Photography is not a job, it’s a way of life. And by way of life I mean that it drives you, it takes you along a path that you might not yet be able to imagine. I have always been driven to skiing, snowboarding, sea and mountains. Ski photography and adventure, outdoors, sport photography are part of my life, and fuels me every minute.
The conditions for our Ski photography session
Snow was bucketing down in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), the town where I live, in the Canton of Neuchâtel, 30 minutes from the Chasseral, amazing spot for FreeTouring. It’s not about the large mountain ranges, but it’s adventure on the doorstep, allowing for fun, friendship, and memories of those moments captured for my work.
When planning ski photography, it’s a question of minimalism, thinking about what you need, no more, no less. You can’t afford to cart 300 kilos of gear on top of the mountain, but you can’t find yourself without the essential gear, either clothing, photo gear, your flashes, or whatever you might need for the shoot.
Minimalism goes with considering many factors, and size, weight and efficiency come into consideration, and my fujifilm & profoto gear come at play on every shoot.
Fujifilm gear used
- Fujifilm 55-140
- Fujifilm X-T3
- Fujifilm 14mm 2.8
- Profoto B10
- Profoto AirTTL Remote
- Profoto OCF Magnum Reflector
Integrating the Profoto B10
Blending the power of the Profoto B10, with the extra 2 stops the Profoto OCF Magnum reflector gave in, allowed me to capture a natural light in just the right place. By using the magnum reflector, i could reduce the power of my flash, and therefore truly use the amazing power of the sport mode of the Fujifilm X-T3 with it’s 30 frames per second boost mode, thus capturing the precise moment I was looking for.
The recycling time of the B10 is outstanding, the compact, lightweight, battery powered unit with no cable allowed for it to be held on my bag whilst I was lower for my shoot. It is the best unit I have seen in a decade, and It has become a resident of my gear kit aside the Profoto A1 for a combined 2 flash unit for most of my shoots.
The ride and the shoot was wooping fun, tracing lines, flowing powder through the tree lines, enjoying the blasting cold of -10° Celsius in the face, the snowflakes freezing your cheeks, for the energising result coming out of it.
The greatest thing about my job in photography, outdoors, adventure, ski, and lifestyle, is that I get to experience new locations, meet new people, and get to see the outdoors as such an amazing place which must be preserved. A treat that I am grateful for and that I know has such value to my soul and to many others.
May this be a great inspiration for you all to get out, shoot what you want, have fun, plan and get out there, out of your comfort zone, to just find the thrill of a lifetime.
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