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The first run – published photos so far, Powder Magazine, Freeskier Magazine, The Wallisch Project

30Aug13

 


Tom Wallisch Scott Sports Poster

The first few issues of the magazines of the season are always a bit more of a treat to see your shots in print as it’s been eight to ten months since I’ve seen a fresh ski magazine come across the newsstands.

John Ware (Left) – Powder Magazine – September 2013 Shooting Gallery – Hartford, CT – w/Level 1 Productions

Tom Wallisch – Powder Magazine – September 2013 – P72 – The Wallisch Project

The Wallisch Project Cover Art

Sig Tveit – Freeskier Magazine – 2014 Buyer’s Guide – Sun Valley, Idaho – w/Level 1 Productions

Will Berman – Freeskier Magazine 2014 Buyer’s Guide – p77 – Slopestyle Ski Shop Ad – w/4Bi9 Media

Flyfishing trip on the Flathead River

04Apr13

Last fall I got the opportunity to hop into a quick fly fishing trip rafting down the North Fork of the Flathead River. I hadn’t really done much fishing, but been wanting to do a bit so I jumped on the chance to do a multi day trip on the river and of course take some photos. I was pretty spoiled on this one, as Jordan was a former guide with the Glacier Raft Company so this part of the river was all part of the old routine. I caught a bunch of Flathead dink’s, took way too many photos and had a awesome time. Thanks to the Glacier Raft Company and Hilary and Shane Hutcheson at Outside Media for hooking us up with gear for the ride!

Gearing up at the Glacier Raft Company
Gearing up at the Glacier Raft Company

Getting on the water at the Polebridge put in on the North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana
Getting on the water at the Polebridge put in on the North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana

Rigging up just down from the the Polebridge put in along the North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana with the mountains of Glacier National Park in the distance
Rigging up just down from the the Polebridge put in along the North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana with the mountains of Glacier National Park in the distance

Fitzpatrick Nobles casting from a raft on the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park, Montana
Fitzpatrick Nobles casting from a raft on the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park, Montana


Riding down the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park, Montana


Jordan Haprer with the first of trout time on the Flathead

Headed back along shore to setup camp for the night.
Headed back along shore to setup camp for the night.

Fog filled sunrise at camp along the North Fork of the Flathead River
Fog filled sunrise at camp along the North Fork of the Flathead River

Jordan fueling the breakfast fire at camp.Jordan fueling the breakfast fire at camp.

Jordan rigging the boat for the last day's float down the river. Along with the gratuitous camera gear photo with my Clik Elite Contrejour 40 camera backpack loaded with my new BlackRapid Lens Bling labeled lens caps
Jordan rigging the boat for the last day’s float down the river. Along with the gratuitous camera gear photo with my Clik Elite Contrejour 40 camera backpack loaded with my new BlackRapid Lens Bling labeled lens caps.

Final day floating down the North Fork of the Flathead River to the pull out

Final day floating down the North Fork of the Flathead River to the pull out .

Fitz had a hard time starting the fire with traditional methods.
Fitz had a hard time starting the fire with traditional methods.


Last night on the river went a little deep into the Hamm’s


The last sunrise of our trip along the North Fork of the Flathead River , Montana


The smoky view on the way out of Glacier National Park from the North Fork Road along the Flathead River, Montana

Customs travel shortcuts for Americans – Nexus / Global Entry / TSA Pre

07Mar13

Wan to avoid this?

 

I’m going to start by qualifying this, I travel a lot, but not even close to as much as a lot of photographers I know.  I do travel enough though where I’m looking for every shortcut I can to make my life simpler when it’s time to hit the road or the airport.  As a photographer that tends to travel very heavy with lots of lighting equipment dealing with border crossings and airport security can sometime be a major hassle.  I’ve had a lot of situations where I’ve been detained to the point where I’ve missed my flight due to US Customs officers not really knowing their jobs, or just being assholes in general.  That being said, I have to be a red flag while travelling with 60lbs of camera/computer gear on my back, 40lbs of lighting/computer gear in my carry on roller, and 120-140lbs of lighting/ski gear and clothes in the remaining two bags.

