One of the things we at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division most look forward to is witnessing the vast range of outstanding work our loyal customers are able to produce with the help of their Fujinon lenses. One of the most recent examples of this is Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole’s phenomenal work on the PBS series, Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise.

Born in America and raised in Africa, Bob embarks on an amazing adventure: spending two years living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Southern Africa, joining scientists and conservationists in the battle to re-wild this once-legendary national park. The three-part, six-hour series allows viewers to experience the incredible and inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through Bob’s lens. In the years during which he worked in the Park, Bob used many different generations of HD, 2K and 4K cameras paired with the Fujinon HA25X11.5BERD HD lightweight telephoto lens via a B4 to PL adapter. A long video lens is the only way to get close enough to the wildlife. We caught up with Bob just as the series premiered. Here’s what he had to say:

“My Fuji 25x lens was an essential piece of my kit on this series. Many of the animals in Gorongosa are skittish and afraid of people, for good reason. There was a long and terrible war that destroyed the park. Most of the animals were killed to feed hungry troops and now the ones that are left don’t like us very well. Now, the wildlife is coming back at an amazing rate, but it will take time for them to trust humans so it is hard to get close-up footage without a lens like the 25x. We shot in HD, 2K and 4K in the making of Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise and I used my 25x with several cameras and in each format. I love the lens because it is both long and wide and I need to be quick. There is little time for lens changes in the middle of the action, and it is an action-packed series.” 

 
                                  Photo Credit: Gina Poole

This is far from the first project where a Fujinon lens has come in handy—to say the least—for Bob. "It is safe to say that the Fujinon 25x shaped my career. I work in remote, difficult and sometimes dangerous places where the shots I need are often far away from me. The lens is so powerful, yet light and fast. Because of the 25x, I’ve been able to get shots that stand out. Even now, shooting in 2K and 4K on PL mount cameras, the 25x is vital to me. It is an extremely flexible lens and it will be with me for many years to come."

PBS has called it “one of the most ambitious wilderness restoration projects ever attempted,” and was certainly no ordinary filming assignment for Bob. He is pulled from behind the lens, becoming a fundamental part of the action. He helped scientists to dart and track the elusive lions, decipher the intriguing behavior of the park’s elephants, wrestle and study massive crocodiles, and truck in herds of animals to replace the ones that were lost during the civil war.

Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on PBS from Sept. 22-Oct. 6 and is available on PBS Anywhere platforms at http://to.pbs.org/1KQekp3. Keep up with Bob at http://www.bobpoolefilms.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/bobpoolefilms.

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Posted: 10/6/2015 9:56:10 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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