I was in Fernie last weekend shooting for RCR, and woke up to one of those gorgeous bluer-than-imaginable kind of winter days. It just happened to coincide with the opening of their new Polar Peak chair – the main reason I was there. I headed out to the hill first thing on Friday, and with the knowledge the snow would be falling on the actual day of the opening, I managed to get myself to the top of the lift to get some view shots a day early. All I can say is wow! What an incredible vista – and even though I’ve been to Fernie hundreds of times, it was like seeing the hill for the first time. I can’t wait to spend some time in the new terrain with a big dump of snow keeping my skis afloat.
For this second round of portraits for the Calgary Flames Fire & Ice crew, I thought it would be fun to head up to the rafters in the Scotiabank Saddledome, since the last round of shots I did were underneath the lower bowl seating area. Lugging the heavy lights up those extra flights of stairs I started to wonder if it was such a good idea. It never ceases to amaze me how much time I spend packing, unpacking, and carrying an ever-growing assortment of gear with me on commercial shoots. Normally I love to travel light, but in commercial work you really need to have all of your kit ready to go (not sitting in a truck in the parking lot).