Well, I was planning on posting this later but, seeing I’m part of the official media release, I guess I can post it now.
In August of this year I was involved in a filming for Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet show. I took one of the hosts Ziya Tong out to the lava flow ocean entry. Yep, she was fortunate enough to spend the night hiking in the rain with a great looking guy. Think back to this when you read the part about sarcasm.
Of course there was the film crew too. They were a good bunch of people and we had a great time. The rainy weather I warned them about made sure not to disappoint. It rained quite often. This slowed us down so, we weren’t able to do everything that was planned but, now it gives Ziya a reason to come back. I think I did well with the filming. There were a few re-takes but, not many as the crew was very good at directing. Plus, having just filmed another show several months earlier, I pretty much knew what to expect. I would have liked to have been more my usual sarcastic self but, with the time crunch we were under I didn’t want to cause delays if they didn’t like what I had to say. Once the show airs I will tell you a few of the things I was about to say but, caught myself and was more cordial.
Overall the activity was subdued compared to what I’m use to but, plenty for the first timers. Don’t want to overwhelm people. Its happened before. We were very fortunate as the lava flow in that area stopped completely several days later and has yet to resume. The crew wasn’t up to my usual 15-20 mile hikes. They shouldn’t feel bad as few people are.
I haven’t seen the final show and most likely won’t until most of you do. Obviously the majority of you reading this don’t live in Canada but, not to worry. I believe it will also air online. Once I have that info I will post a link as an edit to this post.
They have me a part of their “Adrenaline Junkies” week. Now that really doesn’t describe me well because hiking the lava flows isn’t an adrenaline rush for me. Might be for those that on a rare occasion get to hike with me but, its much the opposite as I find the lava flows very relaxing. I guess to some degree there is adrenaline to get myself to drive 5 hours round trip, then many times hike 15-20 miles in the middle of the night and be out for 12-15 hours. Adrenaline and natural green tea certainly help.
I made sure they knew I was very much safety oriented and very well prepared. I’m pretty sure this is how I will be portrayed. I never want to be portrayed as one of those daredevil photographers at the lava flows. I know what I’m doing. There’s no need to be a daredevil. I’m not out for my 15 minutes of fame. Production companies approach me. If I like what they want to do, we do it. If not, I pass.
Several of my images are featured in the show along with some of my video clips.
I will be watching the segments of the four other guys mentioned in the release. Especially Garrett McNamara. I surf too but, nothing like what he does.
Once its online I will send out another alert. Check out the media release here. Media link might not be working. Show airs Oct 8 at 7 pm (EST).
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The image below is Ziya and myself at the ocean entry (credit, Christine Mayall, Producer at Bell Media).