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Saturday night a wide spectrum of the greater Tahoe community came together to help launch the very first Womens Ski Patrol Calendar for Squaw and ALpine Meadows. Braving one of the first winter storms of the season, everyone who came celebrated with these amazing women. Seven of the all star cast featured in the calendar were present signing autographs. In addition, everyone crowded into gallery three to see a brief slide show and presentation by Keoki Flagg, Lynn Gibson from Gallery Keoki, Tom Feiten from Squaw Valley and the Patrollers.
This Year’s Squaw Dogs Event was a giant Woof. The welcoming committee were on their paws, and the “Puparrazi” were everywhere. This year the entire team was present and celebrating. From the unveiling of the new 2015 Team photo, to the auctioning off of the one-of-a-kind signed Paw do Print, everyone had a blast and raised some well needed funds for The Squaw Valley Avalanche Rescue Dog & Education Fund. To all the local sponsors who helped support this incredible program – Thank You.
What an amazing night we all had. Kevin and Jessica Quinn and there entire Points North Heliskiing Family came to the gallery on Saturday night to celebrate the many years of fun and adventure that we have shared.
Kevin shared perspective on building his dream and what it feels like to have been a featured destination in the Warren Miller Films for over 14 years. Additionally, Lel Tone got up and shared some of her amazing adventures and insights on what it is like to be a beautiful, powerful women living the dream….
The phone rings and two days later I find myself on the back of a motorcycle shooting three world class cyclist who lead the Radio Shack-Trek Pro Race Team.
Luxembourg’s Andy Schlecht, The 2010 Tour de France winner came to the area with his brother Frank and Jens Voigt, their legendary German veteran teammate. Their mission was to explore Tahoe, train and support two great local causes. Reno -Tahoe Cycling sponsored the first ever “Ride with the Pros” event last Thursday and Friday and raised funds well needed funds for the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway and the Tour De Nez-vada. For fan and cycle activist alike, it was a big success.
I have watched the tour de France coverage for the past decade and have always marveled at the incredible POV imagery that daredevil camera men consistently deliver. I have always imagined that they used special rigging to facilitated their up close perspective necessary to capture these flying cyclist…I was wrong. These photo teams barrel across the countryside on motorcycles, trying to stay one very close step ahead of the actual racers and their projected path while always being ready for the unexpected road bump that makes the sport so deliciously dynamic and unpredictable. The drivers navigate a whole host of moving and stationary obstacles at high speeds while the camera men rides blind to the world around them, lost in the focus of their cycling subjects and the pursuit of the perfect shot.
I have experienced this tunnel vision many, many times before. Just never on an trafficked winding street from the back of a motorcycle. After years of hanging out of helicopters, boats, cars with harnesses and dangling ropes or while flying along on skis I was surprised how new and fun this perspective felt. For two days, my dear friend and cinematographer, Tom Day and I traded off camera angles, shooting POV off the back of the bike as well as fixed angle on stationary ground strategically gained by leap frogging ahead. More than once plans shifted, routes changed , and the timing evolved, we went with the flow. For both days, we were energized by a large group of local cyclist fans and friends who came out in force share the road with these great legends.
Neither of us made the shift to riding backwards. No question that it would have afforded a much more flexible angle on our moving targets…For me, hanging on was the bigger concern. Instead, when it came time for the one key shot that I had scouted around Emerald Bay, I settled for a 6 foot pole cam mount to elevate the camera and mounted an ultra wide 14 mm lens to make sure that I didn’t miss…