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Ford Yates – Outdoor portraits

 

Some incredible adventure pictures by Photographer Ford Yates.

Ford Yates is a talented 21-year-old self-taught photographer and senior at the University of Oklahoma, from Dallas, Texas, USA. Ford shoots a lot of portrait, landscape, lifestyle and travel photography. “When I wasn’t looking, the love of photography found me through the borrowed lens of my mom’s 1990’s DSLR; it somehow lifted an ordinary weekend hunting trip into a visual adventure,” he says.

I find a strong connection to themes of unrefined outdoor lifestyle, while being from a city of nearly three million.

I recommend follow him on Instagram

Looking for Karma?

The new drone on the market, the Karma, designed and developed by GoPro. There are not many reviews out at the moment and information you find on the internet is mostly from the launch event. So, what does GoPro say about their newest tool, which hopefully will help to drive the company into a better future.

Karma gives a first positiv impression as it comes in a very convenient box, which will be used as a backpack to take the drone wherever you want and your way leads you to. Everything you need – apart from the camera – is included in the box. The fold-up drone seems to be a smart solution to downsize the volume and pack-size. The Karma works with the GoPro Kameras from the 4th generation (Hero) to the just released GoPro 5. The cameras are mounted with a 3-axis gimbal, which can be swapped between the drone and the Grip handle. That is a huge selling point as it gives you another great tool straight into your hands for stabilized handheld shots. The Grip has a build-in battery that’s said to last almost two hours. More than my GoPro 4 Hero. The controller has an in-build display which – as GoPro says – works well under sunlight. A nice feature is that you can connect up to 2 or 3 (not sure here) devices to the controller, so that one flies the Karma and another person can control the gimbal (camera).

 

 

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One of the most important questions, which GoPro’s will work with the new Karma? The new Hero 5, Hero 5 Session and Hero 4 Black / Silver will fit in the included gimbal mounts.

So what’s about Flight Time? GoPro says it’s good for up to 20 minutes of flight time. It takes an hour to recharge, while the controller takes 2.5 hours and the Grip 2 hours. Only one of the Grip or Controller can be charged at the same time from the battery charger.

That all sounds very promising and gives you even the chance to build the drone into your already existing GoPro gadgets and safe money. But whats about the DJI Phantom 4? Will the Karma be able to fight against the DJI drone? Let’s compare both with the information we have.

 

Apples-to-apples comparison between GoPro’s new drone and the DJI Phantom 4:

Convenient size: Karma/Phantom

Small size and backpack included.

Not foldable. Extra case needed (approx. 200 Euro).

 

Camera system: Karma/Phantom

Removable camera system. Works with GoPro 4 Hero and 5.
Bolted to the drone.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Phantom

 Removable stabilizer and handle included.
DJI Osmo not included. Extra costs 300 Euro for handle without gimbal.

 

Follow me function: Karma/Phantom

Not included.
Included.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom

35 mph
 45 mph

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom

No, obstacle avoidance system.
Yes, obstacle avoidance system.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom

Only 4
More than 4

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom

20 min
20 min

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use for unexperienced pilots.
More complex because of more features.

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use controller with build in display.
Controller without display. Extra costs for display.

 

Well, the Karma seems to be an appealing package for some adrenalin junkies — especially the ones who enter remote areas. The fact that you also carry a stabilizer grip and removable GoPro, which then also allows to get attached to other GoPro holders and sticks, is a strong selling point. At the end it will depend the pilot which drone is the better one. The DJI Phantom is filled with much more technology and comes with more features in terms of flying and routing the drone. The fact that the camera is bolted to the drone and the extra stabilizer costs another 300 Euro, makes the Karma very interesting from a budged perspective. If you are not limited to space, you are not the crazy outdoor guy climbing up the rocks but you want to use it in a controlled and accessible terrain, the Phantom 4 is maybe the better choice.

I have not made my mind up which one fits better to my needs. It will be interesting to read some professional reviews in the next weeks. But the concept of the Karma I like and it seems to be a perfect solution for my needs. Let’s see and keep an eye on it.

