Preparing to ski

Moving house and the aftermath meant that I missed two winters of skiing, so this year’s ski trip to Whistler in the new year is eagerly anticipated.

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.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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16 Responses to Preparing to ski

  1. oneowner says:

    The Sony compact reproduced well from what I can see on my monitor. I have an old Sony p&s that only shoots jpg but I’ve been very pleased with the results from it. I wish the battery had a longer life (and a separate charger) but I like it. I’m looking forward to more photos from your upcoming skiing trip.

  2. Sue says:

    Oh, I do miss such sights….but alas, my skiing days are long over

    • LensScaper says:

      I learnt to ski when I was a teenager and then a career put paid to winter holidays for close to forty years. And then I picked it up again and found that a bit like riding a bicycle I could still do it! And last time out I was skiing better than ever – not sure how I will cope this time, maybe Anno Domini is beginning to catch up with me!

  3. paula graham says:

    The compact did so well too, both lovely.

  4. ShimonZ says:

    I’m amazed by your bravery, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Shimon. Bravery? not sure about that, you have to be a bit crazy to ski. It is an extraordinary way to see the world. It gets me to places I could not easily reach in summer and I see things I would never otherwise seee. The world looks totally different covered in snow.

  5. bluebrightly says:

    I’m excited for you! If there’s any chance you’re coming through Seattle rather than Vancouver, I’d love to meet – let me know. In any case, I think I know what you mean by the light, as it’s not THAT far north of here (about 4 hrs, or 2.5 degrees latitude north of here). Muted is a good way to describe our winter light! It drove me crazy at first (when I moved here 5 yrs ago) but I’m much more comfortable with it now. Reading your thoughts about the light in this region is very interesting. I really look forward to seeing your photos, and wish you safe travels and ultra-safe on the slopes!

    • LensScaper says:

      We fly into Vancouver unfortunately and then coach to Whistler. All organised by the Travel company, so we don’t have to worry, but it makes detours and spontaneity impossible. A shame really because I now know quite a few people in British Columbia and neigbouring areas.

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  7. Dina says:

    Fabulous photos, Andy. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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