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Nature, Nature, and More Nature

The first video I watched was a sequence of short video shots of nature combined into a two-minute video. The sequences range from underwater scenes featuring living organisms such as jellyfish to air shots featuring birds. There are also sequences of the just scenery, without any animals in them. During the clip there is a man narrating the song “What a Wonderful World” while music plays in the background. It is very well put together and enjoyable to watch.

This video demonstrates the term asynchronous sound. This term means that the sound that is played in the video is not originating from the source of the video images itself. This is apparent in the man narrating the song in the background while music plays. Obviously, the nature scenes did not originally have a random person narrating this song in all of them; it was added in.

This next clip is a very short video of water dripping off of leaves of an unknown plant and falling off the original plant and landing on another. There is music playing as the video follows the path of these water drops.

The video demonstrates the term focus. Focus is how clear and detailed an image is and depends on what kind of lens is used. The clip demonstrates this term very well, the focus of the water drops is very precise while the water drops travel down the leaves. Towards the very end of the clip the focus starts to lessen and the image gets fuzzy. The end of the clip is completely unfocused as it fades into the sunlight.

This last video is a clip from the show Survivorman on Discovery Channel. The show is about a man who goes out into the wild for specific periods of time and survives with minimal supplies. The specific clip here shows him eating raw fish and then making a shelter out of the natural supplies in the environment.

The video demonstrates the terms close-up and medium-long shot. A close-up shot is one in which the camera is very close to the source, commonly someone’s face. A medium-long shot is one that shows an object or person’s full body along with a great deal of the area around the subject. The clip demonstrates these when he is building his shelter. The camera shots switch between super close up to his face while he’s talking about how he’s tired from not eating a lot, to medium long shots that show him putting his shelter together and displays the scenery around him, including the clouds in the sky and the green hills behind him.



Anthropocentrism and Religion

I just had a thought I figured I would share while reading the course work for week three. Both the online articles on environmental ethics and the book Infinite Nature speak of how Christianity is anthropocentric in its views on the environment. I can see how this could possibly be true, but speaking as a Christian myself, I don’t feel this is the case with every individual with this religion. Sure, I believe that in the idea of creation, but I do not agree with the idea that this makes humans superior to other animals. I have always been taught that God said we were to use what we needed to survive, but it’s not like we were told to do whatever we wished. I’m not trying to go on a religious rant or anything, I just thought it was interesting that this generalization about the religion was in so many of the readings. I don’t know how anybody else feels about it, but I personally believe there can still be balance between having faith and taking care of the environment for the sole purpose that the environment deserves to be taken care of and not because of selfish human reasons.