Shooting wildlife videos with the Nikon D3S

The Nikon D3S comes with the functionality to record video footage – taking an already impressive DSLR to the next level.

French photographer, Vincent Munier, inherited his father’s passion for wildlife photography.

I was lucky to grow up in an area where nature reveals its beauty in whimsical seasons and to discover these landscapes with my father, who taught me to respect the quietness of the wilderness while introducing me to photography.

With this passion for shooting wildlife, Munier embraced the opportunity to go on a 2-week assignment to Norway and Finland to test the video capabilities of the D3S one of Nikon’s digital SLR cameras and capture some of Scandanvia’s natural beauty.

To shoot wildlife, you must wait. And wait. According to Munier, it is also important to “diminish yourself” by blending into your subject’s surroundings. Eventually, he says, the animals may accept your presence. Putting this philosophy into practice, Munier sat motionless in freezing rain to capture images of musk oxen, and hid inside a cabin specially designed to hide his scent while filming bears at dawn. In addition to carrying all his cameras and camping equipment, the seasoned photographer hiked in with several super-telephoto lenses and huge weighted tripods for stable footage. Was it worth it? This film says it all.

This is the actual camera footage (note that YouTube is only 720i). Besides the cutting almost no post processing was applied. Several scenes were done using the high ISOs. The bear scene for example was mainly shot at ISO 12800.

The lens used for most of the scenes was the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR. Additionally used: AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR (Puffins).

Take a look at the D3S