Few sports are as dynamic and fun to watch as skiing and snowboarding. Capturing the speed, skill and technique of advanced skiers can make for a great photograph. Also, a picture of the first time a friend or family member hits the slopes can make a great memento to fondly look back at.
However, the ski slopes can be a particularly difficult environment to take a composed and balanced photograph in. Dynamic shots are always tricky to time right, and the speed of downhill skiers can make it even harder to focus on the subject. Sun glare and exposure are also factors to consider, as the snowy backdrop can play havoc with the automatic levels on most digital cameras. Thankfully, with just a few simple techniques, skiing and boarding photographs can come out picture perfect.
If you’re planning to take photographs in between skiing or boarding, always bring a durable case to protect the camera, as the slightest tumble can cause damage. A wrist strap is also a good idea, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally dropping the camera while taking a photo. Also be aware that the cold weather can cause condensation, so it’s important to keep the camera warm when out on the slopes. Storing a camera in a warm coat pocket or in a case will stop the lens from fogging up when its time to take a photograph, and it will also make the batteries last a little bit longer.
Choose The Right Camera Settings
Many modern digital cameras come with a preset ‘Snow’ scene setting. When selected, this will take into consideration the white backdrop of the photographs and will compensate for the added brightness. If your camera doesn’t have this preset, try increasing the exposure settings and take a few test photographs to check that the scene brightness is nice and clear. Photographs with the correct brightness and exposure levels will make the snow look crisp and vibrant, rather than grey and dull.
Setting Up Your Position
If you’re trying to get a shot of someone coming down the slopes, position yourself near the bottom so you can easily focus on them as they come towards the camera. Try to track the subject with the viewfinder of the camera as they come closer, so they are in focus when you want to take the shot. Choosing the right spot is also important so that you can make sure that there aren’t any distracting things in the background, like a ski lift or other people. A tripod can come in handy for stability if you want the photographs to look as professional as possible, but remember that you’ll have to carry it around on the slopes all day.
Get The Right Angle
You are likely to get blurred photographs if you are standing off to the side of skiers and boarders, so try to be in front of them while staying safe and without getting in their way. Again, this gives you time to focus and to get the timing right. It helps if the subject is not directly in front of the sun, as they will just look like a silhouette on the photograph. Try to position yourself in front of the sun, so the scene is well-lit and glare is not an issue. A good tip is to crouch down if you are photographing a skier or boarder mid-jump or performing a trick. This will exaggerate the height of the jump, even if it is small, and really emphasise the action and dynamic nature of the shot.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 12, 2012) – The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft will take place February 13-17, 2013 at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California. The event will feature top big mountain snowboard competitors battling for The North Face Masters of Snowboarding champion title, $15,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to the 2014 SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face.
The event will feature one open 2-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event at Alpine Meadows (Feb. 13-14) with the top five men and top three females advancing to the Masters 4-star Championship event. The Masters Championship event will take place over two days (Feb. 14-17) at Squaw Valley immediately following the qualifier event at Alpine Meadows. Riders participating in the Squaw Valley competition will also earn 4-star FWQ points. A seeding list will be created to qualify athletes for the 4-star event based off 2012 Masters of Snowboarding and Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships results.
“We are truly thrilled and honored to welcome The North Face Masters to our mountains,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “The North Face Masters is undeniably one of the most prestigious events in big mountain snowboarding, and we look forward to watching the best snowboarders test their skills on our legendary terrain.”
In addition to the championship title, The North Face will also grant the A-Rob award in honor and memory of the late Master’s champion Aaron Robinson. The A-Rob award captures the spirit of the community and desire to explore the mountains. Another award up for grabs is The Young Gun Award for the under 21 rider who demonstrates raw talent, an innovative riding style and exemplifies true sportsmanship and passion for the mountains.
“Now in it’s sixth season, The North Face Masters is one of the largest big mountain snowboarding competition in the country, providing an opportunity for established riders, as well as up-and-comers, to put together a winning run during competition,” said The North Face Director, Sports Marketing Katie Ramage. “Utilizing control, fluidity, creativity and style in choosing their line, riders embrace the natural features within the venue to showcase their sport which continues to advance. We’re excited to bring this event to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows given their world class terrain and history of attracting world class riders.”
The North Face Masters is part of the Freeride World Qualifier system. FWQs are rated on a 1 to 4-star scale with competitors earning more or less points at events according to venue difficulty and scale, competitive pool and other factors. The Masters is the top-level qualifier event and a pivotal step for athletes hoping to advance to the SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face.
