This week Tim will be presenting his Birds of Paradise talk at @america. This cutting edge cultural center is in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 7 – 9 pm, Tim will be at Pacific Place and it is open to all. If you are in the area, check it out!
If you didn’t happen to be at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph last month and would like to watch Tim Laman’s multimedia presentation on his Birds of Paradise Project, you can do so here on LIVESTREAM…
Our Bird-of-Paradise Project Intro video hit another milestone on YouTube today, passing 3,000,000 views! This video featuring the work of Ed Scholes and myself to document all the Birds-of-Paradise was put together by our talented colleagues at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology multimedia department. Thanks for the great work guys in making this so appealing to so many people!
It was a real thrill to see my Birds-of-Paradise images showcased on huge banners in the TREES exhibit at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph this past week.
Forty of my images were printed double sided on twenty large banners that now hang all along the beautiful outdoor pedestrian mall of historic downtown Charlottesville. The exhibit will be up until mid-July, so check it out if you are in the neighborhood.
I could not be more pleased with how well the printing was done and the exhibit hung. Thanks to the organizers of this fabulous event!
My work on the Birds of Paradise is featured today in an interview and gallery on the New York Times Lens Blog.
This is one of the leading photojournalism blogs in the world, so it is an honor to be featured. Check it out.
This is one of my favorite Bird-of-Paradise video sequences because the behavior and wing sounds are so amazing, and we captured it from two angles. The Magnificent Riflebird usually performs his display on a large horizontal vine. In 2009, Ed Scholes and I, with help from our local guide Zeth Wonggor, located the display vine you see here deep in the forest of the Bird’s Head Peninsula region of West Papua, Indonesia. The male was visiting the vine fairly often, and calling a lot from this area. But he only performed his full display when a female came to watch him, which was very rarely. We had two blinds at this site, in order to film from two different angles, and we spent a ridiculous number of hours – Ed estimated he spents 80 hours, and I also spent a lot but was alternating between this blind and others for King and Lesser Birds-of-Paradise in the same area so my total was a bit less. That is a lot of time to sit in a dark hut being attacked by mosquitos, but to us, it was worth it because we succeeded in capturing this amazing display. And being able to see it from two angles just makes it so much richer.
One of the really fascinating aspects of this display is the sound the bird makes with its wings. This loud swishing sound made every time he shakes his wings we presume is made by the feathers somehow rubbing together, but the exact mechanism of how the this works is one of the biological mysteries of birds-of-paradise that remains to be solved.
Filmed entirely with Canon 5D Mark II cameras and Canon lenses 600 mm f4 and 200 mm f2.0. The audio which highlights the birds amazing wing sounds was recorded with a shotgun mike placed outside the blind below the display vine.