Canoekayak.com: Can you take us through the technical side of the shoot. What gear did you use? Any challenges?
Peter Holcombe: This shoot took place at the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colo. I was set up on the large boulders that make up the side of the “Top Hole” at the amazing whitewater park there, so I didn’t have access to power for my lighting equipment. I’m used to this as most of my work is done in remote locations in wild places.
I used a Canon 1DX with a 70-200 2.8 IS II lens on my faithful Gitzo Tripod. For the lighting, I calculated the best time of day to have back-lighting on the athletes and then used my Hensel Porty 1200 battery-powered flash to illuminate the subjects. This light was modified using a large Chimera Super Pro soft box. My wife Kathy clung to the light stand through very powerful wind gusts, keeping my whole kit from flying into the river.
This is a very common way for me to work, but it was fun getting to photograph so many of my friends.
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