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.