There are a few things you can look at to make your life easier at airport security checkpoints.  One of which I’ve covered before with Customs screenings coming back into the USA which is US Customs form 4457.  Take a closer look here.  Walk into the customs office with your gear and get your gear registered.  This way no matter what they say, you are travelling with proof of ownership of your equipment in the case you are caused of buying gear abroad to bring back and sell without paying duties and taxes.  It’s happened to me before and it wasn’t fun, and I missed my flight because of it, and had to pay a large change fee to get on another flight after.  Going into the CBP (US Customs and Border Patrol) office to do this takes ten minutes (or more depending on how much gear you bring in) and you’ll never have to deal with it again as long as you own that equipment.  This is of course a lot more difficult to do if you don’t live near an airport with a CBP office, but if that’s the case, stop by next time you fly through an international airport in the USA.

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The second option is NEXUS and Global Entry.  These are programs with the CBP and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) that are “trusted traveler” programs that allow you very very quick and easy customs interviews and border crossings by land, sea or air.  Global Entry is the airport program that if you’ve flown into any of the major US airports during a busy time you’ve likely seen and have been super jealous of as you’ve stood in a line over an hour waiting to talk to a CBP agent, only to talk to another one about your baggage, and potentially be “interviewed” yet again about the $50k in equipment you may be traveling with.  Global Entry allows you to cut every customs line in the airport.  You know those forms you fill out with all the check boxes (US CBP Form I-94) and declare the items you’ve brought home with you from a foreign country?  Well, with Global Entry you don’t fill that out, you cut every line then go to a kiosk and check a couple of boxes on the screen, scan your passport, the kiosk takes a photo, you take a printout and go get your bags, hand your printout to a CBP agent (again where you cut every line) and walk out the door and leave the airport or hop on your connecting flight.  The last time I went through US Customs with Global Entry it saved me an hour and a half, cutting in front of at least 400 people.  Add to this that I didn’t have to deal with the hassle of getting the third degree about all my camera equipment.  This is pretty well the best thing travel related to me that I’ve found since I started travelling internationally.

So, what do you have to do to get this privilege of easy US Customs entry?  You pay a $100 fee that is good for five years, they do a background check on you (no felonies) and you have to go into a CBP office that’s part of the Global Entry Program (basically every major US international airport) to be interviewed and fingerprinted.  The interview is more of a formality at that point as it’s mainly for fingerprinting and to verify your identity.  The only difficult thing about that is that the interviews are scheduled and when I scheduled my interview, most airports were booked out at least 1-3 months, if not longer.  So if you do not live in a city with one of these CBP offices it can be a bit more difficult.  However that being said I missed my interview time due to a late flight (I scheduled my interview during a layover in LAX) and when I showed up there was nobody waiting to be interviewed even though there were five more interviews scheduled after the one I was late for.  I bring this up because after seeing that, I wouldn’t be guess that after your online application has been approved and you schedule an interview, you could just show up to one of those airports outside of your scheduled interview and just wait for an opening and get that out of the way unscheduled.  Don’t quote me on that but from what I saw, I’d bet that it would work.  The other part of awesome that Global Entry gets you is TSA Pre.  Now while on paper it seems to be pretty meaningless it can be pretty nice.  TSA Pre is a third line in airport security that cuts all the lines, even the first class / medallion member line which even that can sometimes be big at major hub airports.  The extra part that is pretty minimal is that you don’t have to take your laptop out of your bag, or your shoes or belt off.  Pretty minor however I’ve noticed I get a secondary search on my camera bag a lot less.  Again most of this is pretty meaningless unless of course you arrive at the airport 30 minutes before your flight to another country.  One other note for the Global Entry program, if you are an American Express Delta Reserve, Platinum or American Express Platinum card holder, part of your benefit is you will be credited for the $100 global entry application fee.

