Dan Chung’s Tsunami Aftermath HDSLR video
Challenging people's expectations about news coverage?
By Nino Leitner | March 24, 2011
In this new column, I will cover stories and reports that deal with the new reality that we as shooters face while working with new groundbreaking technology like DSLR cameras. I will focus especially on the shifts that go through the industry, new opportunities, new competition and what that means for old habits. To find out more about my own work, please check out my blog at www.ninofilm.net/blog.
We have all been following the unfolding tragedy that has hit Japan about two weeks ago - first an earthquake of unprecedented power, followed by a devastating tsunami that left much of Japan's shores absolutely destroyed, thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. And if that wasn't enough, the danger of a nuclear catastrophe looms as the Fukushima power plant - positioned directly at the shore - was destroyed, exposing radiating fuel rods to the atmosphere. That country has been beaten hard from all sides within only a couple of days.
Philip Bloom has started a fundraiser on his blog to help victims of the Japanese earthquake - I beg and urge you to take part and chip in a little money. As a by-product of being super-awesome by helping people, you can win great prices (for example equipment from Kessler Crane worth $2.000!) - so there's really no reason not to take part, every little donation counts.
In such times of crisis, the UK newspaper The Guardian often seems to fall back on one particular member of their photo journalists, Dan Chung, and send him right in the middle of it all. For example, they sent him right there after the Arizona shootings a while back, he also went to North Korea when Kim Jong Il introduced his son during a military parade, and so on - he practically seems to be the fire brigade of the DSLR journalist world.
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