Improving Your DSLR Outdoor Adventure Photography With Renan Ozturk

After we caught up with Renan Ozturk this January for pictures and filmmaking suggestions, the Park Metropolis, Utah resident skipped the short hacks and technical behind-the-camera expertise. As an alternative, he emphasised the significance of the broader first step to improved visible storytelling—that’s, zeroing in on fascinating topics, touring mild, and taking part in the lengthy sport.

To get caught up with Ozturk’s work, his award-winning movies embrace Meru, Sherpa and The Last Honey Hunter, it’s finest to look again.

Within the early 2000s, as a latest graduate from Colorado College and survivor of a roll-over automotive accident down a snowy hillside, Ozturk gave away his belongings and headed to Indian Creek, southeast Utah’s world-class rock-climbing space. There he linked with the Stone Monkeys, who, like Ozturk, selected to dwell as minimalists—with out properties and lots of even with out automobiles. Collectively they turned shut buddies, following the climbing seasons all through the American Southwest for six years.

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The artist at work in Fort Valley, Utah. Courtesy Renan Ozturk

Once I met Ozturk again then in Joshua Tree, he didn’t also have a tent. As sturdy winds blew over the desert, his sleeping bag crammed with sand. However regardless of the cruel solar beating down and sand-filled wind stinging his eyes, he continued to color landscapes on natural canvases. And he climbed—together with free solo—laborious. He quickly turned a world-class photographer and filmmaker, and at the moment combines his love of climbing, artwork, and exploration to share it with the world.

Having accomplished greater than 25 worldwide expeditions (together with some of the boldest of the last decade), The North Face athlete continues to color. “His canvases are worn, folded, and wrinkled with the dirt of the mountains,” states his website. “The cracked paint, dried from the sweeping alpine winds, is an imprint of the weathering forces of nature that [he] endured on these expeditions.” Ozturk pours that very same stage of grit, dedication, and perfection into his movies and nonetheless pictures.

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Ozturk’s fingers stained with colours, eyes exhausted after engaged on an enormous piece throughout an natural canvas, deep within the Himalayas. Courtesy Renan Ozturk

Tip One: The identical ethos of climbing might be utilized to pictures

Carrying solely the naked necessities to shoot The Final Honey Hunter, Ozturk captured his topic climbing a bamboo ladder lots of off the bottom to succeed in a type of honeycomb that will get individuals excessive. “The faster you can move, the more you cannot miss a moment,” he says. “Have all the things actually pared down and simplified; it’s the entire Saint-Exupery quote:”

Perfection is achieved, not when there may be nothing extra so as to add, however when there may be nothing left to remove.

On that observe, Ozturk shoots with a Sony α7R IV light-weight mirrorless digital camera with a 35mm f/1.4 lens. And although “I have a thousand lenses with me,” he says exaggerating, “ninety percent of the time I shoot with just that lens which gives me portraits to landscapes. It’s simple and effective.”

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Mauli Dhan, the final honey hunter, on the first of three harvest places. The workforce on the base lights hearth to smoke out the bees and Dhan makes his preliminary climb up the free-hanging ladder. After climbing up it from beneath, he should first tie himself off to a small vine tree to get nearer to the hive on this severely overhanging cliff. Step one is to chant a mantra for the bees to depart peacefully and brush them off with a bamboo pole in big clumps. He pokes cotter pin-like pegs via the 6-foot-wide, half-moon formed hives, then attaches the pegs to a bamboo rope managed by an assistant above. The ultimate step is to sever the hive from the wall. Maule cries out ‘Yuwa ke!’ “(it has fallen!)” This name, echoed by the opposite honey hunters, rings out throughout the jungle, whereas the hive is rigorously lowered to the bottom. Then he should scrape the very best honey off from the roof of the overhang. His basket has ropes going to the highest for his workforce to take the burden as he controls it and communicates. Every time he communicates together with his workforce above, he should lean again to yell up. It’s an intense core-wrenching place and the small rope he has hooked round his armpits for cover cuts his pores and skin to close the bleeding level. Renan Ozturk

Tip Two: Discover good characters and good tales

Ozturk’s upcoming full-length movie Sanctity of Space combines an Alaska climbing journey with climbers Zack Smith, Freddie Wilkinson, and the legacy of the late aerial photographer Bradford Washburn, “the Ansel Adams of aerial photography,” Ozturk says. It covers climbers who could make it professionally]and those who selected to not.

Wilkinson is an expert alpinist, information and writer, and Smith is a former dirtbag climber that as a substitute of pursuing sponsorship runs a holiday lighting business. “He’s one of the best dark horse climbers out there,” Ozturk says.

In a narrative in The New York Times, it says of Smith, “he had rejected the trappings of professional climbing, sponsorship and documentation of his climbs.”

Says Ozturk, “The advice I give people to do good work is to find good characters and good stories. They’re often right under your nose.”

Tip Three: Know your topics

The Last Honey Hunter was 10 years of going to Nepal,” Ozturk says. “I first went there for college for a study abroad project. I knew that learning the culture and language of Nepal would help me understand the area.”

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A nonetheless from the Ozturk’s ‘The Last Honey Hunter.’ Renan Ozturk

Intimately realizing his topics permits Ozturk to obviously inform each cultural and conservation tales.

In Honey Hunter, “their culture is different because of the beliefs around it and the forest spirit. That’s the center of their universe and they feel that that spirit is slipping away into the mountain.”


Tip 4: Embrace the journey and play the lengthy sport

Relating to making nice work, whether or not it’s with paint or with movie, Ozturk believes it’s about following the lengthy sport.

When somebody picks up a DSLR and mirrorless digital camera, “it signifies you’re beginning a protracted journey. You might not know what you’re looking for. Possibly you simply need photographs that stand out and need to management these photographs artistically, or capturing evening pictures. You most likely have an intention to enter that house of pictures. Ask your self what you’re keen about, do you need to take images of your loved ones? Even when you have a private assortment, it’s good to have that longer-term plan.

“Don’t be afraid to develop stories and follow that path even though the payoff could be a decade out,” he says. “Sometimes it takes that long.”

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Final mild deep within the desert. Two climbers taking within the view from the summit of a crumbling tower. Renan Ozturk


To comply with Ozturk’s work, try his website and comply with him on Instagram and Facebook

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Ozturk’s paintings typically comprises wind-blown sand, the place the feel of the picture tells the story of the place the piece has been. Renan Ozturk


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