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"I had the extreme pleasure of shooting World Champion and now Olympic Gold Medalist Marielle Thompson while backcountry skiing for a Nikon Canada shoot and then later a fashion shoot with her at my studio.  Marielle transformed in front of the camera and we ended up getting some amazing shots of her and her crystal globe!  A HUGE congratulations on your well deserved Olympic Gold in Sochi Marielle.  Looks like we have a new medal to shoot you with!!  Way to go!!!!!"

 

Congratulations Marielle on your Ski Cross Gold Medal in Sochi

When on a photo/video shoot for Nikon Canada called One Camera Two Perspectives, I had the opportunity to work with Marielle Thompson and her boyfriend and fellow Ski Cross Champion Tristan Tafel out in the backcountry for a ski shoot.  It was a crazy snow day, really tough wet conditions to shoot in but amazing deep snow. We had snowmobiles to tow the athletes around, had a blast and got some great shots!!

After the shoot I had Marielle and Tristan come to my studio for a what was to be a quick fashion shoot.... but as we started to get creative it evolved into something much more amazing.  I loved shooting Marielle with her Crystal Globe trophy and we co-created some really fun ideas.   One of which was to have Marielle's trophy reflect into her sunglasses as if she was peering into her Crystal Globe.  We used a purple and blue coloured gels on my lights to enhance the effect.  Tristan brought out some antique skiis and poles which made great props as well.   I have included a few of my favs of Marielle in this post!!

 

 

 

Check out More images and video from the Nikon Shoot Backcountry Shoot at:

One Camera Two Perspectives

Or Behind the Scenes Videos: Day 1 and Day 2

 

Shooting Ski Cross can be fun and exhilarating...there is always a ton of faced paced action, airs and competitor jams.  Sometimes the conditions or venue rules can make it more difficult to get the perfect shot.    I remember at the Vancouver Olympics the photographers had to all shoot from one area at the bottom and we were aways competing for the best spot to shoot from.  We had to use really long lenses to get close to the action.

For the men there was great conditions – warm sunlight on the skiers and shadowed cool backgrounds.  These elements created some wonderful colour contrast to the images and really gave the subject impact.  When the sun is shining its also much easier to freeze the action with fast shutter speeds and reasonably low ISO settings.  The women were a different story, it was foggy and snowing really hard out.   I remember very wet snow and having to constantly be cleaning off my lens and camera.  Many photographers just gave up trying to shoot because of all of the condensation.  A life saver in these conditions is a garbage bag or protective lens/camera gear to keep out the wetness and lots of dry lens cleaning cloths.

Had a wonderful day shooting Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup and the Monster Energy Snowmobile Freestyle at the Nakiska Snowdown in Kananaskis today.  We had some blue skies, good snow and fantastic athletes to photograph!  I found ski cross required mored depth of field to capture several racers in sharpness and shot most of my images at around 800 ISO f/8 at 1/3200 of a second to freeze the action with my Nikon D4 and D800e cameras.   The BIG AIR Snowmobile event was so visually exciting with the epic stunts and mountain backdrop.  I shot this primarily on my D800E so that I could record all 36 megapixels of crushing detail to illustrate this sport.  I was crazy impressed by the mental toughness and fearlessness of the athletes to preform such gravity-defying feats!

Check out a few of the images below.  More to come soon!!!

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