In the spring of 2012 I got a call from the team manager at Faction skis to shoot a day with Arnaud Rougier and local Whistler skier Simon D’artois. They needed a few extra shots for their 2012/13 campaign and we’d only have one day to get it done. As is so often the case with this kind of stuff it turned out to be a tricky mission as the weather didn’t want to co-opertae and neither did the snow. Temperatures had been high following a big snowfall so backcountry avalanche danger was high. We needed to stick close to the ski area (Whistler Blackcomb) and limit ourselves to mellow , rolling terrain. After a few false starts throughout the day we found a tree with a small patch of un-tracked snow beneath it and decided to build a jump right over it. This shot of Arnaud was the final shot of the day and the clouds just parted enough in the background to give some light. I also lit Arnaud with a Paul C Buff Einstein light and triggered it using hypersync with a Pocketwizard TT5. This allowed me to sync the flash at 1/1250 !!! Pretty incredible.
1/1250 , iso 400 , f10 , 12mm with a Canon 8-15mm fisheye on a Canon 1D MK4