Nat Geo daredevil visits NZ

20110712Human-Flight0102The man behind some of National Geographic's most jaw-dropping imagery is dropping in to New Zealand next week.

Bryan Smith, award-winning film-maker at National Geographic Channel, has travelled to some of the most remote and dangerous locations on earth to shoot the amazing footage for the publications popular films, and in early October he comes to Auckland and Wellington to discuss his exciting work.

Smith will present his National Geographic Live talk, Extreme Adventure on the Edge: Vertical Feats and the Man Who Can Fly, at Auckland's Aotea Centre on October 1 and Wellington's Te Papa Museum on October 2.

The event will see the adventurer and passionate conservationist recounting stories from his career as a film-maker renowned for taking his camera to dizzying heights and  pioneering innovative techniques to illustrate some the globe's most extreme environments. Smith says going to such lengths takes a toll, but it's a price he's willing to pay.

"No expedition, adventure, or film comes about without a little bit of suffering. But the suffering coefficient is my key to success."

Head along to the National Geographic website for more info on the event, and see below for a video taste of what audiences will be in for on the night.

International photo adventurers visit NZ

Penguins-on-ice-floe,-Antarctica_CR-David-DoubiletTwo world renowned photographers are heading to our shores this year to share their stories of wild adventure and photographic innovation amassed during careers of global exploration. Part of the internationally touring Nation Geographic Live series, pioneering aquatic photographer David Doubilet and extreme adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith will be making stops in Auckland and Wellington to present inspiring talks.

Doubilet is first up, arriving in August with his show Coral, Fire, & Ice, in which he tells the story of the glittering beauty of the world’s 'coral triangle' and the lure of sculptural icebergs and shipwrecks in the icy waters of Antarctica.

He is a pioneer in the field of underwater photography, creating the split-lens camera which allowed him to take above and below the water at the same time, with separate focus points for the top and bottom half of the picture recorded onto the same negative.

Smith follow in October with the show Extreme Adventure on the Edge, in which the adventure filmmaker shares gripping, behind-the-scenes moments from his assignments documenting extreme feats in the world’s most challenging environments.

Auckland shows will be held at the ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre while the Wellington events will take place at Te Papa Museum – tickets start at $35, see below for dates.

August 7

Coral, Fire, & Ice with David Doubilet – Wellington

August 9

Coral, Fire, & Ice with David Doubilet – Auckland

October 1

Extreme Adventure on the Edge with Bryan Smith – Auckland

October 2

Extreme Adventure on the Edge with Bryan Smith – Wellington