The things we do…the places we go…

Skier Drew Stoecklein skinning through old growth forest in the Trinity Alps, CA.

The things we do…the places we go…

Is that not what this whole photography thing is all about??? The first memory I have of picking up a camera for any purpose beyond simply documenting what was occurring in front of me was to simply share with others. Share the beauty. Share the wonder. Share the ridiculous. Share the inspiring. Share something that made someone say “wow”. Share something that made someone want to go and explore their backyard, go adventuring and lose t

hemselves in that to which they are impassioned.

While some things have changed about my approach to photography, one thing remains constant–and that is my desire to share with others that which I see. I am fortunate to see crazy cool stuff in unbelievable locations all over the world. I count myself lucky each and every day.

This image reminded me of that this morning. Shot deep in the Trinity Alps of northern California, this locale felt like something out of a fairy tale. Skinning through old growth forests plastered with moss and lichen–so cool!

A telephoto lens was key in compressing the scene, enhancing the layers of forest, and filling the frame with color and texture. Understand your equipment, and how it can help you maximize each location and each shooting opportunity. Know what you want, and have the technical backing to go out and get it. Finally, share! Share your work. Share your vision. Inspire and be inspired!

Avalanche!

As a ski photographer, I spend a good deal of time in the backcountry. While I always hope to come back home with some five star imagery, the primary goal is for everyone to return home safe, every time. All the time.

We had a bit of a close call this past week up in Wolverine Cirque at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. We always arm ourselves with the proper and necessary safety gear, but it’s important to note that this avalanche occurred on a day when the avie report read “low with pockets of moderate” danger. Lesson learned? Rely on real time evaluation and assessment, and never let your guard down just because the avalanche report may be promising.

Avalanche in Wasatch Backcountry, UT

Avalanche in Wasatch Backcountry, UT

Avalanche in Wasatch Backcountry, UT

Avalanche in Wasatch Backcountry, UT

Avalanche in Wasatch Backcountry, UT