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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

The Photo Annuals – 2013

10Jan13

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - Page 116 - Niklas Ericsson at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho - Level 1 Productions
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – Page 116 – Niklas Ericsson at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho – Level 1 Productions

This is the time of year when I get really excited, then really disappointed at the same time.  The photo annuals carry some of the best images of the year and every year my anticipation for what I could have in these issues grows as things get closer.  I see my shots, I don’t see shots I hoped I’d have in there, and then there’s everyone else’s work, typically from Mattias Fredriksson, Jordan Manley, Blake Jorgenson, Nate Abbott, Bryn Hughes, Christian PondellaAlex O’Brien, Adam Clark, Grant Gunderson, Steve LloydTero Repo, and with the new blood with guys like Darcy Bacha, Garrett Grove and Jim Harris.  I see everyone else’s shots thinking how the hell did they pull that off, why the hell did I never think of that, those crazy bastards, or the one that gets me the most, I tried that, and I couldn’t pull it off.  Regardless of seeing others pull off what I couldn’t figure out I’m always stoked to see great work, shots that make me think about how they pulled it off, where they had to go to get the shots, and of course the ones that drive me to try and come up with new ideas as well.  This year’s images in the Photo Annuals were the same in those ways, but this season was especially a great collection of images as Powder Magazine’s photo annual was simply massive.  Seeing all that great work in one place, it’s pretty rad and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Below are my images in the Photo Annual’s of both Powder and Freeskier Magazines.  Thanks for looking!

 Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p89 - Tom Wallisch sliding a c-rail in Anchorage, Alaska - Level 1 Productions
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p89 – Tom Wallisch sliding a c-rail in Anchorage, Alaska – Level 1 Productions

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p104 - Sig Tveit at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho - Level 1 Productions
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p104 – Sig Tveit at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho – Level 1 Productions

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p106 - Cam Riley hiking a stair set in Spokane,Washington - Poor Boyz Productions
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p106 – Cam Riley hiking a stair set in Spokane,Washington – Poor Boyz Productions

 

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p148 - Random Joey walking around the streets of Helena, Montana, with a helmet on.
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p148 – Random Joey walking around the streets of Helena, Montana, with a helmet on.

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p164 - Steve Stepp Voice profile

Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p166- Steve Stepp Voice profile
Powder Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p166- Steve Stepp Voice profile

Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p8 - Niklas Ericsson at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho - Level 1 Productions
Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p8 – Niklas Ericsson at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho – Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p68-69 - Tom Wallisch disastering a flat down ledge in Anchorage, Alaska - Level 1 Productions
Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p68-69 – Tom Wallisch disastering a flat down ledge in Anchorage, Alaska – Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p81 - Logan Imlach pulling the guts out of his winch trying to get her to behave - Level 1 Productions
Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p81 (right) – Logan Imlach pulling the guts out of his winch trying to get her to behave – Level 1 Productions

Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual - p86 - Bobby Brown gapping the half pipe step up feature in Breckenridge, Colorado - Level 1 Productions
Freeskier Magazine 2013 Photo Annual – p86 – Bobby Brown gapping the half pipe step up feature in Breckenridge, Colorado – Level 1 Productions

 

 

Powder Magazine – September 2012

04Oct12

p36 Powder Magazine, September 2012 – Mike Hornbeck – Denver, CO – Level 1 Productions

p30 Powder Magazine, September 2012 – Cam Riley – Spokane, WA – Poor Boyz Productions


p54 Powder Magazine, September 2012 – Tom Wallisch – Anchorage, AK – Level 1 Productions

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

26Sep12

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.

Tom Wallisch Scott Sports Ads

18Sep12

A few more shots that have run as Scott Sports ads in Freeskier Magazine from the Alaska trip last March of Tom Wallisch with Level 1 Productions.

And it begins….The North Face ad – Tom Wallisch in Alaska

22Aug12

Three drive by’s, two inspections, killed a few hours, then we finally went in.  10pm-6am.  Sometimes the features, the tricks we are shooting that the skiers do are more of something that works better in video and not so much photos.  Sometimes it works for both, and almost never do I get to shoot on one that is more for photos than video.  Fortunately on this trip the skiers decided to hook me up and we went to this location.  Visually, this place was pretty awesome by itself.  Great architectural lines, great texture in the materials of the building, good landscape to the building.  Now, just add Tom Wallisch.  Well actually, just add snow.  A lot of it.  The landing had to be completely imported, about 6″ deep of snow in a strip about 15×50 feet, also we had to pile snow on the stairs to act as the jump.  We were there for a bit building this, well into the morning.  For me, this came out exactly as I had designed the shot out in my mind, even the lighting.     A good, long day, making the trip worthwhile this this North Face ad coming out of it.