Athlete registration will open on December 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. MST. The North Face Masters is open to all men and women age 18 and above. For more information, please visit www.thenorthfacemasters.com or www.facebook.com/thenorthfacemasters.
Snowboard season may be tough to imagine with summer’s smoldering heat, but there is big news on the horizon for the US Open Championships. It’s official: Burton Snowboards and Vail Mountain announced today that the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is moving to Vail, Colorado, starting in 2013.
Burton pro riders Kelly Clark and Mark McMorris were among the group in Vail, and had this to say:
“The US Open is one of my favorite events by far, and I couldn’t be more excited about its next evolution,” stated five-time US Open halfpipe champ and three-time Olympian Kelly Clark of West Dover, Vermont. “Burton has always been about progressing the sport and doing what’s best for snowboarders, and I truly believe that this move to Vail will make the Open even better for the riders and the thousands of fans who come out to watch.”
“I also couldn’t be more stoked on this,” added two-time X-Games Gold Medalist Mark McMorris of Regina, Canada. “Ever since I started snowboarding, the US Open was always the main show, and knowing what Burton and Vail have in store to take this contest to the next level makes me so excited to compete there this winter.”
The Burton US Open is the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world with the first contest taking place in 1982. Burton Founder & CEO Jake Burton has played a vital role at every step of the US Open’s history and had this to say:
“First off, I just want to thank Stratton Mountain in Vermont where the US Open took place for so long,” said Jake. “Stratton not only hosted the Open for 27 years, but also played a pivotal role in making resort riding a reality. And as we look to the future progression of the US Open, I feel that Vail offers us the ideal venue to host the event. Vail is an incredible mountain and has been my snowboarding home-away-from-home for over 20 years. I have no doubt that the US Open at Vail will only grow in its legacy as the premier rider-driven event in the world.”
Burton and Vail have already began the planning process for the 2013 US Open. First on the list is to secure final U.S. Forest Service approvals to relocate Vail’s halfpipe to a more favorable position on Golden Peak. Along with a festival-like village being built at the base of Golden Peak that will host exciting activities and experiences, including free, live music concerts for all riders and spectators.
“When Burton decided to move the US Open out west after 30 successful years back east, we were delighted that they chose Vail for such an important event. We look forward to hosting the world’s best snowboarders at Vail. We believe it’s a perfect marriage of two great brands in the winter sports industry and we’ll do our utmost to make this a tremendously successful endeavor,” said Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts mountain division.
Mark your calendars from February 25-March 2, 2013, for the US Open Championships in Vail.
Ah, what would life be without Burton’s Snow Porn? In this episode is a man who needs no introduction. Terje Haakonsen continues to make big mountain lines look fluid after all these years. Check out his full part from Standing Sideways now.
For an inaugural video part, Alex Andrews, Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss brought the heat to the streets. Watch their full part from Standing Sideways now. Where was the best powder last year? Ready for winteror are you glad it’s summer? Let us know on Facebook!
Burton Snowboards brings us yet another fluffy and delightful Snow Porn. This great clip features rider Kyle Mack, best summed up by Burton Snowboards themselves, “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special order’s don’t upset us: we are having a Kyle Mack attack. For being so small, he rides like he’s been super-sized.”
Burton drops in on Coachella! At some point in the season when you kick up the apres at the end of the day, you might as well keep the party going until November. For many, music and partying don’t have a season and work well in winter or summer. Gabi Viteri, Hannah Teter, Danny Davis, Jack Mitrani and Burton recently invaded Coachella to partake in the festivities.
Spyder has always stood out from the crowd, their gear marked by an individuality that can’t be forced. They don’t try to fit into anyone’s mold or follow anyone’s trail. Instead they carve their own way, make their own mark, define their own name. That’s why the collaboration between Audi and Spyder seems to be just right.
Anyone up for a little late season skiing? It may officially be spring, but that’s no reason to stop a little winter sport madness. There is still time to get up on the slopes, whether you ski or ride. The snow is still good and the crowds are go on.
So go ahead, take a peek at Luxury Ski Trip’s picks for the Top 10 Western Spring Skiing Resorts.
Who is still out there kicking up snow on the slopes? We want to know your favorite late season resorts!
Check out this video, a little taste of Snow Porn from Burton Snowboards before the season comes to a close.
Winter X Games Europe is over but the celebration is not! Congratulations to the rockstar GoPro athletes who brought home 6 medals from Tignes 2012! Enjoy their victories as the GoPro Team takes the show on the road to French Alps!
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