With almost a foot of new snow, no wind or crowds on a Sunday morning at Taos Ski Valley it was real hard to resist pounding powder action for as long as it lasts. I had a trio of age 60+ ladies who were all good skiers. Although they would not be doing any extreme stuff, I knew I would get good ski action shots from them. What was better though was the energy and enthusiasm between these three long time friends. This dynamic, along with flattering light, was a perfect recipe for some “fun” lifestyle shots. I know this is not as exciting as skiers crashing through trees and powder or jumping off something that could put you in a body cast for three months. These are stunt shots and for me less challenging than getting really fun non-ski action lifestyle shots. I did get in a few rounds of powder pounding but I’m jazzed with the “fun” shot results.
Initially, they thought I’d be bummed out with fog on the lower slopes. Little did they know I could hardly contain my excitement. I LOVE FOG! It is great at a ski resort when you can ride the lift above the fog then ski to the edge and shoot. It simplifies the background and is very flattering for facial detail as you can see from the chairlift shot. Literally 30 seconds after this shot we broke out into the harsh sun. Shot over.
A monopod does not make a good ski pole but it sure came in handy for the fun chairlift shot. With my 1D, Mark IV and a 20mm lens I’m holding my monopod out and up as far as I can reach. I’m guessing at the framing. I have a Microsync Digital receiver on the camera gaffer taped to the camera strap. Carol, the skier on the right, has the transmitter in her glove and she’s just firing away at my command.