Our Lowepro Storytellers travel to many different corners of the world. We thought it would be fun to take a walk in their shoes to see where their feet, and camera take them. The mission for this month is “From Where I Stand”. We hope you enjoy the view from where our Lowepro Storytellers stand.
During one of my expedition to Svalbard I chartered a sailing boat to circumnavigate the archipelago. One day while slowly navigating through pack ice I decided to climb the 15 meters tall mast to have a different perspective.
The reward for exploring the off-the-beaten-path streets of Germany’s little town of Regensburg is a mystical Autumn path. The fog creates a mysterious cast as it spreads through the trees, drips of dew fall from the branches and the smell of wet foliage brings back childhood memories. Standing here, surrounded by leaves in a dozen different shades orange and yellow is one perfect moment in time.
Canon EOS 6D
We were privileged to shoot this wonderful couple at the amazing Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Kristine and Jon were engaged at this very spot, so it was extra special to create these portraits with them in this special place where they made their promises to each other.
The term “From where I stand” can have a couple different meanings. Of course it can literally mean the view from where I stand, which if I was a landscape photographer would be perfect. But in this case I chose to go with the meaning of one’s personal beliefs, opinion, or outlook on something. As in, “From where I stand, life is a fun and crazy journey!” (and that’s me speaking!).
Image animation created using Plotagraph Pro
Sometimes you don’t know you’re standing in the most perfectly lit spot until it’s almost too late. Having this moment of quiet light standing in a busy tourist area in Beijing brings me right back. These are the moments we need to breathe in more of when traveling.
I raised my camera, she raised her gun. Good thing for me, it was all part of a carefully coordinated behind-the-scene moment as a Unit Stills photographer on “the Humanity Bureau”, an upcoming movie, filmed in the southern Okanagan region. Special thanks definitely owed to Armourer, Ryan Steacy, for making sure everything went off… without a bang.
I love tourists. They’re fascinating and a joy to watch. I see them rushing about, moving around seeking experiences. It’s a good thing. How else do you find if you do not look. From where I stand through looking we find where things are not which leads us to see where they are.
As a photographer every angle changes the perspective and feeling of an image. Whenever possible I try to find an angle that captures the essence so people can “feel” what it was like standing there.
I often do stand in my own shots….I love how it can add a sense of scale. For this particular image I timed the shot to capture the sun star peaking through the trees. I ran into the image (trying not to fall over on the slightly slick, icy rocks) and used my remote shutter release to take the shot.
I’ve stood in many places around the world. My simple explanation is that it’s nice to be somewhere looking at something. For me, photography has been a catalyst to go and see; my camera a pixel passport. Often I’m looking for water and bringing my camera along underneath the waves where I love to be. So I guess you could say this image is ‘from where I swim’.
I photograph alone a lot and sometimes I need a person in the frame for a sense of scale. I’ve gotten pretty good over the years inserting myself into my images. In this case I was out at 2am in December with temperatures in the single digits shooting the night sky. As I was shooting, I noticed fog rolling in from the nearby creek. I felt having a person in the frame illuminating the fog over Lake Tahoe would really complete the scene. I used the self timer on the camera, ran into the frame, stood really still for the 30 second exposure and after about 3 tries got the lighting ratio I was looking for.
From where I stand the outdoor elements are hitting my face and I’m comfortable in the uncomfortable. I’m sitting as my time-lapse runs or capturing stories in whatever way they are choosing to unfold. I am typically never standing in front of the camera, but when I am…I’m trying to beat my timer as I run into frame. My eyes are usually never open and sometimes it’s out of focus, but they’ve become some of my favorite memories.
Pictured Whistler BP 350 AW
I captured this photograph last week at the base of Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland. I asked my assistant to stand on the rock and she got absolutely drenched and frozen. Thanks Rox for being a good sport! (Remember: freezing your ass off under an Icelandic waterfall in winter is temporary – photographs are forever.)
Canon 5DS R, f/4, 1/250 second, 400 ISO, 70mm lens
Being a landscape photographer each day is centered around taking images of insanely gorgeous landscapes and always from behind the lens. With this assignment I thought to myself, “Why not change things up, change your perspective and aptly themed Storytellers Mission: of where you stand? So I did just that: put my camera on my tripod, focused at infinity, took a test shot, put my camera on shutter delay, set it to take 10 images and began running around like a little kid in the landscape.
Christine Schwager stand up paddleboards through the shallow waters off the coast of Cortes Island. Every summer whales, both Humpback and Orcas, cruise through this isolated stretch of water but tonight, Christine quietly moves over the flat water.