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Water edge images

Water edge images

Below is our gallery of stock images related to the water’s edge.  Fish, trees etc. and much more . Contact us for licensed use


Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Subvision Production finished the first part of filming at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre in Port Hardy.  The weather, the crew of the stewardship centre and the salmon could not have been more cooperative.

female chum salmon in Quatse river
female chum salmon in Quatse river

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is located in the beautiful northern part of Vancouver Island close to Port Hardy.  As part of NVISEA (Northern Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement Association) the centre has been active since 1983. In 2008 the new centre was opened with increased facilities and the learning centre. Surrounded by forest and many salmon bearing creeks and rivers it is an ideal base of operation for salmon enhancement and conservation

tree with mushrooms and creek
tree with mushrooms and creek

The project is set to produce and educational inspiring and informative video which is going to be showed in the stewardship mini cinema. The  stewardship centre has been at the heart of enhancing and conserving a number of Pacific salmon species. These species are Pink, Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon. In addition they also enhance Steelhead salmon in the Marble river.

coho group underwater
coho group underwater

Part of the video is going to be the history and work of the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. Another important element is of course the life cycle of the salmon from eggs to the moment they expire after spawning.

Female chum at Quatse salmon stewardship centre
Female chum at Quatse salmon stewardship centre

The second part of the project is to be filmed in February or March 2019 after which the final product is to be delivered. It will be part of the 10 year anniversary of the centre in September of 2019. In the mean time the award winning 7 minute short “I am salmon” will be featured in their mini cinema.

Subvision Productions was chosen to create the video based on its long standing track record in underwater and environment video and photo work.

Are you looking for salmon stock footage or video service? Click on this link for salmon stock footage or contact us at: info@subvisionproductions.com



Film Festival

Film Festival:

Subvision Production’s short “I am salmon” has now been shown and  or accepted at the Element Environmental  in Vancouver, at the Smaragdni eco touring in Croatia and at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

I am salmon tell the story of the life cycle of wild Pacific salmon and their relationship and importance to the Tseshaht First Nation. They are also intimately connected to animals and forests. They are a key species in both humans lives and nature’s ecosystems.

Go and see "I am salmon" at a film festival.
Go and see “I am salmon” at a film festival.

The 7 minute short has been submitted to a larger number of film festivals and potential acceptances for such a film festival will be announced throughout the coming months.

I am salmon

I am salmon

Subvision Productions recently finished a short video on the life cycle of the wild Pacific salmon and their importance for the Tseshaht First Nation in the Alberni Valley.  I am salmon  is a 7 minute short narrated doc and was recently accepted to be screened on the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York October 2018. This video is also submitted to other festivals and we hope to post more screening events in the coming months. The video will also be used in the local  First Nation language revival project. We are proud and honored that we were able to make this video happen.

Here you can watch the video

On location: Salmon

On Location: Salmon

In further pursued of the documentary “Salmon Tails”  Subvision Productions went on the road early November to film salmon in the Alberni Valley. Every year a great migration of these two salmon species takes place in this area. We drove to the site and hiked the 10 minutes to the river bank.  The gear that we filmed with included the Panasonic GH4 with a variety of lenses, a GoPro 4 black and a DJI drone with a 4K camera.

In the early morning the Stamp river was loaded with large Coho and Chinook salmon . Fog was drifting over the water surface as the sun was climbing the sky and illuminated the water and the forest.

On location Stamp river panorama
Stamp river panorama

A nearby creek added cold run off water to the river and the fish assembled at the mouth of the creek. The water gave the small boulders in the creek a beautiful sheen.

On location: creek

As the day progressed the light on location changed and so did the salmon activity.  The sun was sometimes obscured by clouds and  created a wide range of green hues. As the sun started to disappear behind the trees the water turned a vivid green. The salmon became even more active and the Coho were constantly jumping.

On location: Coho in the late sun light
Coho in the late sun light
On location: Coho duo breaking the surface
Coho duo breaking the surface

When the sun was gone so were we. On to the next “On location” destination !







