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2011 Images in Review

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

2011 was a great year for us, lots of interesting assignments, great workshops around the globe, and the release of my first book, Adventure Sports Photography, Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places.  I always like to look back on my favorite images of the year and see what was working, what I learned, and what I still needed to work on in my photography. Photography is an evolving process, both in learning and style.  That is what drives photographers, the desire to always create something new and different.  Complacency creates mediocrity.

My year started off with a 5000 mile road trip shooting an assignment for Nikon.  I covered 8 states photographing a wide variety of adventure sports including rock climbing, mnt biking, running, surfing, snowshoeing and skiing.  During a break in the surfing action, I set up my 74″ foot Octabank and snapped a few portraits of surfers.  I’m not usually a big fan of symmetrical compositions, but I really liked this image and the moody clouds in the background.  One big simple light, a good pose and expression, and an interesting background all came together.

My next assignment came from Scott Kelby to shoot some wild and fun winter sports images for a training video for Kelby Training.  We shot a wide variety of images including sequence shots of incredible jumps.  Hard to beat photographing this activity on a prefect sunny blue bird day in Colorado.

I shoot a wide variety of images from portraits to sports to landscapes.  I returned to Yellowstone in winter for my 5th year of teaching a workshop (sold out every year!).  Winter is magical in Yellowstone; the amazing ice crystals and snow formations that drape the trees in the geyser basins never stop amazing me.  This shot was at Black Sand Basin.

This was the year of shooting for my book, and experimenting with new technology and technique.  I did extensive testing of Pocket Wizard’s Hypersync which allowed me to shoot my Elinchrom Ranger packs at 1/8000 of second, unheard performance until this technology came into the picture.  I combined this ability with new gear by Aquatech that allowed me to shoot underwater high speed sync photography using my Ranger.  This image represented a new frontier in adventure sports photography for me.  And thanks to Patrick (the kayaker) who can surf a kayak with more precision in a raging hole than anyone I know.

I continued to experiment with lighting and pushing technique into new directions.  With the help of Manfrotto and Elinchrom, I fine tuned my ‘vertical studio’ to shoot edgy rock climbing images up on the face.  I returned to Sinks Canyon to create this shot with some NOLS instructors.  I worked in the field for NOLS for many years, and it was great to go back to see old friends and familiar crags.

What does 2012 have in store for me?  Lot’s of new and exciting projects are in the works!  I’m going to start off 2012 shooting an assignment in the Virgin Islands next week…things are off to a good start!

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Light It cover shot

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

If you are an iPad user, check out the lastest issue of Light It magazine. My friend and fellow photographer Steve Glass took this image of me photographing a climber near Fort Collins.  We did this shoot for the magazine to demonstrate my ‘vertical studio’ lighting technique for creating edgy climbing photos.

Light It offers a wealth of lighting tips in each issue, everything from speedlight technique to large strobe setups.  If you are interested in learning more lighting techniques, take a peek at this online magazine.

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Book on sale for the holidays!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback on my book!  It is great to see this book at the bookstores and online after putting a lot of work into it.  Since it is the holiday shopping season, you now can get a great deal on my book at Peachpit.  Go here to order my book, and at step 3 in checkout enter FALLPHOTO and you will get 35% off!  Time to fill those stockings and add a few new presents under the tree!

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Manfrotto Webinar

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I’ll be doing a webinar Tuesday the 13th at 2-3PM Eastern time next week with Manfrotto.  I’ll be showing a number of images, and talking about what goes into creating them.  Topics from available light to using strobe in remote locations will included.  And of course I’ll talk about Priscilla and her huge yellow python!  To join the discussion, go here.

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Winter Photography Training Video

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The snow is coming down here in Colorado, winter has arrived.  This is perfect timing for my latest photography training video, which just posted at Kelby Training.  We had a blast last year creating this video.  Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and Adam Rohrmann all came out for the shoot.  The day before the shoot Scott and Matt got some shooting in, and it just happened to coincide with a huge snowstorm!  We worked with some pro snowboarders and skiers for the shoot, and had a nice mix of weather for the video.

The training video goes into detail on shooting in cold, snowy environments.  If you shoot any subject matter outside in the winter, you should pick up a few tips from the video.  We covered a lot of material including portraits, powder shots, cliff jumps, super pipe aerial shots, high speed sync and packing gear to work in the snow.  We also shot huge jumps, and did a tutorial on how to seam the frames into one shot in photoshop.  Here is a promo video on the class.

If you have never checked out Kelby Training, you should take a look. There are over a hundred classes on a wide variety of topics from photography technique, photoshop and lightroom technique, light painting, video…the list goes on and on.  The best part is you can try it out for a month for under $25 bucks.  If you like it, you can sign up for a year for $200.  New classes are added weekly.  I honestly can’t think of a better value in photography training.  You watch when you want, as many times as you want, anywhere you have your computer and the internet.  A great holiday gift for the photographer.

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