the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

January 31, 2011

P.O.M. Jan ‘011

Filed under: photography, snow — Tags: , , , — danmilner @ 4:33 pm

Photo: Sam Cullum, bombdrop indy, Les Houches, France.

North Shore snowboarding at its best: With snow sitting a little thin this month, it took some creative thinking to get a shoot done for DC Snowboards. Ironically with Chamonix’ towering spikey peaks grabbing the attention of most hardened mountain-types worth their weight in carabiners, we turned our attention instead to the more mellow areas of Le Tour and Les Houches, where the former’s rolling terrain had trapped windblown snow for landings, or as in this shot, we could get creative using some of the North Shore mountain bike trails I last shot during the summer for the Royal Racing catalogue shoot. I knew back then that I’d want to see if we could get a shot on this same spiral come winter. Tucked within tight trees, the 5m high constructions make an interesting challenge for the pro snowboarder with little room for error. Canon EOS 1DmkIII / Nikon 14-24 2.8G & adaptor, 2x 580EX flashes & Pocketwizards.

Pondering: How come the UK has only one ‘Monopolies and Mergers Commission’?



  1. Lovely shot sir. Sterling effort as per usual from yu and your subject. Some masterful carpentry too.
    I regret to inform you, however, that your pondery is a little out of date.
    The UK Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) was replaced by the Competition Commission on 1 April 1999. It was created by the Competition Act of 1998, although the majority of its powers are governed by the Enterprise Act 2002.
    The Enterprise Act 2002 gave the Competition Commission wider powers and greater independence than the MMC had previously, so that it now makes decisions on inquiries rather than giving recommendations to Government and is also responsible for taking appropriate actions and measures (known as remedies) following inquiries which have identified competition problems.
    May I take this opportunity sir to offer you the chance to ponder instead why grapefruits are called grapefruits?
    Your In Ponderous Pendantry,
    Monsieur Le Pedant.

    Comment by Monsieur Le Pedant — February 4, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    • Ah, thanks indeed for that essential info. You are indeed an untapped mine of relevance. And there was me thinking that posting images like this would encourage some debate on the parallels between different ‘action sports’, or perhaps the place of such sports in the bigger world at large, perhaps from an existentialist perspective, or maybe encourage some enquiry on the technical aspects of photography. But at least my pondering stands corrected. Thanks. Now, on to grapefruit, whose name I understand refers to its growth in clusters while on the tree that from afar, may give this citrus fruit a certain ‘grape’ like appearance.

      Comment by danmilner — February 12, 2011 @ 11:45 am

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