This just came in over the interweb. Stoked about this one, especially since the shot is a few years old. Just goes to prove that pow skiing is timeless, whereas a jib shot wouldn’t be current enough after a season has gone by. This shot is of Hannah Whitney taken in Grizzly Gulch at Alta, Utah. This evening was at the height of a storm that dumped 5 feet in 5 days. The snow was so deep and light that I had to ask Hannah to barely ski in with any speed because when she came in at a normal speed so it wouldn’t look like burrowing through snow!
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This photo was one hell of a production to pull off. Last April in the midst of the biggest storm cycle the Wasatch Mountains has EVER seen on record Julian Carr brought up the idea of shooting some cliffs at Brighton at night. We were fortunate enough to get some help from Brighton Resort to get a last chair up so we could wait for the sun to go down in a nice and toasty lift shack. I hadn’t shot night cliffs before. I was super stoked to try it out but it was a bit of trial and error but fortunately I had Austin Holt out to assist me on the shoot. There was no way I could have pulled this shot off without an assistant. All three of us went out each with a pretty loaded backpack of photo gear and were out there for four and a half hours with help, we probably would have been out till 2AM without help and who knows how that would have gone either!
This is one of the more unique shots I’ve taken, and although I rolled with my style of using gels, I got to do it a bit differently this year and I hope everyone digs it as much as I do.
The gear I used to put this together was quite the laundry list.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon 50mm f1.8D lens
- (6) Pocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers
- Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed + A Head with 10.75″ 50 degree reflector
- Alien Bees 800 + 400 heads with 11″ Sports Reflectors
- (2) DIY power packs for Alien Bees
- (5) Nikon SB80 DX Speedlight flashes
- Bogen gels
- Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
- Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
Now I don’t normally talk about something like a headlamp used for a shoot, however in this situation with the night shots, they are pretty important. The Black Diamond Icon is a really powerful headlamp that is very necessary out in this kind of situation. A normal LED one just won’t do. It’s really nuts how much light the Icon puts out.
This is the one I wondered if I’d ever get. I’ve had covers outside of North America for a few years now and last season got my first one with SBC Skier Magazine out of Canada but still had yet to get one in the country I live in. It became a running joke actually with some of my colleagues that I’m huge in Japan or whatever. I didn’t think I’d get one for a while in the USA, especially Powder as most of what I shoot is really jib/freestyle heavy. I found out about a month ago and it hadn’t really hit me as being that big of a deal until today. This was literally a childhood dream. I remember looking reading every Powder magazine that came through growing up and looking at the photos of Paul Morrison, Scott Markewitz, Lee Cohen, Hank DeVre, Mark Gallup, Wade McCoy and Mark Shapiro thinking about how cool it would be to have a photo of mine on the cover of Powder.
I’m stoked. Why? This is the third year in a row Rage Films has gone with one of my shots for their DVD cover. I spent a lot of time with the Rage crew, of course a lot this Spring as well at the park shoots. The last three have come from those park shoots as well, last year this one at Stevens Pass, WA. This year, the little Asian brother Derek Spong got the cover. It’s from the shoot at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. If you haven’t seen the teaser yet from the upcoming movie “Pretty Good” check it out here.
After shooting with my current roomate Max Kuszaj since the start of my career 9 years ago we landed first cover. Max is the first pro I began working with way back in the day when I used to work over at The Canyons Resort as the staff photo/video guy there. This shot is one of those sunset powder shots I’ve been trying to make work for the past few years. Alta is such a good zone for these types of things as there are so many zones that are quick to get to, which is so important with shots like this as they take so much setup time and gear. Powderhound magazine is a ski magazine out of Australia which I’ve been working with for the past few years. Hopefully this is the first of a few more this season!
This cover was quite the nice suprise in the mail today! I took this last season at a Rage Films night pipe shoot at Tamarack Resort, Idaho. This is the 3rd cover from that shoot so far, which has turned out to be the single most successful photo shoot I’ve ever done. This time around it’s Jen Hudak on the cover. It was a pretty big issue for me with 15 shots inside the magazine so I’m pretty stoked about that. It’s been a pretty good season for me on the editorial side, hopefully there are a few more of these covers coming. Right now the count is at 4 magazines and 2 DVD covers. If you want to check out the previous two covers from the shoot at Tamarack Resort click here for the SBC Skier cover of Mike Mertion, and here for the Australian and New Zealand Skiing Magazine of Davina Williams.
So with ski movie teaser time comes ski movie DVD box cover time! I’m stoked to get the DVD box cover for Rage Films‘ upcoming movie “Such is Life”. It’s the second year in a row I’ve gotten the box cover with them and both have come at Spring terrain park shoots at one of the places I grew up skiing, Stevens Pass, Washington. I’ve been working Rage Films since the start of my career shooting ski photos and am stoked I got this with them again. The skier is a crazy ski grabbing Canadian, Mike Mertion
If you haven’t already seen the teaser, check it out at www.ragefilms.com