I just picked up a copy of Powder Magazines 2009 photo annual. I was blown away by some of the photography in there. I think it is one of the best photo annuals ever put together by Powder. I have always wanted to be apart of Powders photo annual ever since I started taking ski photo and although I have had many photos run in powder I have never had photos in the annual. Well this is one goal that I am so proud to accomplish. This year I have two full pages in Powders photo annual and Couldn’t be more happy. Both shots are ones I worked really hard on and planned through the year. The photo of Shaun Raskin has to be one of the most creative shots I have done. I had done that shot before in the day, but when I thought about doing it with flashes, well I knew it would be difficult. Timing the shot as she skied by was hard and the cold conditions of that morning made all the flashes and pocket wizards not want to fire every time. But for her one shot everything came together and It was perfect. The other shot with Forrest Coots and myself was just plain fun. I have rappelled of that cliff many times to shoot different angles. One time while shooting a test shot I took a photo of myself. Later while editing I looked at the shot and thought it would be fun to have me and the skier in the frame at the same time. Thanks to my sponsor Mammut, I was able to get a a good anchor set up and secure myself with harness and rope to be right on the edge of the cliff. The skiers were actually hucking off the cliff about 10 to 15 feet above my head. It was hard to keep my eyes open for the shot because so much snow was falling into my eyes. Besides the cold of just sitting on the edge of the cliff for hours it was one of the most exciteing photos I have ever taken. I really have to thank some of my sponsors for helping me with these shots. Mike and Dean at Mammut and David at Pocket Wizard. I couldn’t have done these shots with out your help. Thanks!
shaun Rasking Killing it at 4:30 in the am.
Forrest sending it and me Loving every minute of this photo shoot.
It is every photographers dream to be a part of the photo annual. Where the best photographs from the year are placed in front of readers eye and the collective talent of multiple photographers amaze even the most seasoned pro. I just picked up a copy of Skiing magazine’s 2009 photo annual and was stoked to see three of my photos used. One of my most difficult shots to capture was the blue Icefall shot of Brayden Brassey. This photo was a idea that spawned from a shot I did in Chile last summer while shooting in a train tunnel filled with Ice Columbus. I started planning this shot when I left Chile, but did not know where I would find a ice fall that we could do it off of. I knew of a few formations in salt lake, but to get to them would be very difficult. I knew about the one at Alta, but it only forms cretin years. One day before Devils Castle opened for the season I skied by the base of this formation and to my amazement it was there. Not only was it there, but formed better that I had ever seen it in years past. Now the difficult part, lighting! I knew that I could light it from behind, but the problem was with lighting the skier without washing out the cold blue color of the ice. With the flash setup I was using you could only get one pop of the flash per huck. Not only that, but I had to time it perfectly to get him in the right spot in the air. To top it off the takeoff was almost impossible for the skiers to leave without catching their skis on tree branches. With the help of some brave athletes ( Jason west, Jeff campbell, Kevin Brower, Forrest coots, and Brayden Bassey) we got it done. Thanks guys for hucking even thought you didn’t get a published shot.
Make sure to vote for my icefall shot to be shot of the year
Jason west sending it big at Brighton.
Jesse Hall barley making it into the frame.
This last weekend I spent some time with a client on the Provo river shooting some fly fishing. We thought it was going to be a stormy day, but turned out to be a beautiful morning. I have had a shot floating around in my head for a while that I wanted to try, and this was the perfect morning for it. We arrived well before sunrise and needed to catch a fish before the sun came up. The fish were cooperating and the light was perfect. Whoops, was that my pocketwizard that just fell into the river. Yea, but lucky for me I had a backup and the show must go on. Well turns out we scored some fish, got the shot and when I got home I put a hair dryer to the pocketwizard, dried it out and it works like a charm. So win win all across the board.
Last season I worked really hard to come up with some unique angles and night photography. This shot was taken at Brighton Ski resort on one of the coldest nights of all last year. The flashes had trouble most of the night because of the cold, but we were still coming out with amazing shots. This is one of Athlete Jeff Campbell that Powder Magazine is running in their December issue. Hats off to Jeff for Multiple jumps into the dark.
A few months ago Athlete Carson Oliver and I sculpted a already perfect rock feature into a wall ride. This one location had provided multiple A+ photos and as long as the gears in my head keep turning there are probably a dozen more to come from it. We had shot this photo before, but decided to use a flash to light things up this time. Many times you can get multiple shots that are different from the same location by just changing the lighting. Waiting for dusk and throwing a flash in the mix changed this shot dramatically.
I spent last weekend down in St George with my good friends Kevin Brower and Shaun Moyes scouting for locations to shoot and also to ride some very well built freeride trails. Our second night down there we found a great section of trail with 2 inches of fine powder dirt that I knew would be perfect for a low light shot that we could use strobes to light up. We woke up the next morning at some crazy hour and made our way to the trail. I really tried to focus on lighting the dust from behind the biker to bring out the cloud he was making. Timing was difficult because it was so dark, but after a few tries and completely covering my equipment with fine powder dust we started to get some good results. This shot was done by using two flashes. One behind the biker with a soft box to illuminate the dust and one from strait on to light the biker. here is one of my favorites from the shoot.
In this photo Kevin Brower
I have always been fascinated with Hoodoos. The Deserts of southern Utah have created many sizes, shapes and colors of hoodoos, and not one looks alike. I have wanted to shoot this group of strange formations for many years now and finally made time for it this summer. After a canyoneering trip with some friends, I decided to extend my stay in southern Utah and take some time to do some landscape work. Although I don’t shoot a lot of landscape I have been finding it more and more interesting and plan on devoting more time to it in the future. After a good nights rest and a early hike in the dark to this location, I couldn’t help but notice that I was all alone and the silence of the morning was ringing in my ears. These formations have formed over thousands, or even millions of years as a result of erosion between the different layers of earth. the bottom is made up of a almost pure white sand while the tops are made of a dark conglomerate rock. Each Hoodoo has it’s own personality and seems to be alive. Some of these formations reach up into the sky 30 to 40 feet tall. Truly amazing site and some of the most odd erosion of earth I have ever seen.
Oh skiers don’t think I forgot about you. The Desert has a funny way of reminding me about skiing. Although I was on a mission to photograph Hoodoos i couldn’t help but look at this and think “if it were only snow”. The patterns in this Dirt is amazing and really contributes to the photograph.
If anyone is interested in prints I am going to do a run of prints from this hoodoo shoot. Let me know if you are interested.