I’m once again truly humbled to see that my new short: Everest A Time Lapse Film – II is captivating audiences around the world. As always, my goal is to bring to life the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and to inspire others to dream big, discover their passions and explore this beautiful planet we inhabit. Everest and the people of Nepal have given so much to me and this is a very small way of giving something back.
Seven years ago I decided to buy a camera to capture my climbing adventures. Little did I know how it would change my life. Not only did it make the climbing even more enjoyable, it also taught me all the important aspects of photography. A short while ago, that camera, my trusty Canon Powershot G12, officially died. So, as an homage to this little beast, I’d like to present twelve of my favourite photo’s taken with my G12. As a thank you, and as a little reminder that you don’t always need the fanciest gear to take great pictures.
Every once in a while you come across a photographer who’s work really speaks to you personally. It might be the subject matter, artistic skill, technical perfection or just plane cool photography.
In the upcoming Photographer Spotlight series, we are going to profile the work of a number of photographers along with question and answer sessions.
We hope that their work will inspire you and that you might get a bit of insight into who they are and why they do what they do.
Our first photographer is Peter Hoang.
Peter is an Ontario, Canada based rock climbing and adventure photographer. Ontario isn’t exactly known as a climbing hot spot – but it does have some pretty amazing sport and ice routes and Peter manages to mix his work locally at home with his travels to more exotic climbing destinations.
In 2016, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, police officers from India, said that they were the country’s first couple to successfully reach the 29,035ft Everest summit. They even had the photos to confirm the claim. But shortly after, it turned out the photos were doctored, and the couple faced a police investigation.
On Monday, the police in Maharashtra confirmed that the couple had “morphed photographs,” and as a result – they were both fired from work.
Everybody wants to have special photography of their wedding. Particularly the first kiss. Some people will spend a fortune finding and hiring just the right photographer. Somebody to create images they know they will love for decades. For Thailand based photographer, Keow Wee Loong, the right photographer was himself.
You might remember Keow for similar shenanigans when he proposed to his now-wife Marta. Since that time, the couple have travelled to eleven countries to recreate their first kiss. England, Italy, Indonesia and Japan contain just some of the locations the couple visited. And while the idea itself is rather special, what makes this even cooler is that Keow shot each of these photographs himself.
Taking the perfect wedding photos isn’t easy. The competition is high, and there are many clichés that can be difficult to beat. But a Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong managed to take wedding photos that probably not many people will try to replicate.
The photographer and the happy couple climbed two mountains to take perfect scenic photos. It was Mount Rinjani, a 3,726m active volcano in Indonesia, and Mount Kinabalu, a 4,095m peak in Malaysia. Cold, wind, rain and 7 days of climbing later, they ended up with this series of wedding shots.
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.
So what do you do when you need to position lights off to the side of a cliff and you left your 300ft tall light stands at home? You mount them to a drone, of course, which is exactly what National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski did recently while taking the new Nikon D500 and SB-5000 flash units out for a test drive in Verdon Gorge in the south of France.