Using HDSLRs to save the environment?

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One of the things that still amazes many of us about the HDSLR revolution is how it is helping to empower people – in this case, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) is helping Michael Fletcher to get the word out about an endangered area of land in Western Australia threatened by the oil industry. We've featured Michael's amazing videos before on planet5D and this one is no exception, except that this one is serving also as a political tool. And it doesn't hurt that Michael is a master at capturing the beauty of the Kimberly as well as editing and selecting great music to fit the mood.

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Save The Kimberley – Your Help Is Needed from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

The Kimberley is under threat and we need your help.

I have put together a series of still images and video highlighting the beauty of the Kimberley in far North Western Australia. The Kimberley is a true wilderness region and an iconic part of Australia.

Unfortunately this region is coming under threat of major industrialization through Gas plant, mining, and offshore drilling operations. The current Western Australian government in it's wisdom is poised to compulsorily acquire tracks of land along this coastline, against the wishes of the traditional owners, to set up a gas hub to feed the world's requirements for gas.

Woodside, an American company will spend billions of dollars turning our country's icons into industrial wastelands and threaten the unique ecosystem of the Kimberley.

There are alternatives to a gas plant at James Price Point, one being to pipe the gas to Karratha which already has this operation. Once a precedent has been established the floodgates will open and the Kimberley as we know it will be lost forever.

Help stop this short sighted project in the name of big corporate profits. Lets keeps these areas untouched by mans pollutants.

If you wish to support the campaign to reverse the governments decision to steal this land please sign up to this petition.

View Save the Kimberley Website here.



(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Thanks for sharing this story about the power of this “tool” and how it is used in filmmaking.

    I just returned from 99 days in the field with the Canon 5D Mark II and the 7D, shooting a film on extraordinary people who are making a positive change in the world.

    I’m in post-production now and the images are stunning.

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