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Tom Wallisch again here. This time in a Full Tilt Boots Poster


Another shot of Tom Wallisch, from another trip to Alaska with Level 1 Productions.  This became a poster for the guys over at Full Tilt Boots.

Clik Elite Escape camera / lighting backpack review


The Clik Elite Escape backpack is a mid-sized camera pack targeted more towards the consumer market than towards the pro market. That at least was before the pros got a hold of it. This pack carries like it’s nothing on your back with a load of cameras and lenses but for me, this pack shines as my battery powered strobe pack. It’s the perfect combination of space, ease of access but all in a compact well carrying package.

This pack is the absolute perfect size for the usage of battery powered studio strobe units. My two normal kits fit like a glove. For an Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed + A Head, it fits with very little room to spare. There’s just enough for the pack and head in the main compartment with room in the top and front pockets for Pocket Wizard transceivers,  sync cables and other accessories. The elastic mesh side pockets and bungee straps will carry (2) small or (1) medium sized light stand or something like a water bottle. The reflectors can be strapped on to the front side of the pack with the horizontal adjustable strap.

For the Alien Bees or Einstein’s the Escape is a double barrel solution. (2) of these monolights plus (2) Vagabond Mini battery power packs, cables with room for about two more lenses, lunch or whatever you can come up with along with the exterior accessories mentioned above for the Elinchrom Ranger kit.  I’ve also tested the Escape with a Profoto 7b kit and it is just as good of a fit and carries just as well.

The top of the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack with the top flap opened.  Access to the main compartment is easy with the double zipper system.  You undo the velcro handle closure and pull it open.  You have access to all your gear in no time!

The top of the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack with the top and main flap opened revealing the main compartment.  The double zipper access on the main flap makes for very quick access to your gear.  You just pull up on the velcro handle and the whole pack opens up.

The Clik Elite Escape camera backpack side view

Detail view of side pocket elastic ties on the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack.  Light stands stay in well on both side pockets tied in with these elastic ties.

Detail view of the front pocket and strap on the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack.  The strap expands enough to hold my Elinchrom Ranger 50 degree 13″ reflector on the pack.

Detail view of the inside of the front pocket on the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack.  Plenty of room for Pocket Wizards, cables and other smaller accessories.

Detail view of the waist straps on the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack.  Three loops in the webbing to attach various accessories.

The harness system on the Clik Elite Escape camera backpack.  The straps are a bit narrow and light, but it’s not designed as a pro pack so this should work for most.  Shown with a radio and a point and shoot camera pouch attached to the loops in the straps.  This pack carries very well and is extremely comfortable in spite of the narrow straps.  The harness works well.  It’s short, narrow, and just deep enough to carry what you need, but not too big so for me, skiing with this pack is very easy.  It sticks to your back very well.  The other part of this that works great, is it carries on my chest well.  This matters when I have to haul everything myself.  I can have my main camera backpack, the Clik Elite Contrejour 40 on my back with this on my chest loaded with lighting equipment and get around myself.

Detail view of the chest strap buckle and adjustment ladder.  The Ladder only moves when you want it to.

The Clik Elite Escape camera backpack with the included rain fly on.  You won’t be losing this anytime soon with this bright red rain fly.


Camera Size: Probody SLR

External Dimension: 21″H x 10.5″W x 8″D (53 x 27 x 20 cm)

Camera Compartment: 18.5″H x 10.3″W x 6.4″D (47 x 26 x 16 cm)

Internal Storage: 11″H x 9.1″W x 1.9″D (28 x 23 x 5 cm)

Volume: 1200 cu in. (19.66 L)

Weight: 3.43 lbs (1.56 kg)

Will hold iPad: YES

Hydration Sleeve: YES

Rain Fly: YES

Tripod Storage: YES


If you got anything out of this review, please click the links below if you decide to buy to help support the site.

Clik Elite Escape Camera Backpack at B&H Photo

SBC Skier Magazine


A few shots from the first few issues of SBC Skier Magazine in Canada.

