Just One Shot
Red Bull Illume photographer Tim Kemple recently had the honor of one of his shots being nominated Extreme Photo of the week for National Geographic Adventure. Kemple was part of a team shooting rapids and waterfalls in Mexico with kayakers Tyler Bradt and Erik Boomer.
The photographer’s shot of Bradt plunging over Tomata 1 near Tlapacoyan was taken as the photographer dangled from a zipline stretched across the waterfall.
“We could have touched the paddlers as they went by,” Tim Kemple told National Geographic: “We were literally dangling a few feet away from the lip of the waterfall.”
“The idea of this vertigo-inducing view, looking straight down a waterfall, was definitely one of those shots that we talked about before arriving in Mexico. That became the challenge: How could we use light, perspective, and creativity to capture images that people hadn't seen anywhere before?” Kemple told the online magazine.
The photographer was part of a team of talented filmmakers who have produced the film, Cascada.
Kemple added: “Kayaking waterfalls is a one-take situation. It’s hard to believe Tomata 1 is only one-third the height of the biggest waterfall Tyler has run. We hadn't met before the trip, but I can honestly say that I can't wait for my next adventure with Tyler.”
Kemple used a Phase One 645DF+ with IQ180 digital back and 28mm lens at 1/1600th shutter.
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Welcome home! Red Bull Illume opens in Austria
Last night marked the opening of the Red Bull Illume exhibition in Red Bull's legendary Hangar-7 in Salzburg. A great turnout included a number of action sports photographers, athletes, Dr Andreas Kaufmann, the chairman of Leica and Ulrich Grill, founder of Red Bull Illume.
Hangar-7 is next to the Salzburg airport and the exhibition runs from December 11th to February 15th (excluding December 23rd to January 2nd). Hangar-7 is home to the historical Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a collection of Formula 1 race cars.
“Hangar-7 is so cool,” joked Red Bull Illume winner Lorenz Holder, “I think I will bring my three-year-old twin boys here – but I think they will be more interested in the airplanes!”
Salzburg is the eighth tour-stop of the exhibition since it was first unveiled in Hong Kong in 2013 and will be its longest, so it's an opportunity not to be missed.
Get your 2015 Red Bull Illume Calendar now!
Need to get ahead of the Christmas game? The 2015 Red Bull Illume wall calendar makes a great gift with its breathtaking selection of action and adventure sports images. Certain to become a monthly highlight, the large format wall calendar is 58cm x 39cm, and features 12 spectacular photos that beautifully reflect the spirit of Red Bull Illume.
What’s more, it’s for a good cause – all proceeds from the calendar go to Wings For Life, the spinal cord research charity foundation. Grab your calendar at the Red Bull shop now.
A Day with Jimmy Chin
“Hi, my name is Jimmy Chin and I work as a participatory adventure photographer."
For young photographers wondering what adventure photography is all about, look no further then this video about Jimmy Chin’s lifestyle. The focus on his role as a ‘participatory’ photographer is particularly interesting and his versatility as a top class climber and athlete has undoubtedly helped him become one of the most sought-after expedition photographers in the world. When you can get to places no-one else can, it certainly is an advantage!
“I discovered photography while I was climbing and I realized it was a way to facilitate the lifestyle that I wanted,” says Jimmy.
You can visit Jimmy’s website here, or follow him on Facebook here.
Lights go on in Sweden!
Red Bull Illume kicked off its exhibition tour stop in Gothenburg, Sweden last night. After the sun went down, the open-air exhibition was unveiled on dazzling lightboxes in the heart of Sweden’s second largest city, at Gustaf Adolfs Torg.
Among the guests at the opening event was photographer Dimitrios Kontizas, who before the event had still not seen his own image of BASE jumpers leaping from a cliff at a Red Bull Illume exhibition: “I was really pumped to be visiting Sweden,” he says. “Having my picture among the Top 50 of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest is something I could not have imagined and I was really excited to see it on display for the first time at such a spectacular exhibition alongside the fantastic work of my colleagues!”
Swedish photographer Elias Kunosson, also a Top 50 finalist, attended the exhibit with the athlete in his shot: “It's a great honor to have my photograph in the Red Bull Illume exhibition next to some of the biggest names in the action and adventure sports photography. And it's really cool to be here with Fredrik “Frog” Berggren, the star of my shot!”
The exhibition in Gothenburg is on every evening, from 5pm to 11pm, until November 23. You can find more info here.
Red Bull Illume to light up Sweden
Action, adventure and art come together from November 14th to 23rd in Gothenburg, Sweden, as the Red Bull Illume exhibition continues its worldwide tour. The seventh stop of the tour will feature an open-air exhibition in the heart of the city, with the top 50 images illuminated each night.
Swedish photographer Elias Kunosson’s work will be among the Top 50 images displayed: “It feels great to have my photograph in the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour next to some of the biggest names in the action and adventure sports photography. Many of the finalists have been a great inspiration to me over the past years and some I follow regularly through various magazines, blogs and other social media,“ he says.
Catch more info about the exhibition here.