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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As you may have noticed, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning on how to fill those stockings. We have a number of great gifts up for grabs.
In addition to the stunning 2013 Red Bull Illume photobook, there is also a beautiful calendar to help keep 2014 under control. Designed in 58x39 cm format, this Red Bull Illume calendar perfectly showcases 12 pictures of the 50 finalists and the winner. A percentage of the proceeds from the book and calendar will be donated to spinal cord research charity, Wings For Life.
If you’re looking for something to decorate those walls, Red Bull Illume winner Lorenz Holder has just launched an online shop which offers a selection of his breathtaking prints, including his winning shot. For shoppers searching for an authentic fashion item, Red Bull Illume finalist Theodore Van Orman has also personally handprinted his finalist ‘Pipedream’ shot onto t-shirts. Be sure to take advantage of all these goodies while stocks last. Happy shopping!
Red Bull Illume lights up Arizona
Red Bull Illume lit up Scottsdale, Arizona last night with a spectacular opening night, beginning the North American tour in true style. The Top 50 images were revealed on life-sized lightboxes at the Scottsdale waterfront, with hundreds of leading photographers, editors, professional athletes and guests in attendance.
In addition, world-class sports photographer Scott Markewitz hosted a one-hour live-action photo shoot with the dynamic Super Cr3w b-boys, as featured in the Jabbawockeez PRiSM show at the Luxor Vegas. Using the new broncolor Move power packs and lighting equipment to illuminate the breakdance crew, Markewitz was able to share some of his lighting techniques and demonstrate how to creatively capture the perfect action shot. The celebration continued with a musical line-up including DJ sets by Panic City, DJ Spider and Jeff Apruzzese of Passion Pit, plus an additional live performance by Super Cr3w.
Zak Noyle, winner of the Sequence Category, enjoyed the exhibition: “To see people looking at my photo that’s on display in Scottsdale is pretty cool. I’m getting so many different reactions to it from people here tonight, so it’s really neat to be able to be here and explain it to them.”
The exhibition will run until November 24 as a free public exhibition from 6:30 – 10 pm every evening. The limited edition Red Bull Illume photobooks are available for purchase at the exhibition, or alternatively can be found on the Red Bull online shop.
Red Bull Illume to light up Scottsdale, AZ
The 2013 Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour kicks off the North American tour with a stop in Scottsdale, Arizona from November 14 - 24, 2013. The nighttime exhibition showcases the Top 50 images on 2 x 2m (7 x 7 ft) lightboxes and runs from 14th – 24th of November at the Scottsdale Waterfront from 6:00 – 10:00 pm daily.
As can be expected, the opening night on the 14th November promises to be spectacular, with world-class sports photographer Scott Markewitz hosting a live action photo shoot from 8:00 – 9:00 pm at the Scottsdale Waterfront, adjacent to where the Red Bull Illume Exhibition is on display.
Markewitz will demonstrate shooting the dynamic talent of the Super Cr3w b-boys, who featured in the Jabbawockeez PRiSM show at the Luxor Las Vegas. Using the new Broncolor Move power packs and lighting equipment to illuminate the breakdance crew, Markewitz will share some of his lighting techniques and demonstrate how to creatively capture the perfect shot.
Following the live action shoot is a celebration that takes place at the W Scottsdale, a local event partner. The party will be open to the public starting at 9:00 pm and feature a musical line-up including special guest DJs.
The exhibition is free for all ages, so be sure to drop by and prepare to be illuminated!
Directions to the exhibition:
Red Bull Illume will be located along the Arizona Canal waterfront and adjacent Soleri Bridge. You can access the exhibit from the north end of the canal along N Scottsdale Road, or from the south end near the intersection of E Stetson Drive and E 6th Avenue.
Red Bull Illume goes to the US!
Red Bull Illume will be lighting up the desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona with the spectacular Top 50 photo exhibition from November 14th-24th. This will be the first tour stop since the official winner award ceremony and exhibition in Hong Kong, and the start of the whirlwind US tour.
The dazzling photo exhibit will be on display nightly on life-sized lightboxes along the Scottsdale Waterfront and is free to the public. On November 14th, an opening gala will be held for invited guests celebrating the first North American tour stop. The lightboxes will be covered until the sun sets, and upon darkness, the covers will be removed to reveal the stunning illuminated works of art. The same night, a celebration will take place at the W Scottsdale, a local event partner, for the official kickoff party. The party will be open to the public starting at 9pm and feature a musical line-up including special guest DJs.
After visiting Scottsdale, the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour will continue to travel around the world's capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years. More information regarding the next tour stops will be released on this site and Facebook soon. Stay tuned!
Updated Red Bull Illume Tablet App
Red Bull Illume has launched an updated version of the 2013 Tablet App complete with audio commentary direct from the photographers. This unique experience lets users listen to the Top 50 photographers giving the lowdown on their amazing shots and the philosophy behind them, while browsing through their incredible images.
If you’re an aspiring photographer interested in action sports photography and want to know the inside story on how the photographers got the shot, then this App update is definitely for you. The App is available for download on iTunes or Google Play!