A Different Approach - Opportune Fearlessness

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By Heie in It's Good to Be Fearless on Apr 10, 2013

We have a standard way of pairing fearlessness and photography: all too easily we think of fearless photographers facing dangerous circumstances to find unique photographic opportunities. These photographers take serious risks, and therefore must face and conquer their fears, to create powerful images. 

“On the Edge”, 10/14/2007, North Carolina’s Chimney Rock State Park, with K10D/Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens. Image shot at 138mm, F5.6, 1/45 sec., ISO 400, aperture priority, multi-segment metering, AF-S, in RAW.

Not Sure if I'm Fearless Enough, But...

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By Heie in It's Good to Be Fearless on Apr 10, 2013

I think the stories behind these photos suggest it's good to be fearless more than the resultant photos, but I'm not exactly a wild and crazy guy. A brief disclaimer: these photos aren't my best work, but they are each from a time when I feel I was operating fearlessly.

Shot 1: Sand Everywhere

Go For It!

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By Heie in It's Good to Be Fearless on Apr 5, 2013

At first thought I was kind of sad as I thought I didn't have any pictures which could be considered competition as to what your lens has seen already according to the topic "It's good to be FEARLESS", but when thinking a bit deeper about it, I noticed how different fear and the "lack" of it can be interpreted, so I'd like to give some food for thought with my images:

Data: 10/2012, Augsburg - Bavaria - Germany, Pentax K-5 + Pentax DA 55-300, 150mm, ISO 400, f/5, 1/25 second

Fearless in Inner-City Kingston

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By Heie in It's Good to Be Fearless on Apr 3, 2013

Editorial note: this article is the first of a series of finalist submissions in a recent competition hosted by forum member Heie.  For this competition, participants were asked to submit 3 photos or a video showing what "It's good to be fearless" means in the context of the participant's photography.


Hello, it's my pleasure to enter this contest - and to thank Heie for such a classy and kind offer. Very "Pentax" of you.

I work for a non-profit organization active in international development, and I enter Heie`s contest as I pack for a working trip in two days to rural Cameroon, in Central Africa.

These photos were taken last spring in Kingston, Jamaica. More specifically, in the inner-city neighbourhoods of Trivoli Gardens and Trench Town. While tourists may know only one side of the Caribbean country – the turquoise seas, rum and reggae – it is a diverse land ranging from bucolic rural rhythms to blue mountain vistas to edgy urban beats.

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