Adventure photographer Jimmy Chin recently shot a feature story for National Geographic about the derring-do of modern day rock climbing, and Renan Ozturk of camp4collective.com made this behind-the-scenes video of Chin at work. It’s full of spectacular views, sweaty palm moments, and insight about how Chin works while dangling from a climbing rope on El Capitan and other Yosemite cliffs.
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This video clip titled “Jump Rope” kicked off Week 20 of the photo series “CC52: A Year of Personal Work by Craig Cutler.” The video features Open Class amateur boxer and two-time Golden Gloves champion Chordale Booker. (We previously featured Week 4: Marshmallows, which can be viewed again at http://bit.ly/lkFg3c.
Format: RED ONE Mysterium-X Camera; 100mm-300mm zoom lens. Shot at f5.6 & f8, 2K resolution, 100 fps.
The three laid-back photographers who make up Camp 4 Collective were a hit at the recent Outdoor Photo Expo, where they gave a seminar on video techniques. Tim Kemple, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, all of them climbers as well as photographers, showed documentaries they have made for National Geographic. The North Face and other clients. Ozturk, an artist turned filmmaker, showed in one of his videos that he is equally devoted to climbing and the latest tech gadgets. He shot it while recovering from a skull fracture and some broken vertebrae he sustained in a ski accident. Though he was “not technically cleared for physical therapy yet,” he went for a climb and he documented the experience while testing the POV.HD camera from V.I.O and the Kessel Crane pocket dolly motion control.
Ozaturk says of this video, “It was fun to experiment with a fresh roll of duct tape, a bit of stiff steel wire and some thin pieces of PVC.”
More of Camp 4 Collective’s videos can be found on Vimeo.
Maybe we like Paul Scheider’s video “Breathe,” which shows people working out hard and fast, because we sit at our desks all…day…long. But Schneider, a commercial director, also demonstrates that even with minimal audio equipment and only a minute and a half of video, you can get a rise out of viewers. He says he placed a video mic close to the athletes to record ambient sounds and their heavy breathing. He also recorded sound with his video camera, “then used Pluraleyes to sync the two.”
for more on “Breathe” and to see Scheider’s other spots, visit his Vimeo page.
First things first: The skier recorded in this video is fine. This footage of a skier’s tumble down a mountain peak was captured with a GoPro 3D Hero system mounted to the skier’s helmet. As Technology Editor Dan Havlik noted in his review of the GoPro system, the tough plastic housing allows you to strap the cameras onto a surfboard or a helmet. And, he notes, it was designed to take a licking.
Objects of Desire: GoPro 3D Hero System
Yes, the Super Bowl was nearly a month ago and no, our beloved NY Jets did not make it again this year (though Rex Ryan “guarantees” next year will be our year) but we still think you’ll enjoy the below video showing how Sports Illustrated photographers covered the big game.
Remember the days when there were “film” runners? Well, now there are fleet-footed “card” runners helping to move over 11,000 images per hour from 11 Sports Illustrated photographers at the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of photos of men in yellow spandex! See how they handled it:
Photographer LeRoy Grannis, whose images of California surfers in the early Sixties helped popularize the sport and the culture around it, died February 5 at a nursing facility in Torrance, California, the Los Angeles Times has reported. He died of natural causes, according to Grannis’s son, John.
Born in 1917 in Hermosa, California, Grannis began surfing as a teenager, using a longboard made of redwood. He took up surf photography in 1959, at first as a hobby, then more seriously. He began by photographing the small group of young surfers gathering around Hermosa Beach. Learning from surf photographer Doc Ball, Grannis set up his own darkroom in his garage. His work was published in Surfer, Reef and Surfing Illustrated.
As surf writer Steve Barilotti notes in the foreword to the book LeRoy Grannis, Surf Photography, (published by Taschen in 2007), Grannis began taking surfing photos at a pivotal moment for surfing. A growing number of Californians were adopting the sport brought to the mainland from Hawaii. Grannis’s photos helped bring the young surf scene of Southern California to the wider world. Writes Barilotti, “Grannis’s photography, especially from 1960 to 1965, caught surfing at a critical juncture between cult and culture.”
Grannis also co-founded International Surfing Magazine, which would later become Surfing Magazine. He stepped away from the industry in the Seventies.
His photos have been exhibited at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery in New York, the Laguna Art Museum of Laguna Beach and elsewhere. He was voted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966.
Well, a new season of MLS soccer is almost here and Hoeffgen and his Hasselblad were back in the studio recently to shoot a whole herd of Red Bulls including French superstar Thierry Henry.
Check out the video of the 2011 shoot below.
“Hey Aaron Rodgers, you owe me $250!” That’s what Photoshop guru and photographer Scott Kelby was saying — with tongue planted firmly in cheek — after the Green Bay Packers quarterback crashed into Kelby on the sidelines of Sunday’s NFC Championship game and broke his Gitzo monopod.
And then I see it—-the bottom half of my monopod is gone!! Ripped off at the stem. So I’m right in front of Rodgers, and I yell, “Hey…..Rodgers….you broke my monopod!” And he looks at me, and I guess he sees my Bears earmuffs, and says “Too bad, Bears fan!” And I said “Hey, you’re buying me a new Monopod!” And he looks at me says, “Yeah, right.” and I’m all “Yeah, we’ll just see pretty boy.” (from Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider.)
While the incident with Rodgers did happen — the Packers QB was sprinting for the end zone in the first quarter when he slid into Kelby on the sidelines — the above conversation is, of course, fictitious. Though’s Kelby’s monopod snapped in half, his more expensive gear — Nikkor 400mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, and Nikon D3 — got muddied but survived.
Read more about Kelby’s scrape with the Super Bowl-bound QB here.
That’s the reaction we had when we saw this short video clip of big wave surfer Mark Visser dropping in on a massive 15-foot swell in near total darkness in Maui last night. Visser had specially designed LED lights built into his surfboard and life vest and was towed into the wave by a jet ski. Other than that though, he was on his own in the dark while facing treacherous surf that’s known locally as “Jaws.” (Yikes!)
The stunt was part of a documentary series Visser is working on called “9 Lives.” Luckily he didn’t lose one of those lives during this spine-tingling night ride. (More details at Transworld Surf.)