September 21, 2010

August 16, 2010

Amanda and Ian Wedding Time-Lapse Video

Amanda and Ian McAlexander Wedding Time-Lapse from David Marx on Vimeo.

Amanda Bakian and Ian McAlexander Wedding Time-Lapse video. Congratulations!

May 2, 2010


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April 6, 2010

2010 Pond Skimming Finals Time-Lapse Video

Time-lapse video from the final round of the spring 2010 "Pond Skimming Competition" at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana.

2010 Whitefish Mountain Resort Pond Skimming Finals Time-Lapse from David Marx on Vimeo.

Thanks to all the competitors and the Whitefish Mountain Resort Events Crew for another wonderful pond skimming competition.

March 20, 2010

Telemark National Championship Ski Racing Photos

New photographs from the USTA Telemark National Championship at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana. Now why isn't this an Olympic event?

Telemark National Championship Ski Race 2010 - Images by David Marx

March 11, 2010

Photo Booth Party Pics from Melanie Watts and Allison Mulcahy Wedding

Melanie Watts and Allison Mulcahy Wedding Party - Images by David Marx

Thanks to all for a wonderful week and fantastic Tahoe wedding experience.

February 8, 2010

Behind the Lens Photo Weekend at Blackberry Farm: March 4-7, 2010

Behind the Lens Photo Weekend at Blackberry Farm: March 4-7, 2010

There are still a few spaces available for this year's Behind the Lens Photo Weekend at the luxurious Blackberry Farm on the edge of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I co-teach this one of a kind photography workshop alongside the great folks from Beall and Thomas Photography.


January 21, 2010

Dress for Success: What to Wear for Winter Photography in Montana

Winter Photography: The Right Clothes Make All the Difference!

I am a winter sports photographer. Skiing and snowboarding photographs are my specialty! To do what I love, I need to spend a lot of time out in the snow and the cold. For photographer's, winter is the most wonderful time of the year but you have to dress for success. It's hard to shoot great photographs when your fingers are freezing. Frostbite and hypothermia are dangerous, potentially life-threatening, conditions.

In the winter, getting wet is dangerous. Moisture can soak into your clothes from the outside, as snow or rain, or it can come from the inside as you perspire. Either way, wet clothes are cold and uncomfortable. We need to dress right so that our core stays warm and dry. Working outside in the winter means dressing in layers and avoiding cotton clothing. "Cotton is a killer" when it gets cold because wet cotton fibers draw heat away from the body. Wool and fleece layers, on the other hand, maintain their insulation even when they are damp.

Exposed skin is a problem too when the thermometer dips into the negative numbers or when the wind begins to blow. The wind moving over exposed skin can create dangerous conditions even at relatively mild air temperatures. I bring enough layers to cover every inch of skin from head to toe when I go out shooting in the winter. I may not wear every item but I don't go wandering around Yellowstone or Glacier National Park in January without enough clothes to cover my entire body.

Before I go into specifics please allow me to suggest that you can save a lot of money on all of your winter clothes by shopping at Sierra Trading Postand at

In my opinion, you want to dress from the top down starting with your head. I like to have two winter hats--wool hats,fleece hats, furry hats, even a balaclava--with me at all times. I bring two winter hats with me everyday so that I can wear one and keep the other as a spare in my camera bag. When the first one gets wet, I swap it out for the second one. If the wind howls, or the temperature plummets, then I'll put on both hats!

I also like to have a scarf, or a neck gaiter,with me all the time. If I am going to stand around for hours shooting a winter sunset then I need to cover my neck and face with something that insulates and protects against the cold. A pair of clear ski gogglesis a great idea too.

For my upper body, I like to wear multiple layers of synthetic, or wool, long underwear. My favorite base layers are the Patagonia's Capilene 4 (Men's
/ Women's) series fleece tops or the Icebreaker 320 Wool (Men's / Women's) undershirts. These tops are expensive but they are guaranteed to last for a long time. I have one Capilene top that I have been using since 1994. It smells terrible but it still keeps me warm!

