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Cross Country Skiing in West Yellowstone

Last week I was invited to get some shots in West Yellowstone of a friend cross country skiing, along with some of her friends. I thought it would be fun to go up and get some new shots for my portfolio. I also thought it would be good practice since I hadn’t ever shot cross country skiing before. Conditions looked good so I figured I was bound to get something cool out of it. Lets be honest they had snow and we didn’t have much so that was a good start.

I got up at 4:30 am Saturday morning and drove the 5 hours to get up to West Yellowstone from Salt Lake City. Drive went well and I arrived about 10 am.  I started out by scouting locations on snowshoes along the various trails to get a feel for what might work best. I didn’t know beforehand but West Yellowstone is home to some of the best cross country skiing trails in the country. A trail system called the Rendezvous Trail system gives skiers 200 km of nicely groomed trails just outside Yellowstone National Park to enjoy which is pretty epic.

After scouting for a couple of hours and finding a few good spots that I wanted to use, I meet up with my friend Amber and her friend Christa who had arrived the day before. We discussed options, went over clothing, and made a game plan. We decided we would get shots in the trail system that afternoon and then get shots along the river via another trail first thing in the morning. With that plan in mind we headed out after lunch.

Anytime I’ve shoot a new sport it takes a little practice to get it right and figure out when the athletes are in the best form etc. To be honest the only time I’d really seen cross country skiing was during the Olympics. It’s always seems to take a bit before I start to feel like we are getting something cool. Learning about and understanding what your shooting is key I’ve learned. I was trying to shoot primarily with available light on for these shots so I could focus on movement.

Overall we got a few really nice shots and it was a fun little adventure. I even got to eat my first Bison Burger, and have to say it was quite delicious. West Yellowstone kind of felt like the old wild wild west and is a fun place to spend a couple of days. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip.Image of a cross country skiier along a river bank at sunrise in West YellowstoneEntrance sign to West YellowstoneTown of West YellowstoneRendezvous Traii Head, West YellowstoneAmber puts on her cross country skisCross country skiing in West YellowstonCross Country Skiing in West YellowstoneTaking a break while cross country skiingDetail shot of cross crountry skisAmber holds her skis while standing next to the warming hutResting in front of the warming hut after skiingCross Country skiing with the sun setting in the backgroundDetail shot of cross country skisWestYellowstoneSkiing-8Two cross country skiiers in West YellowstoneAmber snowshoeing in west yellowstoneWest Entrence to Yellowstone in the WinterDQ-1

Top 10 Images of 2014

I Hope everyone had a great Christmas Holiday. I can’t believe that 2014 is just about over. It has been a great year and I wanted to finish it out with my top 10 images from this past year along with a little background and info on how I shot them.

#1- Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Iceland Glacier WalkNot a big shocker here for anyone that has been following me lately. Iceland was my favorite place to shoot this last year. I’m only going to include one shot from this trip even though I could easily add more. If you want to see more images I shot there you can check it out on a previous post here.  I love the texture and colors of this shot. It screams epic adventure to me and that is what Iceland is about, a giant epic adventure. Shot this with a Nikon D810 and the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens 1/500 @ f/ll ISO 800

#2-Vickie Walker Portrait-Good Housekeeping Magazine

Vickie-1I was really honored to be able to photograph Vickie. She is an incredible person and was really nice to work with. Her husband was tragically killed in the Trolly Square shooting of 2007. She noticed a lack of support groups for people in her situation and went on to create a victims advocate group called Circle the Wagons. She is a great example of how to overcome tragic loss with something good to help others. Photographed with a Hasselblad H5D-40 and 80mm lens 1/125 @f4 ISO 400 Profoto B1 Air and large umbrella

#3-Rancher Portrait- SelectHealth

Rancher-1Nothing too crazy here. I Just loved how this portrait came together. Great location and its always nice when you can get the real deal for a model on an advertising shoot. Nikon D810 with a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/640 @ f/2.8 ISO 125

#4-Railay Beach, Thailand

Thailand-1This shot ended up being my favorite shot from Thailand. Here again I could have included many more but you can see additional images on a previous post here. Thailand has the best beaches I’ve ever seen. This is also a huge rock climbing destination. Really amazing place. Nikon D4 with Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/80th sec @ f/14 ISO 200 on a tripod.

#5 Amaze Campaign-SelectHealth

C-1We got this shot early in the morning when the sun was coming up in Downtown SLC. Shot it with available light and a California Sunbounce to fill in the shadows a bit. Nikon D810 with Nikon 35mm 1.4 1/640th sec. @ f/2 ISO 125

#6 Police Officer Portrait-SelectHealth

Police Officer-1I have a great respect and appreciation for police officers. It was fun to work with Trevor he is a great family man and really nice guy to work with. Nikon D810 and Nikon 35mm 1/125th of sec @ f/2 ISO 400 with a Profoto B1 Air and a large shoot through umbrella.

