by Amanda Bertholf // Fall 2011
In 2010, UMKC Professor Andrew Wegst, along with a team of photographers, filmed “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air,” for the long-running PBS series Nature. By capturing a world the human eye can’t see, the team earned a national Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Nature Programming. With wings that beat 200 times per second, hummingbirds are the fastest—and smallest—warm-blooded creatures on the planet. To document hummingbirds’ athletic prowess, Wegst and the production crew used cutting-edge HD technology and cameras capable of capturing 500 images per second. This fall, Wegst is teaching advanced cinematography, lighting and location sound. Emmy winners were announced in September.