Christian Pondella@christianpondella

Adventure Sports Photographer | San Disk Extreme Team | Fstop Gear Global Icon | Lululemon Elite Ambassador

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The palette of the Peruvian Andes is a must see, especially when you are standing at 15000 feet and still dwarfed by the giants!
#whyihike @eddiebauer


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When given our options for the recent trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash, option one was to cover 80+ miles in five days in order to circumnavigate the entire range and be rewarded with the most amazing camp on our last night, option two was to cover a small slice of the range and spend more time shooting and seeing a lot less of these beautiful mountains. Our decision was unanimous to shoot on the fly, circumnavigate the Huayhuash and spend our last night at the the most beautiful camp! #whyihike @eddiebauer @adrianballinger @lynseydyer @drewtabke @eliza_earle @solitude66


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I can’t wait to see this film in theaters this Fall! Check out the FREE SOLO trailer that just dropped. FREE SOLO is a new film by Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (@jimmy_chin), the directors that brought you MERU. The film is an intimate and unflinching portrait of Alex Honnold (@AlexHonnold), as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of free soloing the 3,200ft face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Check the link in my bio for the full trailer...#FreeSolo

Photos of Alex Honnold taken by the awe-inspiring Jimmy Chin!


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While trekking around the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes, @adrianballinger takes in just one of the many insane views. What an amazing trip with with amazing people! @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #whyihike @lynseydyer @drewtabke @eliza_earle @solitude66


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Getting our toes wet and checking a little sliver of the Peruvian Andes, can’t wait to get lost in these hills! @lynseydyer @adrianballinger @drewtabke @eddiebauer #whyihike #liveyouradventure


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When you rise above it all. @myshellparker @steepskiing @jimwmorrison #alaska


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One of my favorite places with some of my favorite friends ⛷️ @hagenstian and @andreabinning #chamonix #blackandwhite


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A morning stroll with @forrestshearer & @a_maxhammer from high in the Sierra. @patagonia
#rangeoflight #sierra #sunrise


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I had the pleasure of traveling to Brazil this weekend to photograph the “Beautiful Sport” of football. Thank you @redbull and @neymarjrfive for this amazing opportunity, and WOW, what an experience to see Neymar Jr up close and witness with my own eyes Brazilian greatness and a window into the history of football in Brazil. Truly football is more than a sport in Brazil, it is a rich culture that unites an entire country!


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"Story behind the shot"
This shot is of Josh Sanders, up in Newfoundland. There’s a funny story behind this one! We found this one iceberg in a town called Trinity, and it was a grounded iceberg, meaning it’s in the ocean, but not floating freely, it’s on the ground. The athletes were doing their thing on the icebergs, and with this one were able to hit this killer wallride. It made sense to me to compose this one how I did, with a 70-200mm lens, taken from a boat a distance away. I didn’t want to show the entirety of the iceberg, this one resembled almost a ship’s prow, so I wanted to showcase that. It wasn’t that hard of an image for me to get, I was relying on the guys to do what they were doing, but it’s not the kind of image you can plan, nor shoot every day.

Ironically, right after I shot this frame, another athlete, Parks Bonifay @parxxx, was getting ready to hit it, and a huge chunk of the iceberg broke off, right where they’d been hitting it! The whole iceberg shifted and rose about 15, maybe 20, feet out of the water. It was a pretty scary moment! As Parks tried to pick up Josh, he sucked up the cable in his jetski, and somehow the gas got disconnected in the boat I was in, meaning we were all stranded where we were, about 50 feet from this shifting iceberg! Apparently, the other boat driver seemed too freaked out to come rescue us, and it took an undesignated driver on the other boat to shove him out the way and come grab us all. Looking back it’s pretty funny, but quite scary in the moment. @redbull .
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#redbull #wakeboarding #wakeboard #iceberg #newfoundland #canada


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The afternoon thunderstorms are here and so are the amazing sunsets! Had a fun sunset cruise with the little man on our @lakeshoresup paddle boards, and of course, why would you not bring your fishing pole on a paddle board. @visitmammoth .
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#visitcalifornia #visitmammoth #sup #paddle #fishing ##fishinglife #beautifuldestinations #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #earthvisuals #nakedplanet #christianpondella


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Had fun playing with some new photo toys last night, thank you @elinchrom_ltd and @redbullphotography for the amazing Elinchrom ELB 1200 strobes! Went out for a solo sunset cruise to combine my photography and road bike passions and of course Mammoth Lakes, CA for the amazing backyard to play in! Always interesting and challenging when I try to create a "selfie", fortunately the ELB lithium strobe is a tad bit lighter than my road bike 😃 @visitmammoth @envecomposites .
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#roadbike #roadbikes #visitcalifornia #rangeoflight #roamtheplanet #beautifuldestinations #beautiful #sierrasunset #sunset_madness #stayandwander #exploretocreate #worldprime #discoverearth #earthfocus #earthvisuals #nature_brilliance #nakedplanet


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