Photo of the Week 15 October 2013
Congratulations to Steven Tippett from Midland, Texas for his Photo of the Week winning image “Antelope Sun” captured in Page, Arizona. We had the chance to catch up with Steven and learn how he prepared for this shot and his thought process behind capturing the Lower Antelope Canyon at this angle.
What type of camera, gear and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
It was taken in Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. As far as planning for the shot, I wanted to get something different from the canyon that I hadn’t seen before so what I did was take my longest tripod with me and extended the legs out as far as they would go, and then the head out as far as it would go. I set my camera to bracket seven images and I set it to do a timer interval shot. It gave me one second before it started to take the photos, so I grabbed the bottom of the tripod and then pressed the button to turn the interval shot on. I raised the camera up as high as I could hold it while keeping it steady and snapped off seven shots. I was able to take a photo from inside the canyon but from 18 feet high as if I was in the middle of it. What you’re seeing is the image is the middle of the canyon and not the floor like you normally would. It’s a style I have perfected over the years and when people see it it’s kind of strange to them.
Were there any challenges in getting the right lighting and position to capture this image?
As far as the lighting challenge, no not really the sun was far off to the side and inside the canyon no matter what light there is I’m sure it would look amazing. I did miss the light beams but i feel as if those are over done at this point and I wanted to do something different in the canyon. The positioning is hard because of the strange style at which I shot it. I had to hurry and get the camera up in the air in one second and then hold it perfectly still for the bracketed shots. If it was off by even just a little then the alignment would be off when I blended the shots together.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
For photogs that inspire me I’d have to say first Benjamin Wong (Von Wong). His images just blow me away every time I see something new from him. He doesn’t do much landscape work but it’s hard to blow my mind on almost every shot he posts, and then be able to explain and show how he got the shot. He is just all around an amazing person and photographer. He isn’t the only person who inspires but we would have to break it into categories for the rest.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I like taking photos of things that are rare or things that just cant happen twice so I love to take photos of lightning and storms, and bands and concert photography.
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