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, 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, 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!
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Events, f-stop, F-Stop Gear, Local Scene, Outdoor Photography, Photo Contest, Photo Workshop, Photography, Pocket Wizard, Professional Skier, Real life, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Snowbird, Snowboarding, Sports Photography, Uncategorized
It’s a wrap! The results for the Scott Markewitz Workshop Photo Contest are in, and the winners are:
2nd place – Michael Kishelev, again with another nice shot of Mark Kogelmann dropping a cliff in the Cirque.
3rd Place – Parker Loomis, with a killer shot of Mark Kogelmann slashing some powder in Mineral Basin.
For his first and second place images, Michael will receive a Dakine camera pack and a Sun Sniper camera strap. For his third place image, Parker Loomis will receive a Sun Sniper camera strap. Congratulations to you and to the rest of the photographers who signed up for the workshop and devoted their energies to 3 days of intensive photography, editing and creative development. We had great conditions to shoot with and it was a lot of fun working with all of you.
It looks like Mark Kogelmann has a lot of fans and did a great job getting the word out about the contest, but I want to thank all of the incredible athletes who came out and rode for us during the workshop – Shannan Yates, Jeremy Tidwell, McKenna Peterson, Vanessa Aadland, Dylan Crossman, Eric Fabbri, Dillon Green, Eric Balken, and Marvin Howard. Your talent and positive attitude makes all the difference in getting great shots.
I also want to give a big thanks to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for hosting the workshop for the fourth year in a row and to the Broncolor, Hasselblad, Fstop, and Pocket Wizard for their continued support.
I’m looking forward to another great workshop next year!
Filed under: 500PX, Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Behind the Scenes, Feature Article, Local Scene, Magazine Article, Outdoor Photography, Photo Workshop, Photography, Professional Skier, Salomon, Ski Journal, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Snowbird, Snowboarding, Sports Photography, Uncategorized
Check out this link to a story written about the 4th Annual Photo Workshop at Snowbird! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it possible, I had a great time.
Filed under: Indoor Photography, Local Scene, Yoga, Yoga Photography | Tags: Dynamic Poses, healthy-living, Human Body, James Davis, Jessica Winderl, Mckenna Peterson, Salt Lake City, yoga, Yoga Central
I really like shooting yoga. The graceful lines and dynamic poses transform the human body into artistic shapes that are beautiful to photograph. There are endless creative possibilities with yoga photography – much like the practice of yoga itself.
I recently got together with a group of yoga practitioners at Yoga Central in Salt Lake City and had a fun afternoon shooting them and their practice. Here are a few of my shots of Jessica Winderl, McKenna Peterson and James Davis.
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Behind the Scenes, Events, Landscapes, Local Scene, Outdoor Photography, Photo Workshop, Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Snowbird, Snowboarding | Tags: Cliff Lodge, nature, Outdoors, Scott Markewitz Photo Workshop, Ski Photography, Snowbird Ski Resort
I’m excited to announce my 4th annual Scott Markewitz Photo Workshop that’s taking place this coming January 31 – February 3, 2013 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
The 4th annual Scott Markewitz Photography Workshop will be an intensive 4-day program, geared for photographers of all levels who are passionate about skiing, snowboarding and the outdoors. Participants will learn about all aspects of winter outdoor photography with morning and evening classroom sessions and daily on mountain sessions that give participants a chance to practice their skills photographing professional skiers and snowboarders in action.
I’m really stoked to get at this again, it gets better and better every year. And with all the recent snowfall we’ve been having, this should make for some amazing turns and great accessibility of the mountain. This will be an exciting and rewarding experience for everyone, and will challenge students creatively, technically and physically. Snowbird is the perfect venue for this workshop. I’m really looking forward to showing participants the incredible snow, terrain, scenery and photographic opportunities that the resort has to offer.
The Scott Markewitz Photography Workshop includes three days of instruction both on the mountain and in the classroom, as well as three nights at The Cliff Lodge, lift tickets, early trams and breakfast. The cost for the workshop is $1300 (double occupancy, plus taxes & fees). For locals who don’t require lodging and/or lift tickets, please contact Scott Markewitz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All participants should have a basic understanding of digital photography and be able to ski or snowboard most areas on the mountain comfortably while carrying their camera gear. Students are required to bring proper ski/snowboard equipment for any conditions, a DSLR camera with assorted lenses, a backpack to carry equipment while riding, a laptop with image processing software installed (Photoshop CS2 or higher, Lightroom, Aperture, or other similar programs), a memory card reader, thumb drive, and at least one external hard drive for storage.
Whether this is your first workshop or you’ve attended a past session, this is a fun and informative program that will improve your skills and expand your vision as a photographer.
