Amazing Full Moon Highline Walk Shot from Over a Mile Away

Getting the perfect shot, from the perfect angle, with the perfect perspective, is an obsession of great photographers and videographers. This is because, although there may not be any one perfect angle from which to capture a moment, a few of them are leaps and bounds more impressive than the others.

In this video from NatGeo’s “The Man Who Can Fly” — a short piece on daredevil adventurer Dean Potter — filmmaker Bryan Smith and shooter Michael Schaefer found one of those angles, and it only took them a mile away from their subject.

To get this amazing shot of Potter’s highline walk at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park, Smith and Schaefer placed themselves over a mile away and captured the moment using an 800mm Canon lens and 2X extender. That is a long way outside the box.

You can check out the whole 48 minute project by clicking here. Or, if you’re like us, you’ll watch the video at the top 6 more times and then start planning your next trip to Yosemite.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Cynical Bloke

    Matbe I’m just too cynical but the timing of the moon is just too perfect for it to not have been done in post, especially considering he climbed up too!

  • Zak Henry

    Damn that was steady. I want to see their tripod.

  • Jared Monkman

    That’s what I thought!! My puny tripod barely holds my camera as it is, they must have something pretty sturdy!

  • Mansgame

    Very nice

  • najascutellatus

    Well, the shadow of the moon is the same color of the sky. That is one key factor in this being real .

  • spongebob nopants

    Actually I thought the timing was a bit too late.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    how is it “too perfect” ? it’s really not difficult at all to know exactly where the moon is going to be at a specific time so you can plan a shoot.

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  • Leonardo Abreu

    Chuck Norris’ tripod!!

  • Coops

    Brilliant video composite. I think the moon is toooo big and moves toooo fast for this to be natural.

  • Sterling

    Even through a 300mm lens, the moon moves surprisingly fast. At 1600mm I have no trouble believing this.

  • Dave

    Have you never looked through a telescope at the moon? It is actually the earth that is doing most of the moving but at high magnification it is very hard to track the moon.

  • Dave

    There is also the possibility that after the video was shot it was stabilized in post. Even a great tripod may allow some shake due to wind but a few video programs have pretty good stabilizers in them.

  • Thomas Forrest Ritter

    Wind will have minimal effect on a tripod that is weighted down appropriately for the environment.

  • Sean T

    What camera was this shot on?

  • 4dmaze

    No big deal. I’ve shot the moon from over 250,000 miles away… :)

  • Jonathan F.V.

    That’s pretty cool! I’ve been buying gear (telephotos and teleconverters) to try to make moon silhouette photos, too! It seems like it takes A LOT of organization, the hardest part being to find an elevated spot with good clearance and a vantage point at the right location. But the results are amazing. :)