This past weekend I had the awesome joy of heading up to Jackson, WY to do some photo work for Arc'Teryx's Backcountry Ski Academy. Here are a few photos from the trip.
This past weekend I spent some time climbing ice for the first time and photographing some of my buddies as well. Psyched to dive into the world of ice climbing a little bit more in the future.
Well that went by pretty damn quick… It feels like just yesterday I was putting my touring skins on the wrong way and falling over on the skin track for the first time. This year was the catalyst for some of the best memories I’ve ever made. I’ll go out on a limb here and even say that this has been the best year of my existence (so far). This is mostly due to the overwhelming amount of amazing friends made, walls climbed, lines skied, and trails run. Oh and how can I forget the numerous times I got left in the dust during these pursuits by my inspiring and insanely driven friends? Good work friends, I’ll catch up to you next year.
This past January, I started my second semester as a sophomore at The University of Colorado as an environmental studies major with a minor in geography and journalism. Going on from that, I just finished my junior year fall semester as of a few weeks ago. Ended up writing a senior thesis a year early so that I can hopefully get more days skiing, climbing, and running trails than of class my senior year at CU. If you’re interested in the effects of climate change on Arctic energy and transportation development, feel free to shoot me a line and I’ll email you the paper. This is also the first year that I made the transition into skiing uphill to access all of the amazing backcountry skiing that Colorado has to offer. I’d say that has to be one of the better decisions I’ve made so far. Also discovered that running doesn’t suck if you run trails and lots of mountains.
This was by far the most exciting year for the whole photography thing. I met tons of wonderful people through the lens of my picture making box. From photographing some wild places, to getting a few shots published in magazines, and to gaining a dream client or two, I’d give this year two thumbs-up.
Having said that, I’m particularly stoked for this coming year.
Enough ranting, here are some of my favorite photos & events (January → December).
Lets start with some of my first experiences ski touring
When the snow wasn't great, some spring climbing was in order.
Then a stint in Idaho for a week of touring, getting smelly in a yurt, and drinking plenty of costco whiskey
On to photos from spring to end of summer
Some photos from my first real multi day commercial shoot
And fall semester of my junior year.
Combat Skiing - Skiing slopes riddled with rocks, ice, and eventually bushwhacking your way back to the car.
As the ski season approaches, winter has not. This past Saturday (12/2/17) myself and few friends attempted to try our luck at skiing Jones Pass and Butler Gulch. While we had a single line of success, the rest of the tour was spent fretting about the lack of snowpack.
We started out around 7:30am from the trail head, skinning up a terribly icy road. We eventually skied up the ridge-line only to met with less than ideal conditions. To the east of the continental divide, most mountains were dry. To the west, the snow was starting to form a bit more of a base.
After skiing our line, we spent the next hour romping through the woods and crossing pretty thin snow bridges. Overall a good early season day in the Rockies.
Last week Sony released the a7RIII, a high powered, 4k filming, 42 megapixel packed mirrorless camera.
Just that summary of specs got me excited for this thing. I've been on the edge about switching from Canon to Sony for the past few years. Ever since the a7rII & a7sII came out, I've had my eye on the work they've been able to produce. To say the least, it's rightfully stunning. On top of that, to have the camera, and Sony systems in general, backed by names like Chris Burkard, Renan Ozturk, and Ben Moon doesn't hurt.
Specs. You can google the hell out of this camera and get the nitty gritty on the technical bullshit. However, I don't understand half of the things those tech pages say. Thus, I'll list what makes me my insides warm from this release.
- 42 megapixels
- 10 fps (both for mirrorless & mechanical shutter)
- Improved battery life
- 4k video at 30fps & 1080 HD at 120 fps
- The same autofocus as the a9
- 5 axis incamera stabilization
With 42 megapixels at 10fps, it's hard to not be impressed. It's also hard not to get slightly disappointed with Canon and Nikon for not producing anything near the same capabilities in recent years.
The camera, being a mirrorless system, is significantly lighter than it's Canon & Nikon counterparts. That makes this a phenomenal option for backcountry skiing & alpine climbing photography. Light enough to forget it's in your touring or climbing pack. It's also said to have pretty solid weathering proofing, most likely not to the standard of the Canon 1Dx.
This system looks rad and something that I'll consider switching to once the thorough reviews come out for it. Since I've been wanting to dive into video recently, this looks like a camera that'll produce beautiful footage without sacrificing it's stills capabilities. Plus... ITS SO LIGHT. I would be forever stoked to not have to carry a heavy DSLR up fixed lines, skin tracks, and on trail runs.