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The Alaska Diary: Part Three

By Richard Walch, martes abril 14, 2015
Bene Mayer - skiing the 'Dirty Needle' in Haines, Alaska, USA.

Bene Mayer - skiing the 'Dirty Needle' in Haines, Alaska, USA.
© Richard Walch/Legsofsteel.eu

When shooting with a film crew here there are basically two angles for me: number one is next to Andre Nutini - the lead cameraman - who is strapped into the helicopter (which has had the doors removed for better access). The helicopter flies vertically, parallel to the skier, providing me with a scary position but a really nice angle. Yes I do get scared when I sit in a helicopter with no doors and feet dangling high above the mountains, but the good thing is I am so busy getting the shot that I have no time to worry! The other angle is called the 'Barbi angle'. Here, I get dropped off by the helicopter onto a platform or ride on the opposite side of the snow face to the skiers. From this position I stand next to David Peacock, the long lens camera operator.

But if I cannot decide on either, there is a trick I use where I place the camera with telephoto lens onto a tripod and trigger it straight out of the helicopter with a PockedWizard remote transmitter. It totally works! Even if the distance between you in the helicopter and the second camera on the tripod is 200 metres away.

To tell you the truth on the 'Dirty Needle' location I could only pull this trick off with the help of my photographer colleague Pally Learmond, because when the helicopter takes off next to the 'Barbi angle' it created too much wind that it would fill up my lens with snow. So Pally had to hide the camera and lens and put it in position for me after we took off.

In the helicopter I used my EF70-200mm f/2.8 lens to get closeup action images of the boys as well as to show the landscape. I am using an EOS-1D C and an EOS-1D X; it makes life a lot easier if you use two of the same cameras for remote shooting.

At around 2pm we flew back to base because the weather started to change for the worse. Thanks to the incredible teamwork of Alaska Helicopter, our lead guide 'Timtom' and the experienced Legs of Steel crew, I had one of the best sessions ever.

Here I photographed my colleague Pally Learnmond, taking the helicopter position next to the lead cameraman Andre Nutini from the Legs of Steel crew. I wanted to show you the setup for the second position - and how shooting out of the helicopter looks!

Here I photographed my colleague Pally Learnmond, taking the helicopter position next to the lead cameraman Andre Nutini from the Legs of Steel crew. I wanted to show you the setup for the second position - and how shooting out of the helicopter looks!
© Richard Walch/Legsofsteel.eu

Out in the field with the Legs of Steel film crew working on 'Passenger', their new project. This is the 'Barbi angle' and in the background is fellow cameraman David Peacock. The EOS-1D X seen here is triggered by a PockedWizard radio transmitter from my first camera - the EOS-1D C - which I use whilst in the helicopter.

Out in the field with the Legs of Steel film crew working on 'Passenger', their new project. This is the 'Barbi angle' and in the background is fellow cameraman David Peacock. The EOS-1D X seen here is triggered by a PockedWizard radio transmitter from my first camera - the EOS-1D C - which I use whilst in the helicopter. © Richard Walch/Legsofsteel.eu