I’ve been working with PocketWizard wireless transcievers for a good portion of my career using them to fire my flashes and cameras all around the scene I’m shooting. Recently they featured me in an interview on their blog.
Check it out if you get a chance, and thanks to PocketWizard for the support!
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This was the big show. The biggest of big shows for me, it’s something I’ve aspired to be involved with since I first saw the show back in April 2004. Seeing the slideshows at the time from the Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival made me look at action sports photography in a completely different way. I thought then shooting action sports was just about one thing, the action, and I learned that day I was very very wrong. Seeing the lifestyle images and portraits that tied together the action to the people, the people to the sport made me realize that there was more to it, and that I wanted to bring more to the plate. Out of all the shows that night, Embry Rucker’s work stood out the most to me as inspiring both on the action and lifestyle side of things. Everything changed for me that night and I set a goal to be a part of that show at some point.
Last April I entered a three minute slideshow to be considered for the finals of the Pro Photographer Showdown. I finally felt I had enough to fill the nine minutes of photos that was required as a finalist. I then spent nine days straight working on my show. There’s nothing harder than trying to put together a show of your own work. To pick out only the best of the best and leave the rest on the cutting room floor is extremely difficult. There are so many photos I wanted to put in, and so many that I thought were hammers but after discussing with peers, realized some just held a high emotional attachment for myself for one reason or the other. Cutting those are the hardest. Nine days later I was finally finished and made the drive to Whistler to be a part of the biggest showcase for ski and snowboard photographers that currently exists. I was up there against Brian Bielmann, Grant Gunderson, Jeremy Koreski, Yves Garneau, and Whistler local Mason Mashon. To show nine minutes of my life’s work to over 3,000 people at once. I was unbelievably stoked and nervous and kinda choked on stage actually. Had to cut it short and get off the stage..haha. Oops.
I did not win. In fact check out the photo, there’s a dude across from me that’s way taller that has a 10 foot long check! Surf photography legend Brian Bielmann took the crown with over 30 years of surf and lifestyle photography packed into 9 minutes. Everyone else really didn’t stand a chance with 30 years worth of amazing work to pull from. So, in four years I will be able to re-enter. I can’t wait for it, and hope to make finals again.
If you happen to have photos from the show and you don’t mind me using them on this blog post, please let me know. I don’t really have any photos from the show aside from what you see here. Thanks for watching.
One of the things I do get requests for is a “what’s in the bag” post. So, here it is. This is a pretty full kit, it would be what I’d bring to an urban shoot where I’m driving to the location, or for a park shoot where it’s easy to get around and carrying 40+ lbs on my back isn’t that big of a deal.
The camera backpack is a Clik Elite Contrejour 35 L
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D300 with MB-D10 Battery Grip
- Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 DX G ED Fisheye
- Nikon 16mm f2.8 D Fisheye
- Nikon 17-35 f2.8 ED AF-S
- Sigma 24mm f2.8
- Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 LD XR Di SP
- Nikon 85mm f1.8 D
- Nikon 70-200 f2.8 AF-S VR
- Nikon 1.4x Teleconverter II
- (2) Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 Transceivers
- (2) Pocket Wizard Plus II Transceivers
- (1) Pocket Wizard Plus Receiver
- (5) Pocket Wizard Multimax Transceivers
- Nikon D40 (Extra small DSLR camera body with a CCD sensor and electronic shutter capable of full-frame flash sync up to 1/1250 second.
- Canon Powershot S95
- Cokin P ND Filter Holder
- Adhesive Backed Body Warmer (To keep batteries warm and functional in extreme cold)
- US Customs form 4457 (Proof of ownership forms. I keep these in the pack since I’ll probably forget to pack them when I actually need them)
- Pocket Wizard N90M3 Nikon Motor Drive Cable (Connects Nikon camera bodies to a Pocket Wizard for remote firing)
- Nikon MC-12B cable release
- Black Diamond Icon headlamp (Lots of range and great for skiing down in the dark after shooting night shots up on the mountain)
- Sync Cables
- Lip Balm
- AA Batteries
- Extra memory cards
- Gels for speedlights
- Electrical tape (Almost as good as duct tape, but doesn’t leave a residue behind)
- Battery tester
- Rocket Blaster (Keep your lenses and image sensors clean!)
