When Adam Barker said his most memorable photo shoot involved midgets, ponies, and birthday cake, we knew he had more to say. He still lives in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. A high-school photography class sparked his interest, and now he focuses on fine-art scenic photography and is recently breaking into the adventure photography scene. Barker told Skiing Magazine contributor Sally Francklyn about shooting with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa at Alta, which produced the image above. The shot made it into the magazine's annual “Best Shots of the Year” photo gallery (December 2008).
SKIING: Who was the athlete? Is this someone you shoot all the time?
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. Sage is a busy guy, but I hope to shoot more with him. Amazing skier, and a good guy for sure.
SKIING: What were the conditions like?
The snow was really nice. Classic, light Utah blower. Not super deep, but just enough to inspire confidence.
SKIING: What do you like best about this image?
I really like the feeling of peering in on a moment of action. The out-of-focus tree branches offer a perspective typically reserved only for the photographer.
SKIING: Any tips for snapping a shot like this one?
Look for a perspective or composition that offers up something different. Challenge yourself to go beyond the standard image.