Back in March of this year I was invited to a photo contest in Austria alongside a freeskiing competition. Four photographers were chosen to attend and we spent the week shooting the skiing action as sunrise, sunset and night time. At the end we submitted our photos and various prizes were handed out. This image here won the main award for Best Action Image. The skier in the shot is American, Keri Herman. It was shot about an hour after the sun had gone down behind the mountains but dragging the shutter still revealed some glow to highlight the mountain peaks in the background. I lined up the purple lights as best I could to mirror the peaks of the mountains in the back. Several colored hot lights are positioned at the obstacle and then I have an Elinchrom Ranger RX in the background fired with a Pocketwizard on a Impact Lightstand and also a Paul C Buff Einstein strobe on the jump aiming at the skier. The image was shot with my trusty Canon 17-40 and Canon 1D Mark IV. It’s a pretty complex setup and I’m glad it turned out just right and was so happy to win Best Action.
I also won the prize for Best Creative Angle……. but I’ll save that shot for another day.
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