Mat Schaer / Star Trails Jib / Les Crosets, Switzerland


Photo by Ahriel PovichBuy Print

In the approximate two seconds it took Mat Schaer to nosepick 270 this box, the Earth moved 60km. Crazy huh? Here’s how Ahriel Povich captured the shot:

“When I started out making snowboard movies over a decade ago, I was really into time lapses. Whenever the riders were hiking back up for another hit, I’d be setting up my tripod to film clouds, or shadows, or lifts, or traffic, or icicles… you get the picture. I’d always be really excited to take a couple of hours of footage and turn it into a couple of seconds, and often found that the finished product would bring out some new details in the images. Airplanes would shoot across the frame like rockets, stoplights would develop patters from red to green with flickers of yellow in between, and shadows would stretch and slow as the light began to fade.

Those time lapses were one of the things I missed most when I made the transition to photography, so last year I tried to create a similar effect using a long exposure and flashes (and no photoshop cloning crap). It took a bit of trial and error, but I had a great team with me at Superpark in Les Crosets, Switzerland, and we finally got the shot. A lot can go wrong in a one hour exposure so I’d offer the following advice to anyone who wants to try a similar shot: Use flashes with a short duration, dress warm, use good tri-pods and try to find a rider who doesn’t mind doing his thing in total darkness.

This particular exposure was just over an hour long and some of my favourite details are the placement of the North Star just above the action, the transparency of the rider, and the trails of light created by the cat tracks grooming the slopes across the valley. I didn’t get to bed until after 5am that night so I’m really glad this photo got published!”

Camera: Nikon D3S
Lens: 16 mm fisheye
Shutter Speed: 3691 secs
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200

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