Roz Grouenwood at the 2011 Snowbasin Winter Dew Tour Superpipe Toyota Championships

Mike Hornbeck at Breckenridge, Colorado with Level 1 Productions

Anna Segal on the final jump at the 2011 Snowbasin Winter Dew Tour Slopestyle Toyota Championships

Justin Dorey at Alpine Meadows, California with Level 1 Productions

Kaya Turski at Alpine Meadows, California with Level 1 Productions

Alex Bellamare crashing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with Level 1 Productions

Alex Bellamare at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho with Level 1 Productions

Alex Bellamare at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho with Level 1 Productions


Powder Magazine – September / October 2011


Things are a bit busy right now and I haven’t had the time I hoped to have to spend on the blog.  I’ll have a few things in the next few weeks but for now here’s a few recently published photos in Powder Magazine this season so far including the UK feature “Carry That Weight”.  Hope you dig it.

Freeskier Magazine issues 14.1, 14.2


Down C Down handrail – Wallisch’s great white buffalo – Scott Sports Ad



WTF is Tom’s great white buffalo?  Wallisch has been wanting to get this handrail since he first started going to the University of Utah in 2007.  It wasn’t brought up to my attention until 2009 and we’ve been trying to get it done ever since.  Looking at this thing, (which I will claim right now is the sickest urban handrail ever done on skis) I knew I had to be there, but there was a catch.  I’m technically not allowed on the U of U campus.  Part of shooting urban is getting kicked out, but sometimes ticketed.  The University of Utah is pretty well known for being a great spot for urban ski / snowboard shooting and so do the campus police.  The last time I shot at the U of U was in 2006, where I got a $600 ticket and told not to come back.  So that’s my back story on myself and the U of U, I didn’t want to go and risk a larger ticket and be thrown in the back of a police car, but come on look at this thing, I had to.

Weather it be lack of snow, lack of timing, patrolling rent-a-cops, or conflicting travel schedules this thing had not come together for the 2 years before.   In the late winter of 2010 we got a super late snowfall in the city, AJ (4bi9 Media), Tom and myself were all in town at the same time and there was snow, I was amped and ready to get out there.  Yah, there’s a dumpster in the landing coming out of the rail.  It snows again, yup, same dumpster.  It didn’t have wheels.  Then it was spring, game over.

Turn the clock forward to the day before Thanksgiving this past fall.  I’m in Tahoe and I get a call, there’s snow in SLC and the dumpster is gone, and turkey day (Thanksgiving Day) is prime time to go after it with a good chance we won’t see any campus police.  Perfect.  I’m doing a shoot with Will Wesson and Ian Compton with Level 1 Productions 8 hours away.  Well, we were close to the end of the trip and I had to get this done when the opportunity presented itself.  Fine, started to figure out what is left to do in Tahoe/Reno and when to split up and head back.  Another call.  Another feature on my 5 year old to-shoot list.  Oh, it’s going down at sunrise, Thanksgiving day.  Awesome.  That means I have to leave now and drive through the night.  OK then.

Myself, Freedle (Level 1 Productions filmer), Will Wesson and Ian Compton break up our gear between the two trucks so Freedle can fit those three in his truck and I hit the road.  A long overnight drive back home to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Needless to say I was pretty tired and had to pull over a few times and sleep.  I was pretty determined to make it back by sunrise.  Ten hours later I finally roll into Salt Lake City just in time to take a 30 minute nap, then get my shit together and meet up with the 4Bi9 crew at a parking lot step down to tranny I’ve been wanting to shoot on for 5 years.  We finished up around 11am and I went home and eventually crashed.  I crashed hard enough that I slept through every Thanksgiving dinner party I could have gone to…oops.

At 10pm we head out to the down c down, finally.  After a lot of setup of the drop in ramp, snow, lights and my lights, I finally get to my plan.  I setup my camera remotely on a tripod fired by a Pocket Wizard Multimax transceiver along with another Multimax mounted to the hot shoe firing my strobes.  I did this for one reason alone, so I could appear to be just watching in my truck, in street clothes in the case we get busted, hoping that if we get caught, they don’t arrest me for trespassing since I was just sitting around, in street clothes watching in a truck.  After a while and about 4 angles later Tom still hasn’t gotten the rail yet and is getting beat up a bit and the inevitable happens, the campus police shows up.  Great, well I guess it’s time to test my plan right?  Then the most unexpected thing happens, the cop just drives away.  He saw everything going down and just didn’t care.  Good thing he was the only campus police officer on duty and we weren’t really doing anything that really mattered, at least that’s a good explanation right?  After a bunch more tries, it just wasn’t happening.  We gave up and went home.  It was the first time in the 5 years I’ve worked with Tom that he didn’t get a feature quit.  It’s still not done!

