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Tell us about the location in the photos.

This is a selection of alpine images shot in the past two years in Chamonix, France, which I am lucky enough to call home now. Even though I have traveled all across the world to shoot mountains, I find myself always glad to come back to the Alps, and its amazing playground. Chamonix is also unique in the access it offers, as the mountains are towering above the busy main street of the town, and entering high altitude only takes a short lift up Aiguille du Midi.

How did you get started in photography?

I actually completed a PhD in theoretical computer science in France and Denmark, before completely switching careers and going down the adventure photography path instead. My interest in photography dates from a few years before that, and was borne out of the frustration of seeing amazing scenes in the mountains while hiking or climbing, and not being able to share them with people back home.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

My main goal with adventure photography is to capture authentic moments. I constantly have to tell models to just do what they would be doing if I wasn’t there, and it’s then my job to find the best way to capture the action. It is a more challenging way to work, but it also offers incredible opportunities to capture what a real alpine climb or a paragliding flight really feels like.

What photography gear do you use?

I shoot Nikon pro DSLRs, as they need to be able to stand up to the huge amount of abuse I put them through. My current kit is fairly simple:

– Nikon D800 for lightweight and the best image quality
– Nikon D4 for fast action
– 16-35mm f/4 VR for wide angle, and most of my images
– 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for telephoto shots

I then carry a few extra batteries and sometimes put UV filters on my lenses to protect the front element from being scratched (which caused a number of trips to the Nikon Customer Service in the past). I very rarely use tripods or other accessories.

Are there any products you swear by?

Keeping my gear accessible while I climb, ski or fly is absolutely crucial, so the attachment systems are a key piece of equipment. I am sponsored by Peak Design and use constantly their amazing Capture Camera Clip system, a lightweight way of attaching the camera to a climbing harness or a backpack strap. And when I need a little bit more protection from the elements, I switch to the ThinkTank Skin belt. Finally, the Peak Design Leash is a smart and extremely versatile strap replacement, which often doubles as a safety tether.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

Anywhere that has big mountains is a dream destination to me. I can’t wait to go back to Patagonia, for instance, with its granite spires and incredibly wild weather. A place I would love to get a chance to shoot would be Greenland, though: remote, mostly boat accessed, with a huge number of unclimbed objectives and with the beautiful Arctic light, at least in summer.

Information:

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Name Alexandre Buisse
Location Chamonix, France
Featured In Issue Two - August 2013
Gear & Equipment Nikon D800, Nikon D4, 16-35mm f/4, 70-200mm f/2.8
Websites AlexandreBuisse.org, Blog, Facebook, Twitter
Chosen By Tim Navis