Photographing Some of the World’s Best Kayakers with Tim Kemple

Tim Kemple is a well-respected action-sports photographer who we had the pleasure of interviewing in November of last year. In that interview, he told us about his passion for extreme photography while we did the easy part and shared his photos/asked the obvious questions.

Now, almost half a year later, Kemple is getting some well-deserved attention for the above video he did with Phase One documenting one of his trips to Mexico where he photographed some of the most talented kayakers in the world.

To get the adrenaline-laced photos you see throughout the video, Kemple uses a Phase One 645DF+ with an IQ180 digital back and 28mm lens at a shutter speed of 1/1600th. But it takes a lot more than gear get these types of photos; when it comes to pushing himself (creatively and otherwise), he takes a page out of his subjects’ books:

My friends would say I like to tinker. Impossible flash syncs, complicated rope work, and razor thin focus planes. The athletes push the limits of their bodies and equipment. I do the same.

Be sure to check out the video for more inspirational words and photography. And if that’s not quite enough, you can read our interview with Kemple here, or visit his website by clicking here.

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