 

 

Action Module for Edelkrone Slider

Slider effects are always a nice way to push the intensity of a picture or moment. But, slider control can also become quite difficult in setting up the correct shot or handling later footage. I’m personal using a Konovan Slider Kit with a Manfroto mount for DSLR cameras. The Konovan Slider comes in a handy bag and is fine for most kinds of travel. Still, compare to newer slider models it still feels a bit big. Edelkrone launched the SliderPlus last year. A very small and handy Slider solution with an action module for many different recording modes. The slider itself seems a bit short but with the new sliding technology it will get the most out of your shots. The module comes with different settings such as Slide Control, Time Lapse, Stop Motion and Macro Slide. This is a big package in small size and weight.

The only downside of the Slider seems the limitation of use. It works best and only in full lengths if you using it on a tripod. By using it off the tripod directly on a table or floor, it will give you only half of the sliding action.

For most traveling cinematographer the Edelkrone Slider seems to be a home run and best for most shots. Available for approx. 1100 Euro you can get a package with the large size SliderPlus, a Action Module and all needed attachments including a bag.

Here is another video of the SliderPlus.

 

 

 

Kott Custom Style

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The photo series  “A day with Dustin Kott” by www.curtet.com presents the independently-owned company, which is based in the Los Angeles area and specialized in the fabrication and design of vintage motorcycles, namely bikes from the 1970’s Honda CB series. The well-known company has found a very significant style within the cafe racer world. Each bike concept is well thought-through and build with many customized parts to create this significant look&feel of the bike.
So it comes as no surprise, that in the same perfection as the bikes, photography has to be. With both companies based in the Los Angeles area, and the strong automotive portfolio of M&P CURTET, it made sense to team up for a great shoot about “Kott Bikes”.
Credits
Photography: www.curtet.com
Art work: www.dwain.com
Production: www.gravyproductions.net

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See this great iPhone video experiment by Nicolas Vuignier. What a great idea and nice edit.I must say that some elf the sequences are perfectly captured and stunning.

Artique by Vincent Munier

This is such amazing piece of art. Not matter if still or moving, Photographer Vincent Munier’s work is pure art in perfection. The colours, composition and object melts into one great artwork. The story itself, the adventure and effort how he get to these places would be almost enough to show and tell. Munier seems to like the coldness of the Artic. He likes pulling heavy sleds, walking on skis across hundreds of miles on the territories of the white wolves.

In his book “Artique”, he showcases his best pictures from polar winter expeditions he did, generally alone, from over the past 6 years. His unique pictures carry us along into the white Arctic dessert, a world so different, so remote.

Winter Ascent Alpspitze 2015

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My first winter ascent at Alpspitze 2.650m. Over the last 2 years I’ve climbed this beautiful mountain in 3 seasons. First in springtime when the top was still wrapped in snow. Second in summer but in bad weather. Constant rain and clouds destroyed any visibility. That was maybe, beside the winter ascent, the most dangerous climb as it was very slippery. Another time was late summer almost autumn, a nice climb with great visibility.

So it was time to do a winter ascent, a last ascent to close the book of this alpine route. Alpspitze is not the most difficult or technically climb but to be taken seriously. Still for me one of the most beautiful climbs when you look at the shape of the mountain and the stunning views. That’s exactly what it is, a rewarding feeling you take away from the mountain.

With it’s 2650m the mountain usually sink in snow during winter, which can be a good or bad thing. Some people climb up on ice axe and crampons over the north ridge and ski down over the east ridge. Or they climb up the east ridge and ski the same down. It deepens on the snow. North ridge is more challenging and for sure the better climb. With touring skis you would most probably choose an ascent via the east ridge.

As snow was still low at the end of this December 2015, a good weather window opened for a couple of days, we thought that this is the perfect chance for the winter ascent. So we packed our climbing gear, some warm cloth and went to Garmisch Partenkirchen to organised the rest of the needed equipment for a winter ascent. As we weren’t sure about the snow conditions on top, we brought ice axes and crampons with us to be prepared if needed. It showed up that it was the right decision we made.

