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2015 Freeskier Photo Annual – Tim McChesney & Will Berman

2015 Freeskier Photo Annual p85 - Tim McChesney & Will Berman

2015 Freeskier Photo Annual p85 – Tim McChesney & Will Berman

Finally have some time to start posting photos from this winter’s publishing season.  Expect to see some more regularly.
Freeskier Magazine – 2015 Photo Annual p85
Top: Tim McChesney in St. Paul, Minnesota w/Level 1 Productions
Bottom: Will Berman in Minneapolis, Minnesota w/Level 1 Productions

Freeskiing Magazine (Japan) Cover


Freeskiing Magazine (Japan) Cover - Mike HornbeckSometimes I get the photo how I want pretty quickly, and sometimes, like this time it took a second trip, and a few more hours before I was able to figure out how to light this one.   To add to this, it took two days, a new motor, and a ton of frustration until we were able to get the winch cranking fast enough to allow the skiers to get the tricks they wanted.  There’s always that first jib feature of the trip that gets me shaking my head, thinking “you fuckers are crazy.”  Well, this was it.  Mike Hornbeck, sliding up, around and back down on this ledge was pretty nuts.  I don’t always get to shoot near sunset but fortunately on January 3rd in Anchorage, Alaska, we had about an hour and a half of this kind of sky, which is pretty damn awesome when you’re trying to get just the right shot, on such a difficult feature for the skiers to get.

Random awesomeness


Powder Magazine – November 2012 – p32 – Clayton Vila in Spokane, Washington – w/ Poor Boyz Productions

There’s always a bunch of cool back stories behind a bunch of the photo and video shots we take throughout the season. Most are just about the shoot, what went into it, how it came together, and the crazy ideas that the skiers came up with. This one however goes back a bit deeper. Heather Thamm randomly contacted me after seeing this shot in Powder Magazine of Clayton Vila w/ Poor Boyz Productions. Turns out, in this small world of skiing, her father John F. Thamm was commissioned to paint those murals on the Maple Street Bridge trestles 30 years ago in Spokane, Washington.

Just before she had seen the shot in Powder Magazine, she had just written this in her blog about the murals. Small, small world. Thanks for Sharing Heather!http://www.heatherthammphotos.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html

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.

Tom Wallisch Scott Sports Ads


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


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


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

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


Monday afternoon entertainment


This video just never gets old.  I wish we’d run into more guys like this while shooting urban instead of the usual suspects. Don’t do it in the park!


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