John Golden Britt is an award-winning Director of Photography whose portfolio includes national television spots, music videos and documentaries captured on both film and digital media. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Britt has seen two of his films debut at the Sundance Film Festival and has been awarded two Rocky Mountain Emmys for photography out of a total of four nominations. Since 2007, he has been an Independent Camera Expert for Sony's XDCAM HD line of camcorders. Recently Britt completed two films in New Mexico for the National Park Service: A Land in Motion for White Sands National monument and Sky Island, a film about Bandelier National Monument. Britt's other clients include NatGeo, Discovery, Animal Planet as well as corporate clients like ExxonMobil.
One of Britt's signatures is shooting time lapse sequences at night. "The sunlight in New Mexico is stunning, no secret there, but the moonlight is just as remarkable. It's essentially bounce light from the sun that isn't reduced by dirty air or light pollution."
"I'm excited by the possibilities of new technology, especially as it pertains to viewing and understanding the natural world."
"I'm excited by the possibilities of new technology, especially as it pertains to viewing and understanding the natural world. On Desert Reef I first began photographing the night sky with the PDW F350's slow shutter capability. Over several hours in intervalometer mode, the camera captured a moonscape of the Guadalupe Mountains, an ancient reef in southern New Mexico. There's a bit of the ancient as Orion slides overhead and a bit of the modern as wispy jet contrails cross beneath the constellations. Video cameras did not always work like this!"
"Some camera manufacturers cheat on resolution by up scaling a smaller native imager and calling it 1080. My clients can see the difference. The natural environments I am capturing with the XDCAM HD 4:2:2 imager are unforgiving; water, moving foliage, cloudscapes, geological formations and textures all in the ever-changing light of day. I'd prefer not to explain away the limitations of a camera or format when the clients have paid for the best quality."
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