What a Mammoth Day

What a Mammoth Day

Normally I take a ski trip with a couple buddies of mine up to Whistler every year. This year, we decided to mix it up and found a great deal to fly to Mammoth Mountain (California) and ski for 4 days. We arrived Sunday, got a couple hours in and then spent the night inside as a storm blew in.

Monday morning was a miserable snowy, windy day with gusts up to 80mph that closed half of the resort. Tuesday, however, we woke up to clear blue skies, no wind, and 6 inches of fresh powder!

I brought my D300s with me (but left all my nice lenses at home). One of my friends is an excellent skier, never falls, and brings a backpack. I asked him to put my D300s in his bag so we could get some photos during the day. While on the lift he accidentally dropped his backpack into the snow below, a 50ft drop. Fortunately, my camera was fine (the apple at the bottom of his bag did not survive, however).

This is actually me enjoying knee deep powder. My goal this season was to have as bright of an outfit as possible (I need a brighter helmet). We placed the camera on a small tripod in the snow and then set the camera to shoot 3 photos every 2 seconds (using the ”Interval Time” setting). I then skied towards the camera hoping it would come out with a shot of me spraying powder every where.

Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX:
70mm, f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 320
Interval Time Mode, 2 second inverals x 3 shots

Aaron M Written by:

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.