#7 Ripstix Campaign-Zija International

Zija-1This shot of fitness model Debbie Tebbs we created for Zija and was one of my favorites. She is a natural athlete and really good to work with. The client wanted a bit grittier look for this campaign. Really fun shoot. Nikon D4 with Nikon 24-70mm 1/1600th of sec @ f/4 ISO 200 and the sun bounce.

#8-Antelope Island Trail Running

I had been wanting to shoot out at Antelope Island for sometime.  Fitness model Matt White called me up and asked if I wanted to go shoot something with him.  I thought he would be perfect for a nice Antelope Island trail run adventure. Matt and his friend Katy worked out great. Nikon D810 with Nikon 20mm 1.8 1/400th of Sec. @ f/5.6 ISO 64 all natural light.

#9 Cally Grindstaff Portrait-SelectHealth

Idaho-1Captured this image while on assignment in Idaho Falls, ID for a testimonial campaign for SelectHealth. We created this shot mixing available and strobe lighting. Shot mid afternoon on a Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm 1.4 1/160 of sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 64 with a Profoto B1 Air and medium shoot through umbrella.

#10 Browning Clothing

Browning-2Lastly, I got this image while on a catalog shoot for Browning. After driving around our location I found this nice open field with a windmill that I thought would work well for the truck shot we needed for the catalog. We had a brand new Ford f350 for the shoot and it all came together nicely for this shot. I used a polarizer filter on the lens to bring out the sky better. Again on the Nikon D810 with Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 1/800th of Sec @ f/4 ISO 200 all natural light.

That concludes my top 10 images of 2014. Special thanks to all my clients, my assistants Cory Steffen and Stephen Bain, my stylists: Christie Somers, Michelle Bindrup, Kathy Exhenbrecht and lastly production help from Michelle Drier. I also need to thank my sweet wife Karri for holding down the fort and keeping tabs on our two daughters while I’m out shooting. I couldn’t do any of this without her help and support.

I hope you liked them and I look forward to what 2015 has to bring. Hopefully even more adventures and even better images and opportunities. Got to keep pushing! I’d also invite you check out my newly update website at www.brandonflint.com. Thanks for checking things out. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Iceland, You Blew My Mind

BKF_5491As promised, I finally finished editing down my Iceland photos. I’m really happy with what I got. There are some shots that I would still like to go back and get. It’s definitely a place where I think you could go back time and time again and every time you would find something new. There are still some timelapse videos in the works but for now I wanted to get my favorite photos up.

Iceland is hands down the coolest place I’ve ever been to in my life. It’s clean, the people are super nice, the landscapes are epic and ever changing and it the light is a photographers dream. Getting around, unlike my experience in Thailand, is pretty easy. Although next time I go back I would like to get a bigger off road vehicle. The river crossings in Iceland can get serious.

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The weather is Iceland was in the 50’s and 60’s during the day and in the 40’s at night. With the exception of a couple of nights when it dipped into the 30’s. I was super stoked that Sierra Designs sent me out with a new tent and sleeping bag. Especially the new Backcountry Bed sleeping bag by Sierra Designs is hands down the most comfortable bag I’ve ever slept in. The design is ingenious and it feels like I’m sleeping in my bed at home. When they sent me the bag and I first got it out I have to admit I was a little skeptical. Especially since I was going to be sleeping in it for 9 nights straight but I have to say that I was super stoked on it. I hate zippers in traditional sleeping bags and was glad to have it along for the trip. The Lightning 2UL tent was super easy to set up and super small to pack into my checked bag. Their stuff is super well designed and thought out. Perfect for the conditions I faced in Iceland.

BKF_4727 BKF_2365 Before I left on the trip I had to make sure and bring the right gear for the trip. I talked to Dave Ward at Pictureline about the trip. As we discussed things he mentioned that since I shoot Nikon it might be a good trip to test out the new Nikon TTLn remote trigger for the Profoto B1. He thought he might be able to get me a prototype version since they weren’t going to be released until yesterday the 15th of Sept. I was also super excited when Profoto agreed and sent out a couple of lights and the new unreleased prototype trigger.

