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Feature: Trail Running for Runners World Magazine April 2016

Trail Running for Runners World Magazine

I am so excited to have a two page spread in the latest issue of Runners World Magazine. It features a shot I took of my friend and avid trail runner David Dawson. We shot this originally for my portfolio awhile back, with the idea that a magazine or company would pick it up. It ended up being a great fit for Runners World and you can find it now in the April 2016 Issue. Here is how it came together.

I love capturing people in big epic locations so when you look at the image you think. “I want to be there” and you feel like you are experiencing the moment with the athlete.  That is what I set out do for this trail running shot. I called up my friend David and told him what I wanted to do and he was down. I then asked him where he likes to run, and we decided that up above Sundance Ski Resort would be an amazing spot. Luckily I knew someone that had access to a cabin up there and they got me access to this great location.

I liked this spot because it had lots of options.  When I had scouted out the location a few days before our shoot, I had intended to shoot going the other direction towards the mountains. That would have put a nice waterfall and Mt. Timpanogos in the background.  When we started shooting however, some clouds had rolled in blocking all of that, so I ended up having to go for option B. I was shooting on a six foot ladder. When I spun around shooting the opposite direction into the sun, I realized that was the shot. This was the final result.

There has to be a lot of things that come together to make a truly great image happen. You need a great location, great light, great talent, and sometimes a little bit of luck. All of that happened on this shoot and it was one of those experiences that gets you stoked to keep going, keep shooting, and keep creating.

Thanks to David Dawson(Runner), Blake Hansen (Assisting), Jordan McCormick(location), Tandem Stock (stock agency), and Runners World for getting it out there.

Sunrise over Salt Lake City Inversion

Time Lapse of Sunrise Over Salt Lake City Inversion

Last weekend I decided to get up early and see if I could create a cool time lapse video of sunrise over a Salt Lake City Inversion. I got up early and drove to a trailhead above downtown and started hiking. I wasn’t really sure if I could hike high enough to get out of the inversion before the sun came up, but decided to try. I hiked for a awhile while in the dark, cold, and fog, second guessing whether or not this was going to work. Shortly after that I popped out into a beautiful scene just as the sun was starting to come up. I set up my camera and started shooting. This is how it turned out. I love it when you follow your gut and it pays off. Enjoy!

Splitboarding Images and a New Portrait

Last week I went up Little Cottonwood Canyon with my friend Shandi and my assistant Stephen to get some new splitboarding and backcountry images for my portfolio. The weather started out pretty socked in with clouds, snow with really bad visibility. We hung out at Snowbird for a bit to see if it would break and it finally did about an hour later. We started hiking up and things kept improving. I wanted to get a few hiking shots and a nice editorial style portrait of her. I also wanted to test out the new HSS (High Speed Sync) feature of the Profoto B1 Airs. We got a few solid hiking shots then found a good spot for a portrait. It was great conditions for testing the capabilities of the light in harsh conditions. I ended up shooting some of the portrait shots syncing at 3200/sec at f/2 and it worked great! It was crazy. In the past that was never possible but with the new HSS feature on B1’s we can shoot at any shutter speed which is incredible. Sorry for the camera tech but it really is kind of a game changer for the photo world. Then to top it all off there was an epic sunset right when we finished. Good day in the mountains. Here are a few of my favorite shots.

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Hawaii Is Great

Spent last week on a little get away with my wife in Hawaii. Left our kids with Grandma and Grandpa and we were off. It was my first trip to the islands and I thought it was quite glorious. Super relaxing and fun. We had a blast. Enjoyed some great activities. Did some standup paddleboarding, snorkeling, hiking, swimming and surfing. It was a nice change of pace compared to overcast and cold Utah. Spent a couple of nights in Waikiki then four nights in Laie with some friends exploring the famed North Shore of O’ahu. I did manage to get a couple of nice shots. Here a few of my favorites!

Ocean Walkway on Waikiki Beach

Sunrise on Waikiki Beach

Clouds on Mountains in Hawaii

Couple Watching Waves on The North Shore of O'aho, Hawaii

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North Shore, Hawaii