Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Forum 2010 season/ Things don't add up!

Sometimes things just don’t add up. We have been working on this jump for a few days and the whole time we were just laughing saying this thing dose no add up. When you build a 120-foot gap it has to be perfect. We had the jump built last week and ready to go. We wanted to wait for a storm to pass so we could hit it with fresh snow. When we returned the run in had filled in with snow it looked like no work had been done on it. After looking at the jump we could tell some thing was wrong. The jump had slid down the hill and was leaning side ways. I have never seen anything like this. It took us ten hrs to straighten every thing out. All this work for was done for something that might not work.

John Jackson testing out the new run in for the jump as the sun was setting.
John wondering what is possible to do over the massive gap. We saw the sun rise and set while we worked on this project. What a long day!
Here we are the next day get ready for the gap jump.What we do is nothing like the Ex Games were you have people to wax your board. This is a look at what real snowboarding is like.
The true spirit of snowboarding is in the backcountry. Most people only see snowboarding on TV by watching contest like the Ex Games . If you don't know the way they portray this sport is as fake as any other realty show. This is it no glam we are out on the front lines pushing things as far as humanely possible.
Jake Welch waiting to see what the day will bring.
On one of John attempts at this gap he took a pretty had fall. This photo shows how high the consequences are for doing some thing like this. This is what I mean when it say things don't add up!
This is a look at the entire gap you can see how far he had to jump to make it. To go this far and end up on your head is just a crazy thought. You don't get snowboarder of the year by not taking chances.The jump ended up working out John got a few tricks on it. You will be able to see them when his interview comes out in snowboarder mag next year. These are the kinds of jumps that John is known for. He has incredible determination every day we go out he pushes snowboarding as far as possible. This is not a made for TV event this is the real deal. This is about love sometimes it hearts but when it works out there is no better felling.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Landscape project 2010#4

Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in the United States. Most of the time you see it at sunrise or sun set. I shot this one during the last full moon. When I use to live in Lake Tahoe I would come here to think all the time. I would just sit and look out at the island and for get about my problems. I like to shoot at night because you see thing under a different light. This is symbolic of how I solve my problems. Being able to see thing from a different perspective helps me to come with the answers my questions.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

forum 2010 season/a lesson in perseverance!

This season has been a lesson in perseverance! Nothing is falling in to place this year we have been going out trying to shoot snowboarding every day but Mother Nature is working against us. Or maybe we are not working with her? It's time to not focus on what we don’t have and look at what I do have to work with. I know you just have to keep trying every day. Today I reminded my self you cant not do anything about yesterday but today is what counts. I have had to rethink how I do my job this year. Now we have decided to go out every day rain snow or shine. In the craziest of situations I have created my best photos. I guess I do better under presser and presser is definitely on now.

John Jackson standing on a ridge in 80 mile an hour winds. My camera bag filled up with snow when I opened it to get my camera out to shoot this.

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends

Mm, gonna try with a little help form my friends

I love this song it's our theme song this year!!!!