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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

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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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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Red Pine Lake

I had the opportunity to do a quick overnight backpack trip with a friend of mine that was in town from California last week. We went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to a small mountain lake called Red Pine Lake. Its a 3 mile hike up and has a decent amount of elevation gain. Enough to get a break from the 100 degree temperatures we have been getting in the Salt Lake Valley lately. I didn’t shoot much, was trying to take a bit of a break from but couldn’t resist and did get a nice shot at dusk that I liked. We had a good trip and its always a good day when you can be in the mountains. Red Pine Lake