Beth Rodden [Athlete]

Posted: October 17, 2011 by admin in Mountain

If you’ve never seen videos of Beth climbing, this is well worth a look. She is an amazing athlete who continues to amaze us. You can read more about her.

here.

The North Face®: Alex Honnold in Yosemite

Posted: October 17, 2011 by admin in Mountain, Uncategorized

 

2000 ft. of climbing. 2 hours and 50 minutes. No rope. No harness. Or any sort of safety gear. Alone on the wall – Alex Honnold free-solos the Regular NW face of Half-Dome.

Skyart

Posted: October 16, 2011 by admin in Air

When it comes to sky diving photography, the artists are few and far between. We rarely come across skydiving shots that really “move” us, however this photograph is clearly an exception. This shot seems to capture the simple beauty of human flight.

If anyone knows where we can get our hands on great skydiving or base-jumping shots please comment!

Mountain biker vs. antelope in South Africa

Posted: October 10, 2011 by admin in Uncategorized

Mountain biker Evan van der Spuy earned a new nickname this weekend and it already has a trending hashtag on Twitter (#BUCKNORRIS).

Van der Spuy, a Team Jeep South Africa rider, was competing in the Time Freight MTB Express at Albert Falls Dam. Out of nowhere a red hartebees decided to cross paths with Van der Spuy and Travis Walker, who captured the whole thing on a mounted GoPro.

So, next time you plan on riding your bike through a game reserve be sure to watch out for crossing antelope. Evan, we’re glad that you’re ok and… that the buck stopped there.

Rainer Eder [Photographer]

Posted: October 10, 2011 by admin in Mountain

Photographer: Rainer Eder

The icefall is not far from where my home in central Switzerland is, and I noticed it a while ago when passing nearby. It is such a bold line. pretty exposed with several sections of freestanding ice columns, but it takes the reference of a climber to show its whole majesty. The problem was that good, safe conditions, with a thin ice line from top to bottom are rare.

After a period of cold weather I decided to check out the condition of the icefall. It looked good and I had a quick talk to Walter Hungerbühler who lives right next to the icefall’s exit.

As luck would have it, Walter told me he was going to climb the icefall the next day. I decided to take the chance and get some ‘wide’ shots from the opposite side of the valley. So, when I went back, fresh snow had covered the landscape – breathtaking! I did not have to do much more than wait for the climbers to get in the right position. later, they told me that during their ascent, the whole icefall ‘settled’ (released tension) with a ‘whoom’ sound. Scary if you are climbing, but I did not even notice. Walter and Stefan Suhner, who is belaying in the photo, topped out without any problem.

I have shots that required a lot more effort from my side, both physically and mentally, but in the end, that’s not what makes a great photo. Sometimes, all it takes is being at the right place and not missing the ‘magic’ moment!

PHOTO INFO

Photographer: Rainer Eder
Athletes: Walter Hungerbühler
Location: Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland

Dan Barham [Photographer]

Posted: October 5, 2011 by admin in MX

© 2005-2011 Dan Barham All Rights Reserved

Dan Barham is originally from Manchester, UK, but now living on Vancouver’s North Shore, Dan primarily shoots mountain bike and outdoor photography for numerous editorial and commercial clients across the globe, and currently enjoys a position as one of Bike Magazine’s select few Senior Photographers. You can see the complete collection of Dan’s work on his website.

Christoph Schöch [Photographer]

Posted: October 5, 2011 by admin in Snow

Daniel Schlessi in Austria

The season hadn’t started yet back in 2008, but I decided to get some early season impressions of Hintertux in Austria. The conditions were pretty good – fresh snow and bluebird skies were forecasted. We went up the glacier really early to check everything out.

Daniel Schiessl, who had just got back into skiing after his knee surgery, was part of the crew. He came up with the idea to do some fast plant shots at the knuckle of the jump. The jumps weren’t that big so I thought it was a good idea. I wanted to get the camera as close as possible and use a fisheye lens so someone looking at the picture could really get a feeling of how the trick is done.

It took a while to set up the shoot so Dani didn’t hit the equipment, or me! The sun came out behind the mountain at just the right time and I gave Dani the go-ahead. I think he flew by about 30cm from my camera. It was a close shave, but we got the perfect shot.

Photo Info

Photographer: Christoph Schöch
Athlete: Daniel Schiessl
Location: Hintertux, Austria

Tech Info

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: 10-17mm
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f4.5
Shutter speed: 1/6400

Photo courtesy of Red Bull illume

Sloans lands 900 tailgrab on MiniMega

Posted: October 3, 2011 by admin in Skate

Elliot Sloan First Ever 900 Tailgrab on Mini-Mega Ramp from Skatepark of Tampa on Vimeo.

