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How They Got the Shot: Photographer Lucas Gilman

Skiing Magazine talked with Gilman about this shot, which made it into the magazine's December 2008 "Best Shots of the Year" photo gallery.
posted: 11/13/2008
by William Drumm, Contributor, Skiing Magazine

Inspired by legendary photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lucas Gilman has traveled across the globe searching for the decisive moments that make his photos so unique. Gilman is Ansel Adams crossed with Vin Diesel; he shoots stunning scenic shots with a splash of action. With clients like National Geographic and the New York Times, it must be working. Skiing Magazine contributor William Drumm spoke to Gilman about this shot of Trevor Hiatt in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, backcountry, which made it into the magazine's annual “Best Shots of the Year” photo gallery (December 2008).

SKIING: How did you get this shot?

We spent all day in Jackson Hole’s backcountry, looking for shots. Finally we found this rock overhang and I took off my skis and climbed underneath. I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot until this year; new cameras allow more creativity than ever before. I shot this at f/22 and 1/1000 sec shutter speed with a Nikon D3, which would have been impossible with older cameras.

SKIING: How long did the shoot take?

We looked for a good location all day, and didn’t find this spot until around 5 o’clock, right at the end of the day when the sun was sweeping through the valley. Once we found it, it literally took 1000th of a second; we nailed it on the first try.

SKIING: What advice would you give others to get photos like this?

The faster the shutter speed, the better. Use dark backgrounds like a blue sky or trees to make your image pop. Other than that, it’s all about location.

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