I usually throw a Patagonia Puff Hooded Jacket or a Patagonia Down Sweater Jacketover top of my base layers. I love these puffy layers because they provide amazing warmth but are easily compressed. My down sweater, for example, is so easily compressed that I can stuff the whole coat into one of its pockets. With a coat this squish-able I can easily pack it away inside of my camera bag if the sun comes out and the day warms up.

On top of everything else, I like to wear a waterproof and wind-resistant ski shell. Storm grade winter coats can be super-expensive, but for photographer's a simple jacket like the Columbia Bugaboo Parka is perfectly adequate. Don't worry about all the fancy bells and whistles. Just find yourself a jacket that will fit comfortably over all your other layers and that will keep you dry if the snow starts blowing around. Don't forget that the most important part of a good shell is a high collar and a deep hood that will stay up in a howling gale!

Like with ski shells, you can spend a lot more money than you need to on snow pants to cover your legs. If you have the budget then the Patagonia Powder Bowl Pantsare rock solid, but something a whole lot less expensive like the Columbia Boundary Run Pantwill do just fine. A pair of hunting grade wool pantswill also make for a great outer layer. Who doesn't love shopping at the Army surplus store?

I like to wear a couple pairs of fleece, or wool, long johns beneath my outer layers. I am fond of the Patagonia Capilene 3 Bottomsbut any brand will do. I prefer two mid-weight bottoms over one super thick pair of fleece pants for the mobility but any combination of warm layers will work.

Ok, time to share a little secret. To get great photographs, you need to find a better angle and often that means getting low. In the snow this means kneeling down which of course will freeze your knees. My secret is to wear a pair of carpenter's knee padsover my base layers but beneath my snow pants. With my pads on, I can kneel down and shoot, or fiddle around with my tripod legs, without freezing! Of all my winter photography items, I think that a comfortable pair of knee pads are worth their weight in gold.

Now for my hands, I like the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitten system the best. This a mitten system which means that there is a waterproof over mitt and a removable fleece liner. Not only does this system feature an inner and an outer mitt but the inner, the fleece mitten, is built with a trigger finger flap so I can still work the camera! I usually pack a disposable hand warmerin each shell too so that my hands stay toasty all day. Here are some other choices for quality mittens.

Did you notice that I picked mittens over gloves and that almost all of my mitten choices give you some thumb dexterity? I wear mittens when I go out shooting because they are always warmer than gloves. This is important when you are standing around in the cold for hours shooting star trails or the northern lights. Likewise, thumb dexterity is critical when you need to adjust the settings on your camera in the cold. Someday the camera companies may figure out that it is a lot easier to turn a knob with mittens on then it is to press some stupid tiny little button. Until then though go for a trigger finger system so that you don't have to expose your entire hand to the elements just to work the camera.

Finally for my feet, I definitely recommend quality snow boots and a good pair of wool socks. Tennis shoes are totally useless in the snow and most hiking boots have very little insulation. Your toes will freeze in the regular shoes if you stand around in the snow for long periods of time. For quality boots, the Sorel Caribou Snowbootis always a popular choice.

These days I am wearing a pair of LaCrosse Alpha IceMan Bootsand I really love them. For year's, I wore snow boots that were way too big. Boots that were a size too big felt comfortable in the store, but when I would walk around they pulled my socks down. I have finally learned that snugger boots are just as warm and they end up being a lot more comfortable when you are walking around searching for that perfect foreground.

I hope that this advice will help you get out and shoot this winter. Good luck and always remember that warm and dry is the way to be. Cold and wet is dangerous.

Sundog above Whitefish Mountain Resort

January 19, 2010

New Photo: Night Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Night skiing with the planet Jupiter on a cold clear Montana evening at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

January 17, 2010

Night Flying Video From

My good friends over at recently posted this beautiful video. They are flying a Canon 5D II beneath their remote controlled helicopter over Whitefish Mountain Resort and downtown Whitefish Montana. Awesome footage!

Helicam Winter night flight over Whitefish Ski Resort and Central Ave from Jeff Scholl on Vimeo.