Sometimes I like to show some of my work in use and today I’ve got a cover from Norway to share. Fri Flyt is an action sports magazine that runs year round in Norway and other parts of Europe. Even though I don’t understand what it says I enjoy looking at this mag every month because they always choose great images. I’m therefore thrilled to have one of my images on the cover this month. The image was shot in British Columbia, Canada. I used a Canon 1D Mk4 and a 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS.
My 2013 calendar is now available for shipping via Open/Shut Calendars . This calendar features some of my favorite images and locations from the last couple of years traveling the world shooting with the world’s best freeskiing athletes. Readers in the UK will also be able to pick one up at any Snow & Rock store around the country but for all other readers Open/Shut will ship one to you. Pricing on the website is available in GB ponds, Euros, US Dollars and Canadian Dollars though they will ship to further locations.
This is a beautifully printed A3 calendar with a real focus on the images. It was important to me that it was printed nice and big and will make a wonderful Christmas present for someone else or just yourself for your bedroom or office wall.
Shot in Canada, Europe, Alaska & Japan
Featuring Sammy Carlson, Dane Tudor, Leigh Powis, James Woods, Jossi Wells and more……
Size: A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Format: Portrait (ring bound w/ wire hanger at top).
Paper: 210 GSM.
Printing: Full bleed single side edge to edge digital printing.
View: 14 pages, one month per page + cover & preview page.
A sequence of Sammy Carlson hitting a backcountry jump during a Poorboyz Productions filming session at Seagrams,Whistler British Columbia,Canada. February 24, 2011. Photo: Dan Carr (Dan Carr/Photo: Dan Carr)
1/2000, f8, iso 320 with a Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS on a Canon 1D MK4
This image was taken on the Pemberton Ice Cap. We accessed the location by snowmobiling out there and it took about an hour to get up here from the car park on the side of the highway. Every year the snowpack forms a slightly different shape and this was the first time it had been right to build a jump in this spot. Dane Tudor is the skier and we were filming for a skiing movie produced by Poorboyz productions. Dane’t trajectory will actually take him to landing down beneath the snow overhang in the left side of the image so he has a long way to go yet in this picture.
I shot in manual exposure, carefully watching the histogram and walking a tight line between loosing detail in the backlit snow surface. It’s always a tricky exposure when things are this bright but I was able to preserve most of the important details in the undulations of the snow.
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.
f8 , ISO500 , 1/50 second with a Canon 17-40 @40mm and Canon 1dMKIV
I also won the prize for Best Creative Angle……. but I’ll save that shot for another day.
Poorboyz Productions just dropped the trailer for their new movie REVOLVER.Â Along with the trailer they also released the DVD box art and I’m happy to say that the main image on the front of the box is one of my shots from my trip to Alaska this past spring time.Â The skier is Tim Durtchi and the photo was taken near Haines while we were up there with the awesome crew from Alaska Heliskiing.Â Tim skied a few turns down the face in the background and then launched a huge rodeo 720 off the wind-lip deep down into that shadowy area.
Apologies for the lack of updates in the last couple of week, it’s been busy times here in Whistler.Â Today I’d like to post some sequences that were shot last year for SBC Skier magazine here in Canada.Â The first four were to be used for “Trick Tips” , where a pro skier describes how someone would go about performing that trick.Â The fifth sequence was not shot for that purpose, but it was run as a double page spread so I thought I’d throw it in the mix too.Â For anyone wanting to know how to create a sequence photo in photoshop I did a video tutorial on this a while back which I will re-post at the bottom of this article.Â I might re-do this tutorial over the summer to upgrade it to an HD version so if there is anything you want clarification on please leave a comment below so that I can address it in the re-make!
A key rule for shooting a sequence is that you have to be able to see the skier (or snowboarder/biker/skateboarder) ride away cleanly from their trick.Â This is the first thing that I think about when I want to shoot a sequence.Â Which angle will allow me to see them ride away? A sequence without the ride away is totally pointless so always think about this first.Â People often ask if I use a tripod too and the answer is no.Â You don’t need to if you have a steady hand.Â Sometimes I will use a monopod if I happen to have one with me but mostly it is all hand held.Â You will also save yourself hours of photoshopping if you frame the shot to include the start and finish of the riders trick all in one shot.Â DON’T zoom in on the rider and pan the camera as you will have to spend hours lining up the backgrounds. If you know where the rider is going to take off, and where they are going to land, then frame your shot to include both those points.Â The advantage of not using a tripod is that if you miss judge the landing point and the rider goes a little bit further than you anticipated you can pan at the last second to make sure you get those landing frames.Â As I mentioned, you will incur a little extra photoshop time having to line up the backgrounds but at least you will still get the shot.
To make this post a little more interesting I thought I would make a short animation of the sequences using Final Cut.Â Each frame in the sequence is on a separate layer in the photoshop file so I turned them off in sequence and saved a JPEG of the resulting image and then put them all into Final Cut! CLICK CLICK CLICK!!