This week I am in Aspen, Colorado shooting the Winter X Games. For action sports events this is the best one to see with the world’s greatest athletes competing in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile events. Check out the action on ESPN. As an ESPN staff photographer this event is lots of fun to shoot because I get great access to all the venues. Below are a few highlights from the past few days.
This last month has been a good one with the magazines and catalogs with 3 of my photos landing spots on the covers. Seeing your photo on the first page of a magazine or catalog is always pretty exciting. Big thanks to my friends for being amazing ski models making my job pretty easy and lots of fun!
Chris Davenport making his final turn of the trip above Portillo.
Simon Dumont high above the the pipe at Mammoth Mountain landing the cover of Freeskier Magazine.
Bernard Rosow enjoying some “Sierra Cement” in the Mammoth Backcountry on this months Mammoth Sierra.
Last week the US Grand Prix stopped in Mammoth for the second stop of the Olympic qualifier for the snowboard half pipe. Shooting the half pipe is pretty exciting as these guys fly 15 plus feet above your head out of the pipe. One of the challenges is being at the right spot at the right time. More often then not, photographers will shoot the first hit because it the most consistent spot the riders will hit, and after several runs you have a good idea of where they will launch from. I was shooting Greg Bretz, a Mammoth Local who was going huge and pulling this really stylish grab during practice. The only problem was that if you shot it standing on the deck looking up at him with a wide angle you only saw the bottom of the board and his ass, which you generally want to see the riders face. Knowing he would do the same trick in his final runs the next day I came prepared with my pole cam. It is basically about a 14 foot extendable pole with my camera mounted on top with a 14mm lens triggered wireless with a Pocket Wizard. I knew this would give me a different perspective and allow me to shoot down on him eliminating the ass shot problem. The only problem with this is that my camera was in everybody’s shot. Since most of us photographers are pretty good friends it wasn’t that big of deal and Adam Moran decided to have fun with it and and composed his shot to have me in the photo, and it looked like I was fishing for Greg.
PHOTO BY: Adam Moran
Red Bull New Year No Limits proves to be another amazing way to spend New Years Eve. This year Travis Pastrana sets the world record by jumping his rally car 269 feet off the pier and landing on a floating barge in the Long Beach Harbor. With 70,000 people watching it was the place to be, and absolutely amazing to see in person. Of course he stuck it!