GILI AIR - AFRICA / by Julia Wheeler

Pre Africa, I visited a little island off the mainland of Bali; Gili Air. It was divine and the people were just as amazing. Here are some shots from a little underwater story I did with a friend of mine using the Panasonic GH4 (not a singe shot has been edited in Photoshop CS6 - yes Lightroom).

The GH4 camera is boss - particularly for underwater shooting; stills and moving picture. Sharp as sharp can be, uncomplicated (I don't do complicated - easily lost). Scroll down my blog to have a peep at a mini underwater video test I did with free diver, Lucas Handley as well as some 96 frames with the African Cheetahs in their enclosure - yes - I said Cheetahs. Cheetah's and Mermaids... Brand name prehaps? 

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Introducing, The Gili Mermaid.

That is me below. 


Whilst in Africa, I worked with a number of incredible animals whilst second cameraman for a Discovery commissioned TV series. Working with the Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino and Lion. meant time spent in enclosures; sometimes surrounded by the unpredictable science of not know what would happen next. 

I warmed to the Cheetah - or should I say, they warmed to me, pretty quickly. I was mainly working with two; a male and female and by the end of my time filming, I was rolling around in the grass with these guys. Originally rescued from the wild of Africa and raised in captivity. SO here is a little clip I filmed and edited on the GH4 (slow mo selfies a must) of the Cheetahs, their majestic, strong and somewhat elegant presence captured on the GH4 96 frames below. 

Beautiful. Majestic. Strong. Endangered. The fastest land animal, the cheetah is now losing the race for survival. Less than 100 years ago, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs roamed the globe. But now, there are less than an estimated 12,500 of these beautiful big cats left in the world.

I'm working on slow motion with the Elephants and the Lions right now however only landing back in Australia and taking off agin in less than a week means that in-between family photo shoots ( my time is shot. Pun intended. Haha...

Enjoy. And take me back to Africa.