Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
It appears you find the premise of this thread offensive; the notion that repeated images of boundless fresh snow with perfect conditions free from throngs - may not reflect the reality most consumers encounter.
Nobody disputes that the reality can be attained - as you often do without "special assistance" from the resort, and as virtually everyone here has done.
It also doesn't suggest that your profession is dishonorable, because the images you've created are used to promote an experience most vacationers seldom realize.
It's not about you, me, Mt. Baker or where we live (how did all that get rolled in?).
The insurance salesmen from Ohio, booking a trip to Heavenly, isn't likely to connect with locals, trek to find fresh, have avy training and equipment, or dare go beyond resort boundaries.
By your reckoning, he therefore only deserves whatever's found on the groomed slopes - NOT what's in the ads. Fair enough.
But, if ad, after ad, after ad, after ad, ONLY shows the opposite - perfect turns on untouched sparkling diamond snow - what's the resort selling?
Imagine going to a high-end steak-house, with enticing photos of perfectly cooked fillet mignon on the menu.
Alas, when your order arrives, it's nothing like the photo. It's dry, tough and tasteless. Upon inquiry, waiter explains that when the chef is in top form, and when the meat is fresh, the image on the menu can sometimes be attained - but not often.
Are you satisfied?
I guess that now that I have and "editor" title that I should make sure that my comments are "PR" and resvered, but thats not me, I've never bit my toung and aint about to start now, so here is my honest non-PR-bullshit responce:
Why are 90% of the ski photos that you see in the mags and ads sunny bluebird pow days?
-Photography is all about "capturing" the light. Sunny Pow days are just about the ideal conditions for photography. The contrast between sunny and shadow areas create an beatuifull aray of colors, and back lit pow spray, tends to really "pop" out and grab your attention.
In short bluebird pow days are gorgous, the views on those days are unbeleivable, they look great on film, and they speak to our hearts as skiers.
While I personally prefer those 2" an hour pow days that Baker is known for, those days are almost impossible to create good images. There is very little light (remeber photography is all about the light) and every photog I know would rather be ripping botomless pow than standing around shooting pics.
The average skier prefers to ski on sunny days, even if there isnt powder. Just look at the lift line on a clear sunny spring day, vs, a dark, stormy powday. The lift lines always are longer on the sunny day, and the lifts stay busier longer. Most pow days are not as busy.
Your from bellingham and know how few sunny pow days baker gets. So how many storm day, non suny shots have you seen of mine, Vs. How many sunny pow shots? Trust me, it isnt for a lack of shooting on storm days, as I shoot all day everyday.
The inssurance sales men from Ohio, is probally just stoked, to be out of the office, having a change of scenery and the opertunity to realx and not worry about work. Sure he would probally rather have a sunny pow day, every day he is on vacation in (insert skie area name here), but he probally isnt going to go home disapointed, if it is overcast, and well groomed.
Finally, as I stated before, "the dream" isnt impossible to come by, but it just doesnt happen every day. Niether does a pay raise, a winning lottery ticket, etc. Have you ever stoped to think that maybe those good days wouldnt be as good id you didnt ocasionaly have the bad day to remind you how good it is when its good?
(BTW, Baker passes go on sale tomorrow, and remeber when you buy that pass you are buying the dream of more bottomless powdays than you can count