As any photographer will tell you, there is often a lot more to a great picture than just whipping out your smartphone and snapping away. And while many photographs involve being in the right place at the right time, others are perfectly planned out – no matter the lengths the photographer has to go to. Indeed, whether it is balancing precariously from a cliffside, getting down with nature or flying high in the air, the creators of the following pictures were clearly prepared to do whatever it took to get the perfect shot.
Wedding photographers can often go to some crazy lengths for their clients. Take this guy, for instance, who has apparently decided that this married couple are worth abseiling down the side of a cliff face for. How the bride and groom got themselves up there in the first place is another matter entirely, however.
Without the context of the final image, it is hard to imagine what all those mad triangular mirrors could have been for. That does not make the end result any less mind-blowing, of course. And while a little help from Photoshop may have been required to seamlessly merge the mirrors into the surface of the water, it is still a fantastic picture.
Getting down and dirty is clearly just part and parcel of being a wedding photographer who wants a fresh angle. And really, we are fortunate that so many are willing to go nuts in this respect. Otherwise, we would never get fantastic shots such as this one, which takes real advantage of the low angle achieved by the artist being thoroughly grounded.
No-one would argue that lying on ice is the lap of luxury. Still, the best photographers will do whatever it takes for their perfect pic. If that means prostrating yourself on pack ice like a madman, so be it. And it must be said that this beautiful picture of smoldering embers on ice is smoking hot.
Believe it or not, this wacky surf shot is another pic from a wedding shoot. Clearly, the bride and groom did not mind getting their outfits a little damp. And neither did the photographer, who looks to be in his element, standing in the spume while the waves crash into him and his subjects. Not sure what the metaphor for the resulting pictures could have been, but they must have been soaked in atmosphere.
Have you ever been so burning with ambition to take the most awesome photo that you actually allowed yourself to catch fire? Thought not. This photography-mad guy, however, clearly does not seem to mind one bit. His shoes must be made of something equally awesome for him to not even be flinching as the flames lick at them. Whoever took this shot, meanwhile, deserves equally warm praise.
These crazy guys may make this pose look effortless in the final image on the left. Nevertheless, it was clearly taking the fizz out of the fella in the Coca-Cola top. After all, get a load of the look on his face as his buddy is being hoisted up. Thankfully, however, the final image only needed them to keep a straight face for a split-second – then it was straight off to Photoshop.
This nutty shot of a secret shooter provokes admiration for his dedication and outright hilarity. Sure, the guy looks like a bird-brain perched inside that swan costume. But if it gets the job done, why get your feathers ruffled? The question should really be why the swans fall for it in the first place. Guess they just aren’t the smartest birds on the water.
This insane picture induces anxiety on many levels just looking at it. The planning and work that must have gone into rigging this up blows the mind. So too does the amount of trust the photographer must have in the strength of those ropes. Nonetheless, it was an absolutely inspired way to scale up for a perfect shot. And at least the plucky picture taker has more support than the climber.
Sometimes you have to hide if you seek a perfect nature pic. In particular, shots of sly but inquisitive animals such as this adorable fox. Then again, what critter would not be curious about the mad sight of a massive mound of snow with a pipe pointing out of it? It is to be hoped that the igloo-imprisoned image maker was after some extreme close-ups – because that was all they were getting.
Could this be the original daredevil photographer? He certainly had a head for heights and an eye for the perfect vantage point. Nonetheless, with a camera like that, he would really only have had the one opportunity to get it right. In the age of digital photography, it is taken for granted that a photographer can fire off as many shots as they want. Not that that fact would make recreating this feat any less deranged and dangerous, of course.
Camera enthusiasts, fear not – this extreme photographer was not crazy enough to risk his costly kit. Indeed, his camera casing is actually enclosed in a waterproof plastic box, with only the lens protruding out to capture the windsurfer in full flight. And congratulations to whoever captured this image – there is so much action, on a number of levels. The guy in the sky, the snapper in the sea and the marine life under the waves make this a multiple triumph.
This camera-wielding kid may be a lot younger than most of the photographers featured in this list, but that does not mean he was any less adventurous. Indeed, he was really not afraid to get both dirty off the ground and drenched by water in his pursuit of a good pic. It is to be hoped that he managed to move that expensive camera before it got soaked too.
It is difficult not to feel a little unbalanced just looking at this picture. But not as mentally unbalanced as these guys appear to have been in their bid for a suicidal selfie. Clearly, fear was not a concept they had a firm grip on. While there is no denying how awesome the end result is, it must be said it was the height of madness to go for it in the first place.
Presumably this dude misunderstood when he was asked to provide some stock pictures. Indeed, it does not get much more dangerous than this. Granted, scaling cliffs for a shot may be scary, but there are usually plenty of ropes and safety gear to keep things sane. Standing nonchalantly in the middle of a dusty stock-car racetrack, on the other hand, is almost asking to be mown down by a driver with limited visibility. This shutterbug must have had nerves of steel and more than a touch of madness.
Here is one way to ensure water does not ruin your shot by landing on your lens on a rainy shoot. This particular photographer may not be quite as daring as some on this list, but he is still risking an amazing amount of ridicule. After all, what kind of small-minded individual would have the crazy idea of fixing a tiny umbrella to their camera?
Just how effective is this camouflage, really? After all, any wildlife worth the name is going to notice the great, hulking shape in the water? Not to mention the photographer’s partially uncovered face – or the guy’s camera and tripod. And, of course, his buddy who captured this image of his nutty attempts at disguise. That bird could use a trip to the eye doctor.
Yes, it would seem that it is not just adults who want to get next to wildlife in the interests of a perfectly natural picture. But, considering how dangerous crocodiles can be, it begs the question of where this boy’s parents or guardians were when this kid went for his crazy close-up. Presumably, they were taking this shot. Oh well, at least the subject in the kid’s lens viewer is smiling for this snapper-meets-snapper shot.
It appears that naturalist photographers should not be afraid to get a little cold or wet to capture their quarry in its element. After all, it is not going to come to you – so you have got to go to it. That is a fact that this guy had clearly learned before paddling out to picture that frog on his pad. Luckily, the cameraman is embracing the ethos full-on, otherwise it would have been madness to attempt this insanely close-up shot of the amphibian.
Sometimes, instead of getting down to ground level for a low-angled shot, snappers go the other way. It appears that the sky is the limit in the pursuit of the perfect picture for some unhinged individuals. For this landscape image with a difference, however, it was absolutely worth going the extra – vertical – mile. This stunt shooter is happily pressing the shutter button in mid-air, here’s hoping they managed to find the parachute button too.