2010 Salt Lake Shootout Winning Photograph: "Best of Show" and first place in "Air" category
Equipment: Canon 7D, 10-22mm lens, beautiful morning sunlight
100% Crop of Jason just after lift-off
This last week is an absolute blur! The annual Salt Lake Ski Photography shootout took place this past week and I was stoked to get a first time invite. Anytime you take 10 professional photographers and mix in 20 pro skiers good things are bound to happen and this years contest was no different. The guidelines were pretty straightforward:
A) 4 days of skiing and shooting at each of the Cottonwood canyon resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude)
B) Working with 2 different athletes per day
C) Submit 3 images per category (Air, Powder, Big Mountain, City Lifestyle, Mountain Lifestlye)
D) ALL submissions due by 10PM on Friday (4th day)! No exceptions!
I was expecting to do pretty well, get some publishable images and call it a solid week of work, but in all honesty was not necessarily expecting to win anything. There was an extremely talented pool of photographers participating from as far away as Norway and Vancouver as well as some local talent. So when the slide for first place rolled up during the awards ceremony with one of my images, I was pretty floored, to say the least. The shot of Jason West (above) not only took first place in the"Air" category, but went on to win the "Best of Show", grand prize award. What a feeling of both humility and extreme excitement! It was awesome. The conditions proved awesome, with each day bringing something a bit different to work with. I've got to give a thank you to every athlete I worked with. Thanks for hiking back up the mountain for "one more shot" assisting with lights and keeping things so positive the whole time. You made my job easy (er). And a course special shout-out to Jason West for his epic line off of the fantasy ridge cliff at Solitude Ski resort that won the thing. Awesome work my friend!
We worked on some late afternoon/ early evening shots and this was one of my submissions in the Powder category. Athlete Jason West making a turn just after dusk at Brighton Ski resort near Salt Lake City, Utah
Here's a behind the scenes look of one of our lighting set-ups: Equipment used: Elinchrom Ranger (2 packs, 3 heads), 580EX II x 1, Skyport Triggers, mixed with late ambient light.
Parting shot entered in the "Mountain Lifestyle" category. Location: Snowbird Ski Resort - Athlete: Cody Barnhill with Leopard dude and Zebra lady