- Self-taught photographer John Chapple has won the Hasselblad Owners Club Photographer of The Month for July
- He took the winning image of the Colorado River on a Hasselblad H3D-50 - one of the world's most expensive cameras
- Chapple also uses a panoramic Linhof Technorama 617 for many of his image to capture super-wide shots
By Suzannah Hills
PUBLISHED: 05:46 EST, 5 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:17 EST, 5 July 2013
A self-taught photographer has scooped a coveted award after taking stunning images of some of the most beautiful places on earth with the world's most expensive digital camera.
John Chapple has been awarded the Hasselblad Owners Club Photographer of The Month for July for his mesmerising image of the Colorado River meandering around Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona.
It was taken on a Hasselblad H3D-50 - considered to be one of the best and one of the expensive cameras in the world. The basic camera price starts at £20,000 but can quickly soar higher once lens are added.
The H3D-50 is a 50 megapixel camera - much, much higher than the standard eight megapixels found in the iPhone 5 camera and other digital recorders.
Award-winning: This image of the Colorado River meandering around Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona, has won John Chapple the coveted Hasselblad Owners Club Photographer of The Month for July
Stone room with a view: The underside of the Meca Arch in Utah glows from the reflected sunlight off the sandstone cliff just below it in this image taken on a super-high resolution Hasselblad 50megapixel camera
The father-of-two, from Devon but now
living in Southern California, took the Hasselblad on
a road-trip through the west coast of the States to Canada and back
down through Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
It was his beautiful images from the trip, which also includes one of a man dancing in a beam of light in Antelope Canyon, that won him the prestigious prize.
On his blog, he wrote: 'Hasselblad
were kind enough to allow me to test drive their H3D-50 in the summer of
2010. I took a road trip up
'I was really excited to get to Page,
Arizona, to photograph Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and really
use the Hasselblad as it was intended.
'The canyons are on Navajo land, and
after a flash flood that killed 11 tourists in August of 1997, visitors
are only permitted to enter the canyon with a Navajo guide.
'I joined a guided tour group, and we
were shown the best spots to photograph. When we got to the place I’d
wanted to photograph in Antelope Canyon, I got caught up in what I was
doing, and didn’t notice that the group had moved on.
Trick of the light: John captured this image of a man dancing in a shaft of light in Antelope Canyon with the Hasselblad 50 megapixel camera while on his road-trip
Quality shot: The Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, can be seen in startling detail in this image taken on the Hasselbald H3D-50
Crystal clear: John Chapple, self-taught photographer from Devon, took this image of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina on a top of the range 1DS Canon digital camera
Super-wide view: Chapple took this atmospheric image of the Tarr Steps in Exmoor with a panoramic view Linhof Technorama 617
The Hasselblad H3D-50 - one of the best digital and most expensive cameras in the world, pictured left, and the Linhof Technorama 617, pictured right, which takes 6cm x17cm negatives - meaning that it can only take four pictures per film roll
'While I was waiting for a shaft of
direct sunlight to filter into the canyon, the guide came back to get me
to keep me with the group. I knew I only had seconds to capture the
'There was dust in the air that was
illuminated by the shaft of light, looking incredible. During the long
exposure, another visitor decided to jump in front of my tripod mounted
camera and dance in the beam of light.
'I’m ashamed to admit at the time I wanted to throttle him, and shared a few choice words with other photographers there. But when I previewed the image on the back of the camera, I knew I’d captured a magical shot and it was a 50 megapixel file.'
He has also used a panoramic Linhof Technorama 617 for much of his work, enabling him to take super-wide pictures that are so large the camera can only fit
four images on every film roll.
The 6cm x 17cm photographs are much bigger and have a higher rendition than those taken by most digital cameras and can therefore be blown up to huge sizes without blurring.
The end result is wide panoramic pictures that are far beyond the range of normal visualisation.
Out at sea: Wooden planks stick out of the calm waters surrounding Saint Petersburg, Florida, visible in the distance of this image taken on a Linhof Technorama 617
Special: Photographs on a Linhof Technorama 617, such as this onhe of a waterfall in Northern California, are taken on a medium format film with a frame size of 6cm x 17cm meaning it can only fit four images on a roll of 120 film
Unique view: The Linhof Technorama 617 allows Chapple to take incredibly wide images that are beyond the range of normal visualisation - like this one of a ship-wrecked bot on the beach at Crow Point in Devon
Red sky at night: Venice Beach in California looks eerily red in this shot taken by John Chapple on a Linhof Technorama 617
Chapple also owns uses a top of the range 1DS Canon digital camera to take his shots.
Chapple was first inspired to become a photographer by the stunning landscape of North Devon where he was born.
From the age of 14, Chapple taught himself the ropes before becoming a news photographer in the UK, before travelling around the world on assignments.
He has covered the 9/11 atrocities in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.
Chapple has also captured the lighter side of life covering Hollywood red carpet events featuring the biggest names in showbiz as well as taking celebrity portraits of stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Shirley McClaine, Samuel L. Jackson and Hilary Swank.
During his travels, Chapple developed his love of capturing landscapes and now spends his time discovering little known corners of the world to shoot in his unique style.
He said: 'Taking these photographs has brought me great joy, and seeing my work hanging on the walls of people’s homes is the greatest honor.'
To see more of John Chapple's work, click here or go to his Facebook page.
Inspiration: Chapple was first inspired to become a photographer by the stunning scenery, such as Braunton Burrow, pictured, near where he grew up in Devon
Super sharp: The 6cm X 17cm Linhof Technorama 617 negatives means pictures like this one of Saint Petersburg, Florida, can be blown up to huge sizes without the risk of blurring
Breath-taking: The Linhof Technorama 617 has captured this beautiful sunset over the city of Los Angeles in all its glory
Explorer: Chapple has travelled all around the world, including Queensland, Australia, pictured on the Linhof Technorama 617, for his work as a news photographer
Whole new dimension: The Linhof has given a new perspective to this wooden jetty in Western Australia
Blue lagoon: This striking image of Bandon Oregon was taken late at night as the last rays of light fade on a Linhof Technorama 617
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