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2013-09-12 08:52:07 AM
Austria's Anna Stöhr is a moran.

Didn't she see season 1 of Breaking Bad?
 
2013-09-12 08:55:17 AM
Spectacular photographs
 
2013-09-12 08:55:19 AM
The ice climber one made me wonder what the hell were they going to do once they hit the top of the ice other than a full reverse... there's no summit I can see...

And the one with the girl climbing the crushed cars - c'mon, how secure are those bumpers and other assorted hand-holds...
 
2013-09-12 09:00:41 AM
These. are. awesome.

My most daring venture is running down stairs
 
2013-09-12 09:02:27 AM

bump: The ice climber one made me wonder what the hell were they going to do once they hit the top of the ice other than a full reverse... there's no summit I can see...

And the one with the girl climbing the crushed cars - c'mon, how secure are those bumpers and other assorted hand-holds...


It wouldn't be considered thrill seeking if there wasn't some danger and uncertainty involved

/tetanus
//tetanus everywhere
 
2013-09-12 09:07:02 AM

Burr: bump: The ice climber one made me wonder what the hell were they going to do once they hit the top of the ice other than a full reverse... there's no summit I can see...

And the one with the girl climbing the crushed cars - c'mon, how secure are those bumpers and other assorted hand-holds...

It wouldn't be considered thrill seeking if there wasn't some danger and uncertainty involved

/tetanus
//tetanus everywhere


It's everybody's romance...
 
2013-09-12 09:08:17 AM
That dude surfing the cranberries is an idiot. One slip and he's gonna pucker up into a pop tart and Ocean Spray will be serving him in a bottle of cranman.
 
2013-09-12 09:10:47 AM
I fit right in among these guys in terms of thrill-seeking. For example, this morning I took a huge jump across a puddle! No photo available though.

/Jump was too short. Right sock's still wet...
 
2013-09-12 09:11:31 AM
Just two remarks :

1) pictures that are bigger than the screen are annoying as hell
2) a bit less photoshop, please ? Natural colors are not necessarily the devil, and on that picture, unless the guy stood still the time it took to get the stars right, well, that's a bit annoying, isn't it ?
 
2013-09-12 09:12:15 AM
Big Banana Falls is the name of my Ron Jeremy cover band.
 
2013-09-12 09:12:23 AM
The two surfing pics are the best.

/i run with scissors
 
2013-09-12 09:12:45 AM
Good to see these people doing the dangerous stuff so I don't have to. Thanks guys. Also, thanks to the photographers.
 
2013-09-12 09:13:11 AM

mortimer_ford: Ocean Spray


Nice to know my cranapple juice has ball sweat in it.
 
2013-09-12 09:16:23 AM
And here I thought the headline was sarcastic. Came expecting pictures of #swag and #yolo types pretending to be awesome.

All I can say is: DAMN.
 
2013-09-12 09:23:23 AM
Gallery of "Adrenaline-Pumping Photos from some of the world's biggest thrill-seekers attention whores". The photos are gorgeous. The thrill seeking is mostly heart stopping. You've been warned


FTFY

/Cool photos
 
2013-09-12 09:25:31 AM
i184.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-12 09:31:36 AM

Crewmannumber6: The two surfing pics are the best.

/i run with scissors


The one with the surfer just calmly paddling on top of the huge wave is tremendous.

/Tomorrow, I'm gonna run with TWO pairs of scissors, just to show what a badass I am.
 
2013-09-12 09:33:14 AM
am I the only one who had to google what the Turnagain Arm bore tide is?  Pretty cool.
 
2013-09-12 09:41:27 AM
Thank you, subby.

micah1701: am I the only one who had to google what the Turnagain Arm bore tide is?  Pretty cool.


No you are not.
 
2013-09-12 09:43:52 AM

padraig: Just two remarks :

1) pictures that are bigger than the screen are annoying as hell
2) a bit less photoshop, please ? Natural colors are not necessarily the devil, and on that picture, unless the guy stood still the time it took to get the stars right, well, that's a bit annoying, isn't it ?


I'd say a lot less. It's not a outstanding photograph if you had to photoshop it at all.
 
2013-09-12 09:46:33 AM
I know it's an oldie but I was expecting photos along the lines of this 1800 foot antenna free climb.  Great photos but those antenna climbers' every day job seems more adrenaline pumping to me.

/cranberry bog surfing seems a bit tame.
 
2013-09-12 09:49:40 AM
The most adrenaline-pumping thing i do is posting on Fark and wondering who is going to shred my poorly considered comments.

I could take a selfie of me posting this, but I'm too lazy.
 
2013-09-12 10:10:59 AM

I'm no expert but...: The most adrenaline-pumping thing i do is posting on Fark and wondering who is going to shred my poorly considered comments.

I could take a selfie of me posting this, but I'm too lazy.


beautiful - is that seat next to you open?
 
2013-09-12 10:11:06 AM
The third pic made me think of Land of the Lost

I liked the Escher-esque snowboarder-in-reflection as well...

