Behind the Shot: Matt Georges #2

Per Loken, Handplant, Avoriaz, France © Matt Georges.

For this new Behind the Shot, we welcome for the second time our beloved senior photographer Matt Georges, who’s not only good at taking epic photos, but also pretty handy at explaining how the magic works – to a certain extend, a piece of mystery and randomness is always good innit!


Per LOKEN – Handplant – Avoriaz, France

Aperture: f/3,2
Speed: 1/160th
ISO: 320
Lens: Fisheye CANON 15mm

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When shooting I often think about how it could work well as a spread in a magazine.


When shooting I often think about how it could work well as a spread in a magazine. I really enjoy shooting pipe cause there are lots of lines and symmetry to play with and it’s even better when it’s puking snow.
To make this shot I have used 3 flashes: One down the pipe to light both walls and snowflakes in the foreground, one on the top left to light the rider, the right wall and also more snowflakes in the air, and the last one close to rider to light him up from the lower left side. I have over-exposed the pipe because I wanted to have a monochrome style image and not much details in both snow walls.


We were shooting for the Rip Curl movie few years ago and planned to do a night pipe session with tons of lights, few generators and a pretty big crew. Unfortunately it started puking snow like crazy and in less than half an hour we got 10cm in the pipe and couldn’t do anything due to speed issues. The session was already pretty much over before it even started and we had to re-pack everything and wait for ages in the snowstorm. Luckily for me, Per was keen to do few handplants so we set it all up quickly and get the shots in few minutes. When shooting a handplant it’s absolutely necessary that the hand has to be on the coping of the transition, but as Per is really good at that, it only took couple of tries before heading to some warmer environment.

Check out Matt’s website.

Find the previous Behind The Shot here, and especially Matt’s first explanation here.



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