It’s finally that time of year again. The snow has started falling and the temperature has dropped down to new lows. This has been an amazing start to the ski season so far with the snow pack at over 125% of normal. I realize that I haven’t posted in a while and wanted to mention that I’ve moved to Denver for a change of pace and to expand my business opportunities. I’ll still be up in the mountains shooting skiing and boarding as much as ever and continuing to grow CNW Photo. I’m very excited for all of the upcoming skiing photo shoots this season and to expand my photography.
On another note, I’ve also started a clothing company at www.concretecoast.com to further express myself and release clothing that won’t make people into walking billboards! This is an exciting new venture for me as well and by living in Denver I’ll have more access to businesses for growth.
Now onto my most recent shoot. It’s always exciting to get out there and do the first shoot of the season for Vail Resort. I’ve shot for them over several years and can honestly say it’s still as much fun as ever. I’m one of the lucky few who gets to head up on the mountain a bit earlier than the rest of the crowd, and enjoy the new snow after a big storm. Usually I head up with Vail’s filmer Andrew Taylor as well and we bring several professional athletes up to shoot. This past storm held some amazing snow and with the mountain having a strong snowpack we were able to shoot in some of the best spots , which is not common for this time of year.
I shot with my Nikon D3S and mainly used a telephoto lens on this shoot so as not to get in the way of the video angles. The main purpose of these shoots is to capture the new snow and show how good the conditions really are. For anyone interested in photographing skiing I have one tip that makes a HUGE difference: Set your camera to over-expose your shots by 1 stop. Because the camera doesn’t want pure white in an image, it will make the snow more gray, by setting the exposure up more the camera will over-expose what it thinks is correct, and the snow will actually look white.