All of them -- including the photographers -- are more badass than me; great photos!
 
2013-09-12 10:12:31 AM
Great shots. Not sure how I feel about rock climbing, especially bouldering, labeled as "adrenaline pumping." It's a chill sport. More puzzle solving than balls.
 
2013-09-12 10:17:54 AM
I just recently got back into Astronomy and Photography after about 15 to 20 years. I used to use a 35mm Pentax film camera, but have upgraded to a EOS Rebel DSLR. While taking photos and posting them online (link in my profile), a buddy mentioned the pictures can look better, then used Photoshop Elements to 'sharpen them up'. I found this to be cheating, personally, I take the photo to capture what it is I'm looking at, he says 'all modern photography uses photoshop to clean up their pictures', and after looking at the collection, I can see he's right.

They make for some dynamic ranges of colors and such, but I'm still kind of a purist, and want to just capture what I'm looking at before I start post shot editing them. He disagrees, and I have to concede he is right, everyone post edits their pictures.

Again, they are very remarkable pictures, I just wonder how much is PS and how much is real.
 
2013-09-12 10:55:27 AM

padraig: Just two remarks :

1) pictures that are bigger than the screen are annoying as hell
2) a bit less photoshop, please ? Natural colors are not necessarily the devil, and on that picture, unless the guy stood still the time it took to get the stars right, well, that's a bit annoying, isn't it ?


This effect can be achieved with a very long exposure time and a flash.  However, I'm sure that some sort of image processing was done. My guess: HDR
 
2013-09-12 10:59:56 AM

vudukungfu: mortimer_ford: Ocean Spray

Nice to know my cranapple juice has ball sweat in it.


Oh people have touched all your food. If it's the good stuff, someone has tasted it to make sure it was seasoned right.

/You'll get over it.
 
2013-09-12 11:51:35 AM
As someone who kayaks every weekend, I've never been compelled to do class five plus rivers and streams.

/Neat pics though.
 
2013-09-12 11:51:53 AM

rwfan: I know it's an oldie but I was expecting photos along the lines of this 1800 foot antenna free climb.  Great photos but those antenna climbers' every day job seems more adrenaline pumping to me.

/cranberry bog surfing seems a bit tame.


I'm generally fine with heights, but I have to admit that that video made my nads want to curl up and hide.
 
2013-09-12 11:55:55 AM

dennerman: rwfan: I know it's an oldie but I was expecting photos along the lines of this 1800 foot antenna free climb.  Great photos but those antenna climbers' every day job seems more adrenaline pumping to me.

/cranberry bog surfing seems a bit tame.

I'm generally fine with heights, but I have to admit that that video made my nads want to curl up and hide.


this this this this. My nads stayed in place. My stomach joined them in the scrotal zone however.
 
2013-09-12 12:54:06 PM
Those were awesome, but the dude about to eat pavement made me cringe.


OOOOHHH SHIIIAAAT!!!

www.wired.com
 
2013-09-12 12:58:59 PM
Tattoo removal in 3, 2, 1...

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2013-09-12 12:59:01 PM

bump: The ice climber one made me wonder what the hell were they going to do once they hit the top of the ice other than a full reverse...


There are two ice climbing photos; I suspect you mean the first.

A full reverse is definitely one possibility, but it's equally likely that are doing mixed climbing and just continued up the rock face.

padraig: on that picture, unless the guy stood still the time it took to get the stars right, well, that's a bit annoying, isn't it ?


As IraeTom points out, pictures similar to that are doable in camera: take a picture with flash but small aperture and long exposure. Great for sparkler photos.

That said, the difference in exposure between the foreground and background is almost a guarantee that it's 'shopped. And I could be wrong, but the dividing line between foreground and background looks awfully... fake to me; I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's just a flat-out composite of two photos.

HST's Dead Carcass: I'm still kind of a purist, and want to just capture what I'm looking at before I start post shot editing them


I definitely see where you're coming from, because I have the same opinion sometimes, and it does seem like a lot of photos have the saturation increased.

But... the fact that photos just capture what you're looking at is already a lie. By messing with exposure times you can blur fire or water (or whatever). (These two photos look very different, even though they're essentially identical scenes.) By messing with aperture you can change the depth of field. If your white balance settings are incorrect, your photo's colors will be totally off, and at least by my eyes, there is often a fairly significant range of w.b. settings that look reasonably right. (I hope you carry around a neutral grey card!) Anything short of a fisheye lens crops mercilessly compared to the viewing angle of your eyes. I don't know about you, but I wind up cropping most of my photos in post (not to mention leveling them, as I can never seem to hold the camera level).

Even in the days of film, people used processing techniques to bring out extra contrast. Hell, while I've only read the first book in that series, it's my impression that's a substantial part of what Ansel Adam's 2nd and 3rd books (The Negative and The Print) cover. And perhaps most damningly in this context, a lot of the time, the camera really  doesn't seem to capture the full richness of colors that you see if you actually look. Ever take a picture and look at it later and it's just sort of... meh.. in comparison in terms of color vibrance?

