including a lot of my drone footage. The video is being shared widely on facebook, currently soaring past four million views. Check it out!

Sea Shepherd Hunts Down Illegal Fishing Boats

A fleet of six ships has been illegally fishing using driftnets in the Indian Ocean. Sea Shepherd is chasing after them because no one else is.

Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Airnest: Why Drones have an Important Role to Play in Marine Conservation

We know all about the possible applications of drone technology. But from incredible aerial photography to FPV Racing, many of these uses are recreational in nature. While that's no bad thing, it's always good to see stories of drones being applied to make a positive difference in an industry or situation; some of the bigger questions facing humanity could sure do with a little help. One such area is climate change or, more specifically in this case, ocean conservation...

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Discovery: Drone Spies Majestic Blue Whales in Antarctica

While patrolling the high seas for poachers, conservationists came across an unexpected treasure: two blue whales frolicking in the Southern Ocean.As soon as crew members aboard Sea Shepherd Australia's M/Y Steve Irwin realized what they had stumbled upon, they dispatched a drone-mounted camera to the get a bird's eye view of the gentle giants -- and the footage that it returned is absolutely stunning.

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GeekWire: Dramatic drone video from Sea Shepherd shows blue whale mother, calf in open ocean

“Filming this endangered blue whale and her calf with a drone was unbelievable,” said Gavin Garrison, the drone pilot and a Steve Irwin crewmember. “Spotting a blue whale from the deck of the Steve Irwin is a thrill, but being able to film the biggest animals on the planet from the air is truly awe-inspiring.”

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HuffPo: Drone Captures Rare Glimpse Of Blue Whale Mother And Her Calf

Anti-whaling activists have shared remarkable drone footage showing a blue whale mother swimming alongside her calf. The MV Steve Irwin was searching for poachers in late January as part of "Operation Icefish 2015-16" when the ship happened upon the massive animals.

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Epoch Times: 2 Blue Whales Captured on Video by Drone Near Antartica

A video has surfaced showing two blue whales—a mother and calf—swimming in the Southern Ocean by Antarctica. The footage was captured by a drone operated by animal conservation group Sea Shepherd, according to the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.

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Chron: Rare aerial drone shows Blue whale mother, calf near ship named for 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin

The whale pair were spotted in late January from the group's flagship, the Steve Irwin, which is engaged in a search for illegal whaling activity in the waters of Antartica, known as Operation Icefish 2015-16.

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SB News Press: Santa Barbara resident heads to ocean off Antarctica to film series

SB News Press: Santa Barbara resident heads to ocean off Antarctica to film series

Gavin Garrison remembers the sea being so rough that a ship crew member was able to stand on the wall of the mess. The Steve Irwin, a 174­foot­long Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel named after the late Animal Planet host known as the "Crocodile Hunter," tilted that much in the freezing, choppy waters off Antarctica.

Conservation 2.0 - Filmmaker Gavin Garrison brings 4K quality to environmental efforts

The images I produce portray the plight of the prey and the protection of the saved,” award-winning director and producer Gavin Garrison explains. “Great victories and great tragedies unfold all over the world daily. My art is seeking out and capturing these hidden and distant dra- mas and revealing them to the world.” Garrison’s work focuses on environmental conservation, and, he points out, a single outstanding online image or video can increase awareness at the speed of light. Collective awareness can inspire changes in perception, values and practice where they are needed most. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Garrison was born in Texas in 1987 and grew up among environmental activists.  

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VC Star: Whale Wars' producer sacrifices for work he believes in

As Gavin Garrison lies half asleep shivering and hungry inside a 4-by-7-foot boat cabin waiting to shoot the next segment of “Whale Wars” in the waters of the Antarctic Ocean, the life of a documentary producer doesn’t seem glamorous.

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