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The magic of fireflies is captured in this beautiful short film by @MaharishiU alum Radim Schreiber

October 28, 2015

“I like to capture the magic.” — photographer Radim Schreiber

The little luminary pictured above was photographed in 2010 by award-winning photographer Radim Schreiber, of Fairfield, Iowa. The photo, entitled Amber Firefly, took 1st place out of 56,000 entries in “The Natural World” category at the 8th annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest published in March 2011. 

A designer, photographer and videographer, formerly for the Sky Factory, Radim has won several national and international photography competitions. Also in 2011 he took 1st place in the 41st annual National Wildlife Photo Contest in the “Backyard Habitat” professional category out of 27,000 entries. He won the 2010 Galapagos Conservancy Photography Contest, and the 2008 and 2009 Rainforest Alliance’s “Picture Sustainability” Photo Contest. Awards are listed on his website.

Radim Schreiber had rarely seen fireflies back home and was surprised and thrilled by their abundance here in Iowa. He started taking still photos and then made a movie of them.

“In the Czech Republic where I grew up, I only saw fireflies a couple of times, deep in the forest. When I came to the United States, I was shocked and thrilled to see the abundance of fireflies and their amazing glow. I was happy to encounter this firefly and photograph its magical bioluminescence.”

Read this July 2011 Iowa Source interview with Christine Schrum to find out how Radim braved ditches, swamps, mosquitoes, and chiggers to obtain his fantastic firefly photos: Stalking Fireflies in the Night.

Radim’s award-winning firefly images have been featured at CBS, NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Iowa Public Television (Fireflies In Iowa) The Weather Channel, The National Wildlife Federation, and KEW – Royal Botanical Gardens. Read more in Mo Ellis’s updated profile of Radim on the MUM website.

Update Insert: On March 24, 2016 I found out that Radim’s photo, Synchronous Fireflies, won the Altered Images category of the 13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. The next day The Des Moines Register wrote: Fairfield photographer’s fireflies win Smithsonian award.

The photo was taken mid-June 2014* at twilight in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Radim was in almost complete darkness surrounded by fireflies and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena—fireflies that synchronize. He used the latest low-light camera technology and took several long exposures over several minutes and merged them together to preserve detail and clarity. He uploaded it November 2015 and it was selected as Shot Of The Day on December 24, 2015, then Editors’ Pick, Finalist, and now Altered Images Winner. See the other winners and finalists here. Radim had used this photo for the cover of his Firefly Experience film described below.

The Firefly Experience on Film

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This summer I saw a magical little film at the first annual Creative Edge Film Fest in Fairfield, Iowa. Made by fellow MUM alum Radim Schreiber, BFA, it was so beautifully put together visually and musically, the audience was spellbound. When it was over, the 2½-minute short elicited an extended exuberant response.

In this film, Radim Schreiber tried to capture his experiences with fireflies in Lamson Woods, a State Preserve and segment of the Jefferson County Trails System near his house in Fairfield, Iowa. He wanted to document not only their beauty and magical glow, but also behavior in their natural environment, the Neff Wetlands section of the Fairfield Loop Trail.

“When I walk through a quiet forest in the middle of the night full of fireflies, I have an experience of a magical forest. When I see fireflies being a mere reflection of stars under the Milky Way, I feel connected to everything in the universe. They are communicating to me. I am listening.”

Radim chose to not do any digital manipulation to the video itself. The footage came straight from the camera. This is not time-lapse photography, but realtime footage of fireflies!

Radim Schreiber’s Firefly Experience is synchronistically edited with a beautiful soundtrack specifically composed and performed for the film by Tiko Lasola. Radim loves the song. “It is a perfect match for my photos. In fact I was shocked that it happened this way.” I agree! After watching the film you can hear Tiko’s full 3½-minute Fireflies piece here.

After the screening, Radim was selling HD and Blu-ray DVDs of his film. I bought the Blu-ray. I never tire of watching and listening to it; it’s beautiful! It produces a calming effect.

For optimal viewing, Radim suggests we watch the video at night in full screen mode with all lights turned off and the sound turned up.

Visit Radim’s website to see more firefly photos and videos at www.FireflyExperience.org.

A Firefly Poem

Have you ever experienced the magic of fireflies? I’ve seen them around Fairfield, but never like what I saw in southern Missouri during a summer Residence Course in the early 1990s. I had driven with three other Maharishi Ayurveda Health Technicians to a movement facility in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri to provide rejuvenation therapies.

The building was located at the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. The warm night air was thick with nature’s sounds and sights. Hundreds of frogs incessantly called out to each other from a pond behind the building. Swarms of fireflies dazzled me with their exuberant flashing lights as I walked around the grounds. Their colors and bubbly nature reminded me of Champagne! Inspired, I wrote this short four-line poem.