The day started early with a quick breakfast before we jumped on the cable railway up to Osterfelderkopf (2065m). From here we followed the trail direction Alpspitze. A beautiful walk touched by the first sunlight of the day. It was fresh but not too cold. We expected low-low minus temperature but with the early sunlight it felt fine. We didn’t decide on the climb until we reached the last junction. Here we had to drop the coin and decide if we move left and ascent over the east ridge or do the ferrata climb over the north ridge. I thought the east ridge would be the safer version but was proofed wrong later. With the positive weather forecast and full of energy we decided on the ascent over the north ridge.

I was surprised about the good snow conditions up there. The via ferrata was almost free of ice and snow. Still, there was enough snow on the mountain but with the amount of respect and concentration, still feasible to do. With every meter of altitude we gained, sunlight and visibility increased and we got fully rewarded with some stunning views over Garmisch and towards Zugspitze following the Jubiläumsgrat. As we haven’t been sure about the descent and the conditions at the east ridge, how much snow there was still waiting for us, we really pushed our bodies to the top of the mountain. We wanted to at least have a safety window left if conditions turned out bad for us. Around lunch, approx. 3 hours after we entered the climb, we finally reached the summit. It is always such great feeling being on the top of Alpspitze and get rewarded with such an amazing view. Now in winter the air is so clear and fresh that it really made a big difference to summer. We had a short break, something to eat – for us and the birds. Some climber recommended us to not descent over the east ridge, as he heard the tunnel system was closed. Blocked through snow and not feasible for access. Instead of following pour plan he recommended to descent over the north ridge, the way we climbed up. Personally I’m not a big fan descending over the same way we ascended, and specially in our case the north ridge. On the other side, if the guy was right and you find out in front of the tunnel, it means you’re in trouble. The tunnel system is on the north-east side of the mountain and the exit and somehow connection to the mountain hut at Osterfelderkopf. Most probably, if you can’t access the tunnel and don’t carry a long rope in your bagpack, it means you have to turn around. That way back can stretch your descent for another couple of hours as you have to go down direction Bernadeinkopf I guess. But I’m not sure as I always been lucky to not enter that situation. So, again not this time.

Never change a running system! We still followed our plan and went down the east ridge – as it was planed. I didn’t believe, that with the low amount of snow we had this year, the tunnel was blocked. But I must admit I was quite nervous until we arrived at the tunnel system a couple of hours later. We lost quite some time climbing down the ridge with our ice axes and crampons as we always stepped on ice plates or into deep snow fields, which made the descent quite exciting and in the same time exhausting. Even that the ridge is not vertical, but with its 60° it seems a bit steep, definitely with snow and ice. We both been happy when we arrived at the bottom of the ridge and didn’t slip down that peak.

Here is a pic I found on the web, which shows the east ridge of Alpspitze. I marked the approx. descent we did for better understanding.

From here we had to cross the entire east side of the mountain to exit through the tunnel system. From the bottom of the east ridge we had to climb down first and later up, to enter a route along the hill side, which allowed us to follow for the next hours. What was usually part of the via ferrata in summer was now covered in snow and not accessible. The missing snow of the north ridge was waiting for us on the east ridge and along the east mountain side. So probably the guy’s advice was correct and the tunnel system was blocked. But at this time it was too late. When we made the decision to descent over the east ridge we had to take the risk of being blocked at the tunnel. For the next 1.5 hours we’ve been happy again to bring the ice axes and crampons with us. From a distance I spotted the entrance of the first tunnel and when we climbed down and realised it was accessible – some pressure released from my body. We switched on our headlamps and entered the tunnel system. The first one seemed to be the longest as it goes around some corners and it takes time until sunlight enters from the backside. Some more pressure fell off when sunlight hit the light of my headlamp. But that was only half of the rent. Another tunnel needed to be accessible to reach the way back to Osterfelderkopf. Also the second tunnel allowed us to enter and leave but right after the exit, the way was blocked with snow and ice – not accessible. We somehow managed to climb along the mountain and over that block of snow and ice to finally get back to Osterfelderkopf and the cable railway for our way down.

