Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Our latest project is creating a 5-7 minute PSA for the new proposed Dungeness River off-channel reservoir project that will be built near Sequim, WA if funded.

The Dungeness River is actually two rivers depending on the season. During the winter months the river is classified as a ‘wild’ river because of its uncontrolled downstream flooding, due to being the second steepest river in the US, dropping 7300 feet in the first third of its 32 mile length.

But during the late summer the river becomes emancipated due to low snow pack in recent years creating problems for both the salmon and irrigators who are dependent on reliable water from the river.

Clallam County, in conjunction with the City of Sequim, Washington Water Trust, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, and the Dungeness Water Users Association has hired Spirit Vision Films to highlight the critical condition of the 4 endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead species of the Dungeness, along with the agriculture industry of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that is dependent on irrigation water from the river, especially in late summer when the flow drops precariously low due to recent climate change. This project will benefit both and more.

With a land transfer by the DNR, the 320 acres would become one of Clallam County’s largest parks as well as incorporating the 88 acre reservoir within to create walking, hiking and equestrian trails, birding and access to the river. A great resource for the city of Sequim’s residents and the folks who live in Clallam county.

The video will include interviews with the stakeholders, drone footage of the 320 acre site, the benefits of the reservoir, an animation of the twice yearly fill and drain cycles of the reservoir and other pertinent issues facing both the storm water run-off issues in the winter and the lack of water in the Dungeness in the late summer.

Stay tuned! Here are some static shots of the work in progress.

 

 

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Bucklin Hill Bridge Project

You would suppose that a videographer’s work load would slow down as he approached the winter months? Not so with this videographer.

November, December, and January have been some of the busiest months I have experienced with Spirit Vision Films.

I was approached by Kitsap County Public Works in Port Orchard, WA to take video clips from two GoPro Hero cameras, video clips from a ribbon cutting ceremony, several drone flights, still images, and others, editing them all into a video highlighting Kitsap County’s largest public works construction project to date …. the Bucklin Hill Bridge project.

Over the course of 13 months the bridge project closed Buckling Hill road, which carried over 20,000 cars a day in the heart of Silverdale, WA. This video highlights the challenges, the pre-construction plans, construction, and final ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new 240 foot, multi-span bridge.

My hat is off to the Kitsap County team that built the new bridge! Check out their new bridge.

Ross Hamilton’s Olympics

The first film of the Ross Hamilton Project has finally been completed. It just finished airing on PAPA TV this past weekend (papaonline.tv) and now is available on Vimeo to general audiences.

This film is truly inspirational. Ross Hamilton has been a fixture on the Olympic Peninsula for almost 50 years. His iconic images of the Olympic National Park, as well as the rest of the peninsula are stunningly beautiful. All shot on his 4×5 large format camera. Many are from his treks deep into the back country of the Olympic mountain range. Others from his many trips to the rugged Washington coastline, as well as the old growth forests of the West End. The Hoh rain forest, Rialto Beach, 2nd Beach, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Falls, the Bailey range, Mount Olympus, and more grace this film as Hamilton shares his experiences with the audience.

At 74, Ross Hamilton has lost his vision to glaucoma, yet continues to share his adventures, experiences, and stunning imagery with small groups of photographers and outdoor advocates across his beloved Olympic Peninsula.

So enjoy many of his classic images. Hear him talk about his experiences acquiring them and his personal struggle with his vision loss. A very inspiring story.

 

 

My Heavens!

We just finished a video project for Maureen O’Kane of Sequim, WA. She is a lecturer/teacher that travels the country speaking on the subject of Scripture and science. Maureen is super energetic, has a great sense of humor and was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Makayla DeScala, my second camera operator and myself did a conference style shoot in Port Angeles highlighting some of the subjects Maureen brings to her 90 minute lectures. It was one of the most enjoyable shoots I have participated in to date!

The video will be inserted in her website, daretocheckitout.com, to show her in action. She is available for speaking engagements if your church or group is interested in how  Scriptures and science are not as incompatible as one might think. Check it out!

 

 

CFR 14 Part 107 law of the land today

Today CFR 14 Part 107 became the law of the land. It was a long time coming.
Over five years ago the congress tasked the FAA to create laws concerning the commercial use of drones or UAVs as I like to call them, in the US airspace. Because it took them so long to put this law into effect, a stop gap measure was instituted for the film industry, agriculture, inspection folks, etc. that needed to use UAVs for their industries. So the FAA created a limited time exemption called the FAA section 333 exemption, of which I was given one for Spirit Vision Films almost a year ago. It was designed to help usher in the commercial use of UAVs until the final laws were drafted and codified in the National Register.

Two months ago the FAA finally got their act together and presented their new law to congress and it was called CFR 14 part 107. It takes 60 days from the time a law is accepted till they actually become law. Today was that day.
Under the new law, instead of having to get an expensive sport, recreational, or private pilots license to fly a UAV under the Section 333 exemption program, the FAA created a whole new animal .. the Remote Pilot certificate. Basically, a pilot’s license to fly UAVs commercially.

I said all that because today I took my pilot’s test in Gig Harbor, WA and passed! I studied for it for a couple of weeks prior. But nobody really knew what was going to be on it …. until today. I won’t lie, it was a tough test!
It will be a few days for my test to get sent from the CATS testing center to the FAA’s database and my application finalized, but I should have it in hand in a very short while! Yeah! I’m very stoked!

