Tell us about the location in the photos.
An iPhone picture taken by a friend convinced me Little White was a worthy and necessary adventure, as a mountain biking trip but more importantly as a photographic challenge and opportunity.
A high alpine ride with extensive sections of rock, stunning views, alpine lakes and high fives were just a few of the key highlights. The fact that it was late October and we had just endured a full week of low lying valley cloud that had deprived us of our vitamin D, made it so much sweeter once we rode up and above the clouds that obscured the Okanagan Valley.
Our day was both exhausting and surreal as we traveled over 52kms through an alpine paradise above the clouds. In addition to amazing riding and photo opportunities our adventure also included an alpine swim in 2˙C temperatures and a desperate race to beat the sunset to an especially dramatic cliff that hovered just above the valley cloud making for a dramatic ending to our trip.
Overall the day was an amazing combination of physical and creative challenge and reward. This is the type of adventure that I will be looking for more of in the future.
How did you get started in photography?
I had been dabbling in photography for a few years but I didn’t really start to take it seriously until I got addicted to iphone photography through the world of Instagram 3 years back. I found the instant creative process so easy and rewarding that I began to push my self harder and further to create interesting photographs for my audience to respond to.
However, once I felt like I had really explored that creative box defined by my iPhone, I knew I had to make the leap to DSLR and truly learn the craft to allow me to push my limits and achieve what I wanted.
Does anything in particular influence your photography style?
As a Co-Owner and Creative Director of a small motion design company, my experience crafting stories and creating engaging solutions for clients definitely helps to shape my decisions and perspective in the world of photography.
Beyond that there are so many great photographers and designers that continually inspire me. Just a few of those in the action sports industry include Robin O’Neill, Ryan Creary, Garret Grove, and Margus Riga to name a few. However, regarless of the creator, every time I see a photograph that pulls at my emotions I’m inspired to take better pictures and try to improve my work.
What photography gear do you use?
Are there any products you swear by?
What is your dream adventure photography location?
Iceland, The Yukon, Norway, Patagonia, Baffin Island and a long list of others.
Name Robb Thompson
Location Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Featured In Issue One - June 2013
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Canon 5D MKIII, iPhone 5 Lenses: Canon 16-35 2.8, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, Canon 50 1.4
Websites Portfolio, Instagram
Chosen By Anthony Smith