With the strobe lined up, I did some research and these were the other items I ended up taking with me:

-Nikon D4 body
-Nikon D810 body
-Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II lens
-Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens
-Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens
-Nikon 20mm 2.8 lens
-1 two stop and 1 three stop ND filter
-1 B+H Polarizer filter
-Step up rings
-Extra batteries for bodies and trigger
-Rode VideoMic Pro
-Tripod and head
-Sandbag (no sand while traveling) to put rocks in for weight
-13” Macbook pro
-2 Lacie rugged 1Tb drives
-1 Profoto B1 air 500w strobe with Nikon TTL trigger and extra battery
– I stand and 1 30” shoot through umbrella
-Finally cards, card readers, cables and other computer stuff

We were going to be camping but were going to have a car so I just put all my photo equipment into an F-stop backpack with a few clothes. The rest of what I needed including camping gear, food, extra clothing etc I fit into a rolling duffel bag that was water resistant and I could check. The B1 Air, extra battery, cables and all fit in a case to carry on. It all worked perfectly.

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Once my friend Nate and I arrived in Iceland we got our car, gas, food, and other supplies in Reykjavik and meet our other friends, that arrived a week earlier, in the northern coast. Once there, we made a plan as to what parts of the country we were going to be able to get to and what we wanted to see. We decided we would head out on the southern peninsula for about 4 days days then hit a couple of spots outside Reykjavik. Following that, we would head back to Reykjavik get supplies and our friends would fly home. Then Nate and I would head out on the southern end of the Island for the remainder of our trip, which was another 4 days.

BKF_2316-Edit BKF_2196 Shooting in Iceland in the summer months is crazy because the sun sets so late and rises really early. What was just so amazing to me is that the light just hovers over the horizon for hours creating amazing golden light for hours. The weather was pretty good while we were there. We had about half the trip sunny and half overcast and rainy to so a good mix. It’s pretty chilly there most of the time and almost always windy. I spent most of my time shooting in pants and jacket and in thermals at night. Campfires weren’t an option because there isn’t any native trees to Iceland so no forests or wood around really.  Gas is crazy expensive also. It’s sold by the liter and come out to be about $9 gal. You have to plan where you are driving very or else you will end up spending a ton in gas. There is a road that goes around the entire Island. It takes 16 hours to drive it straight. Our friends did the entire loop over 2 weeks. Nate and I did about half of it over the time we were there and a bunch of extra little side trips. It is a fun place to drive around however.

BKF_6881Now lets talk about the new Profoto B1 Air 500 W strobe and the prototype Nikon TTLn remote. I was so stoked to have the opportunity to shoot with the light in Iceland.I was able to use it on a trail running shot, an ice cave shot and few other shots where I really needed it. It also worked really well for lighting up the tent I was shooting for Sierra Designs for night shots. I shot with it on the D4 and the D810. Worked great. When testing out the TTL function of the light most of the time I would start on TTL then just adjust it up or down, if needed, getting a pretty solid exposure. There were a few times that I shot it in manual mode and had to override the TTL setting. I’m sure with a little more practice and time with the light I could have trusted the TTL a bit more but since I needed to nail the light quickly and I was used to shooting in Manual mode I sometimes would just switch to that because I knew what the outcome would be. It is a great light to travel with due the small size. It easily fit in the top of backpack so I would have all my gear with me when I needed it without having to carry anything else in my hands which was great when crossing rivers, hiking etc.

BKF_5415 BKF_4009 BKF_3858BKF_5568Overall the trip was amazing. My favorite places I found were off the beaten path away from all the touristy places. Don’t be afraid to drive on some dirt roads to see where they go. The southern part of the island was my favorite. Big mountains, huge waterfalls, insane glaciers, and surreal landscapes.  It is hands down the best place to shoot.  I also want to go back with mountaineering gear, crampons, and an ice ax to really get where others aren’t. In conclusion if you are looking for an epic adventure that is also a photographers dream look no further than Iceland. It will not disappoint.

Special thanks to Marily MacDonald from Sierra Designs, Dave Ward at Pictureline, Michael Gray at Profoto,  Blake Hansen for letting tag along on your trip, Nate Gunn, Ty Thunell, Geoff McEntire, and Austin Owens for letting me get shots of you.

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AZ Trail Running Shoot

Arizona Trail Running Shoot

Last month I had the opportunity to go to Phoenix, Arizona to photograph Heather Denniston for a new website/blog she is starting. It will be all about how to live a fit, active, and healthy life. It was right up my ally as far as things I love to shoot so I was excited. My assignment was to photograph her doing various activities that she could use to promote the new website. It was a great shoot. Super fast, I flew in on a Friday night, we started shooting at 6am, shot all day and I flew out at 7am the next morning. I have to give a shout out to my great assistant, local Madison Kirkman. She is local assistant in the Phoenix area and a great asset if you have to shoot the area. I’ve used her twice now and it was great each time. I also have to thank Heather’s sister for her help on set. I had never shot in the northern Scottsdale area before and I thought it was so beautiful, just watch out for the Jumping Cholla! That stuff is wicked! We got some great shots and I’m excited to see what Heather can do with her new images and website. The shoot went really well, we had a fun adventure. Here are some of my favorites!

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