Into the Abyss, Please


Having worked in the action sports business for a bit, I’ve seen my share of intense photos, but when the new Cloudveil Clothing catalog showed up in my mailbox last week, the cover shot jumped at me.  The shot had been done a thousand times before, but during the day.  Photographer Steven Lloyd had something else in mind when he asked Jeff Campbell to take on Hellgate Couloir in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah at night.

Steven aimed two small speedlight flashes at the cliffs that encased Hellgate and triggered them by PocketWizard Plus II Transceivers.  The couloir is about as wide as a ski and was filled with fresh snow.  Sluff (the loose snow that slides with you down something like this – and can sweep you off your feet in a mini avalanche) was an issue.  Needless to say this is a shot where you need things to work – and they did.  This is also one of those photos where you have to remember that the next guy down that chute was the photographer, hauling his gear…in the dark.

Check out more of Steven’s work at

by Dave Schmidt

Excuse Me Sir, Do You Mind if I Tape This Strobe onto Your Bulldozer? [David Tejada Podcast]

Colorado-based shooter David Tejada does some outstanding corporate imagery for Fortune 500 corporations around the world. Whether hanging out of a chopper doing aerials or a few thousand feet down in a coal mine, David also has something every corporate shooter needs: an outgoing personality and the ability to understand and tell the client’s story via dramatic photos. Like many of our PW blogsters, David uses a lot of little strobes, located in strategic places. He tells you how to do it in his class. Check out his work and see where 22 years of experience can lead.

PocketWizard Podcasts: David Tejada (MP3)

EDIT: David posted a note about the podcast on his own blog here.

And You Thought Mozart was a Multi-Tasker? Going Wireless Contest: 3rd Winner

Well, meet Danish Puthan Valiyandi. His two German-based companies, DanishPV and, lists him as director, digital artist,  cinematographer and photographer. Whew! We get tired just thinking about all those tasks, let alone accomplishing them. One look at his websites, though, says very quickly what an incredibly talented man he is. Well, this month he put his talents to work winning the monthly PocketWizard video contest. Guess who he used as director, digital artist,  cinematographer and photographer? We didn’t think we’d have to tell you. Sehr gut! 

Ahh, Yes, My Little Chickadee, The Old Night-for-Day Trick

W.C. Fields had a lot of tricks up his sleeve, but none like that from Kalamazoo Gazette staffer Jill McLane Baker. Interestingly, the Gazette runs a blog by the photo department. How Web 2.0 can you get? Anyway, Jill’s assignment was a cemetery and while photographing a headstone, guess who showed up?

Top of the World, the Ladder of Success, a Rising Star

Well, you get the idea. It’s why aerial photography was invented — to see the world from a different perspective. But for some photographers, namely Guy Rhodes, it’s hard to jump in a plane or helicopter when the mood strikes. It’s also mucho expensive.

Aha! PocketWizard to the rescue!

Read about how and why Guy gets great high-angle shots with the help of his little friend.