Nowadays it’s a given that humans ascending great heights and amazing drone photography go hand in hand (check out these slackline walkers if you’re in any doubt). Nevertheless Red Bull’s 90 second compilation of climbing shot by drone is jaw dropping.
The film features climbers such as Ja-In Kim, David Lama and Peter Ortner tackling a wide variety of environments from the Alps to the American south west, taking in forests, deserts and snow. Capturing spectacular human skill, drones can provide a truly unique perspective, going places and doing things that were never previously possible – like swinging by climbers perched on a near vertical rockface.
As Red Bull notes:
“Smaller (and quieter) than a helicopter, drones can easily climb great heights alongside top climbers and mountain climbers to show you the beauty of the world’s most pristine places above sea level – the mountains. Drones provide a unique angle for small films and productions that otherwise would not have aerial shots. In the past, if you wanted epic footage from the sky, you were looking at emptying the bank account by hiring a helicopter with the capabilities to shoot high-resolution footage. Now, with small drones, you can grab aerials from places you might never have thought possible before… All of a sudden, you can gain incredible perspective on the mountains’ scale. Zoom in and have a cool over-the-shoulder angle, zoom out and you see just how tiny [the climber] is next to these sleeping giants. This variation in shots really can bring action sports videos to the next level – as a viewer you see the sport differently.”
Companies are already looking at bringing this type of extreme sports photography to the masses – by having a drone track your route down a ski slope. With some smart editing it’s just possible that you could look as good as these guys on the mountain.
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