Call 1-800-232-9542, email email@example.com or Book Online. *Restrictions apply
Filed under: Behind the Scenes, Canyons Ski Resort, Feature Article, Local Scene, Mountain Bike Photography, Outdoor Photography | Tags: Athletes, Bike, Bikepark, Bikes, Cameras, Cody Kelley, Eric Porter, Gondolas, High action sports, Joe Johnson, Lift Tickets, Mountain Biking, Mountain Trails, Photographers, Professional Mountain Bike Athletes, Red Pine Gondola
Recently I had the chance to head up to the Canyons Resort in Park City, UT, for a Bike Park photo shoot. I was fortunate enough to have Joe Johnson from the Canyons Crew and his team tag along for some epic behind the scenes shots which later translated out to be an awesome write-up on the experience. I’m stoked to share:
“We’ve all seen the shots. They grace the glossy covers of magazines, the home pages of web sites and the covers of brochures and trail maps. The composition is perfect. The colors are mind blowing. And the athletic feats captured, well, they’re just silly good. If you’re thinking that those images just happen – check that nonsense at the door. A photo shoot is a production. The planning and execution that goes into getting the shots are just as, if not more important, than the act of snapping the photo.
I recently got the chance to tag along on a Canyons Bike Park photo shoot with Scott Markewitz, a man who has achieved legend status in the action sports photography world. From Powder Magazine to Bike Magazine and seemingly every other publication in between, Markewitz is known for nailing the shot. I shadowed Scott and tried my best to soak up as much information as possible so that you can get a real feel for what it’s like behind the scenes of a resort photo shoot. Here’s my take on how it all went down . . .
Contrary to popular belief, the real action starts weeks before the actual day of shooting. Preliminary phone conversations gave way to Scott dropping by the Canyons Marketing offices for a little face-to-face time. Photo shoot objectives were discussed, previous photos were viewed, trail maps were poured over in the name of location scouting, and the long term forecast was consulted.
With a week or so to go, Scott threw a leg over his bike and hit the Bike Park for some ol’ fashioned location scouting. He rode the trails, looking at the angles and features, making mental notes on where to shoot and where not to shoot. Then we checked the weather again . . .
With the shoot a few days out, mountain operations was pulled into the equation to nail down logistics. Early ups on Red Pine Gondola required staffing and scheduling changes. Vehicles and drivers had to be scheduled for on mountain transportation. Lift tickets had to be set up for photographers and athletes. And the weather was checked again. . .
The day of the shoot dawned bright and early with everyone meeting at the base of Red Pine Gondola before 8 am. The last few drops of coffee were swallowed. Bikes and camera gear were given a final once over. The features and runs to be shot were discussed. And a plan of attack was put in place.
With the plan as the guide, both athletes and Scott fell into a routine:
1. The feature was scoped out by Scott and the riders.
2. The riders gave feedback on the best way to hit the feature.
3. Scott decides on angle taking into account lighting and other awesome photography factors.
4. The riders line up.
5. Scott says go via radio.
6. The first rider hits the feature with as much style as possible.
7. Scott provides feedback on timing, style, etc.
8. The rider walks back up.
9. The next rider goes.
I was psyched with how the shoot turned out! It definitely helps when you get lucky enough to work with such an enthusiastic Canyons crew and dedicated (and patient!) professional athletes. In the end we chalked up a really solid shoot carried with some sick action shots to boot, check em’ out!
A special thanks goes out to the Canyons Resort, David March, Steve Pastorino, Joe Johnson, the Canyons crew, all of the amazing athletes, and everyone else who helped put this Bike Park shoot together. It was Epic!
Filed under: Adventure Photography, Behind the Scenes, Fashion, Local Scene, Professional Skier | Tags: blue steel, Carol Beaver, deer in the headlights, Jared Goldberg, Salt Lake City, US Ski Team, Wilhelmina Model
..or better yet, how to turn a professional Athlete into a world-class Model.
As a photographer, watching world-class athletes in action is incredible. Their fluidity and synergy of motion as they push the limits of human performance is poetry in motion. But, point a camera in their face when they’re out of their element, and they often become ‘deer in the headlights’, looking as stiff and uncomfortable as mannequins in a storefront window.
So, when US Ski Team athlete Jared Goldberg contacted me recently to get some fashion shots for his portfolio, I couldn’t help thinking that we might be spending much of the time working through stiff poses and flat expressions (and scores of deleted shots) in order to get a few workable images.
I asked Jared to put together a detailed shot list along with as many magazine tear sheets as he could find that capture the look he was after for reference. Then with some additional suggestions and ideas from an agent at Wilhelmina Models and the expert styling assistance of Carol Beaver, we headed out for a day around Salt Lake City.
What could have been a painful experience turned into a really productive day. Jared looked great on camera and was fully committed to getting the shots right, and in the end there was much more ‘blue steel’ than ‘deer in the headlights’. He might just have a career as a model!