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Moonwalk: Free Climber Dean Potter Walks a Highline Across a Rising Full Moon at Yosemite National Park

January 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This is one of the more impressive full moon time-lapses films you’ll ever see. Directed by Mikey Schaefer and produced by adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith, this remarkable clip captures American free climber Dean Potter as he traverses a highline tied to Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park. To get the wild perspective Potter used a camera equipped with a Canon 800mm super telephoto lens positioned over a mile away. Beautiful.

Update: Several people have written to clarify that this is technically not a “time-lapse” film, as both the climber and moon are actually moving in real time, it’s only the magnification of the moon that seems to mimic similar films that capture it in motion. Fair enough.

 

 



Amazing

Cranberry Bog Wakeboarding

December 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

The annual harvesting of cranberries has to be one of the most genius methods of fruit farming there is. Every fall after the berries ripen on the vine, instead of being picked by people or machine the fields are flooded with water from a nearby reservoir. Because the berries are filled with air, all it takes is a gentle nudge from a special tractor to knock them loose and float them to the surface where they are quickly and easily collected by the tasty, tart kabillions.

Lucky for us a film crew over at Redbull asked the important question: “What would happen if you pulled a wakeboarder through the ocean of cranberries and filmed with high speed HD film?” This glorious video is the result. The team assures us that no cranberries were injured during production. (via devour)

 

 



Amazing

‘Jetman’ Yvet Rossy Conquers the Sky Above the Swiss Alps

April 18, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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In this unbelievable new video, Swiss pilot Yves Rossy (previously) is seen soaring above the Alps strapped to his one-of-a-kind jet-propelled wing craft. It’s incredible to me that after well over a century of manned flight, we continue to make technological advances like this. My son after seeing this: “Dad, next time is it our turn?” Rossy was filmed by aerial camera operator Evert Cloetens. (via devour)

 

 



Amazing

The World’s Largest Rope Swing

February 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Some insane footage out of Moab, Utah where a couple of folks strung up this death wish of a rope swing at the naturally formed Corona Arch. The film was shot over the course of two days by Devin Graham, and here’s the making of if you’re interested.

 

 



Amazing

L.E.D. Snowboarding

February 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton shot this hauntingly beautiful video in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France starring pro snowboarder William Hughes who dons a special suit laden with white LEDs.

Sutton, who has created work for the likes of Hermès, Burberry and The New York Times, spent three nights on a skidoo with his trusty Red Epic camera at temperatures of -25C to snap Hughes carving effortlessly through the deep snow, even enlisting his own father to help maintain the temperamental suit throughout the demanding shoot. “Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding,” says Hughes of the charged salopettes. “Luckily there was plenty of vin rouge to keep me warm, and Jacob’s enthusiasm kept everyone going through the cold nights.”

The film, titled L.E.D. Surfer, is absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Music by John Spatcher. (via make, nowness)

 

 



Photography

The Scariest Waves Ever Surfed

January 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This is not your average surfing video. This astounding footage was shot on August 27th, 2011 by cinematographer Chris Bryan at Teahupo’o, a small village off the coast of Tahiti. At the time these guys hit the water the French Navy had declared the day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone entering the water. Watch and you’ll see why. This is probably the most terrifying yet beautiful surfing video I’ve ever seen. (via stellar)

 

 



Design

The Water-Powered Dolphin Jetpack

December 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This incredible water-powered jetpack lets you plow effortlessly through the water like a dolphin as Franky Zapata demonstrates. I only live a few blocks from Lake Michigan and would like to rent one of these by summer — somebody call somebody. (via kottke)

 

 

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