nexus_20logoThe third is one I hadn’t really paid attention to since I haven’t done much travel over the road to Canada recently is the NEXUS program.  This program works in the same way as the Global Entry program does at the airport for the most part only it’s been put in place for border crossings to and from Canada and Mexico.  The difference with the NEXUS program is that they actually do a more extensive background check where even traffic tickets can get you kicked off the program.  I’m sure you’ve been in the same long border crossing lines going to/from Canada before if you shoot skiing or snowboarding and know cutting those lines could save you hours if it delays you to the point where you are say, stuck in Vancouver rush hour traffic on your way to Whistler.  Since I’ve also dealt with having my entire car searched and being interrogated about ownership of my car like I was hiding terrorists in my spare tire compartment in my trunk I’d also reccommend it, especially if you cross the border a few times a year, and especially for your filmmakers that are always sketched out about being turned away at the border.  If you have neither yet then it would be the best if you signed up for the NEXUS program instead of Global Entry.  I say this because the NEXUS program also gives you Global Entry and TSA Pre access, and it’s only $50 instead of the $100  for Global Entry.  You still have to do an interview and be fingerprinted but for NEXUS you only have to do this once and you get all of the programs.  If you are a Global Entry member, you still have to go in for another interview to be a part of the NEXUS program as well.  You can use your Global Entry card to use the NEXUS lines entering the USA from Canada, but not the other way around, to enter Canada, so getting a NEXUS card would be the way to go as you get access to all the programs.

I hope that wasn’t too confusing.  If you haven’t checked the links within this post I’ve added them below to get directly to where to read up and apply for these programs.

Happy Travels!

– More information about NEXUS on the CBP website

More information about the Global Entry program

TSA Pre program

– Apply for NEXUS, Global Entry here: Global Online Enrollment System (GOES)

Monday afternoon entertainment

26Sep11

This video just never gets old.  I wish we’d run into more guys like this while shooting urban instead of the usual suspects. Don’t do it in the park!

 

Texture

01Aug11

A little bike ride around the neighborhood with the camera and the macro lens and found myself climbing a fence to take photos of an abandoned building.

The long drive home

18Jul11


Something I haven’t done in a long time, stop to smell the roses. A friend of mine suggested that I stop and smell the roses while travelling this spring through the month of terrain park shoots.   Something I used to do on a regular basis, everywhere I went, I showed up late since I had a hard time not stopping everywhere, to take pictures. This time around on the drive from Bend, OR back home to Salt Lake City, Utah I actually pulled over and took some photos along the way of the 12 hour drive, turning it into about a 16 hour day…Nothing epic here, just wanted to share a few things from the road.

 

I stopped about 15 times along US 20 until I found a collection of these hay bales oriented in the right way.

 

More Proof. The Scots are some of nicest people on the planet!

30Jun11

I recently had the opportunity to visit the UK back in April for a feature in Powder Magazine.  We were shooting skiing of all things in the UK!  It was quite the epic journey, but that’s not what this is about.  While we were in Edinburgh shooting at the Midlothian Ski Centre dryslope hill (Hillend) I managed to drop a Pocket Wizard Multimax somewhere along the way while we were shooting.  I didn’t even know I had lost it until I got a completely random email from Sarah Felton from the ski hill!  She had found my Pocket Wizard and fortunately I have my name and contact info on all of them.  Anyhoo, she went out of the way to track me down, and mail the Pocket Wizard out to me all the way from Scotland.  Pretty awesome.  I really had an awesome experience during our trip to the UK but the few days we spent in Scotland were among some of the friendliest people I’ve ever been around.  This is just more proof.  I hope I get to go back.  Thanks very much Sarah and the rest of the Scots that treated us so well.

track your photos with google

16Jun11

The technology has been around for a bit now but before it was a pay feature.  Google of course has changed that by acquiring the image recognition software to match your image to what Google finds on it’s search engines.  Also, it’s really simple and easy.  I’m sure it has a lot of bugs to still work out but I put in a photo that I know has been around a bit that I shot at the 2011 Red Bull Cold Rush this year and the results came up pretty easily.

 

It’s quite simple.

  • Go to: http://images.google.com
  • Click on the camera icon on the right side of the box you type in to search.
  • Either enter the url of the photo you want to track, or upload that photo and click on search images.

  • Viola!  There are your results, and that’s where people have been putting your stolen photos!

And on the lighter side of skiing….

24May11

Here’s an epic crash to make your day better.

 

Back from the Hack!

18Apr11

You may or may not have noticed over the past week my site being red flagged by google, and your browser.  I got hacked and my site WAS distributing malware according to google.  Fortunately I was able to remove all that and install a bit more security within my site.

So, I’m all good now and plugged back in.

If you have a wordpress blog and haven’t updated it recently, I’d suggest you do so to help fix a few security issues.  Also, read this, and install some security plugins as well.

If I have some downtime in the next few days, I’ll hopefully get a chance to post some photos from the past month and a half of travel!




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