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Recent Ads – Salomon

26Dec10

Alexis Godbout Salomon Ad

Last season was quite the interesting one.  It was one not full of a lot of shots due to the low snowpack and just terrible weather in general, however the few good shots I did get last season, I was super pumped on.  This was one of them.  This feature was the entire reason I went on this trip to Montana to shoot urban with Poor Boyz Productions and Alexis Godbout, Matt Walker, Charles Gagnier and LJ Strenio in tow.  Everyone else was doing a lot of spin and tap tricks on this feature but Alexis had something else in mind here.  I was running around in circles, changing the lighting setups between everyone else, then Alexis doing his handplant to right 180, completely opposite from the norm.

Like my caption on the ad says, I brought everything I had to this feature.  (1) Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed w/A head, (1) Alien Bee 1600, (1) Alien Bee 800, (1) Alien Bee 400, (5) Nikon SB 80DX Speedlights and a pile of Pocket Wizard Plus 2’s and Multimax’s.  It was a ton of backlighting with a lot of tricky single speedlight placement throughout that took a lot of trial and error to get it dialed.  Fortunately for me, there was a lot of trial and error going on with the skiers to get the trick they wanted, giving me a lot of time to get my lighting dialed as well.

Nikon D3,Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR Di SP lens, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS SpeedAlien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 and MultiMaxTranscievers

October / November / December Powder Magazine

02Dec10

I just got some pdf’s of the recent shots I’ve had over in Powder Magazine this season so I thought I’d share.

Tyler Barnes sliding a quad kinked C-rail in Ogden, Utah September 2010 Powder Magazine Shooting Gallery – Tyler Barnes sliding a quad kinked C-rail in Ogden, Utah
Nikon D3,Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR Di SP lens, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS SpeedAlien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 and MultiMaxTranscievers

October 2010 Powder Magazine Shooting Gallery - Alexis Godbout doing his best to get out of church in Helena, MT
The thing I love the most about this shot is how clean it came out at ISO 1600!

October 2010 Powder Magazine Shooting Gallery – Alexis Godbout doing his best to get out of church in Helena, MT
Nikon D3, Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D ED lensElinchrom Ranger RX AS SpeedAlien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 and MultiMaxTranscievers

Josh Stack explaining to LJ Strenio, how to be a professional skier
This is probably my most favorite thing ever written in a ski magazine.  I’m pretty stoked my photo fit it rather perfectly.  Check it out if you get a chance.
October 2010 Powder Magazine – Page 66


December 2010 Powder Magazine - LJ Strenio Voice ProfileNovember 2010 Powder Magazine – LJ Strenio “Voice” profile


December 2010 Powder Magazine - Tom Wallisch
December 2010 Powder Magazine – Tom Wallisch
Nikon D3,Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR Di SP lens, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS SpeedPocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers

October Freeskier – Scott USA – Tom Walisch ad campaign, ad 2 of 3

09Sep10

Ad 2 of 3 in a Scott campaign of Tom Wallisch - October 2010 Freeskier Magazine

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.

Shot in Minneapolis, MN with Level 1 Productions for their new film “Eye Trip

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

2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide

31Aug10

I have a few new Advertising shots in the new 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide.

Scott USA Ad - Tom Wallisch - 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer's Guide - 2 page spread

Tom Wallisch – Scott USA Ad – 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide – 2 page spread

Shot in Minneapolis, MN with Level 1 Productions for their new film “Eye Trip

Nikon D3, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed, Alien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers

Spy Optics Ad - 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer's Guide - Back Cover - Ahmet Dadali

Spy Optics Ad – 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide – Back Cover – Ahmet Dadali

Scott USA Ad – 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide – 2 page spread
Shot in Minneapolis, MN with Level 1 Productions for their new film “Eye Trip”
Nikon D3, Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed, Alien Bees 800, 400, Nikon SB80 DX’s, Pocket Wizard Plus 2 Transcievers

Quick Pic 5 – Joe Schuster at Mt. Bachelor – Bend, Oregon

15Jul10

Joe Schuster jumping a 90 foot step over jump at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

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.

Pre-season outtakes

03Dec09

Joss Christensen and Alex Schlopy hiking up to the snowmaking pile in Deer Valley to build the backy jump

Posting outtakes is something here I usually don’t get a chance to do.  This time around though the shoot was for espn.com and with the instant turnaround time with web, I get to post these while they are still fresh!  This few days of shooting was mainly about one thing.  Fun.  It most certainly was.  These photos were shot at Alta, Deer Valley and Brighton Resorts in Utah after a few early season storms in October and early November.  My lighting was pretty simple in these, some just ambient, but those that weren’t, usually just a few Nikon SB80 DX’s, an Alien Bees 800 and a Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed with the ol A-Head.  Of course, add in a pile of Pocket Wizard Flex TT5’s.

Check out the full gallery here

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Skiing Magazine – Germany – December 2009 Cover

18Nov09

Skiing - Next Level Magazine Cover - December 2009 - Skier: Julan Carr - Location: Brighton Resort, Utah

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.

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.

How to fix your broken Pocket Wizard Shoe

25Mar08

Broken pocket wizard hotshoe footSo chances are at some point your Pocket Wizard hotshoe foot broke off and ended up looking like this. Now it’s an easy enough of a fix but people have asked me what to do so I thought I’d post this here.

So, it’s an easy fix and if you’ve used these things a lot, you’ll want to have a bunch of extra hotshoe feet sitting around just in case they break very easily.
CAS-PW-Shoe LPF037
P/N# 360797

pw_repair_002.jpgRemove the 5 screws, make sure you keep track of which screw goes where, there are different thread pitches and lengths.

Remove the batteries and push the circut board out of the plastic case through the battery compartment. Remove the batteries and push the circut board out of the plastic case through the battery compartment. Pull the broken hotshoe foot out of the hotshoe contact.

All the pieces of the puzzle.  Pinch the outer prongs of the hotshoe contact together and slip the new hotshoe on over the hotshoe contact. All the pieces of the puzzle. Pinch the outer prongs of the hotshoe contact together and slip the new hotshoe on over the hotshoe contact.

Slide the circuit board back into the housing. Make sure you put all the buttons back on and screw it all back together. That was easy huh?

To order parts in the USA, contact Pocket Wizard (MAC Group) directly at:

PocketWizard USA
8 Westchester Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523
914.347.3300
info@pocketwizard.com

Outside of the USA go here and select your country:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/repair/

The part you need is:

CAS-PW-Shoe LPF037
P/N# 360797




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