There wasn’t much snow during the 2010/2011 winter season in Europe, while USA and Canada had continuous breaking records snow dumps.
We had to deal with the fact we had no snow and still produce shots. It pushed us, photographers and athletes to be creative.
We talked with Tignes skier Flo Bastien of all the possibilities we had left to shoot « something ». I talked of the par-avalanche above the Tignes Le Lac road to Le Val Claret, but this spot has been photographed so much in the past, it was hard to come with something new.
We decided to shoot it like never before, putting the viewpoint high up on the middle of the jump, and lighting the whole scene with flashes. With colored Gels on the flashes to match the color of the skis and Flo B hoody.
Technically it was a big challenge.
First for Flo B, who had to do a clean grab 360 jump on a 7 meters drop, landing on a snow way too hard for our taste.
On the shooting side, i had to trigger at the exact right time (you only got on ...
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I took this shot during the 2009 Nissan Winter Outdoor Games with 2009 and 2011 Freeride World Champion, chamoniard Aurélien Ducroz.
We were looking for a good freeride spot for the film crew, with drops, nice powder landings and backdrops – and good light. Getting nice backdrops is not very hard in Chamonix, as all the mountains are stunning beautiful.
But Getting a combo of all that the same time needs some scooping. Lucky for me in my team there were several chamoniards (Stephane Dan, Aurelien Ducroz, Babs Charlet) who knew their mountains so well, that they know the exact time to get to each spot to get the good snow and the good light with all type of conditions. So after some discussions among them, I just had to follow, discovering the incredible spots (that was my first time skiing in Chamonix and I instantly got in mad love with the place) with my guides.
The Nissan Outdoor Games is a full on race against time to produce content and we had to get killer shots as quickly as ...
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I took this shot during the 2009 Nissan Winter Outdoor Games with pilot Hernan Pittoco in Chamonix, France (click to enlarge). I cant remember the name of the pilot that was flying me (I was flying in tandem, as a passenger) and it frustrates me as the picture wouldn’t have been possible without his help.
The idea was to fly close to each other and frame Hernan in the sky with one of famous peaks of Chamonix moutains in the background (here l’Aiguille des Drus) as he was executing a complicated manoeuvre with his wing.
We took off from a dodgy area at the exit of the Brévent cable car, running together downhill at the same time in the fresh snow to inflate our wings. In the process Hernan sprayed his ankle quiet bad but managed to take off.
We didn’t notice at the time, and we had no radio to communicate with each other – Hernan was in pain wihout us knowing, but as he saw us behind him at the right distance he just did as planned.
This maneuvre is one of the hardest, mos ...
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