Snow Park shoot with Jossi Wells

Sorry for silence lately. I have been busy working with Jossi Wells over the past two weeks, shooting for the new Atomic 2012/13 catalog. Amongst this, local filmmaker Tim Pierce has been shooting the Wells family for his new documentary, Winter of Wells. It will be out shortly so watch this space. To see the trailer, check out Tim’s blog

So, Tim organised a chopper to shoot Jossi and his brothers, Beau-James and Jackson for the day at snow park, with a gimbal camera rig (a swanky camera mounted to the bottom of the heli, all controlled inside by the man that is Tim Pierce, and flown by incredibly talented pilot Alfie Speight, who has flown many a chopper for film shoots, including work on Lord of the Rings) It started with an early morning pipe session, with a perfectly cut empty pipe, glorious light and a sled for fast laps.

Jossi soaring while his brother Jackson and father Bruce watch…

Bruce zips Jossi back to the top of the pipe

Yes. That’s right. There is a chopper flying up the pipe!

Man + Helicopter + Sled = good times

After the morning session the chopper was put down to rest until the light softened in the evening. At about 4, there was another filming session on the triple kicker line with the boys as the sun set over Snow Park. I climbed up the tower of the chairlift to get a different view and hung on with one arm and shot photos with the other. Now my left bicep is dead…! In the last 10 mins of heli time I jumped in to get some stills of Jossi from the air. Hanging out of heli’s with the door open shooting photos is always fun…

Jossi Wells

I have another sunset shoot at Snow Park tonight on the jumps with the Faction Team that are over. Hopefully we get a good sunset! For the next two weeks I will be shooting the NZ Winter Games. So there wont be much to report blog wise. BUT check back soon for my winning slide show from the Scandinavian Photo Challenge, along with some behind the scenes shots.