FIREFLIES

EFFERVESCENT FIREFLIES
PHOSPHORESCENT HUE
SPARKLING LUMINOSITY
EVENING DROPS OF DEW

See newer photos by Radim Schreiber in his July 2017 newsletter.

*In July 2018, I discovered CBS Sunday Morning was also there that same summer in 2014 when Radim was capturing his award-winning photographs of the synchronous fireflies. They posted their report on July 13, 2014: Tennessee fireflies: A summertime light show.

Fairfield Artists and Musicians Share in Iowa Gold

June 9, 2013

“Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” (Field of Dreams) But as Jane Roman Pitt would answer, “Yes, it’s Iowa.” And this is her version, along with Ken West, of what makes their new music video Iowa Gold a heaven on earth.

Fairfield singer/songwriter Jane Roman Pitt and Iowa landscape photographer Kenneth West combined their talents to create a beautiful music video called Iowa Gold. Jane wrote and sang the song. Ken contributed his photographs and produced the video. Tim Britton engineered and produced the music. Musicians were Arthur Lee Land, guitar; Lauryn Shapter, violin; Paul Fauerso, piano; Tim Britton, bass; and David Hurlin, drums. The result is this beautiful video, pleasing both to the eye and ear; heart and mind.

Iowa Gold–Jane Pitt & Ken West

Iowa musician Jane Pitt and photographer Ken West have collaborated on the amazingly beautiful video, Iowa Gold. Jane is an award-winning musician and Ken’s award-winning photography has been featured on IPTV’s Iowa Outdoors and at the National Center for Nature Photography, America’s first and only center devoted exclusively to nature photography. Ken’s photographic work is featured on the Iowa Byways website.

Ken and Jane are offering use of this video to us. The Iowa Gold video can embedded into any Audio/Visual presentation directly from YouTube. Iowa gold can also be enjoyed at either Jane or Ken‘s websites. There are no fees or contracts for the use of this video. It is their simply their gift to the Governor, Mrs. Branstad and the state of Iowa. The song was officially honored by the Iowa State House of Representatives, and has been enjoyed by schoolchildren throughout the state.

Here is Jane’s description of the video, which you can also see and Like on her IOWA GOLD Facebook page.

“The song ‘Iowa Gold’ came to me as I was driving through the Iowa countryside one day. I’d just been visiting a big city, and my appreciation of the simple beauty and richness of the landscape flowed out in this song. Award-winning photographer Ken West has perfectly captured the beauty of the Iowa landscape with his collection of photographs of Iowa’s Scenic Byways, commissioned by the Resource and Development Councils of Iowa. … I hope you enjoy this love song to Iowa!”

For highest quality select 720p HD setting and expand to full screen.

This music video is intended solely for noncommercial use promoting the beauty of Iowa and its scenic byways. Use of this music video, including resale or other commercial use is strictly prohibited. This music video may not be reproduced by any means, whether in its entirety or in part, without the written permission of Jane Roman Pitt and Kenneth West.

All Photographs © 2009-2011 Kenneth West, except for the following two photos: Pacific Ocean Photograph © Jeffrey Banke | Dreamstime.com, and The New York City Uptown Skyline Photograph © Kropic | Dreamstime.com

Organizations or Individuals interested in licensing this video please contact Ken West kwest@ioscapes.com

News Reports on the Iowa Gold Song

Listen to Talk of Iowa’s interview Jane and Ken on Iowa Gold and Wisconsin Heroes. Download the MP3 of the show.

In 1911 “The Song of Iowa” by S.H.M. Byers became Iowa’s official state song.  The lyrics “You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa, The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa, From yonder Mississippi’s stream…” were set to the tune “O Tannenbaum.” Songwriter Jane Roman Pitt thinks Iowa can do better.  She has written a song called Iowa Gold,” and now Pitt and photographer Ken West have put together a video that showcases Iowa at it’s best.  The video is part of their campaign to make “Iowa Gold” the state’s next official song.

The Des Moines Register’s Kyle Munson’s mentioned Jane Pitt and her song, Iowa Gold, in his report on the opening day of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The Heartland Youth Choir sang the first choral rendition of the song. Here is an excerpt from Kyle’s report, Munson: Weather receives early blue ribbon:

Then there’s Jane Pitt from Fairfield. She wrote the song “Iowa Gold” 25 years ago during a drive from Detroit as she relocated to Iowa, inspired by our state’s “surprisingly rolling hills.” A quarter-century later she was able to relish the first public performance of her folk-tinged song as sung by the 32 young voices (grades 1 through 12) of the Iowa Heartland Youth Choir.

Could this become a new state song? (The official state anthem, Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers’ “Song of Iowa,” was written more than a century ago to the tune of “O Christmas Tree.”)