- Burton AK powerstretch glove liners (best gloves for shooting in the cold, comfortable with good feel from 5 degrees F on up)
- Fruit Leather, Cliff Shots, any other snacks
- Aleve (Always good to have a few over the counter pain killers for rough days, and for athletes with rough landings)
- PS3 controller (Most times when I’m shooting with Tom Wallisch, he makes really tech tricks look too easy so I’ll plug him into Amped 3 get him started on the next impossible trick)
- Balsa wood plane (Sometimes shooting urban can get really really really slow after I’ve gotten all my shots I can get)
This was the 2nd of 3 ads for a Scott campaign featuring their top freeskier, Tom Wallisch (check out the first ad here). I worked with Tom a lot this season specifically for this campaign and I’m pretty stoked on the shots and that it was based on what we both wanted to shoot as opposed to being confined to a creative breif. It was a go out, get some epic shots and we will work with it in the end. It allowed us to produce the best shots we could, which is something I’m stoked on. You can’t really ask for much more but a blank canvas.
This shot in particular was the primary reason I came out to Minnesota for that trip with Level 1 Produtions. I knew that feature would produce something I’d be stoked on and it was something I could really spend time with the lighting on. It was a miserably cold night for the whole crew of myself, Kyle Decker (Filmer for Level 1), Tom Wallisch, Ahmet Dadali and Liam Downey and we had some challenges with some equipment and being extremely visable from a major road but everyone got their tricks, their shots and it was one extremely productive day/night.
Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 ED VR, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed, Alien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 and MultiMaxTranscievers
This was the second time I’ve had a chance to shoot tallbike jousting and this time around I was a bit more prepared for what to expect than the first. It’s one of the funnest events that I’ve had a chance to shoot, it’s action, rediculous (come on, jousting on tallbikes…really?), costumes and there’s no shortage of carnage. What more could you really ask for? We started out at Liberty Park and once everyone came together we all moved out to the location. I actually got a chance to get ahead to the location this time since I actually made it on time and then found out where we were going! Chalk one up to being prepared this time! Check out last year’s photos here.
I have a few new Advertising shots in the new 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide.
Nikon D3, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed, Alien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers
The crew at Saga Outerwear wanted to test the waterproofing of the new Anomie suit for the 2010/2011 season for their new look book, so where else could we go in the summer except a car wash! Saga had me come out to shoot a few entertaining photos of the highly un-scientific waterproofing test. Tim Durtschi was in town, so he became the unlucky guinea pig. Austin of course could barely contain himself with excitement with the thought of flogging Tim with the high pressure power washer.
A few weeks before this shot was taken, I was at the exact same spot, shooting on a larger version of this jump with Poor Boyz Productions at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. We waited around for about a week for the weather to improve and it just never seemed to get the way we wanted so I bailed out for a few days down to Mammoth Mountain, CA to shoot with Level 1 Productions. A few days later I came back up to Mt. Bachelor to shoot with Rage Films for another park shoot and I got the weather I was hoping for and the shoot went off. It was one of those shoots where I got photos every day that ended up running in a mag somewhere. Needless to say it was a good couple of days with a really fun crew of young up and coming kids.
After shooting on this jump in the morning we took a big break and came back just around 6pm to get going on this again to shoot around sunset. Joe Schuster was one of the only ones that stuck it out about an hour after the last light was on the jump to wait and ski for the sunset photos. I shot this scene with a pretty standard kit of lighting for me on a jump with an Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed with an A-Head, Alien Bees 800, Alien Bees 1600 along with my DIY battery packs with Pocket Wizard Plus 2 transcivers and a Nikon D3 with a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR Di SP lens.