Birds of Paradise on BBC Planet Earth 2

Tim shot for the BBC’s Planet Earth 2: Jungles episode which premiered in the UK last night.  It included two species Tim is very familiar with, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and the Red Bird of Paradise.

Red Bird-of-Paradise Waigeo Island, West Papua Indonesia.

 

Not only did they capture the beautiful behavior they also discovered something new.  For the first time they recorded the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise from the top down which is the point of view of the female.  They were able to see the beautiful display the male preforms in the way it was intended.  To view behind-the-scenes footage of their discovery, visit the BBC Planet Earth II website.

Stay tuned for the premier of the Jungles episode in the US at the end of January.

RED Digital Cinema Interview

Tim was on assignment for the BBC filming birds of paradise for Planet Earth II and he shot mostly with the RED Epic.  RED Digital Cinema interviewed Tim about the RED Epic video camera which you can read via the link below.  The camera has such a large sensor he was able to get some amazing stills pulled from the video.  Read the interview to see how this amazing camera helped in filming the Red Bird of Paradise.

Tim Laman Talks Stills and Motion Capture with RED.

Wild Planet Interview

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While in London, Tim was interviewed by Wild Planet about winning the portfolio award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  The article features 14 questions and all 6 winning images.

2014 – It’s Been Quite a Year!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, Explorer’s Club membership, and a Canon exhibit and ad campaign make for a banner year.

Fieldwork is what I am all about…. Field research and exploration, and spending many months in the wild corners of the planet seeking those elusive, story-telling images of rare species and wild landscapes. This year was no exception, with a lot of field time on my “Documenting Orangutan Diversity” project in Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as shooting in some other locations such as the Maldives, the Sierra Nevada range, and China.

But as the year wraps up, I also realize that it has been a very special year for me. It’s very rewarding when all the hard work in the field yields not only published photos and articles, but also other types of exposure and recognition. These were some of the special highlights of 2014:

Canon’s 100 Million lenses campaign: As Canon reached the major landmark of producing their 100 Millionth lens, they created a print ad campaign in Japan that featured my Greater Bird-of-Paradise image and a shot of me with my camera up in the canopy in the New Guinea rain forest. I have been an enthusiastic user of Canon equipment for over three decades, so it was a great feeling to be selected to represent all the Canon photographers out there and the Canon brand for this ad.

 

This ad ran in Japanese newspapers as a double spread, featuring Tim Laman and his Greater Bird-of-Paradise image.

This ad ran in Japanese newspapers as a double spread, featuring Tim Laman and his Greater Bird-of-Paradise image.

 

The Explorer’s Club: As I combine video shooting on Canon DSLR’s more and more with my still photography, it was a milestone for me to receive my first filmmaking award at a film festival in January. We won the “Best Exploration Film” at the New York Wild Film Festival. The Festival was held at the famous Explorer’s Club in New York, and led to opportunities to meet many members and see the club. Subsequently, I was nominated and accepted for membership in the Explorer’s Club, which I am very excited about. I look forward to opportunities to meet more of the renowned explorer’s who are involved with this club, and to continue to make expeditions in the spirit of exploration the club represents.

 

Explorer's Club Flag

 

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award: I’ve been entering photos in this granddaddy of all wildlife photography competitions for nearly twenty years. It is without a doubt the premier competition of its kind in the world. While at least ten of my images have received honors over the years, I had never one a major category or award. So it was a real career high point when my portfolio of six Birds-of-Paradise images won the new Portfolio Award category.

 

Tim poses with his six winning images in the Portfolio category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on display in the Natural History Museum, London.

Tim poses with his six winning images in the Portfolio category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on display in the Natural History Museum, London.

 

Canon Gallery Exhibit: In January, my year started out with a real milestone. Something I had dreamed about since I was a kid visiting Canon photo galleries in Tokyo. I had my own exhibit of my Birds-of-Paradise work shown in the Canon S Gallery at Canon Marketing Japan headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo. It was a thrill to see this childhood fantasy come true, and to spend time in Tokyo, giving a lecture to accompany the exhibit.

 

Poster for Tim Laman's Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

Poster for Tim Laman’s Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

 

 

Meeting Sir David Attenborough: It’s pretty exciting when you get to meet a long-time hero and inspirational figure like Sir David. It was a real pleasure and an honor for Ed Scholes and me to meet Sir David in Bristol, UK this past April to work on a film project together. With our common interest in Birds-of-Paradise, we hit it off immediately. The film will be out in early 2015, so stay tuned!

 

Edwin Scholes, Sir David Attenborough and Tim Laman outside the BBC studios in Bristol.  It was an honor and a pleasure to meet Sir David a fellow fan of Birds-of-Paradise, and collaborate with him on a film coming out in Jan 2015.

Edwin Scholes, Sir David Attenborough and Tim Laman outside the BBC studios in Bristol. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet Sir David a fellow fan of Birds-of-Paradise, and collaborate with him on a film coming out in Jan 2015.

 

2014 is going to be hard to beat, but here’s to 2015!

 

Tim Interviewed on Talk Radio

WHYY Interview

When Tim and Edwin Scholes were in Philadelphia for the opening of their Birds of Paradise exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University they did a radio interview.  You can listen to the podcast of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane as they discuss the behavior of the birds of paradise and how they captured all 39 species.  As part of the interview they broadcast some of the birds of paradise mating calls and explain how they do it.

 

 

Highly Honored Winner in Nature’s Best Competition

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).

Tim has  been highly honored in the Birds Category of Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2013.  His picture of the displaying lesser bird-of-paradise captured the attention of the judges.  This picture was taken in the Vogelkop Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia.  The winning images will be on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. this fall.

Birds of Paradise Move to Philly

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise.

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise.

Tim’s exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, is now open at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  The exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is open from May 3 to September 1, 2014.  Check out The Academy’s website to plan your visit.

 

 

“Best Exploration Film” winner at the New York Wild Film Festival

Our short Bird of Paradise film called “Paradise Found”, shot by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes and Eric Liner, and produced/edited by Tom Swartwout won the category “Best Exploration Film”.  It was a real honor and thrill to attend the festival this past weekend in New York City at the famed Explorer’s Club.

New York Wild Film Festival logo

New York Wild Film Festival logo

Here is the TRAILER for the festival, which gives you a great overview of the films we saw last Saturday.  You’ll see glimpse of Tim rappelling and birds of paradise performing in the reel.

Go to the festival WEBSITE to see the trailers for the individual films and learn more about the winning films.

Canon Gallery S Exhibit in Tokyo

Poster for Tim Laman's Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

Poster for Tim Laman’s Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

Ever since I was a teenager growing up in Japan and visited the Canon photo galleries in Tokyo, I had a dream to one day have my own work featured there.  Now I am happy to say that a selection of my best Bird-of-Paradise photographs are on exhibit at the Canon Gallery S in Canon S Tower in Shinagawa, Tokyo.  It is a short walk from Shinagawa station, so if you are in Tokyo, please check it out.  It includes a video I shot in 4K using Canon’s amazing EOS-1D C camera recently in Australia, displayed on a huge 84 inch monitor, and also samples of stills taken from 4K video frames.

 

 

Birds Of Paradise Book In Japanese

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Birds Of Paradise: Revealing The World’s Most Extraordinary Birds has been translated into Japanese and is available for purchase.  One great addition to the book is that in the Japanese edition, it contains QR codes that take you directly to videos of the birds.  You can find it in bookstores in Japan, or order it from the Nat Geo Japan website.  If you are in the US or elsewhere and are interested in purchasing a copy please contact us by email at office@timlaman.com.