Lowepro Storytellers Mission 1: PERSPECTIVE
Every month we challenge our Lowepro Storytellers with a mission. We are looking to see the different types of images our Storytellers come up with when given a word or phrase. Because our group is spread all over the World, each with their very own style, we are extremely excited to see what they have come up with.
The first Mission is PERSPECTIVE. We chose this word because in photography it could mean something different to everyone when capturing an image. We are beyond excited to share these images with everyone and are already looking forward to next month’s Mission.
PERSPECTIVE: Samuel Taipale
“I’ve always wanted to create something unique, where the perspective plays the key role in my photos. I believe the perspective is the very essence of what makes us all unique and I think that’s where the beauty lies in photography. As I think more about the meaning of perspective, I always want to find the best possible way, through which I can create a photo that will bring people along for the ride.
This shot is taken on a ledge called Trolltunga with my wife. I really wanted to show how majestic the camping in the Norwegian nature can be.”
PERSPECTIVE: Jeff Bartlett
“As an adventure photographer, I think of perspective as my biggest tool. I can manipulate the scene to exaggerate its depth of field with a wide lens or compress a scene with a telephoto. It’s amazing how little differences in focal length or location will change an entire landscape. I also think of perspective as how I see the world, which is often a combination of bold landscapes and vibrant colours.This image is an example of both. On a recent trip to Finland, we were struggling through some white-out light. I was on a mission to add both size and colour to my images and found this awesome tree that stood out from its surroundings. The final touch was asking another photographer to walk into the frame.”
PERSPECTIVE: Erika Skogg
“One of the biggest challenges I face photographically during my travels is to convey the energy and magic of a place before the moment disappears. During a recent photography trip through the Sacred Valley of Peru, I had the chance to follow of few women from the village of Qenqo on their evening trek to herd the towns’ llamas, alpacas, and sheep from grazing in the highlands. These women moved fast, so I had to scamper behind them, crouched low to the ground to capture both their vibrant traditional clothing and the funnel-like leading line from the animals into the vanishing point of the mountains. The perspective of this point-of-view begins with a strong foreground, and, with the help of some llamas, brings you into the distant landscape – guiding you home with the herd for the night.”
PERSPECTIVE: Craig Pulsifer
Baler, Aurora Province, Philippines
“Perspective is not always a graphical term. For both creative and logical minds, perspective can be the way one looks at the world; as such, it is a relative thing. Here, a young man in ‘Rastafarian cap’ drinks from a bottle filled with “Lambunog”; a distilled liquor of fermented coconut milk that is bound to change anyone’s perspective on the world.”
PERSPECTIVE: Luke Pearsall
“I shoot commercially for a living (you know models pretending to be really enjoying products they haven’t seen until the day of the shoot kind stuff) and my work with women is what most people recognize me for so obviously my perspective story image would be that of a seagull against a gloomy sky.
I think one of the most critical skills we utilize as photographers is simply enough being observer of the world and its changes. We observe the way people lean against a wall, the way that light paints a landscape as it slowly dips below the horizon, or the way an object sitting in a space it should not generally be found in has some sort of odd beauty to how out of place it might be.
For me the seagull in this photograph was just this. I didn’t climb to top of a high peak in an exotic location. I didn’t spend hours waiting for the bird to fly over head and I didn’t plan for even a second to make this photograph but, in the midst of shooting a girl in a dress against the backdrop of a rare overcast day at the studio in Venice Beach, California I looked up. This seemingly minuscule change of perspective (and some ninja like photographer reflexes) lent itself to this beautiful backdrop and the silhouette of a rather ordinary bird looking extraordinary. This is our job as observers and photographers to take the moments of ordinary and make them something memorable. Its not rocket science its just a different perspective.”
PERSPECTIVE: Elisabeth Brentano
Winter in the Gallatin River. Montana, United States
“I thought a landscape like this only existed in my dreams, but as I drove up US 191 to
Yellowstone last month I began to realize that it might be the other way around. If nature is what inspires the imagination, it’s up to us to explore the unknown and find more of these magical places.