As usual these days, this one was shot with the whole truckload of lighting.  Everything I brought.  This was also my first go with the Canon 5D MK3.  All season I had been missing the low light capabilities of my old Nikon D3 but Canon finally caught up with the 5D MK3 which helped out a lot on this one since I only had my travel light kit with me.  Since the scene was so large in this feature, I was forced to use each speedlight as if it was a full-sized studio light.  With that, there was a lot less light/power available and I had to crank up the ISO to 1000 @ f5  to compensate as I’m usually shooting night shots at ISO 200 @ f8.

This was shot with Level 1 Productions while filming for their upcoming movie,  Sunny

Ski Photography – Tom Wallisch Scott Sports Ad – Breckenridge Resort, Colorado

09Apr12

Tom Wallisch at Breckenridge Resort, Colorado during a shoot for Level 1 Productions film After Dark.
Nikon D3 + Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 + Elinchrom Ranger RX AS Speed (2) + Paul Buff Einstein’s (2) + Nikon SB80 DX (5) + PocketWizard Plus, Multimax, FlexTT5 transcievers + industrial fog machine

It usually doesn’t work out where two of your favorite shots of the year end up being ads for the same company, with the same athlete.  Last season I guess it just came together.  Myself and Tom drove out from Salt Lake City the day of this shoot going from almost summer weather in Salt Lake to full to being slapped in the face with full on winter when we arrived to Peak 9 at Breckenridge Resort, Colorado.  We were late and the crew was about an hour into the shoot.  We unloaded our gear, got our gear on in the car and caught a snowmobile ride up to the feature.  Level 1 Productions brought up a fog machine and combined with the snowfall, it made the shot for me.  If you haven’t worked with a fog machine outside before, you’re in for one hell of a treat.  I mean frustration.  If the wind picks up at all, you lose all control of the fog and with wind being unpredictable, it’s all the luck of the draw.  Fortunately this photo happened about half way into the session since the wind picked up a bit after that and made things difficult to say the least.  With the wind being one of the elements of challenge in this shot, the snow became another challenge.   None of the skiers were really excited about the heavy snowfall, but of course it’s my favorite bit of conditions to work in.  Shooting with heavy snowfall brings in some challenges with keeping your lenses clean and dry, but also keeping my strobes dry and working properly  too.  Something as simple as a large plastic bag going over your strobes can do it.  So far the bags that my outerwear comes in have been the best ones for this as they are HUGE and of course, clear.  I have heard that a turkey basting bag works very well and is a bit easier to come by, as just about any grocery store is going to carry these.  All that being said, I love shooting with the snow falling.  There’s so many things you can do with depth of field and all the different lighting options, it can add a bit of extra dimension to the shot.  As with most times I go out to shoot at night, we finished this night up about midnight and the very long day finally came to a close.

I know this was an ad somewhere, I just don’t know where.  If anyone has seen it anywhere, please let me know!

Ski Photography – SBC Skier Magazine issue 3 & 4 (photo annual)

17Feb12

The last two issues of SBC Skier Magazine from Canada have hit the newsstands and I have a few more photos I’m pretty stoked on that made it into the magazine as well as three shots in their first ever Photo Issue as well.

SBC Skier Magazine issue 11.3 p98-99 – Pro Freeskier Will Wesson sliding a quad kinked elbow handrail in Reno, Nevada – w / Level 1 Productions

SBC Skier Magazine issue 11.3 p36 – Pro freeskier Tom Wallisch jumping a double sided spine at Breckneridge Resort, Colorado w /  Level 1 Productions

SBC Skier Magazine issue 11.4 p59 – Pro Freeskier Byron Wells jumping the transfer gap in the King’s Crown Terrain Park at Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

SBC Skier Magazine issue 11.4 p63 – Dave Treadway launching a backflip off a huge cliff during the Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado

Freeskier Magazine issues 14.1, 14.2

29Sep11

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

24Aug11

 

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.





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