Movie making

This summer when I was looking at another series of Polar Bear pictures close to the ship, I noticed that many of the pictures I took were repetitions of what I’d done before. No complains there, the bears are still spectacular and the pictures very nice, but most of them looked quite similar to other pictures I had. Occasionally I can make something new, like extreme close ups, panoramic shots, special action or something like that, but most of the time they look very similar. At the same time one of our guests had a Canon C100 film camera. I could hold that one for some time and I came away impressed how easy it was to use, even hand held. And the film quality was impressive as well. With this camera I could tell the stories I want in a different way.

Now I’ve tried filming before, but to get a good quality, I always needed a lot of different extra things next to my camera. With this new camera I’m ready to go and can I even film without tripod (as long as I can keep it stable).

Now a whole new world has opened… Editing movies, getting a story line for the movie, different angles working together to tell the same story… And what kind of movies do I want to produce?

In Greenland I had the first real test. This movie made of icebergs in Scoresby Sund around sunet/moonrise is one of the first I made. I hope you like it and see what else I can show you in the time to come… Apart from this I will keep on taking normal pictures of course. I think stills and film can help each other telling compelling stories.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


  • The movie came out well. Now for my honest opinion as a photographer. It would take me less time to view as a series of stills. I found myself fast forwarding. I also turned off the music which was a distraction. Unless a movies shows something that stills can’t do I don’t see the need for it. I find that creating films is time consuming and I can’t always use the darkroom effects that I like. Film can be great for active wildlife. Many will disagree with me on this and many prefer films to stills.


    • Thanks for your honest remarks. Fortunately I’ll keep on taking stills as well. I agree that this could have been captured very well with stills as well. Though I really like the shot of the moon appearing from behind the iceberg myself.
      And yes, I’ll most likely use this camera more for wildlife and less for scenery.

      But thanks for your reply!


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  • Twee geleden op een congres in Nuuk geweest. Film brengt weer fantastische herinneringen boven, humpbacks, geen bomen, ongelofelijke stilte!


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