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Mammoth Snowstorm

Mammoth Snowstorm

Photographed at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California.

Bruce Benedict explains that his image is a composite of two shots made with a Canon 5D Mark II, 16mm lens, and tripod.
Long Exposure: 15 sec., f4.0, ISO 50.
Exposure for flakes: 5 sec., f4.0, ISO 50, with a flash firing to capture the flakes.
Benedict used Photoshop to lift the flakes out of one shot and add them to the long exposure and soften the background a bit. He adds:

“The Mammoth is a statue at the base of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, California.  I made the image while spending the week skiing there with my family in April.  I badly underestimated how quickly fingers freeze in a wet snowstorm at night, even in April!  I thought I’d just make a quick snap or two, and then got rather carried away – finally leaving when I got too cold to continue.”

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  1. I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with Mr. Benedict for years as the contracted shooter for Volvo Cars of North America and Volvo Car Corporation and have always valued his ability to create a truly memorable shot. I too have one of his photos as my desktop background: A bare foot, and extended are and a body shot out of focus relaxing in a hammock. Soft palm trees in the back and in the model’s hand? An ice cold, dripping beer that would make the ad guys at Corona Beer weep.

  2. I have also had the pleasure to work with Bruce Benedict for Volvo Cars, he has been the photographer for a lot of our model year 2008 and 2009 Volvo cars posted on our media site.

    Bruce has been in Sweden to take the shots- and he found immediately great spots so you get a good view of the cars.
    He is a great guy to work with and you get such great photos.

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