Published Cover: SKI Magazine

Skier Julian Carr at Solitude Mountain Resort on the cover of SKI Magazine

Stoked on my latest cover! Julian Carr shredding Solitude Mountain Resort on the January cover of SKI Magazine.

Sneak Peek: Through the Eyes

We’ve been busy creating the first of many episodes of AdamBarkerPhotography: Through the Eyes. Check out the teaser for the first below. Special thanks to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort for the sick location! Huge shout out to Hammers Inc Photography and Nate Balli for the mad film/edit skills.

Through the Eyes Teaser EP1 from HIP VISUAL ARTS on Vimeo.

Recent Published Work

As always, I’m pleased to share with you some of my most recently published work.

1. Elevation Outdoors Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Image of Weston Deutschlander at Snowbird, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of Elevation Outdoors Magazine

Image of Weston Deutschlander at Snowbird, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of Elevation Outdoors Magazine

2. Discrete Headwear Catalog 2010/11

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of the 2010/11 Discrete Headwear Catalog

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of the 2010/11 Discrete Headwear Catalog

3. Black Diamond 2010 Trekking Catalog

Image of Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Rachel Barker and  Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Rachel Barker and Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

4. Outdoor Photographer Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

5. Backcountry Magazine Mar. 2010

Image of Drew Tabke at Solitude, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Backcountry Magazine

Image of Drew Tabke at Solitude, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Backcountry Magazine

6. Skiing Magazine Mar. 2010

Image of Rob Greener at Snowbasin, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Rob Greener at Snowbasin, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

7. Mountain Sports & Living Spring 2010

Image of Big Cottonwood Creek, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Mountains Sports + Living Magazine

Image of Big Cottonwood Creek, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Mountains Sports + Living Magazine

8. Outdoor Photographer Magazine Apr. 2010

Image of Weston Deutschlander in Wasatch Backcountry, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Image of Weston Deutschlander in Wasatch Backcountry, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout: That’s a Wrap

For the last three years, I (with the help of Ski Salt Lake and the Cottonwood Canyons resorts) have hosted a ski-based photography competition called the Ski Salt Lake Shootout. It’s a frenetic mess of photographers, athletes, loads of equipment, inevitable cell phone exhaustion and always, exceptional photography. I know by now that, for five days, I am encased in a veritable bubble of shutter clicking, bro-brah-ing, thumbs-upping, and little, if any…sleep.

Andy Jacobsen, making sure gravity is taking time off the clock at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Andy Jacobsen, making sure gravity isn't taking time off the clock at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

In the end, however, the visual and emotional rewards are extremely gratifying. It’s humbling to see what the photographers and athletes are able to produce within such a short window of time. It’s always great to see how other photographers see, and to talk shop with others in the biz. This year we were blessed with a mix of weather conditions and what seemed like consistently good (and at times exceptional) snow. The talent pool of athletes here across the Wasatch Front is staggering, and it’s always cool to see how many top level athletes call SLC home.

Photographer Mike Schirf lines things up at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Photographer Mike Schirf lines things up at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

While I spend the majority of my time documenting the event for awards slideshows and the like, I do search for differing angles from which I can shoot some of my own imagery during the week. Check out the images in this post  for a peek at the action, and I’ll be sure to post a link to the Shootout site as soon as we have the winning images uploaded.

Carston Oliver enjoys a break in the action at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Carston Oliver enjoys a break in the action at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Julian Carr, making the best of late light and fresh pow at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Julian Carr, making the best of late light and fresh pow at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Norwegian photographer Erlend Haugen captures Cody Barnhill at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Norwegian photographer Erlend Haugen captures Cody Barnhill at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Carston Oliver, just before the hurt at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Carston Oliver, just before the hurt at Snowbird during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Julian Carr checks his takeoff at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Julian Carr checks his takeoff at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Andy Jacobsen sends it at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Andy Jacobsen sends it at Alta Ski Area during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Jared Allen takes a break from/for the camera at Brighton Resort during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Jared Allen takes a break from/for the camera at Brighton Resort during the 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

Focusing Fast Action (Contest Post!)

For you antsy folks, there is a contest at the bottom, but you’ll have to have read the post to have a fighting chance!

Image 1: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 1: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Earlier this week we were blessed with a bounty of blower (read: ridiculously light Utah powder) here in the Wasatch. It was the first day of shooting skiing for me this season, and it did not disappoint. There are some days where most everything goes right, and this just happened to be one of those days.

