Two Favourite Photos - Robin O'Neill

Professional photographers take thousands, or more accurately, millions of photos over a career. While many of their images will get published in magazines or online, there are those images that stand out to them as their favourites.  We asked a few of our photographers to send us two of their favourite shots, published or not… Here are two from Arc’teryx photog Robin O'Neill

This first image of Arc athlete, Eric Hjorleifson was taken for an MSP shoot in 2011.

We were camped in the Pemberton backcountry for many weeks before a weather window allowed Hoji to ski this insane line on Mt. Meager.

If you get lucky, you get to work with Eric!  His humble, team-oriented attitude and sense of humour just add to his rare ski talent.  A force to be reckoned with both up and down the mountain, he is one of the best in the world.

This was my first time shooting from the helicopter.   We were harnessed in, doors open and ready to shoot his line.  There is a lot of pressure in the moment where the athlete drops in.  So much patience, resources and dreaming has gone into making this line happen, you don’t want to botch it.  Thankfully the resulting image captured the essence of his line.

Camera info:  Canon EOS 1D-MarkIV.  The camera setting were 1/2500sec @ f/10, ISO 250.

 

This second image was captured of ex-pro skier (and now groomer for Whistler Blackcomb) Marty Gautrey during Deep Winter 2011.  Although selected by Powder, the image has remained unpublished. 

This was my very first time shooting ski action and I had blindly signed myself up to compete in Deep Winter 2011.  When Marty came out to help, it had been dumping all night but none of the lifts were running, so we had to get creative.  A patroller friend, Pat Bougie, had found this featured area to explore.  It was such a fun capture session - one of the best to this day.  It was all very new to me, learning to anticipate their lines, while shooting in a storm.  I loved it, and I knew this was just the beginning.

Camera Info: Canon EOS-1D MarkIV, Canon EF 16-35mm. Camera settings: ISO 500, 27mm, 1/1000 sec @ f3.5

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