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Firing Squad: January Champions Battle

This experiment in especially shameless self promotion has been fun, but now it’s time to get serious. The four photographers in this month’s battle have only had to battle themselves… until now. What you’re looking at is the best of the best and they are all in the running for a brand new Burton camera pack. So vote wisely, so that one of their promotional efforts will not be for naught.

Jason Tackitt

Abe Blair

Jordan Ingmire

Sean K Sullivan

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Think you can do this good or better? The Firing Squad is a weekly photo competition. When win a weekly battle, you will receive a gift certificate worth $50 good for anything at a select Burton dealer near you. Each month, the four winning photos will again do battle for a place in the Champions Gallery and a Burton Camera Pack! To enter your own photo in the Firing Squad, check out our submission guidelines. Happy shooting!


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Firing Squad: Abe Blair vs Abe Blair

This week’s Photo Battle subjects come to us courtesy of Abe Blair. On one hand we have a sweet neon-panted urban cliff drop, on the other a wall hugging skittled-out wheelie machine. It’s up to you to decide which of Blindman’s photos offend your fashion sensibility the least and make it into the Champion’s battle. Either way, at least Abe’s finally gonna win one.

Photo 1 of Aaron Biittner

Photo 2 of Nick Visconti

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Think you can do this good or better? The Firing Squad is a weekly photo competition. When win a weekly battle, you will receive a gift certificate worth $50 good for anything at a select Burton dealer near you. Each month, the three winning photos will again do battle for a place in the Champions Gallery and a Burton Camera Pack! To enter your own photo in the Firing Squad, check out our submission guidelines. Happy shooting!


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Firing Squad: Ben Girardi vs. Abe Blair

It’s still September and it’s still officially summer. That’s not stopping everyone and their sister’s-jeans-wearing little brothers from talking about the half inch of snow that fell at 14,000′ last week in Colorado. It’s easy to get amped up for powder in the fall, I understand. Just remember: 6 months from now we’ll all be complaining about the cold and wondering when the snow will melt so we can drink our PBR’s on the porch &; talk shit on the skate photos in the comments.

This week’s battle is pretty simple: two pow turn photos that are pretty evenly matched in both composition and feel. You get to pick which one makes you the most psychotic with anticipation for winter. Good Luck.

Photo 1 by Ben Girardi

Photo 2 by Abe Blair

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Think you can do this good or better? The Firing Squad is a weekly photo competition. When win a weekly battle, you will receive a gift certificate worth $50 good for anything at a select Burton dealer near you. Each month, the three winning photos will again do battle for a place in the Champions Gallery and a Burton Camera Pack! To enter your own photo in the Firing Squad, check out our submission guidelines. Happy shooting!


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Behind the Shot: Abe Blair

Abe Blair and the Firing Squad do not have the best relationship, this being his upteenth or so loss. Luckily, unlike a real Firing Squad, if you lose you don’t die and get to try again. Against another challenger, this photo may have sailed through, but that’s how the game works. Abe is a good sport, and sent this words about his shot.

This is a photo of Peter Benchetler from a shoot in Mammoth with the “Another Day in Paradise” crew. They told me that we were going to a new zone that was a long hike but worth it. We had already shot one jump that day before we started shooting on this one, and this jump was on the far side of the zone we hiked to earlier that morning. Needless to say, myself and the crew were pretty tired. I was on my way to the ridge and found this strong back lit angle. It was Peter’s turn to drop so I fired off a shot. This image needed almost no post work once it was on the computer and I hope to get a second chance to shoot at this zone. Thanks to Gabe, Shayne, Ross and Peter for a great day!

P.S. I voted for The Champ’s rail shot also. That shot is sick!!!!

The shot Abe is speaking of has two more days of voting before being potentially being inducted into the Champions Gallery or declare a loser after three weeks. If you agree with Abe or like the other shot better, you better get over there and vote before it’s too late.

Check out more of Abe’s work at www.Blindmanphotos.com

In the Wake of a Champ

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If you’re going to lose in the Firing Squad, it’s nice to at least lose to a photo that goes the distance like the above shot by Jeff Hehlen. A true champ. We’ll be officially inducting Jeff to the Champions Gallery tomorrow, but since we have been failing at identifying the losing shot’s photographer each week, we figured it was time to give the shots he defeated their 15 minutes.

