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  1. #1
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    Ski Photography and the pole plant!

    Why is every ski picture from the last few years of some skier doing a super aggressive pole plant!? Need some more originality in the ski photography man! Everybody's taking the same picture over and over...

    This photo collage was put together after scanning my Instagram feed for 10 mins:

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    Would you prefer people ski around in the backseat and not use their poles correctly?
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    hmm i feel like every photo i see is a really aggressive pow slash for the 'gram. like it will be a mellow backcountry slope where somehow they have pow flying all in their face

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    You've totally forgotten about the ski carve photos that usually involve some sort of a pole drag.

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    OP those are just called "pole plants"

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    Maybe because that is how you typically make a slash turn in powder? I'm not sure what you are looking for. How would you prefer people pole plant in photos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post
    Would you prefer people ski around in the backseat and not use their poles correctly?
    This. I'd much rather see an aggressive pole plant than cheater faceshots where the skier is practically falling down backwards against the slope.

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    maybe u should follow some snowboarders on tha gram. no poles man.
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    STFUYFM
    Set my compass North, I got Winter in my blood.

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    yeah they are all that way cause thats how you actually ski....the poles arent there for looks.
    http://www.firsttracksonline.com

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    I ain't carrying poles around for fun. What are these guys supposed to be doing with them if they aren't reaching? OP confuses me.

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    more properly, you could be knocking the skiers in pics 2 and 3 for turning away from the camera.

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    The deeper the pow, the higher the poles need to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLS View Post
    The Man on the Medal
    Love his style, Dick was the star of the DOC and had a lot to do with Alta and Sun Valley in the early days.
    Guy ripped on snow
    crab in my shoe mouth

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2skier112 View Post
    The deeper the pow, the higher the poles need to be
    Also: the faster you’re going, the more aggressive the reach or you don’t stay forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    yeah they are all that way cause thats how you actually ski....the poles arent there for looks.
    For sure, that's how you ski, but you don't go down the mountain in a static position with your pole up and arm reaching across your body. Seems like every photographer is looking for that shot at the exact second the pole is fully extended. Just seems like a trend in photography everyone is copying and everybody is looking for skiers in that same position.

    Somebody nailed it above... this photo has kind of taken the place of the carve photos that I don't see as much anymore.

    No big deal homie. IDGAF, just making an observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icelandoffpiste View Post
    For sure, that's how you ski, but you don't go down the mountain in a static position with your pole up and arm reaching across your body. Seems like every photographer is looking for that shot at the exact second the pole is fully extended. Just seems like a trend in photography everyone is copying and everybody is looking for skiers in that same position.

    Somebody nailed it above... this photo has kind of taken the place of the carve photos that I don't see as much anymore.

    No big deal homie. IDGAF, just making an observation.
    Pole fully extended happena to take place at the deepest part of the turn and usually shows the biggest pow tail... That is usually regarded as the best picture. I imagine most people shoot burst and select the best shot which is why you always see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icelandoffpiste View Post
    Seems like every photographer is looking for that shot at the exact second the pole is fully extended.
    Just speaking for myself, but I'm not looking for that exact second. I'm looking for the shot where the snow is optimally blowing up into the skier's face. It just so happens that occurs towards the end of the turn, where the skier will be preparing for the next turn by readying a pole plant. Unless they are a beater.

    Here's an outstretched pole for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    This will excite the OP:

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    This will excite the OP:
    I just nutted


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    Perhaps my avatar is more to OP's taste?

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    Poles are for gays

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    This will excite the OP:

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    Aaaaand theres the backseat beater discussed earlier... attempting a slash turn with epic fail. and flail.
    http://www.firsttracksonline.com

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