It’s been a winter of good weather and bad weather, of course that opinion depends on who you are and what you you have planned for the day, none-the-less winter has been dry and warm but our team shooters have been busy.
This post we are going to bring you up to speed on one of our shootersLukas Riedl, and his latest success with “Click on the Mountain”
Located in the Italian side of Mt Blanc, Courmayeur has been running “click on the mountain” for the past 9 years. A rider invited filming and photo competition, a team of 3 riders, 1 filmer and 1 photographer have a week to put together an adventure film ticking all the boxes of certain categories and battle off for a tasty prize of 5000 euro’s, not to mention getting heli time and accessing some outstanding terrain.
It’s normal to leave the punch line until the end but i’ll get straight to it to announce this years winner… our very own Vallerret team shooterLUKAS RIEDL!!!! “Aghhh…. aghhh…. wwwhoooww..” and the crowd goes wild.
With a winning concept and stellar riding we can’t give all the credit to Lukas but he does deserve a lot of it. As the single videographer and editor he created a hell of a submission.
They battled crazy conditions with a 150cm dumping on the first day, with rain and extremely dangerous wet avalanches on the next. Not being able to access the back country due to heavy avalanche dangers, lukas and the crew had to get creative. With a concept of “24 hours on the mountain”, waking up in a tent on top of the mountain, to cracking beers around a fire in the evening and dropping cliffs all day long not possible due to the dangerous conditions, it was back to the drawing board.
The teams had 4 days to film and capture their shots and one day to edit before a public viewing of the submissions and an afterparty. Continuously having to change ideas in order to adjust to the topsy-turvy winter conditions, with the heli days cancelled and their ability to make a snowboard film that would stand out from being the usual riding edit was enough to almost push Lukas and his team to going home early. With a last ditch effort and one sunny day the “Djudes” fired it up and pulled it all together. With a concept of “how much can you shred in one day” instead of the 24 hour concept they claimed the “Click on the Mountain” victory and blew the €5000 on champagne andnew photography gear.
We got in touch with David Rosenthal, a world-renowned photographer, to learn the ins and outs of the Muench Photography Workshops. We find out who best suits the workshops, how Muench is different, plus tips for other photographers looking to start their own workshops.
With hopes of being blowing away by the shear size of the infamous rock climbing routes, inspired by the subjects that caught Ansel Adams´s attention, and enjoying the summer outdoors we ended up battling a thick layer of smoke which engulfed the valley.
Arctic Surf Photography is both challenging and rewarding. The location alone is an experience, I mean it’s the Arctic full of dramatic landscapes, Iceberg factories and polar bears, even the sun hides for a few months.
It’s a place where big puffer jackets and multiple layers of merino become your uniform, jumping in the water let alone surfing, (or as a photographer floating and diving under the waves) seems ludicrous.
Christian Hoiberg: This winter I spent three full months living and guiding in Arctic Norway. While I’ve spent a lot of time there previously, staying there for this extended period of time led to me getting a more intimate understanding of the surroundings.