Week 1

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Photographer: James Greeley
Rider: Scotty Schmidt
Location: under a lift that doesnt allow snowboards

This photo was taken midway through a trip through Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Tahoe. After driving from SLC to the middle of nowhere Idaho for two days we took a lil trip up to PC to scout out and find some rails and what not. We found this lil corral gateway stall thing right off the side of the road in plain site and in a place where you can’t legally snowboard. We all figured it would be a bust, but didn’t want to be shut out for the day so we set it up anyway. Scotty got this FS rock pretty much first try so after that it just became a fun session with short “illegal” powder lines between shots of stalling on a fence. Love it or hate it… we all enjoy stalling on things from time to time.

More of James’s work: JamesGreeley.com

Week 2

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Photographer: Alex Nawrocky

More of Alex’s Work: http://nawrocky.blogspot.com/

Week 3

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Photographer: Abe Blair
Rider: Kyle Martin

Went to a little know spot near Bachelor with Kyle to see if there was enough snow to shoot this goal post type tree.  Took like 3 hours to scrape enough snow together for the lip and the flat landing.  I set up an Elinchrom kinda behind the lip/tree truck and another Elinchrom to shooters left of the landing.  Kyle tested the speed a few times and then went for it.  Once he had the speed dialed we decided a stalefish would look pretty sick (he wasn’t feeling the double cork.)  I think we shot  3 maybe 4 photos the whole time.  Thanks Kyle and Pete for making this happen.

More of Abe’s work: www.Blindmanphotos.com

Week 4

David Duffy

Photographer: Amy Galbraith
Rider: David Duffy

This photo was taken with a Canon 1D Mark II N and a 70-200 mm lens in Jackson Hole in early February. It was one of the few sunny days we had after the series of storms and the rider, David Duffy, had been scoping out a chute off of one of the chairlifts. He decided to go for it and I set myself up on the opposite ridge. He rode out clean and I kept shooting his turns on the way down, ending up with this shot. The photos of the chute didn’t demonstrate the steepness and difficulty of the line like I had hoped, but I got a nice pow slash shot that I was satisfied with. I like how it looks from a distance, since most pow shots are closer up. I look at this photo with fond memories as it was one of the few pow days we had here in Jackson Hole this year.

More of Amy’s work: http://www.powderphoto.com/

Abe Blair and Nick Visconti: Behind the Photo

Last week we added the option “they both suck” to the Firing Squad. It was probably suggested as a joke, but you shouldn’t tempt us with things like that. We like to keep people on their toes. When the option was first added it quickly got a lot of votes, but as the battle progressed we ended up with one winner and one loser. Boring really. Anyway, the loser was Abe Blair’s photo of Nick Visconti. Here’s the story behind it.

I was passing through Tahoe and wanted to hook up with Nick Visconti to shoot some photos.  He said he had a big kink that we could shoot, he told me it had been shot quite a bit but also wanted to get a video shot on it also.  I was stoked on the rail but really wanted to try not shooting a stock angle on it.  I found the little window through the trees and liked it, but it didn’t exactly do the rail justice.  I asked Nick what he thought, and as always was down to try something different.  He hit it a few times getting this behemoth everytime until I got the timing just right.  Once we got the shot it was one to the next feature.  In hindsight, maybe I should have kept it simple and just shot a more standard angle, but it is always fun to try new things.  At least I won’t be the first person to go out on the vote “They Both Suck.”

To see more of Abe’s work check out www.Blindmanphotos.com and to follow Nick’s antics go to tahoedangerzone.blogspot.com/

Abe Blair Pretzel’s Out

You may not know much about Abe Blair, but we feel like we should admit, he works for the Firing Squad’s sponsor Dakine. That means a camera bag or gloves are not enticing him to enter the contest, he’s just doing it for fun! A novel concept really. Anyway, if he didn’t already get free Dakine stuff, he would have won a pair of gloves for his shot of Bret Butcher in fair Bellingham before his run came to and end last week. Here’s how it came about:

I rolled up to Baker for some backcountry shooting with some of the Think Thank guys three years ago.  It ended up snowing all the way down to sea level so we started looking for urban features in Bellingham.  We came across this rail and Brett Butcher was into it.  He said Corey Smith had hit it a year or two earlier.  We started setting up and quickly got kicked out.  We regrouped and came back later that night.  Speed was an issue but Bret powered through and was able to get a few FS Board’s with a Pretzel out.  I was stoked on the feature because I was able to set up a flash bare bulb behind the fence and backlight it while lighting Brett’s face also.  I then added another flash and made a scrim out of some old cardboard I found in a dumpster near by, so it lit just the back corner of the building to help put some more depth into the photo.  The shot ended up being a little off center because I had to continue running  back and forth from my flash and my angle, which was on the ground between two parked cars.

To see more of Abe’s work, check out his site. www.blindmanphotos.com