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  • Rainer Eder, Exposure, January 2011

    During an extended cold snap in Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland, Eder photographed Swiss guide Walter Hungerbühler picking his way up a section of nearby Al Kaida icefall. The frigid temps created safe conditions for climbing, a rarity on the frozen 500-foot cascade, and Eder set up across the valley to shoot. "Afterwards, Walter told me he'd heard the whole icefall settle with a whoomph," says the Baar, Switzerland-based Eder. "Frightening if you're climbing, but I didn't even notice." Two days later, after warmer weather moved into the area, the icefall was completely gone. THE TOOLS: Nikon D3s, 300mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/4, 1/1,000 second

  • Topher Donahue, Exposure, January 2011

    "A split second after this, the snow just ate him up," says Donahue, who managed to capture skier Dave Cochrane triggering an avalanche in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains. The friends had avoided skiing to their left, where a severe crevasse awaited. Cochrane instead came to a stop just 200 yards below the fracture line. "As soon as I saw it go," say Nederland, Colorado-based Donahue, "I threw my camera in the snow and took off toward him, but then it all stopped very quickly and I could see he was on the surface and OK. The first thing he asked me was, 'Did you get that?'" THE TOOLS: Nikon D3, 27–70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/13, 1/500 second

  • Roine Magnusson, Exposure, March 2011

    Photo: Roine Magnusson

    Roine Magnusson, Exposure, March 2011

    On sunlit days, Iceland's popular Gullfoss waterfall is famous for the rainbows that appear in the mist above the gorge. In December, when Magnusson visited, the 105-foot cataract was covered in freezing rain and snow, giving it a much bleaker hue. "I liked the black-and-white feeling of it," says the Nora, Sweden-based photographer. Of course, the freezing temperatures also made walking near the lip treacherous. "It was massively slippery," says Magnusson. THE TOOLS: Canon 1Ds Mark II, 24–70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 50, f/18, 1/3 second

  • Steve Ogle, Exposure, March 2011

    "This was the exact shot I was trying to get," says Ogle, who photographed Garry Tutte belaying Nelson Rocha on the sixth pitch of an eight-pitch route on Snowpatch Spire, in British Columbia's Bugaboos. Ogle had climbed the route five years earlier, and came back last June knowing that the cracks up high on the wall would offer a good vantage point to shoot the climbers and the glaciers below. "I also like it because you can see the ledge we slept on the night before, 1,000 feet above the glacier," says Nelson, B.C.-based Ogle. "It was a great night, except a pack rat ate most of our breakfast, so we had to scrounge for whatever was left." THE TOOLS: Nikon D90, 18-200mm f/3.5–5.6 lens, ISO 200, f/16, 1/100 second

  • Camilla Stoddart, Exposure, May 2011

    Photo: Camilla Stoddart

    Camilla Stoddart, Exposure, May 2011

    Last August, after a late-season snowstorm in New Zealand's Southern Alps, Stoddart photographed 20-year-old freeskier Fraser McDougall backflipping off a windblown snow lip. "It was one of those jumps where you can go as big as you want," says Stoddart, of Wanaka, New Zealand, "and Fraser is not one to do things small. He landed way on the other side of that ridge." McDougall, a fellow Kiwi, was with a crew of four other pro athletes enjoying a free day after finishing a local competition, and his was the first run of the morning. "Yeah, he set the bar pretty high," says Stoddart. THE TOOLS: Canon 1D Mark II, 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6 lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/6,000 second

  • Steve Rogers, Exposure, May 2011

    Photo: Steve Rogers

    Steve Rogers, Exposure, May 2011

    "Tatlow Creek falls at a ridiculous rate, with something like ten drops over 25 feet in three miles," says Squamish, British Columbia-based Rogers of the creek where he photographed Fred Norquist running the crux rapid last August. It's a small but treacherous upper drop leading into a 40-foot slide. "That top drop is the linchpin of the whole thing, because below it is a cauldron that's exceptionally powerful," says Rogers. Get caught in the cauldron and you're likely to be flushed over to the opposite-side falls, which land on shallow rocks. "Swimming up top," Rogers says, "would be really bad news." THE TOOLS: Nikon D3S, 18–35mm f/3.5–4.5 lens, ISO 3,200, f/6.3, 1/500 second

