Category: Illumination Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Ryan Taylor Athlete: Ben Horan Location: Manitowish Waters, WI, United States Camera: Nikon D4 Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 ISO: 640 F-Stop: 5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/1250 Flash System: none "Focusing on wakeboarding and snowboarding, I strive to create something new and unique every time I shoot." Biography: I am an action sports photographer and commercial cinematographer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing on wakeboarding and snowboarding, I strive to create something new and unique every time I shoot. This often means implementing new lighting techniques as well as working with athletes to think of new creative ways to showcase their sports. This has led to projects involving a giant rail carved out of ice, snowboarding in a corn field and sending wakeskaters through a field of cranberries. I grew up in southern Minnesota where I spent my youth wakeboarding and snowboarding. This quickly became a transition from participating to documenting once I got a camera in my hands. Because of the limited resources in the area for these sports, we had to adapt to other ways of riding. Urban snowboarding quickly became a common subject of mine, as well as an early adaptation of winch riding in both wakeboarding and wakeskating. Once we started using the winch, it became clear that the doors were open to a new world of possibilities. I found this to be a refreshing look at the sport. When not shooting action sports, I work as a commercial director/cinematographer, shooting a wide variety of work for television and the web. While shooting projects with larger budgets and bigger resources has its benefits, I often find that standing waist deep in water or snow trying to capture the perfect shot can be just as rewarding. The Shot: Every year in northern Wisconsin, cranberries are grown and harvested in the late fall. Unknown to some people, cranberries are grown dry, and it is only during harvesting that the fiel - Manitowish Waters, WI, United States - Sunday 7th October 2012 (1 Picture)
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