I had the pleasure of participating in my first winter ‘hut trip’ in the backcountry mountains of Colorado this past weekend – specifically, the Lost Wonder Hut near Monarch Pass in the Sawatch Mountain Range. Mother nature hit us with a double edged sword in the days leading up to the trip with 30″ of new snow in the 48 hours before our trek up to the hut began. Usually I’d never complain about substantial quantities of new snow – but this much creates high avalanche danger and therefore really limits options for ski-able terrain if you want to stay safe (which I definitely do). However, the new snow created some great scenery and lent itself to nice active lifestyle scenic images like the one below in black and white.
This trip wasn’t based around a client or a highly produced test shoot with experienced model athletes, which gave me a nice challenge of capturing more editorial feeling images of my friends on the hut trip. I believe a fair number of active and outdoor companies are leaning this way with less produced, more ‘real’ images – so getting into the backcountry with the full size camera was good practice. Just figuring out what photography essentials to pack was a learning experience: Nikon D4 with a 50mm prime for grab and go candids while skinning to and from the hut, the 70-200mm lens for ski photography (should we find anything safe enough to descend), and a 17-35mm for inside the hut – around the dinner table drinking wine and playing games and music. The following is a collection of active lifestyle images captured over 2 days.