Do you like unusual, abstract portraits? Underwater photography? Or black and white images? Australian photographer Trent Mitchell brings these genres together in a magnificent series titled Inner Atlas. They show bodysurfers beneath the ocean waves, and they’ll take your breath away. DIYP chatted with Trent a bit about the project and all the challenges he faced while shooting. And this definitely was a challenging project to create!
Within just a few short years, drone footage has already become something of a cliché. Sometimes, though, sequences come up that just make you go “wow!”, and this is one of them. At least, it made me go wow. It’s like a scene out of a horror movie, trying to escape the bad guy. He initially catches up and makes a grab, then the rest of it plays out with our heroes running just out of reach, with the villain making close chase.
The footage shot by Maquina Voadora and posted to YouTube by World Surf League shows surfer Pedro “Scooby” Vianna at Nazaré in Portugal. After being knocked off his board by a ridiculously huge wave, a jet ski comes into grab him. It then speeds off, trying to stay ahead of the wave, but then it too takes a tumble.
Surfing has become wildly popular since it started to see a major revival in the 1960s. Along with the sport, came photographers. Things have come a long way since the days of photographers like LeRoy Grannis. But, we get to a point where styles and ideas become recycled. It happens with most genres of photography, though. Once it becomes saturated, it’s often difficult to innovate.
Some photographers, however, want to push the boundaries and try something genuinely new. Such is the case with photographers Emil Sollie & Mats Grimsæth. Their mission was to photograph Australian surfing champ, Mick Fanning performing under Norway’s Northern Lights.
Growing up in Hawaii, it’s hard not to have an appreciation and love for the ocean. It literally surrounds us and is an integral aspect of life on an island. For Zac Noyle, acclaimed surf photographer and Hawaiian native, being in the water was ingrained in him at a very young age. Growing up the son of a professional photographer, taking photos, however, wasn’t something that initially caught Noyle’s eye. It wasn’t until he took a camera out into the surf on a whim, that he was inspired to take great photos.
Since that moment, Noyle’s fearlessness and natural talent has led him on countless adventures and eventually earned him the title of Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine. An accomplishment that didn’t come easy and remains a labor of love everyday as he risks his life swimming in some of the world’s biggest waves to get the shot. His skills as a waterman also afforded him the privilege of being the only photographer allowed to swim into the line up of the prestigious Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational.[Read More…]
These “Tiny World” GoPro videos seem to pop out of nowhere from time to time, and we love them because up till a few years a go you needed to be a big agency with a ton of budget to make one, but now, it is just a few gopros. Red Bull however took this whole trend to the next level by capturing one of their athletes surfing in 360°.
As it is explained on Red Bull’s website, the camera crew strapped a meter long pole to the athlete’s body (because putting the 4 GoPro cameras on his helmet would both fail to capture his face and the entire bottom would be his body). The final result is one of the best-executed “Tiny World” videos I’ve ever seen.