January 29, 2010

Jan 29: Video Test

Time lapse, riding the chair.
Using a new video host.

January 21, 2010

Jan 22: Shout Out

Pro skier Vanessa Aadland has a new website that features my images.
Check her out at VanessaAadland.com.

Jan 21: Core Shot

Today was an amazing powder day. 15" on top of 10" on top of 15". Choking face shots.
I worked my way to the front of the line and was the first to make turns at Alta. What a day!

However, I sent a 20 footer without proper scouting. I didn't take enough speed, landed on the cliff face, and nearly broke my ski.

Check out this core shot (yes, that's a quarter for a scale reference):

My Katana's have a metal core, which is now cracked, scratched and dented.

I also cracked the side wall.

See the close-up. (Click to see even closer.)

Are those for me, or the ski?


Apparently, just because the slopes are bottomless doesn't mean the cliff faces are.

Jan 21: WAVES in Peru

I'm working with a non-profit group called WAVES for Development.
Check them out at WavesForDevelopment.org

To keep it simple, watch the video of the project here: LINK.

Get involved, make a donation, and enable this amazing project to flourish.



January 15, 2010

Jan 15: Traffic Teaser

The traffic video is coming along.
Please enjoy the clip, while you wait.
I'd call it a 'trailer' but it's more of a teaser.

January 13, 2010

Jan 13: Traffic Control

There's another mini-project I have been planning for a while.
After a couple months of thinking, I finally decided to tackle it.

I shot 1315 images tonight, and 15 minutes of video.
Tomorrow I begin the editing process.
The final product will perhaps contain all of the images, and some of the video clips.

Here's one shot to get you started.
More to come, after video edits. (again)

January 12, 2010

Jan 12: Sunrise Video

I'm a better photographer than videographer, but I created a video detailing the early-morning photoshoot from Jan 8.
It's too large to post here, so please check it out on my website.


January 8, 2010

Jan 8: Sunrise Teaser

The snow and weather finally aligned for us: 5" fresh and clear skies.
With our practice sessions complete, it was time for the real deal.

2 still cameras, 1 video camera, 2 tripods, 2 shutter releases, 2 strobes, 2 light stands, 1 battery, pocket wizards,..... head lamps, hand warmers, puffy coats,..... shovels, beacons, probes,..... food, water, candy,.....

Each pack weighed ~40lbs. Even with 4 strong young athletes, it was a challenging haul. (The downhill portion was also challenging, and comical at times.)

Big big thanks to Matt, Nate, and Vanessa. Each pulled their weight, and a lot of mine, and completed their tasks with skill and efficiency.

I am preparing a video to detail the project, but I want to share a few early images to whet your appetite.

Vanessa belays Nate, as the sunrise belays the moon.

Heber City glows in the distance. Matt and I work to set up the lights. Nate and Vanessa stomp out the take-off.

More to come, after video edits.

January 6, 2010

Jan 6: Storm Rider

A 1-on-1 with Vanessa Aadland.
Check her out at VanessaAadland.com. (It's a triple 'a'.)

Cables collide while infinity fades.

Her first tele season. Killing it.

I take shelter in a cave. A cave with a view.

Thanks, Vanessa, for the motivation and creativity.

Jan 5: Big Day

Today was one of my best ski days ever. And I only rode 1 lap.
Sometimes the quality of the one lap makes it all worth it.

Starting at 7am, we toured to a cliff that I have been eyeing for 10 months. I have previsualized the line and the photo for most of a year, and it's finally time to send it.
We spent an hour probing the landing, scouting the take off, getting everything dialed in and ensuring it was all safe.

Nate acted as sherpa, assistant, safety manager, belayer, photo assistant, and most importantly, guinea pig.

Here's Nate sending the corner of the cliff, ~25', as a 'small' test.

Nate saved the glory shot for me. We set up the shot and I stuck it.
We used a rope to measure the drop. 40' is our estimate.
Next time, when the snow is right, we'll start at 4am, set it up pre-dawn and hit it right as the sun rises. That's the shot I've envisioned for a year.

The day continued. In the afternoon, we set up a huge poppy booter in the woods, hoping to frame up a sunset shoot.
The sunset never happened. We regretfully missed the good one last night. We still practiced the shot, so that when the time is right, we'll have it dialed in.

Justin, a photog's ideal athlete, does exactly what I ask of him: huge, I mean gigantic, straight air with a tight grab.

After sunset, we sent it a few more times. Mr. Dependable nails tricks in the dark.
Trying to let the background fill in, I brighten the image, but Pete's huge back flip turns ghosty.

Hazen stomps a 3 in the dark.

January 4, 2010

Jan 4: Night Lights

Here's my preliminary test for a sunset photoshoot concept.

I learned that even if I frame a nice image, the athletes are capable of going Uber huge and missing the frame.

Hazen goes big & inverted.

Justin removes his ski mid air, again.

From a different angle. Nate was a great photo assistant, shooting bursts while I shot strobes. And Hazen, background right, shoots video. With 2 other photogs, we had at least 5 cameras on the action. Hopefully something turns out.

Finally, we start to dial it in.

It was a great practice session. Hopefully tomorrow we can line it up on a sunset and create some stronger images.

January 2, 2010

Dec 31: Snow, Finally

It's starting to pile up a bit now.
18" of super light Wasatch powder.
Thanks to Vanessa (pictured below) for hiking the lines.

So fresh and so deep.

Mo-hawk, faux-hawk, how about a Rime Knit snow-hawk?

Utah's famous 4% snow.

It's also good for tree jumps.

A nice way to finish off 2009.