Today we had the honor to sit down with NatGeo Photographer and North Face Climber Renan Ozturk.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a mix of a landscape artist turned professional climber turned cinematographer and director. I started painting pictures and having a life on the road and living in national parks under rocks, literally. Learning climbing and appreciating landscape and wild places in a roundabout way working towards capturing stories I can share with people though film. Now I’m just traveling around telling different stories based on climbing but others that are broader ranging and have to do with culture or conservation.
We wanted to talk about Fire Chasers. This was a captivating documentary that showcased the fury of the devastating California wildfire in 2016. How does feel looking back on that journey?
Having over a year to look back at it now I think that it was a learning experience. Technically we tried a lot of new equipment and brought a lot of innovative new gear out there that I haven’t really tested in that environment before. Definitely put some film making gear on my chest in the sense of trying to shoot a documentary like this in such a dynamic environment.
On a personal level, it was a life changing experience. I grew up in California in San Diego and I’d seen some of the big fires down there from a distance which stopped us from going to school for a week from ash and what not. People lost their homes, but I never seen it up close up like this. To see not only the ferocity of the fire and how quickly it moved and how big it is and how loud it is, that was terrifying and at the same time really captivating. It’s a moving, breathing force when it’s moving through the landscape and I haven’t visualized fire in that way.
The second part is really the human element and what it does to peoples’ lives. We saw pure tragedy, which really was really put into perspective being a Southern California person. It also taught me a lot about filming with multiple cameras and fast changing dynamic environments. I definitely carry it with me wherever I go especially on future projects. I just did another documentary following 3 chefs through France and ironically I used some of the things I learned on Fire Chasers. I’m grateful for my time out there and also very wary of these environmental disasters due to climate change.
Article By: Kaitlyn Isola
For our first Steadicam feature interview, A Steadicam Life, we had the opportunity to speak with Steadicam Operator Ari Robbins. Since the beginning of his career Ari has been a loyal Tiffen Steadicam user as well an important part of our Steadicam community.
Tell me about yourself.
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. My Father was a surgeon and my Mother was an artist and a dancer, I like to think the two of them perfectly blended together to create a Steadicam Operator. Once my father retired, I moved with my parents to central cost of California and began taking interest in the filmmaking industry.
Article By: Kaitlyn Isola
We had the opportunity to speak with award-winning director, photographer, presenter and Canon Explorer of Light, Tyler Stableford. Tyler is a Tiffen Filter enthusiast who, through his passion for outdoor adventure, has successfully mastered the art of capturing the exceptional beauty to be found in every scene.
Tell me about yourself. What was your initial inspiration to become involved in the industry?
I came to photography and cinematography though my passion for outdoor adventures. As a rock climber, skier and mountaineer, I found myself drawn to any opportunity for time spent outdoors.
After college I landed a job as the photo and equipment editor at Climbing Magazine in Carbondale, Colorado, where I currently live. Although I had started college studying writing and journalism, I found myself deeply invested in the world of photography.