Jim Morrison jumps over Donner Lake, photo by Ming Poon

Through the Lens: Rarefied Air

Ski and snowboard photographers are always on the hunt for that dynamic shot that captures a moment of pure bliss. A deep, fluffy, powder-spraying turn. A perfectly carved arc atop a pristine groomer. A silhouette against a vibrant sunset. But perhaps no image better illustrates the extreme (and downright fun) nature of the sport than a cliff huck. Fortunately for Tahoe photographers, the boulder-strewn mountains in their backyard offer ample launching opportunities, while the region is home to plenty of talented skiers and riders who are capable of executing such airborne feats for the camera.



Eric Bryant lays out a backflip high above the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, photo by Ryan Salm



Jed Kravitz makes the most of a sun-splashed powder day, photo by Jeff Engerbretson



Jordan Nield takes flight in the Echo Summit backcountry, photo by Brian Walker



Photographer Bios


Ming T. Poon is an adventure sports photographer and director of photography based in Tahoe. Passionate about outdoor pursuits, travel and making a difference, Poon is inspired by culture, nature, music, friends and family. His work has been featured by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions, and has appeared in a variety of publications as well as international marketing campaigns for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, POC Sports, NOW Bindings, Hestra Gloves, Intuition Liners, Leki Poles and more. www.mingpoonphotography.com


The intersection of an education in geography, communications and photo­graphy, and a seriously adventurous desire to understand faraway cultures and lands, has led Ryan Salm to document and photograph some of the world’s most distant and awe-inspiring events. He is currently immersed in the world of architecture and commercial photography and is available for assignments in Lake Tahoe or worldwide. Find more of his work at www.ryansalmphotography.com and follow him on Instagram, @ryansalmphotography.


Truckee’s Jeff Engerbretson splits his passions as a professional photographer and an accomplished cinematographer. Whether he is on the side of a cliff, hanging out of a helicopter, balanced on the back of a motorcycle or hanging out of a tree, he is always in his element when he is behind the lens and capturing adventure. With a history as a professional skier, his knowledge of the outdoors combined with his extensive experience brings balance, focus and the strength of the natural athlete to his work. skicamguy.com.


Brian Walker is an adventure sport, outdoor and lifestyle/events photographer and videographer based in South Lake Tahoe. His love for the outdoors brought him behind the lens to capture unique and inspiring moments in the wild. Walker’s clients include Red Bull, The North Face, LifeProof, Lululemon, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Burton, Tahoe South, Snowglobe Music Festival and Edgewood Tahoe. Find more of his work on his Instagram, @brian.walker, and his website, www.brianwalkerphoto.com.

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