There are generally two ways of getting a good action shot.
The first is to set yourself up in a place with a great vantage point, and let things play out in front of you. The other is to communicate directly with an athlete, so that you can work together on getting a shot, which was the case here.
It had been snowing for 3 days straight in Aspen, and the snow was deep. That morning I thought about not even bringing my camera, because it would get in the way of some great riding. Then realized I would also be missing out on some cool shots, so I stuffed it in the pack and headed out.
Visibility on the mountain wasn't great because the snow was still coming down (not that I was complaining), but you can always count on visibility in the trees. Which also provides a unique kind of light as opposed to open areas. So we rode around in the tress for a while until we found a nice open area with deep untouched powder. I went down first and instructed Jordan where to ride and where to turn in order to get a solid shot. This is the outcome.....
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Short client list: Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, Adidas, Foot Locker, Fox Sports.
Short list of athletes: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Von Miller.