Climbing Mt. Mackenzie on a cold January day.     Photo: David Carlier

Snow Pillars on Mount Mackenzie

Braving the cold in British Columbia

I was on top of British Columbia's Mount Mackenzie waiting for riders to climb up before dropping in on the infamous Mac Daddy Face. Temperatures had dropped to 30-below and the low sun on the horizon created a perfect winter light. I saw this particular snowboarder walking, ghostlike, though deep snow and tried to position myself to shoot him. 

The cold was a major challenge that day; my control wheels and buttons were difficult to operate with big expedition gloves. I ended up taking them off. Surprisingly, my batteries lasted through the cold, and I was able to shoot for several hours.

TOOLS: Nikon D700, 70-300mm f/4.5, 1/3200 second, f/5.6, ISO 160 


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