As photographers, we wander this earth to gain new experiences and capture incredible moments along the way. The places we explore can be as close as down the street or hours away via plane. No matter where you go breathtaking imagery is being created. Earth is a big place, and this month we asked the Lowepro Storytellers to show us their representation of “earth”.
Every opportunity I have had to see the earth from the air has been a unique and memorable experience. The aerial perspective reminds me to appreciate all of the intricate formations that make up earth’s landscapes.
WALL-E, Pixar’s 2008 Academy Award-winning film, is one of my favorite’s from Pixar. WALL-E is a robot assigned to an earth devoid of life, but full of garbage. I wanted to create an image that captured WALL-E’s frenetic personality and energy. The image was captured as you see it here, in one shot (although I took quite a few shots before I got this particular one).
I am never so connected to our planet earth as in moments like this in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper, Canada: Beautiful, dramatic light following a storm. I feel fully present, fully connected and with nothing drawing my attention away from the experience of nature.
I was hesitant to go to Taung Tha Man Lake outside Mandalay. My curiosity usually disappears if there are a ton of tourists and photographers scattered around. I had been to this lake at sunset and it was chaos but at sunrise, it was a little quieter with a mix of tourism and real life. Boats moved quickly through the calm waters as fisherman began hauling in their catch.
Earth – An amazing place where we get to witness incredible events.
The Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse this past January was one for the books. I drove out to one of my favorite locations deep in the Nevada desert to capture the show. The final image is a composite of 18 photos. 16 different shots of the moon combined with a night sky frame blended with a predawn frame. I wanted to create one image that encompassed all the phases of this spectacular event.
The earth is what inspires me most in photography. There isn’t a single landscape that I seek out to photograph that doesn’t in some way take my breath away. This image from Canyonlands National Park was taken in February this year when I ventured into the park on a cold wintery day. I had only been to Canyonlands during the hot summer months so this was a particular treat to catch the park on a day that was overcast but still clear. The mood was completely different and I was so excited to be able to capture it. When you stand on the edge of a canyon or a cliff it makes you feel small in the best of ways. A feeling of fear and respect for the earth you are standing on overwhelms the senses and makes you realize just how important it is to appreciate, protect, and share the place that we all call home.
I actually took this photo when scouting for a photoshoot location for a jewelry company I used to work for. I think the term earth is a bit ambiguous and can take on a variety of forms. Are we talking about the lustrous greens and tranquil blues or the grit and dirt that make up the very essence of our planet?
I have always been fascinated by the view from my airplane window, it baffled me how different the earth looked from above. Recently I added a DJI Mavic Pro drone to my photography and it has continued to entertain that perspective. I now try to capture at least one image from each remote location because our earth is beautiful from above!
Joey and Lan-Anh drove 7 hours for us to shoot them, and all we took them to was this pile of dirt. Literally cleared land – ready for a new neighbourhood development – was our backdrop for their engagement shoot. We told them to literally take a hike on a pile of earth quite a ways away and love this shot Quin took with them perfectly framed in the cloud. We’re honoured for their trust on that day, but even more thankful to now call them some of our closest friends. Amazing what can come from dirt and earth!