So, it’s the end of the ski season here in Upper Michigan. This is one of my favorite times to take pictures in the park. It’s warmer and there are less people so I can set up wherever I want and not be in the way. Also, the talent has had the entire season to get their tricks dialed and everyone is feeling super comfortable on all of the obstacles. So, for the last couple of nights we’ve been at the park shooting a couple of the features. The one I was most excited about was the launch rail. From most angles it seems pretty tame and some of the artwork on the sides isn’t all that appealing. But, if you look at it from the next set of features downhill it becomes a large triangle. The problem is you can see inside the structure and it again isn’t all that pretty. So, when I started thinking about lighting this feature I immediately wanted to light it from the sides and shoot it when it’s dark enough to push much of the background to black. Here you can see some of the shots earlier in the evening while the talent was warming up and there was still some light in the sky.
The following night a couple of guys wanted to set one of the rails on fire and, well… I’m always game. Turns out it’s a little harder to set a rail on fire that one might think. Everyone was expecting larger flames, but I think what we came away with is still pretty cool. One of the other things we didn’t really consider was that the rail would get a little grabby once it got hot. This caused a few tumbles… no injuries fortunately, but definitely something to keep in mind.