Whistler, BC-based photographer Dan Carr’s work has been featured in ski and snowboard magazines from Japan to Canada and everywhere in between. During the winter you will find him shooting alongside the world’s top snow sports athletes and film companies in the never ending quest for perfect images. After a summer season of improving his mountain bike skills, Dan steps in front of the camera and remotely fires off some images. Here’s how he did it in his own words.
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As summer drew to a close in Whistler, British Columbia, I was about ready to pack the bike away and dust my skis off when I had an idea……
We’ve profiled action sports photograph Scott Markewitz before. We’re happy to see he’s still getting amazing shots. While shooting for Red Bull, he documented a mountain biking first. Here’s Paul’s own report of the event, along with some of his photos.
Paul Basagoitia Double Back Flip 02.04.2012 ©Scott Markewitz
Recently I was on a shoot in southern Utah with a Red Bull crew, there to capture Paul Basagoitia’s attempt at the first-ever double back flip on a mountain bike in natural terrain. I’ve worked with Paul many times and was excited to be there to photograph his attempt. If anyone could pull it off, it was Paul.
Photographer Keith Pytlinski, no stranger to our blog, has published a new post on his M5 Photography blog about breaking rules. Primarily known for his sports photography, Pytlinski captured mountain bikers at midday.
Using a Canon EOS 7D, a Boling 600 watt strobe, and a PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5, Pytlinski got some great images, all the while breaking the following list of photography “rules.” Here’s what he listed as his violations in the post:
- Shot at midday
- Shot JPEGs
- Changed lenses outside
- Used UV filters on both lenses
- Used bare bulb flash/no diffuser
- Used non-Canon L lenses (thanks Sigma and Tokina)
- Didn’t watermark my images before posting
As the old cliche goes, you have to know the rules in order to break them. Catch the full details and the images themselves on his blog. Nice job, Keith!
Photographer Bob Mayberger of Eclipse Sportswire was given the 2011 Media Eclipse Award for photography at the end of 2011. Full details are available at the Daily Racing Form’s site. Primarily a horse racing shooter, Mayberger used a Nikon D300 camera with a fisheye lens on the steeplechase course remotely triggered by PocketWizard Plus II radios.
Taken on May 4, 2011 at Saratoga Race Course, his winning shot was just one of 225 races he covered that year. You can see more of Mayberger’s work at the Eclipse Sportswire site. The Eclipse Award, although similarly named, has no connection to Mayberger’s wire service. Congrats, Bob!
We’ve previously featured sports photographer Chris Garrison several times on the PocketWizard blog. On Alliance Wakeboard’s site he recently documented a shoot he did with Nate Perry. Garrison had an idea for a shot he wanted to get, which Perry describes in the post as “[not] too hard. It was just a cab 180 nose press, early pass back backside 180 out.” Sounds simple, right?
To capture this shot, Garrison used a Nikon D2x, Elinchrom Ranger heads and packs, and tied it all together with a PocketWizard FlexTT5 and PowerST4 units. He points out that he used HyperSync technology to help him shooting in the harsh, flat light of 12 noon. Garrison has written about HyperSync previously.
Garrison also did some experimentation with a broken mirror he found on the side of the road. Is there nothing this photographer won’t try? Don’t miss all the details at the full post.
For almost thirty years, Scott Markewitz has been living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally attracted to the area for skating, skiing, and other outdoor activities, he now takes advantage of all the photographic opportunities available year-round. With his involvement in skiing, cycling, running, climbing, and other sports, he knows the best locations for many kinds of photographic setups no matter what season.
Markewitz skied as a hobby, and eventually turned pro after earning a degree in Marketing from the University of Utah. As a professional, he skied for many photographers and even flew down the slopes in a few movies. “I definitely gained a lot of experience working with the photographers at the time, so I guess you can call that my photographic training,” he says. “I went from one side of the camera to the other.”
Justin Olsen was recently interviewed by Stan Horaczek for PopPhoto.com. Olsen goes into detail about the custom mount he created to secure a DSLR to his chest. Oh, the other part? Olsen does some serious mountain bike activity, like flying through the air, as one of his Canon cameras clicks away.
Why not just use a helmet cam? Well, you couldn’t get images like this, for instance. With the camera lower on the shooter’s body, you get a different perspective than if it was atop a helmet. The action, and the bike in particular, seem a lot closer.
Olsen has a PocketWizard attached to his Canon in order to trigger the camera remotely. Check out his site for more extreme action shots. Great job, Justin!
Mark Teo is brutally honest. He will give you completely unfiltered opinions of anything you ask for. He is especially honest about himself. In the age of self-promotion via social media, this young photographer’s approach is refreshing, at the very least.
“Born and bred in Singapore,” is how Teo first describes himself. This is quickly followed by “I dropped out of engineering school.” Doing poorly in all his subjects, Teo reevaluated what he wanted to do with his future.
At the time, he was an active aggressive inline skater. This sport got him interested in video and photography because his friends often filmed what they were doing. This was in the days just before digital filmmaking was becoming accessible, so Teo was immersed in film.
Dom Romney may very well have been born in the wrong country. A native of the United Kingdom, Romney currently lives in Stansted, north of London, and is huge fan of American racing cars of all types. Heavily influenced by his father’s car collection and love of hot-rodding, the younger Romney grew up with it in his blood. Since then, experimental built-for-speed vehicles, classic muscle cars, nitro-based fire-breathing monsters, vintage restorations, and plethora of drag races involving almost anything resting on four wheels have all been photographed by Romney.
Daniel Milchev flirted with photography as a child in Bulgaria. Now living in Vail, Colorado, Milchev has been a professional photographer for the past four years, focusing primarily on action sports.
Vail, and the Vail-area athletes, remain the big draw for Milchev. “There’s a lot of good skiers and snowboarders and bikers,” he says. Apart from covering the X Games, he feels he rarely needs to leave Colorado due to the abundance of extreme sports practiced throughout the state.