At the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberly, South Africa, Elliot Sloan landed the first-ever 900 tailgrab on a MiniMega ramp, winning the MiniMega best trick contest on Sunday.

Sloan pulled the trick off on his last attempt right as the buzzer was going off.

“Tail 9 in the house!” wrote Bob Burnquist on Twitter, adding, “Radicalness at its finest. Congrats, Elliot!”

Burnquist landed a 900 on the MegaRamp last September to become the first skater to land a 900 on the MegaRamp and only the fifth skater to land the trick in history — Tony Hawk, Georgio Zatoni, Sandro Dias and Alex Perelson round out the elite 900 club. Fourteen-year-old Mitchie Brusco landed the world’s second MegaRamp 900 in July of this year during practice at the Nescau MegaRamp Invitational in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Marcel Lämmerhirt [Photographer]

Posted: October 2, 2011 by admin in H2O

In September 2008 I went to Hamburg, Germany, for the Red Bull Cliff Diving event, which was at three different locations over four days. The first spot was Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse complex in the world, built on oak pile foundations.

It wasn’t easy to get permission to shoot there because the buildings are protected as they are historically important. For a safe dive the organizers needed to dig out a bit of the canal bed to get the four meters of water the divers needed for the high dives. We had just one hour of high tide to get as many shots as possible.

I used 2 cameras, one overhead above the platform connected with flashes, and the second on the opposite bank for the sequences. Just before the session was over I changed my position to a bridge over the canal to get this angle. It was 4pm and I shot against the sun. Because of the bad light conditions I decided to shoot in HDR to get more information in the picture. In order to avoid the typical HDR look, I manually put the five single exposures together.

Photo Info

Photographer: Marcel Lämmerhirt
Athlete: José Eber Pava Ordoñez
Location: Hamburg, Germany

Tech Info

Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO: 125
F-Stop: f 8,0
Shutter Speed: 1/1600

 

 

 

Thomas P. Peschak [Photographer]

Posted: September 30, 2011 by admin in H2O

Photographed by THOMAS P. PESCHAK

When this photograph was first published in Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife and later in Paris Match and the Daily Mail (London) it resulted in a flurry of e-mails, phone calls and letters from around the world asking if the image was a fake. The image became the most talked about of shark photograph ever.

To capture this image I tied myself to the tower of the research boat Lamnidae and leaned into the void, precariously hanging over the ocean while waiting patiently for a white shark to come along. I wanted to shot a photograph that would tell the story of our research efforts to track white sharks using kayaks. When the first shark of the day came across our sea kayak it dove to the seabed and inspected it from below. I quickly trained my camera on the dark shadow which slowly transformed from diffuse shape into the sleek outline of a large great white. When the shark’s dorsal fin broke the surface I thought I had the shot, but hesitated a fraction of a second and was rewarded with marine biologist Trey Snow in the kayak turning around to look behind him. I pressed the shutter and the rest was history. Throughout the day I shot many more images, most showing the kayak following the shark, but all lacked the power of that first image of the great white tracking the kayak. 

In 2003 my friend and white shark biologist Michael Scholl discovered large numbers of great white sharks in extremely shallow water near the southernmost tip of South Africa. We initiated a research project but all of our initial attempts were thwarted because the sharks were repelled or attracted to the boats engine’s electrical fields, disrupting their natural behaviour.

I have been sea kayaking for quite a number of years, frequently using it as a photographic platform and could not think of a better, less unobtrusive vessel from which to track white sharks from. Granted the first few attempts were a little nerve-wracking, even though we had observed the sharks reaction to an empty kayak numerous times. It is hard to describe what goes through ones mind when sitting in a yellow plastic sea kayak and a 4.5 m + great white shark is heading your way.

White sharks, despite their bad reputation are much more cautious and inquisitive in nature than aggressive and unpredictable. At no time did any shark show any agression towards our little yum yum yellow craft.

We believe that white sharks come inshore in such great numbers to socially interact with others of their species, perhaps even to mate or give birth to their young. We have observed sharks following behind or swimming tight circles around one another. To observe and document great white sharks mating or giving birth is the holy grail of shark research and photography, but it is also a extremely difficult and perhaps an even almost impossible task.

For a more detailed account of the research and to see more images please refer to the following book:South Africa’s Great White Shark, by Thomas P. Peschak and Michael C. Scholl, published by Struik in 2006. It is available from all good bookshops and online book merchants.