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Amazing images that were captured using the latest camera techniques including spycams that were secured onto the backs of eagles, cranes, pelicans, and snow geese..

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Cranes soaring over Loire Valley, France : 

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Barnacle geese flying in formation over the east coast of Scotland : 

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A new documentary entitled “Winged Planet” gives viewers the opportunity to see the world from a bird’s perspective as they migrate across continents.

The two hour documentary from award winning filmmaker John Downer took four years to complete and reveals extraordinary aerial views of America, Africa and Europe. As these incredible birds fly, they use reference points from the landscapes below to navigate, search for food, and migrate.

The images were captured using the latest camera techniques including spycams that were secured onto the backs of eagles, cranes, pelicans, snow geese, and countless other birds. Winged Planet premieres on the Discovery Channel on Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm.


BBC Wildlife Director John Downer & Point of View filmmaking

Point of View: The obsession with getting ever closer.

What is it like to lay down with lions? How would it feel to swim with dolphins? Or fly like an eagle? John Downer’s award winning films are driven by his personal desire to break into the world of animals and capture moments from unique points of view.

Through the use of immersive filmmaking techniques, like spy cameras, John Downer and his team bring the viewer up close and personal with the animals he portrays and reveals the world and lives of them as never seen before. Capturing the animal’s perspective adds a moving emotional level to the stories and leads this wildlife footage away from the observant spectator to a powerful captivating experience.

Discover more about Sensory visual content HERE

See more BBC Motion Gallery footage HERE


A range of awesome work by John Downer, showcard and sign painting master (also responsible for uber popular Brothers font among other things). Photos were taken at a 4 day long Cooper Union workshop. It was incredibly inspiring and I learned a ton. Hoping to build off of this base and continue learning and painting.

Many thanks to John and Cara for putting on the workshop!

John Downer, Day 2

John Downer’s workshop for Cooper Type taught several integral considerations for developing a typeface. Beginning with basic spacing techniques, then moving into creating basic bitmap letterforms, the class was tasked with continual assessment from a distance. Both by stepping across the room, and using a reducing glass, this taught us to observe simultaneously: proportion, mass, and the relationship between black and white space.

Cooper Type: John Downer

About to start Day 2 of John Downer’s excellent workshop for the Type @ Cooper program. Yesterday, seven hours flew by as we spaced shapes and went über-analog designing basic bitmap letters with pencil on paper. So far, it’s been really applicable to what we’re working on, and I spent another four hours at home last night working on the revival. 

Here’s a pic of one of my classmates’ work yesterday (courtesy of @CooperType):


“A striated caracara, intrigued by our spy egg-cam, decides to fly off with our camera but in the process captures the first ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a flying bird.”


Glass Gilding Process


Polar Bears Are Whores

You know how a female polar bear gets the attention of a male polar bear? She writhes in the snow, then stands up, bends over and pulls her sassypants apart and exposes her polar vagina. She then continues to tease him like this until his interest is piqued and has the nerve to play hard to get when he finally pursues her. Seems like this behavior indeed does cross species boundaries.

For more polar bear behavior, check out Polar Bear - Spy On The Ice by wildlife filmaker John Downer.

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