  • Andy Batt, Exposure, May 2011

    "These guys are very much about training, precision, and being in control of everything they do," says Batt, who photographed parkour artists Brian Orosco and Tyson Cecka flipping from a ten-foot-high concrete wall at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Because of that precision, they can repeat the same move over and over again, a trait Batt took advantage of to snag this shot. "One of them counted, and they both leaped on the same beat," says the Portland, Oregon-based Batt. "But it wasn't quite right, so we kept making little adjustments to nail the timing. It only took a few shots, and we all knew we had it." THE TOOLS: Canon 1DS Mark III, 85mm f/1.2 lens, ISO 200, f/4, 1/8,000 second

  • Mountain Biking Utah

    Photo: Derek Frankowski

    Mountain Biking Utah

    The light wasn't right when Frankowski happened upon this unnamed hoodoo near Big Water, Utah. But he knew he had a shot. "I came back five days later, when the evening light was transforming the shapes of the desert," says the Rossland, British Columbia-based Frankowski. He captured pro mountain biker Mike Hopkins dropping off the lip of the 80-degree slope. "I love the sense of scale you get when looking at the rider compared with the landscape," says Frankowski. THE TOOLS: Nikon D2X, 50 mm f/1.8 lens, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1,000 second

  • Kayaking Michigan

    Photo: Lucas Gilman/Red Bull Content Pool

    Kayaking Michigan

    "The first thing people ask me when they see this image is, 'How did you Photoshop it?'" says Denver, Colorado, photographer Lucas Gilman. "I didn't." Thirty minutes before sunset, Gilman positioned himself on a suspension bridge just downstream of the 60-foot Rainbow Falls on Michigan's Black River. When kayaker Steve Fisher paddled into the calm water beneath him, Gilman snapped the photo. "It was like a kaleidoscope of foam patterns," says Gilman. The suds, which aren't pollution, form when air mixes with water and the gas bubbles released by decomposing leaves. THE TOOLS: Nikon D3X, Nikkor 24–70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/5, 1/500 second

  • Surfing Oregon

    Photo: Ben Moon

    Surfing Oregon

    To photograph the 2009 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, held a mile off Oregon's coast, Moon hitched a ride on a single-engine Cessna, where he caught surfer Peter Mel outrunning a 25-foot wave. "The plane makes it exceptionally tricky to time everything right," says the Portland, Oregon-based Moon. "You're often behind the waves when they break. This ended up being my favorite image, because you can see the foam trails of one wave leading into the next. You can't capture that from the water." THE TOOLS: Canon 1D Mark III, 70–200mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, f/5, 1/1,600 second

  • Braden Gunem, Exposure, August 2011

    Crested Butte, Colorado-based photographer Gunem was on a three-month road trip through New Zealand when he captured these rafters on the North Island's Kaituna River. "I had my kayak, my camera, and no plans," says Gunem. After paddling the Class V Kaituna, he hiked to an overlook of the 23-foot Tutea Falls, the world's highest commercially rafter waterfall, and snapped the picture as the raft eddied out in the pool at the bottom. "It was an overcast day, which is why the raft and jungle look so vivid," says Gunem. THE TOOLS: Nikon D70S, 18–70mm f/2.5–4.5 lens, ISO 320, f/4.5, 1/200 second

  • Ryan Heffernan, Exposure, August 2011

    In October 2009, Heffernan captured an unidentified soldier parachuting into Honduras's Estadio Olímpico through a cloud of confetti, part of the pregame theatrics for a World Cup qualifying match between Honduras and the U.S. national team. "It was tense. The country was in the midst of a coup, and the military was everywhere," says San Francisco-based Heffernan. The U.S. went on to defeat Honduras 3–2, thus qualifying for the World Cup. Surprisingly, the 45,000 fans remained relatively calm. "That probably had something to do with the military presence," says Heffernan. THE TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24–70 mm Canon EF f/2.8 lens, ISO 1000, f/4, 1/160 second

  • Andy Anderson, Exposure, August 2011

    A storm was rolling in off the Pacific last year when Anderson shot fly-fisherman Derek Bond getting hit by a wave. He was casting for black rockfish on a remote beach south of Trinidad, California. "The waves were hammering the coast," says Anderson, of Mountain Home, Idaho. The swell had jumped from four feet to twenty feet in three hours. Anderson hunkered down behind Bond and waited for a wave to break. "I finally had to tell Andy to get back, because it was getting too dangerous," says Bond. "He wasn't afraid at all." THE TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D, 24mm Canon EF f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, 1/4,000 second

  • Krystle Wright, Exposure, October 2011

    Wright captured kiteboarder Daniel Anderson launching out of the Coral Sea near Alva Beach, an hour and a half southeast of the Australian city of Townsville. "He was probably airborne for three seconds," says Wright. "He's a freak on the board." The Sydney photographer got the shot while standing neck-deep in the water, where she had more on her mind than just kiteboarding. A few hours earlier, lifeguards had found a deadly jellyfish on shore. "They're just as scary as sharks," says Wright. "Sometimes I do stupid things for images." THE TOOLS: Canon EOS ID, 24mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 250, f/9, 1/2,000 second

