How far would you go to take the perfect shot? Would you climb the tallest buildings around the world to take photos? The 19-year-old German photographer Andrej Ciesielski does exactly this. Other than being unsafe, this is also illegal, so he puts a lot to risk to take the breathtaking cityscapes. But is it worth it?
Adventure filmmaking and photography is a demanding task. As well as having to deal with the same conditions your subjects deal with, you have to also work a camera. That’s not always easy. As well as being physically tough, it can be a very emotional journey, too.
Snowboarder & filmmaker Jeremy Jones, professional climber Angie Payne, and adventure photographer Jon Griffith sat down for a round table discussion during the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival to talk about the challenges they face. It’s a fascinating chat, offering some interesting insights into their lives, both personally and professionally.
The legend of Atlantis has caused a lot of philosophic discussions and inspired many writers and artists for their works. While many people still argue whether it existed or not, Norway has its own Atlantis, and it is very much real. A Norwegian photographer and videographer Lars Korvald took a mask, fins and an underwater camera, and created photos and video of this magnificent place.
And that’s just one of the difficulties professional photographer, Jimmy Chin tackles when he’s out on one of his typical adventures. Besides being a badass photographer, Chin is also an accomplished athlete and climber, so a little cliffhanging only adds to the fun. As much as Chin loves what he does, he says it can often be a struggle to integrate photography into climbing.
Recently, Chin and his wife, Chai Vasarhelyi, finished making a documentary which follows the photographer/filmmaker duo and and a small team of additional climbers as they make the trek up the formidable Mount Meru. The film, Meru, features some incredible photography and a thrilling story line, you can watch the trailer below. [Read more…]
If you’ve always suspected that National Geographic photographers have awesome lives, this interview with Jimmy Chin might help prove your case. A team from Mashable traveled to Jackson, Wyoming to visit the NatGeo photographer in his home, offering us a glimpse into the adventurers’ paradise that is Chin’s storage and supplies room. (Holy cow does he have a lot of cool stuff.) It’s also kind of fun to see what Chin does in his downtime when he’s not skiing Everest or climbing Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. Granted, he doesn’t get very much downtime with adventures of those proportions to partake in. Even when he is able to take a “break” from work, it seems as though Chin is always up to something epic. Seriously, the man is beast.
As I was watching this clip of Lonely Planet photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, scale sheer vertical cliffs so he could photograph the Abuna Yemata church in Ethiopia, all I could think was how awesome his cameraman and film crew are. The climb, which took them 2500 feet up, involved no ropes or safety gear, and was completed barefooted in heavy winds. The trek Harvey made was borderline crazy. His crew was doing the same trek while carrying up all the camera equipment and filming while they were at it. Kudos to Harvey and his crew for getting it done.
Watch in wonder as the team climbs to one of the most inaccessible churches in the world: [Read more…]
Have you ever dreamt about photographing your own ascent of the Swiss Alps, but can never find the time to actually get around to it? Luckily, there are professional mountaineers who are, well, let’s just say, slightly more motivated than you and I. Now, you can enjoy the experience of climbing the notorious Eiger North Face from the comfort of your couch thanks to the radical photography project carried out by Dani Arnold, Stephan Siegrist, and the 12 GoPro’s they carried on their expedition to the top of the 13,000-foot (3970 meters) summit. The panoramic imagery they were able to capture is nothing short of breathtaking.