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Capturing the reintroduction of an extinct species through photography

The ‘Alpine Eagle Foundation’ is about reintroducing the white-tailed eagle, which was made extinct by mankind hundreds of years ago. Because of the extinction, they wanted to capture all developments of the reintroduction of this eagle back into our world through photography. 

In 1934, Fujifilm’s journey began as one of Japan’s first photographic filmmakers. Thus, we always have been and still are huge advocates of photography. Let’s have a look at those impressive animals and the work the “Alpine Eagle Foundation” is doing through the medium of photography on today’s ‘World Photography Day’.

Remi Chapeaublanc discovered his interest in photography at a really young age, but it was not until after his studies that he realised that photography was his passion. One of his first photo series was ‘Gods and Beasts’ which he shot in Mongolia. As Jaques-Olivier Travers, a French filmmaker who is passionate about hawks, saw this photo of Remi’s series, he fell in love with it.

From the photo series ‘Gods and Beasts’

Ever since, they have decided to work together and already started working on bird portraits in 2017 with a FUJIFILM GFX 50S. Nevertheless, it was not until they got their hands on the FUJIFILM GFX 100S that Remi was able to fully commit and trust this new camera of his, which finally met his technical expectations. The FUJIFILM GFX 100S has an extremely fast and flawless autofocus without losing mobility, which is important for animal photography.

Jacques-Olivier and Chopard start their work on the ‘Alpine Eagle Foundation’

Jacques-Olivier has been passionate about the Alpine Eagle since he was very young and thought that if man had been able to make it disappear, he should be able to reintroduce it. Eight years of perseverance later, with the help of the Swiss jeweller Chopard, for whom the alpine terrain around their manufacture and the local wildlife play a major role, Jacques-Oliver set up the ‘Alpine Eagle Foundation’ which has just obtained authorisation to reintroduce the first young birds into the wild.

‘The Alpine Eagle Foundation’ is a charitable foundation endeavouring to reintroduce the white-tailed fishing eagle species in France. This white-tailed eagle is a majestic sea eagle, which was made extinct by humans in Europe about 200 years ago, mainly due to hunting.

How did Remi join the Foundation?

When Jacques-Olivier asked Remi to photograph all the communication images for the foundation, Remi said it would be an honour for him and joined the project, knowing right away that the GFX 100S would be the ideal system to use.

The idea was to create a photo line which displays each stage of development.

After the first photo session which captured the eggs to the hatched eagle babies, the second photo session aimed to shoot portraits of birds between the ages of 6 months to 4 years. Even though Remi is specialised in animal photography, he had never worked with such young birds before. This made his job even harder because the birds’ behaviour became even more unexpectable than it already used to be. 

About ‘World Photography Day

Today we are celebrating the annual ‘World Photography Day’ which was initiated 11 years ago with its first global online gallery on August 19, 2010. However, it actually originates from the invention of a photographic process, the Daguerreotype, developed by Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837 which changed the world of photography. Today, the intention is to dedicate one day completely to photography to celebrate its art, craft, history and science. 

To read more about the Alpine Eagle Foundation and the work of Remi Cheaupeblanc we encourage you to check out chapter 1 and the following chapter 2 of this story on our website fujifilm-x.com.

The Perseids are coming up

The Perseids 2021 are coming up. We gathered some important information about the nights of the meteor showers at a glance. Every year between July 17 and August 24, 2021, the Perseids light up the night sky. Whenever the earth on its orbit comes very close to the former orbit of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, the number of shooting stars increases. In ideal conditions, you can observe and enjoy more than 100 shooting stars per hour. The maximum of the Perseids will be reached in the night from August 12 to 13, 2021. On this night, you can discover and photograph particularly many shooting stars in the night sky between 7pm and 10pm.
For the Perseids the middle northern latitudes are the best location to observe the shooting stars. The best way to see the Perseids is to look to the northeast.

So that you do not miss the natural spectacle in the sky and can observe well, we have a few tips for you:

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast
  • Choose a dark place outside the city for observation, then you can see the stars best
  • The most comfortable way to observe the stars is lying down

As settings, the photographers here at FUJIFILM recommended us the following equipment and these settings and parameters for the camera:

  • Tripod and a remote shutter release with radio
  • Wide angle lens
  • Aperture 2.8
  • Shutter speed 25 seconds
  • ISO 3200
  • White balance 2800

For all readers from Germany and Austria, we would also like to point out the courses of Eugen Kamenew who is also the photographer of the amazing picture above! He regularly offers courses on astrophotography and star photography (www.kamenew.net). It is worthwhile!
He is a freelance astrophotographer and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer. With a degree in sociology, his photographic work focuses on people in a cosmological context. He was awarded the “Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014” by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London and BBC Sky at Night magazine.

Additionally, we would like to encourage you to have a look at his social media Channels on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube where you can see more of his amazing work.