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Nov 22, 2019 at 14:48Nov 22, 2019
Rupert Walker Wins Red Bull Illume Moving Image Category, Plus Stunning Category Winning Photographs
First off, thank you to all of you for your support! With that said, I'm only going to post this one comment. Just remember there's a lot that goes into these images. If every semifinalist was required to go into the most extreme detail about their image... the ceremony would have lasted 3 days and the book would be 800 pages long haha. If I remember, I only had 150 words to write this explanation... to explain the whole story behind this shot. There's so much that went into it. I mentioned more details about the shot originally, but had to boil things down even more to fit other details in. It's my job to describe the image as easily as possible without confusing anyone with extra detail...and for an image that took 3 months of planning and conceptualizing...to days of scouting...to the actual pressure intense moments that created this image...it's just simply hard with 150 words to do justice. Regardless, thank you so much for all your interest in the image, literally it can be summed up as....extremely calculated and extremely difficult. If you still can't understand how the image was captured, don't worry, you're not alone. For me, I thought long and hard for 3 months of how I could pull this off, and finally one night it came to me. I haven't had much luck with other in-camera double exposures because it is extremely difficult and very hard to grasp. But, you can bet your ass I have some more ideas that I'll be trying to make happen...and those start now. That is the beautiful thing about photography, a lot of imagery you see...will be hard to understand and truly figure out how the photographer captured it...that's what makes it so special. At least in this scenario, you know it was captured as a raw image, and there's no discussion as to whether manipulation in photoshop was involved :). With that said...one last thing...of course a contest of this nature would check the RAW file in the RAW category before they finalized everything, I mean...common people haha ha it's one file...it's an in camera double exposure as explained. Thank you and goodnight!
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@brianpark: let me know what questions you have, I'd be happy to answer them. With that said, I had a couple different cameras set up that day shooting different settings. Only one I could use for the in-camera double exposure, however in one of the frames before the first frame used in the sequence, I happened to capture the image in the link above. Also, I left a detailed comment below of how I actually captured the image (I left out the fact that I also used a Singh-Ray GND filter to darken the sky and balance the image to what it looked like during totality), therefore that comment will probably answer most questions! Thank you Brian!
Mar 19, 2018 at 8:53Mar 19, 2018
Greetings friendly internetters! I know there are some questions on this image, and I have some answers. With that said, this image was captured on August 21st 2017 during the Total Solar Eclipse in Teton Valley Wyoming. This image was captured using an in camera double exposure, thats two images combined into one image in camera, no photoshop. Capturing this image took a ton of planning, scouting, and trouble shooting. To be honest, I made a few mistakes that almost devastated me (and on the mountainside that day...I already knew what mistakes I made)... 1. Approaching totality I should have given more consideration to the test framing and size of the sun in the frame, I positioned the eclipse in the upper right hand corner of the image...knowing that is where I wanted the Eclipse in the final image...*However, looking through a dark viewfinder the sun looked muuuuch smaller with no frame of reference around it, therefore I thought the size was good). Immediately following totality I knew that I shot it too large in the frame...whoops, guess I wasn't thinking to clearly, I beat myself up on that one, but knew it wouldn't be helpful in the long run! 2. My second mistake was never double-checking to make sure my camera worked perfectly. Three weeks prior I was filming flyfishing for a client and took a spill while crossing the river. I was able to recover my 5DIII using a bag of rice, sending the camera into Canon as well for a cleaning. Upon receiving the repair quote, I decided not to proceed...because the camera still functioned besides sound recording for video. What I didn't know...is that camera's hot shoe had been damaged. Therefore on the day of the Eclipse...when I went to capture the second image in the sequence...I soon realized my wireless transmitter for the flashes wasn't communicating with the flashes due to the water damage. If I would have double checked all procedures beforehand, I would have used my backup camera (since during a double exposure you can't switch camera...removing the card and placing it in another). Therefore I had to trouble-shoot with only minutes of daylight left, eventually realizing I could utilize the "Poor mans wireless strobe technique" (which I used to use years ago when I started shooting off-camera flash photography). With that said, I knew I could manually fire the wireless flash transmitter in my hand, however the shutter speed had to be slow enough to give me enough time to start the exposure when the athlete was on the in-run....proceeding to manually fire the wireless flashes when the athlete was in the perfect spot in the air... (also trying to make sure I timed the exposure correctly to where the exposure on the camera would end a split second after manually firing the flashes...to ensure the athlete's body wouldn't be see-through, due to the camera exposing the image after the athlete had landed). Finally, you may realize the image is a little grainy...and you see that for a few reasons. During a double-exposure...the first image in the on-camera sequence needs to be shot with the same ISO settings as the second. Knowing that my typical wirelessly flashed twilight images are captured around 800ISO - 2000ISO, I knew I had to shoot the first image in the sequence around 1600ISO (not ideal for eclipse photography, but necessary to capture my idea). Given the camera's hot shoe functioning issue, I had to take a 2.5 second exposure for the second image @1600 ISO and manually trigger the wireless flashes...therefore you can imagine that there will be a little lens flare along with a little pixelation at those camera settings...however it was the only way to capture the image I was after. Anyway, there you have it, for the folks with questions. There's much more to this story, and tears were shed for this image, it was an unbelievable experience in and of itself, combined with the physical and mental challenges of expectations and trouble-shooting the problems that arose. Regardless, I've stopped beating myself up for the mistakes I made that day, I'm thankful to have had friends like Chris Brule, Evan Grott, and Blake Sommer helping me throughout the day along with the approaching weeks of the Eclipse, chasing down an image I dreamed up. I'm stoked on the result, and more than anything, I hope you all had the chance to witness the Eclipse as well, because that was bad ass!
Mar 19, 2018 at 8:15Mar 19, 2018
@captyvatemedia: It's an in camera double exposure, no cropping and very little editing. Thank you for your support my man, I wish I would have shot the first image not so zoomed in so the eclipse would be smaller (knew that one immediately after I shot totality...), however can't go back and change that and I'm stoked with the result!
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