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    Picture or Die

    I suppose this could technically be in the large format section, but it doesn't have to be targeted at large format, let's just say this is the medium format version of this.

    And what this is, is a great article I read last night about Thomas Joshua Cooper, and it concerned mainly his commitment to photography, and went through some of his exploits. And at one point, he made clear his photographic process was "Picture or Die". Haha!

    But I thought, wow, now that is some level of commitment. The amazing thing is that he is still married, and she has even somehow convinced his partner to be part of this (she may have realized there wasn't a choice).

    I recommend reading this article if you've ever had any days in which you're struggling to find your inspiration...

    It will ask you to subscribe, but I believe it gives you a certain allotment of free articles per month:

    New Yorker Article on Thomas Joshue Cooper


    So what I am curious about is - what is the most extreme situation you have found yourself in to get that picture? (dire or otherwise, but extra points, I guess, for dire)
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    Re: Picture or Die

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hendrix View Post
    I recommend reading this article if you've ever had any days in which you're struggling to find your inspiration...

    It will ask you to subscribe, but I believe it gives you a certain allotment of free articles per month:

    New Yorker Article on Thomas Joshue Cooper


    So what I am curious about is - what is the most extreme situation you have found yourself in to get that picture? (dire or otherwise, but extra points, I guess, for dire)
    Thanks for this Steve. I've been in lots of places where I thought to myself "what the hell am I doing here?", but heh, you already know my story.
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    Re: Picture or Die

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hendrix View Post
    So what I am curious about is - what is the most extreme situation you have found yourself in to get that picture? (dire or otherwise, but extra points, I guess, for dire)


    Picture or die! Don't show this to my wife or die! Remember "What happends at GetDPI stays at GetDPI"!

    Here's two candidates to the most "Get the picture or die" moments I have been in. Both photographed by my partner in crime Chris who lives just outside Page, AZ.


    As you can see on my shirt there were a fierce wind, so I had a hard time holding on to my hat and at the same time get the picture.





    No worries, my gear is secured with a rope

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    Re: Picture or Die

    Quote Originally Posted by Pemihan View Post
    Picture or die! Don't show this to my wife or die! Remember what happends at GetDPI stays at GetDPI!

    Here's two candidates to the most "Get the picture or die" moments I have been in. Both photographed by my partner in crime Chris who lives just outside Page, AZ.


    As you can see on my shirt there were a fierce wind, so I had a hard time holding on to my hat and at the same time get the picture.





    No worries, my gear is secured with a rope

    Yes, we talked about that...
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    Thanks for this Steve. I've been in lots of places where I thought to myself "what the hell am I doing here?", but heh, you already know my story.

    Yes, how could I forget!

    And wasn't your wife there with you as well? (I seem to recall that....)


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    Steve thanks for this. The article is really thought provoking.

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    This was pretty extreme...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hendrix View Post
    Yes, how could I forget!

    And wasn't your wife there with you as well? (I seem to recall that....)


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    Actually, she was safely asleep back at the hotel. The first of several missteps that morning—going out alone in the dark.

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    "The Ladders" down to the Mer de Glace and back up.


    In 2015, I hiked to Refuge du Couvercle in Chamonix 45°54'37.2"N 6°57'55.5"E. Here is the view hanging out off one of the ladders.


    The Mer de Glace has receded so far that ladders were installed for access. Most hire guides in the area so are belayed down, but I was alone. I was prepared with some basic protection and harness, but it turned out that was more trouble than it was worth. The ladders, cables and foot pegs were all solid. Just had to get over the exposure without being roped up.


    Getting back up off the glacier is a bit tough because of how far it has receded. They've added ropes for temporary access to the base of the ladders.


    The overnight hike was wonderful, but photos were a bust. Most of the time everything was socked in with clouds. A few quick breaks where the peaks broke through and a nice view at 4am made it fun. Here is a quick link to a few images, mostly just trail snaps:
    https://davechewphotography.com/galleries/chamonix/

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    Here's another take of one of the pictures above and the photograph that came of it. This is BTW not the famous Horseshoe Bend but it is the Colorado River.




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    Re: Picture or Die

    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    This was pretty extreme...

    Where is the "scares the $hit out of me button"? "Like" does not seem appropriate...
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    On hind sight, this makes my palms sweat...especially leaning over the edge to focus the rangefinder.



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    One step back, instant 3000ft free fall to death at Toroweap. Very sketchy climbing down, and even more sketchy crossing the split rock below to get to the better photo location.

    Not a place to trip...

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    Gerald won the ultimate selfie with a drop the mic moment a while ago. No competition there! Hanging out at the top of the Burj Khalifa, even at the view level, is scary. He was way way above the public viewing platform and shooting a selfie on a long stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    This was pretty extreme...

    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    The World is a book, and those that do not travel read only one page ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Gerald won the ultimate selfie with a drop the mic moment a while ago. No competition there! Hanging out at the top of the Burj Khalifa, even at the view level, is scary. He was way way above the public viewing platform and shooting a selfie on a long stick.
    Cheers Graham

    The only way to really get a sense of the height is to consider the following (which is accurate to just a few meters).

    When you're on the observation deck, you're the same height above ground as the roof of the Willis (nee Sears) Tower in Chicago is.

    When you're on the pinnacle, you're the same height above the observation deck as the top of the Empire State Building is above ground level.

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    Inside a shredding machine at a recycling plant. It was fully locked out and I had the key when I was in there. Climbed the sides during exposures because the shredding disks would spin under my feet.

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    Re: Picture or Die

    I took this without a shark cage.



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    (I hope it's obvious that this is meant as a light-hearted gag and that I have jaw-dropped respect for the photographers in this thread.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    I took this without a shark cage.

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    Looks absolutely ferocious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    I took this without a shark cage.
    That would have given me pause...



    And cute little white pause at that...

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    Re: Picture or Die

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    One step back, instant 3000ft free fall to death at Toroweap. Very sketchy climbing down, and even more sketchy crossing the split rock below to get to the better photo location.

    Not a place to trip...


    It's insane, you could put two Empire State Buildings down there on top of each other and they wouldn't even reach the top where you are standing.
    I have been in the exact spot where you are standing, I sat there with my feet dangling.... Been on the river too through Lava Falls, that was fun. We camped a little down river and I walked back to Lava Falls to photograph it from below. That was pretty sketchy.

    Next time you are there walk maybe 500 feet east along the edge and there's another spot where few people goes...
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    Re: Picture or Die

    I can't look...:

    At the risk of a self-fulling prophecy:

    https://petapixel.com/2018/10/31/cou...s-viral-photo/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    I can't look...:

    At the risk of a self-fulling prophecy:

    https://petapixel.com/2018/10/31/cou...s-viral-photo/
    Darwinism at its finest unfortunately. Sad, but you roll that dice enough times and you’ll get desensitized by it until that very last image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Darwinism at its finest unfortunately. Sad, but you roll that dice enough times and you’ll get desensitized by it until that very last image.
    Ha! Totally understand, yet, I am extremely unable to deal with heights, and cannot look at those. I would rather have a root canal than open that link again.

    Never understood how heights screw around with my mind but it is probably the prevalence of vertigo in my family history.

    I guess my experience of getting the "picture or die" is forever limited to avoidance of Bridezilla and her mother at wedding shoots!!!
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    I think that heights like these are rather like being by the ocean. Never turn and move with your back to them ...
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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