Image 2: Jen Hudak skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 2: Jen Hudak skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Anyone that has ever attempted to shoot fast and unpredictable action knows well the challenges of coming away with a sharp image. It’s hard enough to frame it up exactly as you’d like, let alone focus. Any athlete that has ever shot with me knows my typical response when I see something I like on my camera LCD display–“that will be killer if it’s sharp”. IF IT’S SHARP….

Nowadays, the auto focus systems on pro (and even some prosumer) cameras are so advanced that it’s tough to screw things up. That said, it still happens, and it always seems to happen to the shot or frame that you wanted the most. There are a few things we can do as photographers to nail the shot every time. When shooting skiing, there are essentially two techniques I use to focus. I will use a focus tracking method where I’m utilizing the auto focus in my camera throughout the image sequence and at other times I may pre-focus on a specific spot where I’ve directed the athlete to go. Both techniques work well in certain situations–some better than others.

Carlo Travarelli skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 3: Carlo Travarelli skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Focus Tracking

Focus tracking works well when:

a) the athlete is moving towards or away from you at a rapid pace

b) you’re not sure where the climactic action will occur OR there are a number of images throughout the action sequence that you may want as keepers

c) there could be confusion between you and the athlete as to where exactly it is you’d like them to turn, air, etc.

d) generally speaking, the athlete will not remain parallel to the focal plane throughout the sequence

*Note: As a Canon shooter, I focus with my AF-On button instead of my shutter button. This allows the camera to continue micro-adjusting focus as the shutter clicks away.

*Note #2: It is best to manually select a focus zone in your camera. Place that focus zone over the part of the athlete you’d like in focus (most often the face). I typically start “tracking” focus about two seconds or so before I start clicking the shutter.

Image 4: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 4: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Pre Focus

Pre focus works well when:

a) you have a specific, mutually understood spot (between you and the athlete) where the climactic action will occur

b) the athlete is maintaining approximate equal distance from the focal plane throughout the action sequence

c) you’re shooting at infinity focus–in particular, this pertains to long lens, big line shots where the athlete is a great distance away OR wide angle shots where you’re shooting at infinity

d) there may be anything present (obstacles, weird lighting, atmospheric conditions) that would confuse your auto focus (there are ways to tweak your AF system so it doesn’t get thrown off as easily with things like this)

* Note that pre-focusing requires precise explanation and understanding on the part of the photographer and athlete as to where the action should occur. Generally speaking, the longer you have worked with an athlete, the better you will understand each other, and the more confident you will feel that the athlete can nail the spot on which you’ve pre-focused. Additionally, it’s wise to use larger apertures when possible, thus giving yourself and the athlete a margin for error across the focal plane if for some reason they are a bit closer or further away than the spot you mentioned.

Image 5: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 5: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

So. Contest time. I’ve included images throughout this post from shooting at Alta Ski Area on New Year’s Eve Day. I have a super cool Clik Elite medium lens pouch (great for wide angle zooms or moderate primes) and t-shirt for the first person that can correctly state which focusing technique was used on each image in this post. The contest will end on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Good luck!

Image 6: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Image 6: Julian Carr skis fresh Utah powder at Alta Ski Area

Chile! Chile! Chile!

It’s been far too long since I’ve put up a new blog post, but it’s also been far too long since I’ve been in the country! I’m currently down in Chile, shooting skiing in various regions of the Chilean Andes. Conditions are spring-like, with beautiful sunny skies and colorful sunsets. It’s a bit strange to not be waking up super early to shoot sunrise, but the snow is so firm and frozen that you have to wait for it to soften up to even ski it reasonably well.

Jen Hudak soars above the sunset at Termas de Chillan.

Jen Hudak soars above the sunset at Termas de Chillan.

The landscape down here is enormous, and certainly overwhelms the senses at times. One thing I’ve fallen in love with is the intense calm that occurs in the mountains just as the sun sets. It’s an unbelievably serene feeling, and one that really brings you to communion with nature. I’m looking forward to posting several complete blog posts upon my return. Until then, I’ve sprinkled just a few teaser images in this post!

Julian Carr tests gravity in the southern hemisphere at Termas de Chillan.

Julian Carr tests gravity in the southern hemisphere at Termas de Chillan.

Jen Hudak enjoys an endless view of the Chilean Andes from atop Termas de Chillan resort.

Jen Hudak enjoys an endless view of the Chilean Andes from atop Termas de Chillan resort.