My goal going into photographing the 2019 GoPro Mountain Games was to get creative with light while maintaining as lightweight and nimble of a setup as possible. I am not a huge fan of shooting shoulder-to-shoulder with other photographers and much prefer putting in the work to find the unique angle that no one else is capturing.
For my favorite setup of the weekend, myself and an assistant hiked a Move 1200L pack, 1 mobiLED head and the Beauty Box 65 two and a half miles up Vail Mountain in order to get into a position where the mountain bikers on the cross country race would be coming uphill towards us.
With snowcapped mountain peaks perfectly positioned in the background, I selected a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in order to compress the scene. I laid on the ground to get the optimal angle and positioned the light ahead of/to the side of the riders as the key light with the sun acting as an edge/back light. The lighting, composition and facial expression of the athletes are what make these shots my favorites of the weekend.