Iceland is one of my favorite spots on the planet to shoot. This image is from a Surf Expedition. More images/video to come…
Thousands of miles of travel – many, many days in the freezing rain, lots of full G-Tech hard drives and Jesse Coombs & I finally got it done. Here it is: the behind the scenes: showing what it takes to document and kayak the first successful descent of a waterfall in the 100 foot range. Shot withNikon D7000, Nikon P7000, Nikon D3S, Nikkor Lenses, SanDisk Extreme Pro SD & CF Cards, Manfrotto Tripods & Heads, Cinevate Atlas 10 Slider, PocketWizard MulltiMax’s, SmallHd Monitors. Data backed up on G-Tech Raid Mini and G-Tech Mini SSD. Post processing done on Apple computers with Adobe, Apple and Twixtor Software. Apparel: Eddie Bauer First Ascent.
SHOOTING DATA: NIKON D700, NIKKOR 24-70, Fired by PocketWizard MultiMAX Tranceivers, AquaTech Waterproof Housing, lens port & MultiMax Waterproof Housing, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF Card, ISO 200, F5.6 @ 2000/sec. Matrix Meaturing, [M] Mode, Vivid, NEF (RAW) Camera Mount: Duct tape (lots), closed cell foam camping pad, Mammut daisy chain (safety cable).
I recently got a call from Red Bull to do a shoot with Red Bull Athlete Tao Berman. I’m always excited to shoot for Red Bull as they basically give you carte blanch to go out and make cool images. And, I’ve been looking for an excuse to Duct tape my AquaTech underwater housing to something (since Tao wasn’t down with drilling mounts into his kayak). After some scouting Tao and I agreed that Frustration Falls in the Salmon River Gorge would be the ticket. There is not much beta on the falls and it quickly became and exploratory mission. The images were shot with Nikon D3S, Nikon D3X, Nikon D700, Nikkor Lenses, SanDisk Extreme Pro CF Cards, Pocket Wizard MultiMAX’s (remote cameras) and a Gitzo tripod/ball head. I used a Lowepro Vertex 300 AW backpack to hall all the gear during the rugged 4 hour hike.
I used a Petzl harness, Mammut slings, and various locking BlackDiamond Carabiners, to safely clip in on the canyon rim above the waterfall drop. The overhead camera position on the canyon rim was not one for anyone with a fear of heights. The wind gusts ripping down the canyon were a constant reminder of the magnitude of the gorge.
I used a friction strap to tether my carbon fiber Gitzo tripod to a tree on the canyon rim as there was no space to set up the tripod. Tao and crew rappelled into the gorge and I helped lower the boats in. We were quickly losing or sun as the canyon shadows crept across the falls. Luckily Tao was prepared for a throw and go and once in place needed little time to scout the massive three-tier drop. Todd Wells set up for safety and it was all rapped in about 5 minutes. Tao & Todd both styled the drop.
SHOOTING DATA: NIKON D3X, NIKKOR 24-70mm, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF Card, ISO 200, F5.6 @ 2000/sec. Matrix Meaturing, [M] Mode, Vivid, NEF (RAW) – Remote fired with PocketWizard MultiMAX’s and supported by Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and ball head.
I was psyched that they both had clean lines and I’d have some great sequences for Red Bull.
SHOOTING DATA: NIKON D3S, NIKKOR 70-200mm, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF Card, ISO 200, F5.6 @ 2000/sec. Matrix Meaturing, [M] Mode, Vivid, NEF (RAW) – Handheld
SHOOTING DATA: NIKON D3S, NIKKOR 70-200mm, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF Card, ISO 200, F4 @ 4000/sec. Matrix Meaturing, [M] Mode, Vivid, NEF (RAW)
The next day Tao and I spent the day shooting portraits. To see more images from the shoot go to: RED BULL CONTENT POOL
Published in Sweden’s acclaimed 365 Magazine.
I used PocketWizard MultiMAX’s to fire this remote mounted Nikon D3s and to get this angle, as the area was way too sketchy to stand safely. I ran a 20 foot section of webbing tied off to a tree to make sure that a wind gust would not topple the camera over the rim of the cliff. The athlete, Jesse Coombs, styled the drop.
Shooting Data: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-70mm, MODE [M], Nikon image profile: Vivid, RAW+JPEG, White Balance: AUTO, ISO 400, f4 @ 1/2000 sec, fired remotely with PockWizard MultiMAX’s, Support: Gitzo Mountain Series Tripod & G-series Ball head, Bag: Lowepro Dryzone 200.
Outside Magazine – July 2011 – Exposure: Nikon D3X, Nikkor 24-70mm, SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CF Card
For this shot in Big Sur, CA I increased the density of my Singh-Ray Vari-ND to stretch the exposure time by an additional 3 stops -from 1/2 second at f22, to 4 seconds- which resulted in the soft, flowing surf. Adding my Singh-Ray Color Intensifier further enriched the sunset lighting and color of the ocean. I fired the Nikon D3X with a set of Pocket Wizard MultiMAX’s to make sure there was no vibration from manually pushing the shutter release button. PocketWizard’s make a great wireless cable release.
Shooting Data: Nikon D3X, Nikkor 24-70, Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Filter, Singh-Ray 77mm Color Intensifier Filter, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB CF Card, Gitzo Traveler One Tripod & Ball Head, PocketWizard MultiMAX
Exposure Data: [M] mode, 4 seconds, f/22 • White balance: Color Temp: (6000k) • Sensitivity: ISO 100 •Nikon Picture Control: Vivid
After an relatively easy day of travel by modern standards I found myself in beautiful Big Sur, CA. We arrived at Garrapata State Park near PCH 1 and after a short scout found this amazing spot just before sunset. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the trip.
Shooting Data: Nikon D3X, Nikkor 24-70mm, SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB CF card, Lowepro Vortex 300 AW Backpack
Exposure Info: ISO: 125, F5.6, 1/125 sec, Nikon NEF, Custom Color Profile: Vivid
Join me and the Mentor Series as we travel to the photographer’s paradise that is Kauai, a shimmering jewel in Hawaii’s crown of islands, prized for its lush greenery, pristine beaches and lively culture. Once voted the best natural botanical garden in the United States by the American Horticultural Society, Limahui Gardens is a must-see spot for any visitor hoping to capture the allure of this verdant island. Use your macro lens for close-ups of unique plant species, or turn your lens toward a farther subject, the graceful ridge of the Makana Mountains, which loom in the distance. We’ll spend the evening trailing surfers at sunset on nearby Hanalei Beach, a prime opportunity to create graceful action shots against a backdrop of turquoise water.
More information and to sign up today: http://www.mentorseries.com/treks/2011/hawaii-2011
The ESPN Magazine Danger Issue just came out and we are excited to have one of the top images in the magazine – An image of Eddie Bauer First Ascent Paddler, Ben Stookesberry, dropping the gnarly river right line on Mesa Falls.
Shooting Data: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 AFS, SanDisk Extreme 4 GB CF Card, Gitzo Mountain Series Tripod & Ball Head.
It’s always exciting to be thumbing through magazines at the airport killing time between flights, and run across an image of yours. This image is of Red Bull Athlete, Rafa Ortiz, running the 128.6 foot tall Big Banana Falls in Veracruz, Mexico. The image is the ‘Notebook’ in this month’s Men’s Journal. Pick it up if you have a chance!
Shooting Data: Nikon D3X, Nikkor 24-70mm Lens, SanDisk Extreme Pro 16 GB CF Card. Gitzo Traveler One Tripod.