Because of being the first day this test was available, I and my company Spirit Vision Films will be one of the first to have this new license in the state of Washington. But there will be now a floodgate of applications for the new license as it is only a matter of studying for the test and paying the $150 for the test to get it. The United States commercial UAV field is about to explode!

UPDATE: After two month the permanent license finally arrived from the FAA.

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Sequim Gazette Article

I and Spirit Vision Films were featured in the August 3rd, 2016 Sequim Gazette. Apparently the editor had seen my blog site and the article on Ross Hamilton that I was doing for him.

That led to the article below being written by Matthew Nash of the Gazette. We most certainly appreciate any help getting Spirit Vision Films in front of as many people as possible! Thanks to the Sequim Gazette and Matthew Nash for the great article!

http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/389029411.html

Haiku House

I just finished a short video incorporating aerial videography and still photography showcasing a client’s beautiful home located near Freshwater Bay, WA.

My client has a wonderful ‘Haiku’ home located on high bank waterfront property along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, nestled in tall fir trees and natural surroundings.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic term associated with the relationship and interaction between nature and humankind. When form and function become one to bring inherent peace, tranquility, and harmony to your home and property.

This most certainly would describe this magnificent home and property. By using what is known as ‘fusion’ between videography and still images, Spirit Vision Films kept the Japanese theme throughout, including the music.

While my client is not selling his property at this time, if and when he chooses to, this video will be a great asset for that purpose.

Spirit Vision Films is a full service aerial and ground-based videography and photography business, with a eye on providing high quality films, videos, and still images to their clients.

 

Peninsula College 2016 Commencement

It was hard for me to believe as I sat outside in the rain yesterday at Peninsula College’s Commencement for the graduating class of June 18th 2016, it had been two years since I walked across the stage with the graduating class of 2014. At that time my young nieces, Addie and Emily Enges were in the audience watching me. Today, I had the pleasure of being in the audience watching them graduate.

It was the Fifty-Fourth Commencement of Peninsula College here in Port Angeles. It was also the largest class in its history to graduate. 591 folks from all walks of life received their diplomas in many different fields across the spectrum. Because of this fact, there was no room inside and the ceremony had to be held outside.

In the Pacific Northwest we are very used to rain at anytime of the year. June is no exception. And it proved to be very wet for the graduates and audience alike. But Rick Ross who has been in charge of getting it all together for many commencements was prepared. As the spectators filed in they were all issued a small bag with a hooded poncho inside. And they were most certainly put to good use!

The Kenmore Pipe Band led the staff and faculty to the stage, followed by the graduating class. My friend, mentor, and videography professor Renne Brock-Richmond was part of the faculty procession. She has been instrumental in inspiring me in the field of videography and getting my business started, as well as many other students. Some of those students were Sierra Horsley and Woody French who were graduating yesterday. I have had the pleasure of working with both. They are talented videographers and I expect to see them flourish in this field here on the Peninsula.

President Dr. Luke Robins introduced the class and the keynote speakers, Rep. Steve Tharinger and student speaker Mia Steben. The theme was from Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Rep. Tharinger reminded the attendees that Peninsula College was a community college. A community of diverse people whose dreams can be made real by hard work and commitment to those dreams.

Young Mia Steben’s story was incredible. She told the audience that she didn’t know her real birthday and who her biological parents were. She had been abandoned on the streets of Beijing, China as an infant and had found her way to the United States, where she was standing as an honor student to the amazement of many in the audience, me included. She overcame much and dreamed large to be where she was today. Truly an inspiration!

As I read through the commencement program, looking for people I might know, reading the names on the very long list, I came to the last two pages. I was shocked and surprised to see me and my story gracing those last two page! The title was, “Student’s Dream Take Flight.” It was the story Peninsula College ran in their PC Magazine and ran on the their website on how I had changed careers. (It can be found in the archives on this website) And with the help of the VA’s VRAP program, Terry Smith, Peninsula College’s veteran coordinator, the encouragement of faculty members like Renne Brock-Richmond, Marina Shipvoa, my digital editing professor, and my English teacher, Helen Lovejoy who all contributed to give me a ‘dream’ of starting Spirit Vision Films.

I owe so much to Peninsula College. Being around young folks and the constant encouragement of the staff and faculty gave me a vision that transcends my current age. In my mind, I am still forty (that is until I look in the mirror!). Clint Eastwood turned 86 years old this year and he is still making films. So I think that gives me at least twenty more years to accomplish something with the skills I have learned at PC!

Although the rain dampened the atmosphere, it could not dampen the enthusiasm I felt from the graduating class as one by one they ascended the stairs to the stage and received their diplomas. It was a great day to be in the audience!

Finally the tassels changed sides on the graduate’s caps and a shout was heard from the crowd as President Robins congratulated the class and dismissed them. Then the pipers came back and lead the processional away from the stage and the commencement ended. Although the ceremony had ended, it was actually the beginning of new life adventures for those students, including my nieces who I am so proud of! I can’t wait to see what dreams they make into reality.

Here are a few of the images I shot at the ceremony. Enjoy!