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‘Canon Master’ Adventure Photographer Shoots Without Bounds

By Kishore Sawh on December 18th 2013

Extreme Paragliding
We need adventure photographers like Krystle Wright. Currently, we’re in a time where there are no such things as accidents becasue it seems we’re conditioned to think there’s always someone at fault. Whether you trip over an uneven bit of sidewalk, or get sick from discount sushi (that you knew was a bad idea), there’s this mentality that there’s always someone to blame. It’s a blame culture, and more over,  social Valium which has dampened our adventurous selves. Blame culture generates social restrictions so largely we’ve become an inhibited, soft generation. This goes against the grain of evolution, dulling our lives, and our photography.

To capture adventure you have to be part of it. I’ve paraglided at 7000m above the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, swum in 10ft waves in Indonesia, camped on a frozen fjord in the Arctic

As a result, photography is often cookie cutter due to our inhibited and prohibited selves. You can’t shoot somewhere crowded or take your own life in your hands, without some stringent permission from people who feel they are now in charge of your life. This, is stupid. As humans we are predisposed to be risk takers! If our ancestors had been too cautious to leave the comfort of their caves to brave the world outside, well, we’d all still be there now. Thankfully there are those who feed their inner explorer, and we reap the benefits by way of living an adventure through their lens. Those, like Krystle Wright.


My favourite piece of equipment is the Canon 24mm f/1.4. It’s the main lens I shoot with and lets me achieve some seriously awesome angles.

An Aussie by birth and a world citizen by nature, Krystle is a purist, and an accomplished one at that. A ‘Canon Master’ she is billed as an ‘Extreme Adventure Photographer,’ which is a fitting title for someone who’s risked life and limb for her craft. More recently, life. On a trip to Pakistan, she accompanied to document three world-class RedBull paragliders: Tom De Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco, with the goal of breaking the world altitude record, and to find first-hand, the incredible potential that pakistan has to offer the sport of paragliding. It was a trip that resulted in severe injury, and great imagery, as on a take-off she was launched into a boulder. Torn ligaments and tendons, internal bruising, fractures, and stitches above her eye were her immediate battle scars. But a long hike down, and hours of rough roads traversed, were what ensued en-route to the nearest hospital.

Extreme Paragliding

Extreme Paragliding

That’s Krystle being carried!

Any reasonable person may be deterred, but clearly an addict to her craft, Krystle is adamant about returning, now that she is doing well and as busy as ever. She describes herself as, “a global nomad…living out of my bags, spending 10-11 months traveling the globe in search of adventure and unique imagery.” Anyone else jealous? Other recent expeditions were kayaking on the Amur River through Mongolia and Far East Russia, and sailing the Mediterranean searching for rock climbing and freediving potential. She has a lovely demeanor about her, and was kind enough to share with me her favorite pieces of gear. And oh what gear! As a ‘Canon Master’ you may have an idea what’s coming: (See GEAR LIST after the photos)

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Canon EOS 1Dx
70-200mm f/2.8
24-70mm f/2.8
14mm f/2.8
24mm 1.4 (her favorite)
50mm f/1.2
85mm f/1.2
Canon Extenders 1.4x & 2x
SanDisk CF Cards,
Aquatech Water housing for Canon 5D MIII

[REWIND: A Timelapse Video About a Man, a Beard and a 4646km Walk through China]

It was her ‘a-ha’ moment when seeing famed photographer Adam Pretty’s portfolio.  She saw her direction, and combined her love of photography and sport. It’s interesting to note that she was in University studying photography but found classes lacking, and it clicked for her when she began to shoot, and shoot, and combine what she loves. The importance of getting out and just shooting is something stressed by all successful photographers. Inspiring stuff. We should all be so fortunate, and we could all take a leaf out of her well-stamped passport.

You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to go to her site and keep up with her work. You can find her at Canon, her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kallie

    Krystle- you go!!! I wanna be you! I’ve been a photography enthusiast for a while and my motto is “adventurer. traveler. photographer.” I would love to swap stories some day!

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  2. Mark

    Really nice article. I have had a hard time in the past getting permits and I hate it. I guess i have to go to outside of the western world to have that freedom. i don’t see the same restrictions elsewhere.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hi there Mark. Thanks for the post and compliment. You know you’re not alone there at all and I do know of photographers having a much easier time out of the western world where permits, really have little weight. Which can be a blessing and a curse. I’ve heard of instances where a permit was obtained, but due to lax enforcement the photographers were told that it didn’t matter and they couldn’t shoot at that location. But on a whole I’d say you’re right. I actually consider getting a permit to shoot at the viewing areas at Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airports given the fact I’ve been questioned a bit too hard at those ‘public’ places. Best of luck!

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  3. Priya

    wow. this is cool. My wish is for to do this. And you are Indian? you write very good. and you look very good :-)

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Priya, hi there. This is very cool. Krystle is, as mentioned above, as cool as dry ice. If it’s what you’d like to do then go for it! I am Indian, just not born there. And thank you very much for the compliments! On the writing especially. But you are too kind, and If you’re getting into photography I’m concerned you may need your eyes checked. ;-) Take care and happy holidays!

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  4. Melissa

    This is awesome. Krystle sounds really cool. Do you know how you become a canon master?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hi Melissa, thanks for stopping by. Krystle DOES sounds cool because she is. Cool as dry ice. Hit her up sometime. How do you become a Canon Master? Well, they tried to slap me with that title but I don’t like being pigeonholed. ahem.. no they didn’t. Sadly I don’t know. But one would assume it’s by achieving some spectacular in your field and using Canon gear. If you find out come back and let us know. Cheers!

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