Monday, January 04, 2010

Sundancing skiers

"Shredding through the snow, a snowboarder descends toward the base of the mountain at Sundance Ski Resort in Utah, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009."

Don't color me ugly, I love Matt Mallams' work - He is totally the cats pajamas.

However, when people shoot overexposed frames, like Mallams so often does, they then credit him and it confuses me.

Sure, he does it well. Actually really, really well. Almost too perfect in most cases.

But it's like claiming shooting perfectly exposed photos on purpose is shooting, umm, "Strazzante style." I love Scott's work, too. One of my favorites.

As for shooting overexposed pictures on purpose, I personally credit every starting photographer who has ever picked up their Dad's Nikon F2 and later wondered why after all that time in the dark room resulted in his or her photo paper still being all white; maybe except for, let's say the dog that was sitting under a shady tree, in the picture.

With all that, that's not to say I wasn't thinking about Mallams when I decided to shoot skiers at Sundance - I totally was.

After being sent up the Sundance to shoot pictures of a speaker inside by the warm fire, I lasted about 10 minutes before I then ventured outside.

I decided to plant my feet in one spot, overexpose the snow and shoot everything with my 70-200. The above was my outcome.

Nothing stands out in my mind, but it's something I might continue to explore. I am thinking of going skiing, not to ski, but to shoot photos.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Zach S. said...

Reminds me of Ski Free. Have you ever played that game? The aesthetic of that game was appealing back in the day of slow moving computers with poor graphics. Very simple but descriptive enough.

Monday, January 04, 2010 3:52:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Mallams said...

I love these Patrick. The composition on the first one is just right on. It confuses me to that my name gets brought up when some one exposes a picture different. I vote to change it to "Smith Style" after this post...or as you say every photog starting out. Again, awesome work and thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

Hahaha, Mallams. No Smith style on these. But thanks for the kudos, man.

Thursday, January 07, 2010 1:11:00 AM  

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