I feel pretty fortunate to say that most of my shoots don’t involve much in the way of danger. Sure there are fires and other situations that we have to be smart about covering, but there’s rarely a shoot where I get a little nervous at.
That changed while shooting a practice day at the Maryhill Festival of Speed — of the world’s premier downhill skateboard and street luge events.
Not only did I have to content with the heat on the day — nearly 100 degrees down in Goldendale along with a measured asphalt temp of around 160 degrees — but standing next to a road where racers were blowing by me at more than 45 miles per hour.
Luckily photo editor Gordon King set me up with a nice little remote setup to use for low-angle, tight action shots of the racers. This allowed me to operate a second camera with a trigger attached from a much safer position.
After all was said and done — and the heat exhaustion wore off — I would probably call this my favorite shoot I’ve had here in my nearly two years at the Herald-Republic.
Here’s a look at some of the shots I got.