In my previous post I looked back to the winter of 2010. Today’s images look back to 2009 when we were last in Whistler, one year before Vancouver and Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics. Whistler’s ski slopes are vast and the views out into the back country are truly panoramic. In the Alps, the distant views are often limited by nearby higher mountains, but in Whistler the views seemed unobstructed. It was my first winter working with a dSLR. Despite the cold the camera performed well. Carrying a bulky camera while skiing is problematic. I choose to dis-assemble the lens from the camera and carry the two parts (protected) in a slimline rucsac – the type used by orienteers. It means I don’t have to take the rucsac off to use a chair lift. The downside is that it’s critical to find a safe place to assemble the camera for taking photos. In recent years, as my skiing has become more bomb proof, I have skied (at 75% pace) with the camera slung round my neck and secured by the rucsac’s chest straps. A risky business, but so far without incident. My fingers are now firmly crossed!
On that trip to Whistler I also carried a Sony compact – my first, and rather old, digital camera. Its RAW files were just over 1Mb. Below is a shot from the compact, cropped from the original frame.
I’ve missed winter panoramas and I’m looking forward to finding some new ones. The light was special in Whistler, especially in the afternoon. It was soft, muted and slightly warm. It reminded me of the quality of the light in the build up to an eclipse when it felt as if someone was turning down the ‘volume’ of the light.
As always, click on an image to see an enlargement.