It was early enough in the morning that the snow was still fluffy and fresh, and my
footprints were the only ones visible for miles. As I made my way to the edge of the river
I thought about the possibility of slipping and falling in the frigid water, but I was so
mesmerized by the winter wonderland I couldn’t help myself. I got in.
I stood in a shallow bank and shot one long exposure after another, and while I waited
for my shutter to close I took in every square inch of the snow-dusted landscape. I felt
the cold air fill up my lungs and I watched it float away when I exhaled, and even though my fingers had grown numb I wasn’t ready to leave. From the sound of the water rushing over the rocks to the pristine blanket of snowflakes, this was perfection and I wanted it to last forever.”
PERSPECTIVE: Jerm Cohen
“In the film Dodgeball A True Underdog Story, Patches O’Houlihan says “I f you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!
I strongly believe this also applies to photography. If you’re going to become a true photographer, you have to be able to capture perspectives people don’t usually see. That’s why you’ve got to be capable of doing these five d’s, as well as many other verbs that don’t necessarily begin with the letter ‘D’.
In this photo, I was able to get a unique perspective by using the dip and duck techniques respectively; I dipped between two mounds of dirt that a biker was gapping over. Then, shortly before the biker hit the jump Iducked, grabbed my composition, and started snapping photos as he flew over me.”
16mm | ISO 1250 | F2.8 | 1/500 | Canon 5DmkIII
PERSPECTIVE: Hunter McRae
“The images I capture are my way of making sense out of the world around me—the deeper I see, the more I’m able to capture (and I’m always looking for a deeper meaning). A key to happiness is keeping it all in perspective. When your own load seems too much to bear, consider the loads being carried by the people around you.
This shot, taken during a six-week sojourn to Peru, reminds me to keep my own burdens in perspective. This old man, carrying a massive load, smiled as he passed me on this road, moments after I captured the image.
I think getting the perfect shot depends on your own personal state of mind and perspective: being open, being aware, and being ready for what’s happening around you. The perfect shot comes when strong content meshes with a strong composition—or perspective—to create a compelling story.”
PERSPECTIVE: Hunter Fiuzat
“There are many ocean photographers along the eastern United States who capture breathtaking images. The difference between them and myself is “perspective”. While many photographers go into the ocean looking for perfect barrels with deep blue color, I swim out to the deeper regions capturing ocean surges pushing over deep-sea reefs in the form of blobs of water. This ability to see the ocean differently, and for all that it can create in its magnitude, shows how my unique perspective sets me apart from the other aquatic photographers. Perspective is the most important part of my job, because without it, I wouldn’t be able to show the world what its missing out on, laying on the beach.”
Image captured using 70-200mm f4.0 and 7D inside SPL-Waterhousing
PERSPECTIVE: Daniel Taipale
Photography is about sharing stories through your images. Even a one single photo has a story behind it and can have a huge impact. You have a possibility to change that story by playing with the perspective. The way you want to share the story and from what perspective, is in your hands. Perspective is part of the finger print you leave in the images you produce. This is a photo of a pro surfer Mick Fanning getting ready for his heat in Peniche, Portugal 20 October 2014. Mick ended up winning the competition after this photo. I wanted to share the intensity of the competition in this photo. I love how Mick is able to just focus on his performance.
PERSPECTIVE: Michael Hanson
“The swamp is thick and stuck. The water barely moves. The algae clings to the surface, and my legs as I wade through it. We saw a few snakes but those don’t bother me. I was too distracted by the creeping vine that grows, well, everywhere. My biggest fear here is the poison ivy that has scarred me in the past. The safest place for me was in the water, so I waded out into the spring. It also happened to be the best perspective to show this unique waterway.” Photo by David Hanson / Modoc Stories on assignment in Georgia working on film for American Rivers.
PERSPECTIVE: Michael Teague
“This is my friend Linda and this is not a composite image. I had to help her out to the ledge where she sat still for 1.3 seconds to make this shot work. I have a few other different shots but I feel like this one best represents my shooting style and what I’m all about…”