A snowboarder flies through the air at sunset above a cloud inversion in Whitefish, Montana. This photo has sold well for me over the years in stock and I have even seen it used in one of those workplace motivational posters! This image remains one of my favorite photos for two reasons.
1. I love this photo because I know that the combination of perfect light and the right athlete does not happen very often. It took us a dozen jumps to get this one right and then the light was gone.
2. Remember that motivational workplace poster thing? Well, that is the irony of stock photography sales. The truth is that my friend and I were both skipping out of our "real jobs" when we went up the hill to make this image!
The warm glow of a backcountry ski yurt at dusk is framed by skis and snowboards. This yurt is high up in the mountains above Seeley Lake, Montana.
Telemark skier grabbing both ski tips while leaping over a cliff at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana. Black and white panoramic image originally shot on film.
Professional telemark skier midway through a huge crossed up backflip. Image converted to black and white using Adobe Photoshop.
Skier and alpinglow at sunset. Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana. Horizontal shot.
An extreme skier launches off a cliff at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.
Ski joring--a strange type of horse / ski race--is a popular event at the Whitefish Winter Carnival in Montana. Skier and horseback rider approaching the finish line.
Empty chair lifts suspended above the ground over a ski slope. Trees and mountains can be seen in the background under a cloudy sky.
Seth Steffen, pro Telemark Skier, at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
A child's happy face while dressed for skiing on the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Professional snowboarder turning through trees and afternoon sunbeams in fresh powder at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Adult male skier enjoying fresh snow near Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
A moose and a snowmobiler eye each other in the backcountry near the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Adult male skier sliding between snowghosts against a deep blue sky at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Adult male skier moving through sunbeams and shadows at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Close-up of a telemark skier turning through fresh snow in the Ice Creek Lodge backcountry, British Columbia.
Early morning sun rising behind a backcountry yurt on Morrell Mountain, Montana.
A skier gazes out over a cloud inversion at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Fresh groomed ski runs, snow ghosts, and the chairlift at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana. Horizontal shot. Learn more about my photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom seminars at http://www.davidmarx.com
Snow falls quietly as empty chairs pass by on a winter day at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Snowflakes swirl before the road signs of the Whitefish Mountain Resort base area.
All around town folks like me are eagerly awaiting the start of another ski season. I snapped this photo a few year's ago of a snowboarder and a skier cuddling together on a snowy chairlift ride at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Photography tip: When you want to show snow flakes falling try to shoot at your widest aperature and include some dark colored objects in your scene. Shooting at a wide open aperature keeps the flakes from overwhelming your subject since the human eye is always attracted to the crispest areas of an image.Likewise, white snow does not stand out well against more white snow but it becomes quite noticeable against a darker backdrop like my snowboarder's jacket or the chairlift tower.
A snowboarder enjoys night skiing beneath the stars at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.
There are actually four shutter clicks at work here. First, I built a three frame High Dynamic Range composite to hold detail in the snow and sky. See http://bit.ly/1dFnD5N for a video tutorial on how I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC to create HDR images. Once I had my background I added the snowboarder from another exposure of the same scene that I had shot at a faster shutter speed.
When I can get the image that I want out of a single frame I am very happy. But there are times in photography when you must combine multiple frames together because the range of available light is simply too extreme for the camera to record everything with a single shutter click.
Santa's torchlight parade descends the ski slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort on Christmas Eve.
Happy Holidays everybody!
Skiers and the Summit House Lodge on top of the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Love is sharing a kiss in the snow with someone special.
Wish I had this kind of luck today....
Trevor enjoys deep powder skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Skier engulfed in fresh powder snow at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
A lone skier in a red jacket tears through an endless field of un-tracked powder snow in the backcountry around the ice Creek Lodge, British Columbia.
Sun dogs occasionally appear in our sky on special winter days. I captured this beautiful phenomena above the Whitefish Mountain Resort five years ago but back in 2008 I could not draw out the detail that I wanted in the sky.
Back in 2008, our raw image processing software was not powerful enough for such a high contrast winter scene. Jump forward to today's technology and I can finally make something that I like out of the original raw file!
The difference between 2008 and today are the new Process Version 2012 Tonal Controls in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Lightroom 4 and 5's 2012PV exposure controls are the miraculous leap forward in technology that I needed to draw out the color in the bright sky and to hold some detail in the backlight foreground forest. Check out my video tutorial on Lightroom's exposure control improvements at https://vimeo.com/34653183
"Santa's torchlight parade" winds it way down a ski slope at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
This image is made from a blend of four different exposures. First, I merged together three frames with relatively short shutter speeds to create the background image of the town and the sky. Once I had my background I dropped in the torchlight blur trail from a much longer exposure of the same scene using layers and masks in Adobe Photoshop CC.
All too often students ask me do you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop? Too often, this question gets raised as if there is some battle of one program versus another. The truth is that I use all of the above and more. I'll use whatever it takes to make images that I find pleasing!
Heavy snow falls on skiers riding the Hellroaring Basin chairlift at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Stephen rips through a forest of fresh powder snow during an unbelievably light and deep mid-March ski day at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.
Photography Tip: Dress the model in bright colors. The human eye is inherently drawn to warm, bright, saturated colors. Dress your models / friends up in bright colors and they will stand out especially against a muted background like this forest of fresh white snow.
Snow falls on skiers riding "Chair 7" at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.
Photography tip: When you want to show snow flakes falling try to shoot at your widest aperture and include some dark colored objects in your scene. Shooting at a wide open aperture keeps the flakes from overwhelming your subject since the human eye is always attracted to the crispest areas of an image.Likewise, white snow does not stand out well against more white snow but it becomes quite noticeable against a darker backdrop like the skier's jackets or the chairlift tower.
Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom seminars at http://www.davidmarx.com
Heavy snow falls on a lone snowboarder at Whitefish Mountain Resort.