Perspective: Dive, Climb, Crawl, Dig and Fly Your Way to a Better Photos + Video

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Jerard here from Chase’s crew. One of the things I’ve noticed working on the CJ Team over the years is the serious lengths Chase will go to for a specific perspective. Almost nothing is off-limits if it enables him to be in position to get the shot. You’ve heard it before, “get on the ground,” or “get above the crowd.” Essentially, look for the angle that others don’t. But sometimes it might take more than simply kneeling down or getting up on a chair. Sometimes, on Chase’s team, we the need to get more creative. Click through some of the tabs above to see the creative perspectives I caught of Erik and Chase shooting from this past week.

On the shoot we just had in Capetown, Chase shot from the following perspectives:
_a rubber dingy (in a questionably big swell)
_a speed boat
_the deck of 114-foot sailboat
_60-feet off the deck tied to the mast
_a helicopter
_4x4 transport in the African bush
_ underwater… in a shark-cage.

But you dont always have to be in a helicopter or on a 100-foot sailboat. The fact is, it could be as simple a borrowed rubber dingy or motorboat (thanks to our friend Carel Stander in Cape Town for our chase boat angle on this job) that gives you the desired perspective. If you’re willing to get dirty, climb up high, get in the water, the mud, the sand or snow…the resulting shots are bound to be more unique.

14 Responses to Perspective: Dive, Climb, Crawl, Dig and Fly Your Way to a Better Photos + Video

  1. Marcin Retecki August 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Awesome. It’s always important to change the way you look at things. They can get too obvious too soon so changing the perspective allows to get the creativity flowing. It’s especially important when you have one subject that needs fresh photos all the time.

    Cool to see you in action. Hope to see the end product some day!

  2. Mark August 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    And on top of that you also get to post great bts about it generating more press; Chase was talking about context with Robert Scoble on cjlive recently. I think Chase’s ad which used the RC heli was the first time I’d seen footage from one and it looked really cool.

  3. Carel Stander August 18, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    So many angles, so little time…. think you covered most. Waiting in anticipation for the final product.

  4. Alexandre Namour August 18, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    Chase and all the time. Congratulations!!!!!
    It is just great to read about all you.
    Thank you for inspire me to be a better photographer.
    Have a great day and weekend.

  5. faisal August 18, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    You get to do it all as a photographer, this looks so cool.

  6. Kurt Arrigo August 19, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    hey chase… am a big fan of your work. Nice to see that you like to get a bit of sea salt on your cameras too.
    As a marine photographer, I can offer you a few more other perspectives :)
    If you have a min check out some of my work on my site….

    have a good one.

    Kurt

    http://www.kurtarrigo.com
    http://www.facebook.com/kurtarrigophotography

  7. Ian August 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Hey Chase,
    Got any extra water housings your trying to get rid of? D3s or d700? Trying to get into surf photography.

  8. Christy Harper August 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    wow looks like a really great time, congrats

  9. bunzun.com June 7, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

  10. Marjo August 1, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    If you get a chance to photograph sharks or other large marine animals, you might want to put on a wide lens with a dome port rather than a flat port. Telephoto doesn’t work underwater, and you’ll need a dome to work with WA. Stones help too, but presumably of you are just under the surface you can use ambient light and something like Alex Mustards magic filter. Happy bubbles!

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