The apocalypse has begun. All of Southern California is either underwater, under a landslide, washed out to sea or sinking into the depths of the Earth. This is a sign from God. It is the End Times. We. Are. Doomed. But...
...snow is dumping in the mountains right now. As of this writing, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts have received thirty inches of powder in the last forty eight hours and it is still coming down. Even the smaller resorts are benefiting from this biblical amount of precipitation. In light of these historic storms, I thought it was the perfect time to share my first attempts at snowboard and ski photography.
My primary reason for getting on the slopes was to actually snowboard, not to take pictures. I only shot for about 30 minutes at the end of the day. I had a few ideas for different jumps and jibs (log, rails, walls, boxes) but as the day turned into evening, fewer and fewer riders where hitting the park. So I only shot at one jump.
Note: My camera and lighting set up was my Canon T3i with a Rokinon 8mm fisheye and a speedlight being triggered by a radio slave on a tripod. My shutter speed was 1/250. If I shot any faster my camera and my flash would be out of sync. I also curated and edited these photos as I normally would and I threw in a few extra pictures of the drive up and the bros. It's not always about shredding the gnar.
The biggest variable in all of this was the riders. Because my flash is very narrow, I had to guess where they were going to be in the air. The problem is that all of them took different trajectories so aiming the flash was almost useless. They also did different tricks so taking the picture at the height of the trick was a challenge. In hindsight, I should have chosen a rail or box to shoot instead of the jump. That way I could have a better idea of where the riders where going to be in the frame.
These are photos ok for my first time and I learned a lot. I am definitely stoked to get back up to the mountain and get some killer shots.