Category Archives: Sports

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

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

Iceland Trip Preview

Last week I got back from a trip to Iceland.  I’ve always wanted to shoot there so when one of my old interns Blake Hansen told me that him and some of his buddies were going I had to make it happen. I wasn’t let down. It was the most epic place I have ever been in my life.  What an amazing country. I was able to put some of Sierra Designs products to the test. Along with the new yet to be released Profoto B1 Air remote trigger for Nikon thanks to Profoto and Pictureline. I shot most of trip with the new Nikon D810 in some of the most beautiful and mind blowing locations I’ve ever seen. I’m editing all the images now and getting everything ready.  Here is a little sample of some of the images I got over there. Many more images to come!

Iceland Glacier Hike

Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland