As you can see from our last post on traveling and packing the majority of our traveling burden can be blamed on our lighting equipment. What we choose to bring on any given trip depends on the goals outlined by the story and the shot list (on an editorial shoot) or the creative brief (on a commercial shoot).
The creative brief for this trip included outside sculpted portraits at night with gells and light painting, lit daytime action, product focused environmental lifestyle, and a variety of studio set ups. We’ll break these post down into 4 categories: On hill action, improvised studio, lifestyle, and creative (light painting etc.).
Unfortunately we can’t show any of the final imagery until Spyder’s 2012 product is launched.
Our second big catalog shoot with Spyder is in bag. We captured 10,000+ images over the course of 10 days with 5 athletes at 3 resorts.
The trip started with the ambitious attempt to lug 440lbs of ski, camera and lighting gear into 2 ski bags, 3 pelican cases, and 2 Dakine roller bags. We made it though DIA with a manageable extra baggage fee of $300. We don’t say it often but… Thanks United! Once in NZ things didn’t go quite as smoothly. Two pelicans and a camera bag were confiscated and we ended up walking all around the Aukland airport grounds trying not to get hit by cars by looking the wrong way crossing roads and searching for the Customs office.
We just returned from two weeks in Portillo Chile on a Spyder photoshoot. As we talked about in the last big team photoshoot post, it was amazing to hang out with the immensely diverse group of talented skiers and cool people. We were hoping for winter and came into full on spring conditions but we made the most of it and got a lot done.
We shot racers, freeskiers, and jibbers on and off the mountain and filled out an image bank for Spyder’s new product. Spyder was able for the first time ever to move their production schedule up to get their product samples in for a huge early season shoot… pretty cool.
Portillo is an all inclusive ski resort right on the border between Chile and Argentina. It sits on a gorgeous lake and in view of Aconcagua the tallest peak in the Andes at 22,834 feet. The Andes are amazing mountains to have been able to live and work in for two weeks and we were lucky to have multiple days in the helicopter exploring them.
We were also lucky enough to shoot along side Chris Patterson and Colin Witherill from Warren Miller Entertainment. These guys both have pretty impressive resumes and Chris is pretty much a cinematographer legend. Both cool talented guys that were a pleasure to shoot next to.
In photo geek news we have been beta testing the new Nikon TT5 Pocket Wizards and we were able to sync the profoto kit at 1/1600 of a second… this is big news for all the photo nerds out there and I’ll do another blog post more specifically about that but for now consider it claimed… first 1/1600 true sync speed with a profoto!
Since it’s all new product we can’t share too much of the imagery but here are some scenics from beautiful Chile!