KTVO’s Laura Simon reports collaboration of composer and landscape photographer to showcase Iowa.

Fairfield Ledger reports: Local artists present ‘Iowa Gold’ to governor, state fair

Click here for a free mp3 download of Iowa Gold. Here are previous posts on Ken and Jane: Ken West and his unique landscape photographs are featured on IPTV show Iowa Outdoors and Lady Lullaby Sings Welcome Home to Love and Dance Like The Wind.

‘My Valentine’: Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman Star in Paul McCartney-Directed Video

April 14, 2012

This article is from The Huffington Post. The reason I posted it here with the video is because I think it’s one of Paul McCartney’s most beautiful love songs, inspired by his new bride Nancy Shevell. Here’s an update from The Hollywood Reporter: Stella and Paul McCartney Host Hollywood Party for ‘My Valentine’ Music Video. See all three videos and report of the screening on PaulMcCartney.com.

Paul McCartney’s new video for “My Valentine,” with Natalie Portman. The track is the first single from McCartney’s fifteenth solo record, ‘Kisses On The Bottom,’ and features Eric Clapton on guitar. Click this link to see the Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman version directed by Paul McCartney in large format: http://embed.5min.com/517333259/

Paul McCartney is fast approaching the ripe age of 70, but the former Beatle and British knight is showing no signs of slowing down. Late Friday night in Los Angeles, McCartney premiered the video for “My Valentine,” featuring some unknown extras by the name of Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman.

HuffPost Entertainment is exclusively premiering the video online — you can see it at the top of this post.

McCartney is no stranger to videos and films. He has an astounding 391 soundtrack (a handful for every year since 1962) credits to his name, an untold number of music videos and five previous directing credits (who knew!).

According to a press release, it was McCartney’s daughter, the fashion designer Stella, who inspired the visuals for “My Valentine.” There are three videos for the song, which is off of McCartney’s latest album, Kisses on the Bottom.

Kisses on the Bottom features the elder statesman of rock and roll looking back on the standards that inspired him. The album is his fifteenth studio record and features two original compositions, “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.”

“My Valentine” was widely touted as the better of the original tracks, so its no wonder McCartney chose to bring it to life.

Three videos accompany the song — one featuring Portman, one with Depp and the full video with both. A teaser for the Depp video was released earlier Friday and features the actor (and occasional Marilyn Manson bandmate) signing lyrics to the song.

“Someday soon, sun was gonna shine,” Depp signs. “She was right, this love of mine, my valentine.”

McCartney called in some heavy talent to assist in the production of the videos. Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Dark Knight,” “Inception”) committed the visuals to 35 mm film. Susanne Preissler produced the short and Paul Martinez edited.

It’s refreshing to see McCartney continue to mature artistically at the age of 69, especially as some of pop’s icons seem to have a hard time creating music that’s suited to their place in the music community.

“We thought thirty was like really old,” McCartney said while doing press for the album. “Now I think it’s amazingly young. There was a guy at John’s art college who was 24 and we felt very sorry for him, he looked like a real old guy, he had a five -o-clock shadow, he looked really pathetic to us because we were like, 16 … I’m really just some kid from Liverpool still.”

Here’s to you, kid.

More From Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom: visit the Huffington Post page and scroll down to see 11 more vidoes: ‘My Valentine’: Johnny Depp & Natalie Portman Star In Paul McCartney-Directed Video (EXCLUSIVE)

Paul McCartney – “My Valentine” 2012 Grammys Performance Video with Diana Krall and Joe Walsh. Watch in large format: http://bit.ly/HKjRrF.

To see the Closed Caption words to the song, go to Paul McCartney – My Valentine 2012 sub ENG and ESP (lyrics), click the ‘cc’ button and choose the subtitle language English. It’s also available in Spanish. This one has the words written out under Show more, but left out the word, that, in the second stanza, third line: Paul McCartney – My Valentine.

NPR: the Fresh Air interview with Terri Gross from WHYY: Paul McCartney Blows ‘Kisses’ To His Father’s Era, March 29, 2012 [45 min 29 sec]. Terri sets up the last song, My Valentine, but first asks Paul to tell the story of how it came about [36:30 to end]. Delightful, fascinating interview! These songs can be heard on the NPR player: ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter’, ‘Home (When Shadows Fall)’, ‘My Valentine’.

See Paul McCartney and Nancy show up to see James play, and surprise the small Brighton club audience | The former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunion for David Lynch’s benefit concert airs on New York’s THIRTEEN, Sunday, April 29David Lynch interviews Paul McCartney about meeting Maharishi and his first meditation | Sir Paul McCartney is interviewed on Australia’s Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, February 5, 2012

I discovered some surprising connections between Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney’s new wife, and his first wife, Linda McCartney, and Barbara Walters. See Who Is Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney’s New Wife?


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