Fast forward again to February, after a few chances with snowfall in SLC came through everyone’s schedules finally lined up again with the weather and we went back for round two.  The crew set the drop in a bit straighter (previously was about a 45 degree angle into the handrail) and it made all the difference.  It was less than 15 tries and it was done, finally!  We weren’t even there long enough to worry about getting busted.  Three years and I got my shots, AJ got his shots, Tom got the rail and everyone was high fiving and there was a huge wave of relief that came by me.  I came away from the U of U unscathed.  All said in done I ended up with an advertisement that I’m happier with than any other I’ve shot and yet for my oldest client.  Much like most of my last winter season things just finally came together right.

Check out the ad at the newsstand in the 2011 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide.

Level 1 Productions After Dark DVD Box Cover


As long as I’ve been working with Level 1 Productions it’s one of the covers that have eluded me through the years.  We have been working together since near the start of my career so finally getting it now is something I’m pretty excited about.  My shot of Alex Bellemarre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is sharing the cover of the After Dark DVD with  photographer Chris O’Connell’s shot of Tanner Rainville at Great Canadian Heli in Golden, BC, Canada.

This type of feature has been on my to do list for at least 5 years now.  The urban death gap has eluded me now for quite some time but this past season with a really fast winch that Level 1 purchased we were able to do it.  I had the shots on Alex’s first try, but standing up a 50 foot rodeo 5 to flat was no easy task.  Fortunately a few tries after Alex said he didn’t think it was possible, the kid powered through and stomped one of the more ridiculous things I’ve ever shot.

Keep it fresh! – Air Freshener photos?


I get a lot of photo requests for some uses that are far from normal but this is definitely a new one.  I sold a few shots to Line Skis last season with a one-year unlimited license.  It’s when you have those licenses out on your photos is where you see some different types of usages.  Different, but pretty cool.  I’ve never had a photo on an air freshener!  This shot of Will Wesson was taken last winter with Level 1 Productions in my backyard of Salt Lake City, Utah.  It’s in the most played urban skiing location, probably in the world.  I somehow manage to get a shot every year from the Rail Gardens (Olympus Hills Park) due mainly to skiers getting creative and looking for a new spin on the same structures in the park.


Do you have a photo on an air freshener?  You should!

GoPro Sunset Time Lapse – Level 1 Productions Sun Valley Volcano Jump session




I’ve been wanting to do some time lapses lately but it always seems that I have my D300 (second camera body) being used as a second remote angle being triggered by Pocket Wizards.  I recently just got a GoPro HD and a pile of mounts so suddenly I have a camera to run time lapses when I have my camera bag emptied out throughout the mountain!  I stuck the GoPro HD with a handlebar mount in the snow, turned it on, walked away.  Pretty mellow.  I was pretty suprised how well it came out.  I had to do some post work on the photos like I normally would, cropped and put together in Quicktime Pro.

This jump session with Level 1 Productions in Sun Valley, ID went down pretty well and we got a lot of shots.  Now we are just waiting for round 2 to shoot out of the helicopter!

I’ll hopefully have time to do this the rest of the spring through all the terrain park shoots.

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011


Freeskier Magazine - February 2011 - P23 - Chris Logan - Sun Valley, Idaho - Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – P23 – Chris Logan – Sun Valley, ID – Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine - February 2011 - P28 - LJ Strenio - Park City, Utah - 4Bi9 Media

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – P28 – LJ Strenio – Park City, Utah – 4Bi9 Media


Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – P48 – LJ Strenio – Mt. Bachelor, OR – Poor Boyz Productions

Freeskier Magazine - February 2011 - pp62-63 - Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – pp62-63 – Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – pp84-85 – Tom Wallisch – St. Paul, MN – Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine - February 2011 - pp104 - Adam Delorme - Logan, UT - Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine – February 2011 – pp104 – Adam Delorme – Logan, UT – Level 1 Productions

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