17/06/2013 | by Uli Köhler
Remi Petit is still a young photographer in the business but he’s been delivering some fine work covering the French scene and beyond for a few years now. Over the years, Victor De Le Rue has been one of his favourite subjects in his art, and here’s yet another example from the other side of the planet.
Snowboarding is pretty much like an ant next to a rhino’s gang if you compare it to soccer in Argentina.
Camera: Nikon D300S
Lens: Nikon ED 70-200mm f:2,8
This spot is totally back light all day long, which means a real South face, which gives you a higher chance to find powder in the landing of this rocky slope. Yes, South equivalents North when you’re in the Southern hemisphere. Considering this, I had to find a way to add to this all-shadowed place an aesthetic aspect without compromising on this severely brave action. So we waited for the sun to set enough to reach the top of the wall. This created the nice flare on the pic. Now the most technical thing for me is to find an angle where I get this sun-set effect. If the sun is too high in the sky, I have to come down a bit, meaning shooting in cons-diving which makes the wall smaller than it is. If the sun is too low, we have to return the next day because I cannot stand higher than I actually am, or need a heli! If I’m too high, there’s a risk to burn the spot with the sun, and you don’t see the kicker; if I’m too low, there’s a chance the kicker and the landing appear as dark as the rocks, then you can’t understand the action anymore. Also, for the same reason, I have to select the right aperture and the shutter speed so I don’t have the spot too underexposed. 1/1000 and f/16 seemed to be ok with a 400 ISO sensibility. Victor is doing a cab 270 in, so he should be facing me when he’s at his highest point in the air. Then it makes a nice silhouette. Now the sun is at the right place, and I’m standing up knees bent, following the path of the sun with more style than a snowblader, and waiting for Victor to come out. After this it’s only about pressing a button for me… and landing a massive Cab 270 wallride for Victor. Easy isn’t it ?
Snowboarding is pretty much like an ant next to a rhino’s gang if you compare it to soccer in Argentina. We were in Bariloche, the Campi brothers home land, twin brothers who run their own movie project (badquality.com.ar) and are also filming for big productions like Standard, etc. They were our guides for this trip. However, we’ve been shooting this spot three years in a row with them, and every time we find differents ways of riding and shooting it. Maybe a sign of the evolution in our vision over the years – I might get a poetry prize with this sentence, right? That day when we went up to the mountain, we felt like Martin (one of the brothers) was a bit stressed. He was ready to shape as usual, but really wanted to rush it. Luckily Mati Radaelli was passing by and gave us a hand - as you can see in the shot below.
When we got it done, Martin packed his bag real fast and went straight to the bottom.
We joined him in a bar a bit later, where he was totally captivated by the TV screen. Argentina’s soccer team was playing. Suddenly everything made sense… We shot this with Victor the following day. Viva Argentina!
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