A photo shoot gets a lot easier when you have great talent. And that's exactly what I had when I photographed KC Deane in the Zermatt backcountry.
We set up a nice jump with the Matterhorn in the background, but after trying to grab the perfect shot with the mountain, I gave up and changed angles. Breaking the usual rule to have the ground in frame as a point of reference for the viewer, I wanted to have Deane suspended in the air with no landing in sight.
I think the best freestyle images capture the crux of the trick, when the rider is perfectly executing the maneuver. I don't like to fire off 30 frames while the rider is airborne, but instead try to anticipate the athlete's movement. This was one of only two frames I grabbed of Deane during his jump.
TOOLS: Nikon D800, 600mm, 1/4000, f/4.5, ISO 200