Filed under: Action Photography, Adventure Photography, Behind the Scenes, Fashion, Local Scene, Moab, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: clothing, entertainment, fun, games, kuhl, moab, scott, Scott Markewitz, shoot, SMP, southern, Utah
At Scott’s Kuhl shoot last weekend that would’ve earned you ten pushups. Stop whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, any time of day and work those triceps! Usually on shoots the crew will use this fun game to abate the use of certain four letter words. But, it seemed appropriate on this “Kuhl” shoot to let everyone know just how often they use this unusual temperature descriptor in their everyday language. Here are some shots showing Chessa Jones, Maria Hidalgo, Ephraim Learned, David Steiner, and Carol Beaver doing their pushups right in the middle of all the action:
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Journal Prints, Landscapes, Outdoor Photography, Photo Prints, Salomon, Uncategorized | Tags: camelbak, High action sports, Lighting, magazine, Outdoor Photography, Outdoors, Photographers, Photography, Run, running, Salomon, Scott Markewitz, trail, trailrunner
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Journal Prints, Adventure Photography, Alaska, Events, Indoor Photography, Landscapes, Local Scene, Moab, Mountain Bike Photography, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Powder Magazine, Salomon, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Snowbird, Snowboarding, Southern Utah, Sports Photography, Uncategorized, Western Spirit | Tags: markewitz, Outdoor Photography, Outdoors, Photographers, Photography, Salt Lake City, scott, Scott Markewitz, Ski Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photographer, SMP, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Trail running, travel
After an incredible trip to Alaska, I came home and a few days later was on the move again. Friday I was shooting for Salomon at Snowbird, Saturday and Sunday shooting at Breckenridge, for Vail Resorts, on Monday shooting for Mountain Hardwear in Marin County, and on Tuesday and Wednesday back in Colorado shooting for Powder Magazine in Boulder and Aspen. It was a whirlwind trip with late night flights and a lot of driving, but really productive and a lot of fun.
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Alaska, Landscapes, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: alaska, chugach, Girdwood, guides, heli-ski, helicopter, nex-7, powder, Skiing, Sony
I just came back from an incredible week of heli skiing with Chugach Powder Guides out of Girdwood, Alaska. We had 4 out of 5 days of perfect weather and amazing snow conditions on almost every run, and – bonus – I was there just to ski, not take photos, which was a real treat not having to ski with the angry midget on my back.
But, of course I couldn’t go to Alaska without shooting any photos, so I stashed my Sony NEX-7 camera in my pocket and pulled it out whenever something caught my eye. It’s a great compact camera for shooting on the fly without adding much weight. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.
I want to thank Chugach Powder Guides, Chris Owens, our guides Henry Munter and Mark Dalpes, and the great group of skiers I spent the week with. Every time I go to Alaska I’m blown away by the mountains, the snow and the experience, and this time proved once again that skiing in Alaska really is the best in the world.
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Photography, Landscapes, Mountain Bike Photography, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Snowboarding, Uncategorized, Winter X Games | Tags: action sports, Adventure Journal Prints, camelbak, camera, Courmayeur, High action sports, Italy, Lighting, markewitz, Mountain, nex-7, point-and-shoot, review, Salt Lake City, scott, Ski Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photographer, SMP, Sony, spring, versatile, Winter
I had the opportunity to test out the Sony NEX-7 camera this winter. It’s a small, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses that’s only slightly larger than a point and shoot, and it has most of the features and image quality of a full size professional camera. What I’m most excited about is that it shoots 24 MP Raw files at up to 10 frames a second – a big plus for shooting any action sports.
I’ve had it in my pack as a backup camera, or sometimes I’ll ski around with it in my pocket and pull it out for quick shots on the mountain. I’ve put it to use in a variety of situations, from fast action at the X Games, cold deep powder in Utah, to spontaneous travel photos in Europe, and have been really impressed with the results and quality of the images so far. Especially in broad daylight, the image detail and dynamic range are really good.
There’s a lot packed into this camera, so it’s worth taking the time to learn all the functions, but overall the controls are pretty intuitive and the settings are easy to adjust on the fly. The autofocus works well when you need it and it has a cool feature that zooms when you want to focus manually so you can really dial it in. The low light capabilities and the size of the image buffer don’t stand up to a full size DSLR, but overall it’s an amazing little camera that is setting the stage for things to come.
Smaller, lighter, faster – that’s the future for everything electronic. The Sony NEX-7 is a big step in that direction and overall does a great job going head to head with my full size Nikon DSLR. I’ve been looking for a camera like this that I can grab and go, or take with me on long adventures when weight is an issue. Now that spring is here, I’m really looking forward to taking it with me in my Camelbak on long mountain bike rides and coming back with quality images.
Here are a few shots I’ve taken with the NEX-7 this winter. I’m excited to show you more soon….
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Journal Prints, Behind the Scenes, Bron, Bron Imaging, Landscapes, Local Scene, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Pocket Wizard, Uncategorized
Winter took a break in Utah last week. Temperatures climbed into the 70’s and people were out running and biking in shorts and t-shirts. Spring was here, so I thought it would be great to get out and shoot some trail running. It was a perfect afternoon when I called some local runners to shoot the following day. Of course, winter came back the next day with cold rain and dark clouds hanging over the valley.
Cloudy days are a great time to work with strobes. The strong light from the flashes balanced against the dark skies allows you to create really dramatic images. With that in mind I packed up my strobe equipment and met the crew at a local trailhead.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the shoot. For these shots I used two Broncolor Mobil 2 packs, 3 MobiLED heads with standard reflectors and 3 Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 radio transceivers in hypersync mode. I placed the heads far apart to give me space to shoot wide enough to capture the action against the ominous sky. Pocket Wizard’s hypersync mode allows me to sync at 1/800 sec (and faster) with the strobes, which not only freezes the action but also gives me extra f-stops to overpower the background and create a strong, dramatic look.
I’ve always claimed that there’s no such thing as bad light. No matter what the conditions, you can always create something cool, and adding strobes is always a great option. To take a twist on an old saying, “When life gives you clouds, make sunshine”.
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Photography, Italy, Landscapes, Local Scene, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Salomon, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Sports Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: action sports, Adventure Journal Prints, adventure photography, Courmayeur, Europe, gopro, Italy, markewitz, Mountain, mountain bike photography, Outdoor Photography, Outdoors, Photographers, Photography, powder, scott, Scott Markewitz, ski, Ski Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photographer, SMP
Europe has had an incredible winter this year, so when I got the call for a Salomon shoot in Italy, I was more than excited to fly over and see if for myself. The weather was perfect and the mountains were plastered with snow as we drove into Courmayeur, and it looked like we were in for a great week ahead.
But, weather is weather, and after starting out with a perfect blue sky day shooting at nearby La Thuile, we woke the next morning to heavy clouds and thick fog hanging low on the mountains. Shooting was useless, so we did what most Italians do when they go skiing – we took a few runs and spent most of the afternoon having lunch on the mountain, at the incredible Maison Vielle.
The forecast looked nasty the rest of the week, so rather than hoping for blue skies, we went in search of fresh powder. We jumped in the car and drove for 2 ½ hours to a tiny resort with an old, slow double chairlift and a poma where we were treated to 2600 vertical ft of perfectly spaced trees and 6 inches of creamy powder – and only 2 other skiers on the mountain to share it with. Here’s a link to Claire Abbe’s GoPro video from our day at “Il Segreto”:
The weather never cleared, but we made the most of it and came home with some excellent shots and fond memories of a really fun trip with a great group of people, incredible food and an amazing day of Jedi tree slalom that none of us will ever forget. Il Segreto is calling us all back!