Tuesday, April 2th, 2019


Larry Arbanas will be our speaker for the April meeting. He specializes in video and drone photography but does some still work as well.

In 1986 Larry Arbanas began his video career in suburban Chicago filming model homes for new home contractors, producing readily viewable home tours for their prospective home buyers...using VHS tapes! In 1989 The Exxon Valdez crashed into the rocks of Prince William Sound, spilling hundreds of thousands of crude oil into the icy waters, instantly changing the lives of the humans and wildlife living there. As he watched his TV and saw oil-drenched otters and sea birds being dredged out of the oil-covered waters, he vowed to use his video skills to tell stories about wildlife, natural habitat and the human influence which determines the overall well-being of this Planet.

He has shot footage and produced films for Public Broadcasting System (PBS), New York Historical society, The Canada Museum of Nature, Maya Lin (designer of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Audubon Society and The Humane Society. Arbanas has taken several extended filming expeditions for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has filmed nature projects throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Northern Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Larry moved to Fountain Hills eight years ago from Northern California to be caregiver for his Dad and is now a full-time Arizona resident. Five years ago he began learning to pilot...and occasionally crash his camera-equipped drones. He now flies these aerial devices to shoot video and still images AND has figured out how to fly them back to base safely. As REAL pilots say, Taking off is optional, Landing is mandatory.

We meet in our new meeting place at the ASU (Arizona State University) 1475 Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257, in the 'Global Conference Room' located on the 2nd floor at SkySong.

To going there, probably the best access is from 74th Street -- turning south on McDowell onto 74th Street, then taking the very first driveway on the right immediately after the Chase Bank. See location information and the map below.