  • Ben Marr, Exposure, October 2011

    California's record snowpack and a late-season melt gave Marr and an 11-person crew of kayakers a rare July opportunity to paddle the Royal Gorge of the American River, a three-day Class V run in the Sierras. On the expedition's second day, Rush Sturges ran the 90-foot Scott's Drop, a two-stage slide that forms the highest of five waterfalls taller than 40 feet that kayakers face in the gorge. "You could definitely get hurt there," says Marr, who lives in Ottawa. Sturges's line almost convinced Marr, also a first-rate kayaker, to try the waterfall. "Next time," he says. THE TOOLS: Canon EOS 7D, 10–20mm f/4–5.6 lens, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/1,600 second

  • John Jackson dropping in

    Photo: Scott Serfas

    John Jackson dropping in

    Serfas didn’t know what John Jackson, pictured here, was thinking when the professional snowboarder launched off a 20-foot cornice in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains and dropped 100 feet to a 50-degree slope below. “I was wondering what he was going to do at the cornice band,” says Serfas, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. “It was the biggest air I’d ever seen.” That’s saying something, considering that the photographer spent two years shooting snowboarders during the production of Brain Farm’s The Art of Flight. “I couldn’t believe he landed it,” says Serfas. THE TOOLS: Canon 1D Mark IV, 100mm f/2 lens, ISO 200, f/9, 1/1,000 second

  • Ice climbing

    Photo: Boone Speed

    Ice climbing

    To shoot climber Gordon ­Mc­Arthur attempting a first ascent of El Matador, a 90-foot ice-and-rock route in British Columbia’s Bull River Gorge, Speed rappelled to a ledge on the opposite wall. “The temp­erature was a perfect 15 ­degrees—cold enough to freeze water but not cold enough to make the ice brittle,” says Speed, who lives in Portland, Oregon. But that didn’t make it safe. At the crux move over the water­fall, McArthur sheared off an ice block the size of a beach ball, which hit him in the face. He fell but, amazingly, was ­unhurt. ­Mc­Arthur completed the climb three weeks later. THE TOOLS: Canon 5D Mark II, 16–35mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/400 second

  • Oscar Pistorius

    Photo: Harry Borden

    Oscar Pistorius

    Cover subject Oscar Pistorius, a 25-year-old sprinter who runs on prosthetic carbon-fiber blades (see ­“Oscar Pistorius Has a Huge Carbon Footprint,” page 76), was backlit when Borden captured him high-stepping around a rugby stadium near Pistorius’s home in Pretoria, South Africa. “It was 36 degrees in August, and I was freezing,” says Borden, who lives in London. Despite having the flu, Pistorius, who ten days later became the first double amputee to compete in the able-bodied World Cham­pionships, was fine—even with his shirt off. “He has a cast-iron constitution,” says Borden. “Oscar’s like a shark. He’s not built to stand still.” THE TOOLS: Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.2 lens, ISO 200, f/9, 1/640 second

  • Ellsmere Island circumnavigation

    Boomer and Jon Turk, pictured here dragging his 300-pound ­kayak beside ice floes on Canada’s Ellesmere Island, walked and paddled 1,486 miles in 104 days to complete a human-powered circumnavigation of the Arctic island. “Every day, we were committing to an epic,” says the McCall, Idaho, photographer. That included a walrus attack, a 24-mile open-water crossing, and an emergency evacuation. Forty hours after ­completing the expedition, while the pair were recovering in the 141-­person ­village of Grise Fiord, Turk, 65, nearly collapsed on the verge of kidney failure. “He flew directly to a hospital,” says ­Boomer. “The epic just wouldn’t end.” THE TOOLS: Canon 7D, 24–100mm f/4 lens, ISO 100, f/8, 1/400 second

  • Christian Pondella, Exposure, December 2011

    To capture Canadian Will Gadd dangling by his ice tools on a crux pitch of 465-foot Helmcken Falls, in British Columbia, Pondella ­ascended 80 feet of rope to reach a vantage point near the action. The five-pitch route, dubbed Spray On, is one of the hardest ice climbs ever completed. “Before this, nobody had attempted horizontal water ice like this,” says Pondella, of Mammoth Lakes, California. He waited to snap the photo until Gadd’s feet cut loose from the wall. “I couldn’t believe he hung on,” says Pondella. THE TOOLS: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 16–35mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/400 second

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