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Photographer: Mike Killion, Athlete: Brad Tunis, Location: Hammond, IN, USA

Happy Holidays

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten, joyeux Noël! Wherever you are, have a great holiday. Red Bull Illume is signing off for the next week but we'll be back in the New Year.
2013 promises to be an exciting year as the world's greatest action and adventure sports photography contest kicks off. Already the applications have flooded in and some fantastic images have been submitted. Photographers have until the end of April to enter their best images so there's still plenty of time to get that winning shot. In the meantime, happy holidays and see you in 2013!
   

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Arctic Surf Photography with Chris Burkard

Red Bull Illume photographer Chris Burkard has featured in an inspiring short film about shooting in some of the harshest conditions in the natural world. The film covers Burkard’s journey with pro surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley and Chadd Konig as they brave sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle. For action sports and adventure photographers, these mental and physical challenges are what it’s all about and this film is a beautiful showcase of the risks and rewards. 

Visit Burkard’s website for more inspiring photography. 

DIY Tube Light with Markus Berger

Action sports photographer Markus Berger, the photographer in Red Bull Illume's 'Reinventing Winter Sports Action Photography' video, has starred in the above video, "7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects" by COOPH. Interestingly, one of the tips in the video is to use a cheap tube light, which is what Berger used for some of the portraits he shot during the winter action sports shoot. 

"I got a lot of questions about the tube light, so it was cool to demonstrate it again in this video. You can pick up a light like this at most hardware or Walmart style stores, add a plug and a bit of tape and you're good to go!" says Berger.

In the gallery, you can see some of the final shots he has produced with the tube light – as well as see how the DIY tube light was put together – a creative solution to have on hand if you're looking to mix it up in the studio!  

Check out Berger's website & Facebook for more.

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@ Markus BergerCOOPH

The Mission behind the Mission: Shooting the Skycombo

The recent viral Skycombo video (above) certainly caused a stir in the action and adventure sports communities. Red Bull Illume spoke to photographer Dominique Daher, who revealed some interesting facts about the project and finding the best gear.

Basic facts:

- The whole project took a year and a half to complete – it was initially canceled twice, but came back to life.

- The window for the jump was tiny – there were two possibilities, only on the weekend and between 3:00 and 3:10pm.

- It took 45 minutes of preoxygenation (like a diver who has to go back slowly to the surface, the team had to breathe pure oxygen in advance) and then 35 minutes to get into position above Mont Blanc.

- Photography and light-wise the conditions were tough – with strong light and low contrast.

- 33,000 ft is very different to 12,000 ft – the air is thinner, so speeds are higher and the opening of the canopy is even stronger. This meant helmet cameras couldn’t be too heavy for videographer Noah Banson’s neck.


Finding the right camera:

- The team explored the possibility of pulling files from a Red attached to Noah’s helmet, but the Red was too heavy.

- Dom then tested the Canon 5D Mark III with a 128G Sandisk card, but it was also too heavy.

- Dom tried the Panasonic GH4 that the video crew used, but couldn’t push up the shutter speed enough. He also found the 16/9 format was not ideal and the JPG files were too soft – not great for post-production.

The final solution was to use a GoPro in photo mode.

“I was not happy about it as I usually try only work with the best gear (3D, 1DX, Z645). It may not be the brush that makes the painter, but even Picasso didn’t paint with his finger! I’m no Picasso in the field too, but at least I like to put all the odds in my favour!” says Dom.

“So I put two GoPros on the videographer, one vertical, the other horizontal. As Noah would also be filming, it was impossible to ask him to frame in a way I like. Without forgetting that he would be jumping mostly upside down, I oriented the GoPros to have my subjects at a third of the frame.”

“I also put some GoPros on the jumpers – one facing the other jumper and one facing their own face to show their goggles and the O2 masks reflecting the rest of the scene. All together, I used 5 GoPros. I set up all the cameras in time-lapse mode taking a picture every half a second. All together, I shot almost 20,000 pictures from 6 jumps, 5 low-altitude jumps (training) and the D-Day project,” says Dom.

Enjoy a selection of his shots from the mission in the gallery!
For more of Dom’s epic photography be sure to visit his site.

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David Carlier captures epic first descent of the Blanche de Perroc

On June 6th, Red Bull Illume photographer David Carlier shot a first ski descent of the north face of a peak called Blanche de Perroc in Val d'Herens, Valais of the Swiss Alps. The rider was Gilles Sierro, one of the best in the steep lines scene, and he succeeded in his second attempt.

Carlier explains the feat: “It looks nearly vertical and Gilles knows it is still virgin as the only two attempts to ski it have failed. In 2010, Gilles made an attempt but couldn't nail the steep part below the summit due to bad snow conditions. In 2012, another skier went there, but also failed. This time he just nailed to most direct line in the north face of the Blanche de Perroc!”

Enjoy a gallery of Carlier’s shots and be sure to visit his website.

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© David Carlier
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© David Carlier
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© David Carlier
© David Carlier
© David Carlier
© David Carlier

Ghost town shoot: Danny MacAskill BTS gallery

To compliment Danny MacAskill’s latest short film Epecuén, photographer Fred Murray shot a number of cool shots of the rider on location. The video was filmed in the incredible setting of Villa Epecuén; a once-thriving tourist town submerged by floodwaters for 25 years, making it uninhabitable. The film features a number of ‘firsts’ –  including a world first ‘Bump Front Flip’. Enjoy the accompanying gallery of Murray's shots!

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