Overall it was an exhausting and challenging climb over 6 hours+ and fully rewarded. The stunning views, the amazing weather and the fun we had was definitely worth it. I’m glad everything went well, none of us slipped or got hurt. It’s for sure an recommendation for any alpinist and within the right weather & company every second worth it.

I’m sorry for the low outcome of photos, most pics are taken from film material I shot on GoPro, which I will use later for video. In the vast majority of risky situations, I’ve concentrate keeping my hands on safety tools instead of my camera. Keeping fingers crossed for the video material of this nice adventure.

Click READ MORE to see more pics if you haven’t seen the slideshow above.

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The art of stock-footage

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Good stock footage is hard to find and can drive creatives mad. You’re left with either bad quality low-res footage, cheesy pictures or images out of budget for the project you’re working on. But there is hope beside the usual known sides like Getty- Images, Corbis or iStock etc …

Here are some recommendations for good stock footage ready for download and usage in high-ress.

 

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian Maier

The secret life of unknown street photographer Viavian Maier. Vivian Maier, born in 1926 in the U.S., spend most of her youth in France. In 1951 she returned to the U.S. where she took up work as an nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, she had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about this mysterious nanny, who secretly took those photographs that were hidden in storage lockers. She never showed or told anybody about her work.

Her massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

 

Life on the Rails

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Train hopping is nothing new and it’s done by people since the first train ride. But lately it increase in popularity and becomes almost a trend by young people. Through Facebook & Co it finds it’s way into the backpacking community. Over a period of 10 years, Mike Brodie, a young 18 year old who escaped from home in 2003, shot documentary style pictures during his train hopping activities through the US. He just releases a book under the title “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity“, which showcases his journey over the years. Train hopping is quite dangerous as jumping on & off a moving train isn’t easy. Many train hoppers get killed over time. Take a look at his website with some of his best shots. It’s defiantly worth it! Jump on now!

 

This is another great documentary from Vice magazine about the Hobo tradition.

Shoots on a 350ft Cliff

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People must be quite in love with heights when they ask Photographer Jay Philbrick to take pictures of them onto the face of a cliff, 350 feet above the ground. Philbrick started his career as a professional mountain guide before picking up a camera and starting a photography business. He takes his clients to Echo Lake State Park in New Hampshire, where the 700-foot Cathedral Ledge looms over the lake. With climbing gear, he carefully lowers his subjects onto a small outcropping on the face of the cliff, about 350 feet up.

So if you up for some real different wedding shots, per- or post wedding shoot, get in contact with him. Find more images here.

FUTURE PROOF

Up for some ballet? Take a look at this. Modern ballet mixed with abstract motion graphics.

FUTURE PROOF is a short film developed for the 2011 A/NZ PromaxBDA Conference. Essentially a labour of love for DMCI creative director Nathan Drabsch, this performance piece continues to be admired throughout the world.

The response to this emotive piece, still amazes us. Since launch FUTURE PROOF has been selected for various film and digital media festivals and showcases throughout the world.

NORTH TO NOOSA – Trailer

https://vimeo.com/118986804

Deus Ex Machina proudly announces the release of its new Surf/Moto Adventure film entitled North To Noosa. The film, directed by award winning film-maker and photographer, Dustin Humphrey (Sipping Jetstreams, I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night), documents the journey of three young surfers as they make their way north from Sydney to Noosa.

Laden with surfboards and camping equipment, the surfers battle the elements as they ride custom motorcycles through floods and rain squalls, finding uncrowded waves along the way.

Written and narrated by Harrison Roach, the film showcases the East Coast of Australia’s most iconic surf destinations. Watch as Harrison, Matt Cuddihy, and Husni Ridwan experience the highs and lows of a great Australian road trip.

Featuring: Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, Husni Ridwan, Dave Rastovich, Zye Norris, Jared Mell, Thomas Bexon, and more.

Directed by Dustin Humphrey.
Produced by Deus Ex Machina.

To be released in March.

Song: Charles William – Blur via Native Tongue (nativetongue.com.au)