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Alex Palumbo

Photographer • Cinematographer Your perception shapes your reality. 📍New York

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Was home working on a video edit and got a call from @joeymavaro to look outside. Within a second I grabbed my camera and ran down to the beach at the end of my block. Storms always bring the most intense sunsets, but this had to have been the brightest rainbow-sunset combo I ever saw

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Looking to further my connection with the ocean, freediving seemed like the natural progression in becoming a more well rounded waterman. For those who don’t know, freediving is a lot like scuba - except for the breathing part. In this discipline of diving, the only tanks you use are your own lungs. I signed up for a freedive course in Montauk put on by @freedivehi to learn the right way to train, and how to facilitate the best state of mind to be underwater. Holding your breath and diving underwater is much more of a mental game than anything else, and seeing how far you can push yourself to the limits of the human body is such a cool way to challenge your willpower. After some initial yoga and meditation to get the heart rate down, we practiced static breath holds in the pool. After that warmup, we moved to diving off a boat in the sound. Weights were tied on and a line was dropped down to the bottom which gave us a guide to follow. Working with super limited visibility, we were able to dive up to 70ft by the last day of the course - all on one breath. Here @joe_leahy is surfacing after one of his dives, seemingly materializing out of the green and only becoming visible within a couple feet of my camera. If anyone’s interested in freediving at all, check out the book “Deep” by James Nestor. It’ll get you hooked.

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One of the few places on Long Island where you can see the Milky Way at night - combined with clear skies and an early moon set leads to views like this

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Late last night when the rain finally stopped but dark clouds still hung around for a view of the city

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Storm chasing with the boys @jakeof_alltrades @for_thegraham - video shot on @gopro Hero 6 with a mouth mount. GoPros are great for that wide angle to capture all the action, but you lose a sense of scale - not only do humans look like ants, but these overhead waves and rough seas look like ankle biters. Either way, here’s a taste of what it was like to be in the ocean during yesterday’s nor’easter. It’s not everyday you get the entire beach to yourself, and this was one of those days @duotone.kiteboarding 🎵// @angelsandairwaves - Voyager

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Getting away from it all for a different kind of quiet. The forest at night is actually a loud place. It starts off with a crackling campfire until the sun sets, after which it turns into a full on musical performance. Crickets, cicadas, and frogs all competing on their version of american idol - the winner of last night’s was the Sinatra of owls who woke everyone up in the middle of the night. Even with all that noise you still feel a type of quiet, a calm from being away from any honking cars or sirens.

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Night photography has always been one of my favorite ways to shoot. Usually it’s deep in the woods or off the grid somewhere cold but once in a while I find myself in a city. Walking around a new city late at night is a whole different feel - the streets aren’t full of tourists and the only thing you have to worry about are buses trying to run you off the road

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The element of surprise: 15 feet below the ocean surface, while 20 miles off the coast of San Diego - when a dark blur appears out of the deep

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Not that I’m trying to rush summer along, but the last couple days have had a hint of fall in the air. Anyone else notice that? Campfires and hoodies are on the horizon

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There’s a reason why it’s called fishing, not catching

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Long Island: close enough to the city to be connected, but far away enough to feel lost

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Some places just stick with you. Year after year. And they seem to call you back when you need it most. To clear your mind and refocus. This is one of those places for me.

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The sun crawls through the sky all day, but why is it that as it gets closer to sunset it seems to speed up? Taking in the last few seconds before it drops below the horizon

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My favorite part of astro photography is the time and work that goes in behind it. Sleepless nights exploring, scouting locations, and watching shooting stars. The payoff after creating a shot like this is awesome, but the process itself is really what I remember most

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“The Last Free Place On Earth” is what the 150 residents of Slab City call their anarchist home in the desert. What used to be a military base is now a collection of squatters and runaways who live off the grid in old RVs and abandoned trucks

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1am in the middle of the desert. If you listen closely enough, some trees have to more to say than the rest

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Conversations beneath the surface

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Swimming in a chum line waiting on some visitors

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