Inspired by legendary photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson,
has traveled across the globe searching for the decisive moments that make his photos so unique. Gilman is Ansel Adams crossed with Vin Diesel; he shoots stunning scenic shots with a splash of action. With clients like
New York Times
, it must be working.
Magazine contributor William Drumm spoke to Gilman about this shot of Trevor Hiatt in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, backcountry, which made it into the magazine's annual
SKIING: How did you get this shot?
We spent all day in Jackson Hole’s backcountry, looking for shots. Finally we found this rock overhang and I took off my skis and climbed underneath. I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot until this year; new cameras allow more creativity than ever before. I shot this at f/22 and 1/1000 sec shutter speed with a Nikon D3, which would have been impossible with older cameras.
SKIING: How long did the shoot take?
We looked for a good location all day, and didn’t find this spot until around 5 o’clock, right at the end of the day when the sun was sweeping through the valley. Once we found it, it literally took 1000th of a second; we nailed it on the first try.
SKIING: What advice would you give others to get photos like this?
The faster the shutter speed, the better. Use dark backgrounds like a blue sky or trees to make your image pop. Other than that, it’s all about location.