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New Zealand Photos: State of Adrenaline

Bungee jump off a bridge. Fly a helicopter toward a sheer mountain wall. Paddle frothing white water. Tim Cahill explores New Zealand's South Island, the undisputed home to all activities energized.
Photograph by Peter McBride

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This is my attempt at a self-portrait during a bungee jump at the 141-foot [43-meter] Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. I duct taped the camera to my arm and tried (and failed) to look relaxed as I jumped and shot simultaneously. I am not sure what scared me more … the jump or the thought of plunging into the river below headfirst with my camera. If the bungee guides accidentally miscalculated my weight or the cord length, things could have turned deadly for my camera, as it would have plunged straight into the river.
Contributing Photographer Peter McBride

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Camera: Nikon D2x
Lens: Nikon 17-55mm
Shutter Speed and Aperture: 1/320 @ f/5.6 at 400 iso.

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