In short, I think it's definitely possible to over-do things in Photoshop, and there are some edits that are pretty much just no-nos if you want to pass them off as "legit" photos. But I think there's a reasonable case to make that  some postprocessing is fine, and so it's pretty much up to you what you want to accept. But I think it's too far to say that any photoshopping at all is cheating.
 
2013-09-12 01:00:28 PM

HST's Dead Carcass: I just recently got back into Astronomy and Photography after about 15 to 20 years. I used to use a 35mm Pentax film camera, but have upgraded to a EOS Rebel DSLR. While taking photos and posting them online (link in my profile), a buddy mentioned the pictures can look better, then used Photoshop Elements to 'sharpen them up'. I found this to be cheating, personally, I take the photo to capture what it is I'm looking at, he says 'all modern photography uses photoshop to clean up their pictures', and after looking at the collection, I can see he's right.

They make for some dynamic ranges of colors and such, but I'm still kind of a purist, and want to just capture what I'm looking at before I start post shot editing them. He disagrees, and I have to concede he is right, everyone post edits their pictures.

Again, they are very remarkable pictures, I just wonder how much is PS and how much is real.


I agree there's way too much photoshopping going on and some people are SO good at it they fool even professional judges.

Thing is - DSLR sometimes gets it wrong and can't capture everything we see or as we see it. Personally I'm ok with some adjustments to tone, hue, light, etc. Basic darkroom stuff. Remove dust spots, ok... much more than that you're in to digital art territory.

Forget who it was but read an article on taking better photos and photoshop. Guy had a picture of a sunset between two trees with birds flying between the trees. Other was pink flamingos in a misty swamp.

Problem? Neither were images he actually captured, he created them. He said he took the picture of the sun and trees, looked down to his bag to get something, looked up and saw the birds beside the trees, took another picture and moved the birds between the trees. The flamingo one he took but added the misty effect in after. Both were passed off as photographs when, to me, they are digital art.

That was a long time ago and now everything I see that's "too good" I question, which really, really sucks for people that are just talented photographers, not talented photoshoppers.
 
2013-09-12 01:02:56 PM

PainfulItching: dennerman: rwfan: I know it's an oldie but I was expecting photos along the lines of this 1800 foot antenna free climb.  Great photos but those antenna climbers' every day job seems more adrenaline pumping to me.

/cranberry bog surfing seems a bit tame.

I'm generally fine with heights, but I have to admit that that video made my nads want to curl up and hide.

this this this this. My nads stayed in place. My stomach joined them in the scrotal zone however.


I am not bad with heights either but every time I watch that clip I wonder how far up that tower would I have to go before fear would eventually win and I would need a team to come rescue my ass off of it.  A few hundred feet would probably do it.
 
2013-09-12 01:34:13 PM
God damned attention whores.
 
2013-09-12 01:57:33 PM

IrieTom: padraig: Just two remarks :

1) pictures that are bigger than the screen are annoying as hell
2) a bit less photoshop, please ? Natural colors are not necessarily the devil, and on that picture, unless the guy stood still the time it took to get the stars right, well, that's a bit annoying, isn't it ?

This effect can be achieved with a very long exposure time and a flash.  However, I'm sure that some sort of image processing was done. My guess: HDR


This could easily be a straight-out-of-camera image.  Anyone can do it, minus the Himalayan drama, with a DSLR, a manually triggered flash, and (for most of us) a lot of trial and error to get the two exposures right.

Now, the stop-motion pic of the snowboarder 720... that seems more likely to be assembled from a kit of parts.  Someone here probably knows how it's done...
 
2013-09-12 02:10:46 PM
Quick guess, take a bunch of pictures and layer them together.. (for snowboarder)
 
2013-09-12 02:10:53 PM

Temporarily Qualmless: Now, the stop-motion pic of the snowboarder 720... that seems more likely to be assembled from a kit of parts. Someone here probably knows how it's done...


Back in the day, they were multiple exposures, or if it was in the dark multiple strobes.  Not sure how things are done now.

/only half useful, I know.
 
2013-09-12 02:47:36 PM

padraig: pictures that are bigger than the screen are annoying as hell


ctrl-shift-minus/plus on a PC, or ctrl-mousewheel on a mac will let you zoom in and out on a webpage.
 
2013-09-12 04:19:09 PM

raygundan: ctrl-shift-minus/plus on a PC, or ctrl-mousewheel on a mac will let you zoom in and out on a webpage.


ctrl-mousewheel works on PC too; probably ctrl-shift-minus/plus (or maybe apple-shift-minus/plus) works on a Mac too, but I can't test.
 
2013-09-12 04:33:44 PM
i.eatliver.com
 
2013-09-12 04:42:55 PM
Just goes to show how overused the word "awesome" is nowadays for the most trivial things. In contrast,  these photos really do inspire the awe.
 
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