9 Reasons to Go Wild This Weekend

Damn if the weather this summer hasn’t alternated between drought conditions and torrential storms. One week the plants are wilting, the next, they’re looking for a snorkel, trying their damnedest not to drown. Sorta the same with people. For us USA’ers, this weekend is a holiday weekend, but regardless where you are, this weekend largely marks the beginning of a seasonal shift. As such, I’ve found 9 reasons that you should get off your arse, get outside, and make some naturally otherworldly pictures.

Here’s 9 mind blowers from a handful of amazing photographers. Link out to their work if you have a spare minute…

Blake Gordon:

Hengki Koentjoro:

Kevin Cooley:

Barry Underwood:

Finally, a video from Nate Bolt, who condensed a ten-hour plane ride and 2,459 frames into a two minute video. And he caught the Northern Lights while he did it:

I shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse.,Shot with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm – 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots.  I arranged on the Korg iMS20 iPad App. Edits and pans in After Effects CS5 and iMovie.

Happy shooting. Have a great weekend.

59 Responses to 9 Reasons to Go Wild This Weekend

  1. Abhishek Sisodia September 2, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    The 2nd pic by Hengki Koentjoro. Can someone deconstruct it ?, i mean how much of it is post processed or not ?, esp. such kind of lighting.

    • Moritz September 2, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Even though I’m not sure about this image, for lightning it’s best to use a long exposure. If you are lucky enough you’ll get even more than 1 flash in giving you an even more impressive view. But it’s as well lots of luck and being at the right/ wrong spot at the time of the storm. Stay clear of dangerous spots and metal tripod will help keeping camera steady but at the same time attracts lightning.

      • Ben Carlson September 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

        I may be wrong but aren’t there sensors that can sense atmospheric pressure or something right before a lightning strike, and take shot(s) when those trigger?

        • Chase September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

          leave the shutter open and the lightening will expose the frame when it pops. varying the length of the open shutter prior to and after the lightening will produce differnet ambient (environmental) results…

        • Graham Green September 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

          There are devices that fire the shutter when lightning is detected such as these:
          Note: I have not used nor do I endorse these products

          • Abhishek Sisodia September 3, 2011 at 11:46 am #

            Thanks a lot everyone !!!, for simplifying it.

        • Tim September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am #

          http://www.lightningtrigger.com, love mine.

    • SYEPHOTOGRAPHY May 8, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      It’s actually really simple. At night you can simply leave your camera on Bulb mode and just cover the lens in between lightning strikes. I can usually get 3 strikes in one frame before it starts to get overexposed.

    • Benji Sun May 8, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Hengki Koentjoro are the 2 black and white pics. the Lightning pic is by Blake Gordon.
      i’ve been following Hegki’s work for a couple years and i’m glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves.

      • Daniel May 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

        Yep one of the best photographers out there

  2. John September 2, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Intrigued by that first image by Kevin Cooley. Specifically, what the source of that beam of light is.

    • Danny Bailey September 2, 2011 at 11:49 am #

      My guess is over a mountain ridge from Las Vegas and the light source is the Luxor.

      • Ian Goldin September 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

        No, he launched a military flare and used a long exposure. He shot it in Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming.

        • David G. September 6, 2011 at 8:02 am #

          Now there’s a lighting idea!

  3. Moritz September 2, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Have a great weekend everyone and like chase said, go wild, get out there and take some more amazing shots. As for myself, will be taking pics of people at a club and will be busy editing those on Sunday.
    Love the video, the northern light looks amazing.
    And if any of you still have some spare time this weekend, come and check out my blog http://www.mostphotography.blogspot.com

    Signed up to twitter today, chase I got you already… MOSTphotography if anyone wants to follow me

  4. Ben Hamilton September 2, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Here are some more reasons to go into the wild (of alaska)!


  5. tmo-photo September 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    YES! here is another for some inspiration.

    http://flic.kr/p/ag7eRV shot near great basin national park, one of the darkest spots in america. truly incredible night skys.

    ps. none of the links work to the photographers.

  6. kent chamness September 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    amazing. that’s it- amazing.

  7. fas September 3, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    u should go wild every week not just one season.

  8. gordon September 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Far In! I love this post of images & video!

  9. Chase Schiefer September 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Everyone needs to see the incredible star photography of Ben Canales. Here’s a nice write-up with 10 examples. http://shuttersalt.com/blog/10-examples-incredible-starry-night-sky-photography-and-how-video

  10. Belinda McCarthy September 4, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    Fabulous shots – it makes me want a thunderstorm so I can get out there and get wild!

  11. Ken September 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Chase, i wanna know what “Photography” means to you

  12. David Frain September 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Great shots, and really love the video.. Inspiring stuff indeed.

  13. Paula September 5, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    That starry sky is pure beauty. If it was long exposure, was this on a motorised tripod? (No star trails?). Would love to know.

  14. Daniel Kappelle September 5, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Very nice shots and a very nice video :) Thanks for sharing Chase!

  15. Rob September 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    A walk down the block during a lightning storm produced this for me – http://500px.com/photo/1445904.

  16. joop September 6, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    Holy shitsticks, those photos are unreal!
    The weather has been equally unusual in the Netherlands: first the worst drought in decades, and now the wettest summer ever.

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    This is such a great post!! The photos are amazing, and that video made my day. =) Pretty inspiring, actually..

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