It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Tyler Stableford!

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments

Filmmaking On The Edge: Tyler Stableford’s New Film “Shattered”

Hi all, I am honored to introduce my short film Shattered, shot on Canon’s new EOS-1D X camera. This has been a true dream project, and today I am excited to share both the film and three behind-the-scenes episodes. Thank you, Scott and Brad, for your interest in the project!

Shattered is a deep journey into the mind of the legendary high-altitude alpinist and writer Steve House. While reading Steve’s award-winning book Beyond The Mountain last year, one of his revelations really struck me. Steve confessed that after he succeeded in climbing his dream route on Nanga Parbat, he returned home bereft, more broken than when he had begun his great quest. I knew immediately there was a short film in this unexpected emptiness.

Shattered is not so much a climbing film as it is a visual poem. As the writer, narrator and star, Steve brought a deep reserve of humility, honesty and courage to the project.

Steve is heralded in the climbing world for his bold and spare approach to climbing. We shot the visuals to match. As such, we went low-fi — no video rigs or monitors, no dollies, no cranes. Every element of our gear list was stripped to the bare essentials with one overarching goal: Connection. Connection to Steve’s soul; connection to the ethereal elements of snow, ice and wind. When I was shooting up high on the ice route, I brought a single camera body and a few lenses. In climbing, as in photography and cinematography, art blooms only when we are unencumbered by our tools.

Shattered premiered at the NAB show in April at the Canon stage and has been playing at film festivals worldwide. I am excited to share it online here:

Additionally, Kate Rolston directed three behind-the-scenes features on the making of Shattered. The first episode reveals Steve’s thoughtful writing process and our storyboarding — essentially the alchemy of joining our hearts to our hands, so when we ventured out to Telluride’s Bridal Veil Falls we knew how we were going to shoot.

The second episode shows the shoot itself: the challenge of working in a cold winter storm; the use of tilt-shift and shallow-focus lenses; and our team’s use of rigging ropes to keep us all safe on the ice route.

The third episode reveals the voiceover and editing process. In keeping with our spare shooting style, we trimmed, edited and trimmed again to include only the essential elements. Gradually, a poetic austerity arose in the film.

We shot Shattered and the behind-the-scenes episodes to help launch Canon’s new EOS-1D X camera. This has been the most memorable promotional project of my career. Colman Murphy and Erika Silverstein at Canon gave us carte blanche to make this film as personal and unique as it could be. It is rare in the commercial world to have such freedom, and I am indebted to them for their trust.

Thank you again, Scott and Brad, for the bandwidth today. And a sincere thank-you to all those who helped contribute to this film.

You can see more of Tyler’s work at, keep up with him on his blog, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.


Join Me Tonight For “Connecting With Cuba”, A Free Online Photography Talk

by Scott Kelby  |  30 Comments

Tonight I’m trying something I’ve never done before — a live online photography talk called “Connecting with Cuba” which is about my recent photo trip to Havana, Cuba (see yesterday’s blog for some shots from my photo book).

It’s free and everyone’s invited to join me live tonight at 6:00 pm ET as I talk about everything from the challenges of shooting in Cuba to my impressions of the Nikon D800 after my first serious shoot with the camera (along with my one major gripe with it).

My friend, photographer RC Concepcion will be interviewing me as part of the presentation, and I’ll be talking about lens selection, travel photography tips, how to get to visit Cuba yourself, the wonderful spirit of the people of Cuba, the music, the food, the images, my Lightroom post processing of the images from the trip and the frustration of being surrounded by such incredible subjects and scenery and not being able to capture it the way you want to (not because of any restrictions other than the limits of my talent). I’ll be taking your questions live on the air as well, so I hope you’ll join the discussion.

Here are the details:

When: Tonight LIVE from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET (world time zone converter)
Cost: Absolutely Free

I hope you can join me for, “Connecting with Cuba” tonight (and I hope you’ll help me spread the word as well). Many thanks and we’ll see you esta noche.


I’m Back From 2-1/2 Days in Havana, Cuba

by Scott Kelby  |  88 Comments


It’s a place I’d never thought I’d actually get to go, but when a good friend invited Kalebra and I to join of group of their friends (14 of us in all) for a Cultural Exchange trip to Havana, we were all over it.

I always just thought it was all but impossible for an American to visit Cuba without skirting all sorts of official rules (going through mexico or Costa Rica first, and then kind of slinking in without the US State Dept. knowing), but there were Americans EVERYWHERE down there. I even ran into a National Geographic Photo Tour down there, and once we were there we learned that our tour guide had taken our friend Laurie Excell’s photo workshop there earlier this year. Small world, and getting smaller every day.

Havana is such an amazing place!
Absolutely beautiful and very different in so many ways than we have always been led to believe. Havana is one of the most beautiful, vibrant, happy cities I’ve ever visited. The music, the food, and the warm Cuban people make it hands-down my all-time favorite island (well, not including huge islands like the UK). Truly authentic. Often breathtaking. Definitely enchanting. Charming, romantic and hopeful all at the same time in the same place.

I have so much to share about the trip that I’m going to try and arrange a live Broadcast just to share more photos and stories and just  talk about the experience, the place, and its people (and how you can get to Cuba now before there’s a Starbucks on every corner). If I’m able to arrange it later today, or tomorrow (more likely), I’ll post it here and invite you to join me online to hear about this incredible place which in many ways has one foot stuck in the 1950s and one in 2012. I’ve got some great Cuba travel tips for you, too!

A peek at my Photo Book from the trip
Until then, here’s a peek the photo book I always make from my trips (our flight home was delayed by more than eight hours so I had plenty of time to put it together). You know, Jay Maisel always says “Shoot what turns you on” and the thousands of 1950s classic cars on every street really turned me on so you’l see plenty of them throughout the book, just like you see them all over Havana. I have so much more to share (including more photos), and I hope I get the change to share Cuba with you soon! (click the images to see larger versions).

P.S. All shot with a Nikon D800 with just one lens: a Nikon 28-300 f/3.5 to f/5.6 VR lens. No HDR at all  (though I did shoot a bunch of bracketed shots so I will tone map a few soon).  — the post processing was done in Lightroom 4, except for Panos, I added extra contrast to a few shots, and I removed a couple of spots and a distracting sign here or there, but 98% was done in Lightroom 4 itself.

More to come during my photo talk. Gracias mis amigos!




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by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

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Moose Peterson’s BT Journal

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with some great news… Moose Peterson has just released the next issue of his iPad version of the BT Journal and man, have they packed in the content!

There is no doubt he loves to teach when you see the 30 minutes of video content, 28 pages of written text, the oodles and oodles of photographs, and the giant captions this issue packs inside its, covers. Moose his son Brent, who produce the iPad version, have over 140 hours in just the production of this issue, and it shows.

I really love the spinning D4, now that’s fun! Oh, the issue is about the D4 sort of, how you make the most of the body you have and how to select a new body to buy. Moose did a wonderful job talking about incorporating the D4 into his shooting while explaining how you can use the same concepts to find the right body for you.

Seriously, I think this issue is a must for everyone, every brand, every discipline of photography. Well done Moose & Brent!

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