Red Bull Illume Photography Competition - Runners Up

Category: Wings Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Lucas Gilman Athlete: Rafa Ortiz Location: Big Banana Falls, Veracruz, Mexico Camera: Nikon D3S Lens: AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II ISO: 1600 F-Stop: 4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/1000 Flash System: none "I regularly work with editorial and advertising clients that span the globe, including National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, ESPN.com, Men's Journal, and Outside Magazine." Biography: I grew up in the mountains of Western Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism. I shoot adventure sports and travel for top magazines and commercial clients worldwide.I regularly work with editorial and advertising clients that span the globe, including National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, ESPN.com, Men's Journal, and Outside Magazine. My commercial clients include G-Tech, Nikon, Lowepro, Manfrotto, SanDisk, Garmin, Patagonia, Gore-Tex, Marmot, and Land Rover. The Shot: In this shot, Red Bull athlete Rafa Ortiz nabs the first descent of the 132.5-foot-tall Big Banana Falls in the State of Veracruz, Mexico. This is the second largest waterfall ever successfully run. We found Big Banana Falls during the first complete descent of the Rio Alseseca in Veracruz, Mexico in the autumn of 2006. Looking over the lip of the waterfall, it was massive and came shooting out of a deep and scary slot canyon. That day in 2006, Rafa thought the waterfall was good to go with the right levels. So, for the next four years we made trips to Big Banana falls waiting patiently for the perfect water conditions. Finally on that morning of October 28, 2010, the levels were perfect. Hiking in, we battled some rain and the light was fading in and out, making for really tough shooting conditions. I remember seeing Rafa rappel into the pool above the waterfall with his boat and then I knew it was really on. It was over in what seemed like a split second and Rafa popped up to the le - Tlapacoyan , Veracruz, Mexico - Thursday 28th October 2010 (1 Picture)


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