<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Roto:
I don't really understand the point of commenting on 'technique' based on a single still frame. Especially on photos unrelated to technique, as photos for major publications are, they just seek to grab the eye. Technique Nazis are destined to end up where the other Nazis did, discredited, judged and sentenced, or living in hiding where they belong.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
My intent is not to be a technique Nazi, but rather, to express my opinion of the competence of the editorial staff of these magazines.
In that photo in the gear guide that I recently referred to, the woman has her downhill (outside) pole practically upside down. Its at least horizontal, and is probably more like 30 degrees above horizontal.
I am not talking about a subtle point of technique here. If anyone (even novices) saw another person moving their poles like that, they would think they are either a complete newbie, or a more experienced skier caught at a bad instant.
Since the person in this photo is supposedly about to give her expert opinion on what skis to buy, she obviously is not a newbie, and the editors would presumably like to represent her to their readers in the most favorable light. Then, tell me why the editors would consciously pick a frame that shows such a bad moment.
Showing this particular frame isn't going to impress anyone, its not even "cute-girl-eye-candy" for the teenaged boys, its just plain stupid - its lame - its a picture of arm-flailing just like out-of-control never-evers do. It does grab your eye, but the only excitement skiing like this usually conveys to me is wondering how long till the newbie falls.
If this was an unusual example, I would say that this particular photo managed to get through the cracks of the editing process. However, since there are regular examples like this one, the only explanation that I can come up with is that the editors are seriously incompetent.
Just my $0.02.
Tom / PM