This is my 8th cover but my first one in N.America so I was  really pleased with this one.
Max Hill is the man on the cover and the shot was taken April 2009 in Whistler, BC.  I had the idea for this shot about 3 years ago but that year at the time we didn’t have the snow for it.  Last year there was plenty in the spring time so finally got to make it happen.  When I took Max and Leigh Powis to this spot and explained that I wanted them to jump over a railing, hand plant on it AND grab their ski they looked at me as if I was mad.  Once they’d given it a couple of attempts though and built a small jump to pop them over the railing it didn’t take any time at all.  I think this shot was only about the 4th or 5th time that Max hit it.

Shot with a Canon 1dMKIIN , 15mm Fisheye , 1/250th , f7.1, ISO 250.  Lit with 1 Elinchrom Ranger and 4 Nikon speedlights all triggered with pocketwizards.

I have made a quick lighting diagram for those interested in that sort of thing.

I buy all of my photography gear from the guys at B&H Photo.

Equipment used for these images:

Canon 1dMKIIN

Sigma 15mm f2.8 fisheye

Elinchrom Ranger RX

4 x Nikon Speedlights

x Pocketwizard Plus II