Mini series made into movie

Mini series made into movie

Explorer, film maker and adventurer Lawrence Wahba has recently released a new mini series called “Todas as Manhãs do Mundo”. This 6 part series made for National Geographic and produced by Canal Azul, (Sao Paulo Brazil) tells the story of life in the hours of dawn and the differences with day time in behaviour and environment.  Lawrence takes you on a journey that covers the Africa, South America and other iconic places. One of the great episodes is filmed on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada. This episode covers the amazing trek of the salmon, the bears that feed on them and the rich, productive underwater life. As one of the Directors of Photography I worked closely with the team on a daily basis and filmed the encounters with wolf-eels, sea lions and other beautiful underwater creatures.

A black bear takes a nap after feeding on Chinook salmon

A French version of the series is due to come out in the spring of 2016. This will be produced by “Bonne Pioche” under the lead of Frédéric Febvre. This team received an Oscar for the movie “March of the penguins” in 2006.

Currently the Brazilian team is working on a movie version of the series and Subvision Productions has contributed essential footage to the salmon sequences. The movie version is set to be available in early 2016.

wild Chinook salmon smolts

Recently Subvision Production filmed wild Chinook salmon smolts,  in their smolting stage. The resulting footage is now available.  A time coded version is available on our Youtube channel.     wild Chinook salmon smolts

Still frame out take of another clip of wild Chinook salmon smolts

Below is a short overview of the life cycle of Pacific salmon in general. Enjoy! Pacific salmon species vary in terms of their life cycles. The most known species are Sockeye, Chinook, Coho and Chum. Some spend little time in streams, some spend years, some mature at two years other at five. Their lifespan differs too from 2 -5 years. But all of them are terminal spawners, meaning once they have spawned they die. However some, like Steelhead and Cutthroat, can spawn more than once..

All Pacific salmon are anadromous. This means they start their lifes in freshwater (streams, lakes, rivers, creeks etc.) after which they migrate to the ocean, and finally return to spawn and die in the water they were born in.

Adult salmon often travel for hundreds of miles in order too return to the waters they were born in . IF they make it back, after avoiding predators like sea lions, salmon sharks and g all kind of obstacles ( water falls, dams etc.), the males and females court, and ultimately breed. When they spawn,  the male releases sperm and the female releases eggs.

The eggs and sperm float in a cloud of milky substance called “milt” and settle into a “redd” a nest the female has prepared. It is usually covered with gravel that will protect the eggs until they hatch.

The salmon that spawned die (usually days after spawning). Their bodies remain in the water or along the shore. Bears, eagles, wolf and other animals will feed on them and parts of the carcass will even serve as nutrition for trees.

The eggs:

Of the many eggs that the female has released, some will be successfully fertilized by the male’s sperm. The eggs are fragile and many eggs will be destroyed.Inside the egg is an embryo tat feeds on the yoke. When it gets big enough it will break free of the shell and become a little fish with the yoke still attached.


Alevins’ yolk sac contains sufficient nutrition for their early development. They remain under the gravel for protection against predators until their yolk sac is fully used. It is nearly impossible to see alevin in the wild!


Once it has absorbed its yolk, the alevin becomes fry. Small and vulnerable, fry spend a lot of their time avoiding predators. They head for dark pools in protected spots (e.g., under overhanging shrubs) . After a certain time, they begin their migration toward the ocean and a that stage they are called smolts


This is the stage at which our latest footage of wild Chinook salmon smolts was filmed. Smolts actually go through a physical change to cope with the transition from fresh to salt water. This process is known as “smolting”. One of the main changes is that they get a silvery coating over their scales to camouflage them from predators.

Adult Salmon

Once the juvenile salmon enter the ocean , it will spend many months or years in the ocean. The length of time salmon spend in saltwater depends on how old they were when they entered, their species, marine conditions, and many other factors.

When they are sexually mature they return to the waters they were once born in. Their instinct is so strong that even if they are horrendously wounded they still try to reach the spawning grounds. Many don’t make it but those who do represent the strongest and toughest of their species