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Challenge: Fitness (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200 ED
Location: Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, BC
Date: Mar 31, 2007
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Cityscape, Sports
Date Uploaded: Apr 2, 2007

Dave Fortin goes big at the Grouse Mountain Quicksilver Showdown Over the City [of Vancouver]. I believe this is a switch backflip. He landed on the deck (flat part directly below him) here, got up, and hiked back up the mountain to go again. Now THAT is fitness.

For his efforts, he was rewarded with $1000 as the crowd favorite. He didn't actually win the comp cause he didn't actually land anything he threw, but with air that big, I don't think anyone in the crowd cared at all...

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!Thanks everyone!

Theres a video of the Showdown on snowboard.com, my photo is right at the 1:46 mark... the last 4 jumps are all the same rider as in my photo.

Here are some other photographers shots from the same event.

I thought about entering this or another from the comp in the free study, but I really did like my entry there as well...(apparently, others didnt...)

Theres some more shots from the contest in my portfolio in my Snowboarding folder.

Again, thank you all!

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Anyone that subscribes to JPG Magazine can see this shot in Issue 13, Gravity Powered!

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05/01/2008 04:44:18 PM
Saw this in the mag. WTG!
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12/03/2007 08:47:40 PM
Congratulations on making JPG magazine! I was thinking about you when I received my magazine tonight and looked for your photo...and there it was in all it's glory!! Fantastic! They have very good taste! Your photo is simply breathtaking! So happy for you!
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09/28/2007 05:02:10 AM
Holy cow! That's amazing.
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09/28/2007 01:11:50 AM
that, sir, is a very nice snowboard photo.
now if only could launch like that ...
man what one bad experience on a 60ft kicker will do to your confidence haha.
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08/15/2007 11:19:29 AM
HOLY CRAP! what a great image! Good for you! I didn't know anything than (know just a bit more now) & only gave this a 7. Today I'd give this a 9 or 10 for sure! not like you needed it!

Get Warren Miller on the phone (LOL! Im sure I just dated myself with that one). anyway, strong work!!

ps I clicked onto you b/c of your nice comment to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Sherpet

pays to be nice! :)

Message edited by author 2007-08-15 11:21:56.
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05/03/2007 03:54:33 PM
These are some sick shots - is that Grouse?
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04/22/2007 02:27:16 PM
Well done! Congratulations on a great capture, and 1st ribbon straight to the top:)
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04/15/2007 08:01:31 PM
Great choice of subject, composition and angle. Excellent win.
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04/13/2007 03:35:13 AM
Mean photo dude wat an epic shot!
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04/12/2007 08:18:34 PM
That is a monster score Andrew!!! Congrats on the blue ribbon and that top K10D spot! That ribbon is well deserved, I think it was from all my comments way back when, LOL!! jk. Enjoy the frontpage then go get yourself a paying photo gig taking snowboarding photos. Your photos are as good as anything in that link you gave us.
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04/12/2007 12:07:29 PM
u got mad hops bra!!!!!!!!!
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04/12/2007 10:54:56 AM
Holy **** !
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04/12/2007 07:40:54 AM
way cool!
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04/11/2007 11:06:47 PM
Damn-- thats some strong composition!!

Excellent work my friend.. :)
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04/11/2007 10:20:24 PM
Great Shot, STRONG work!! 8-)
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04/11/2007 08:53:12 PM
Congratulations on your blue! What a great capture.
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04/11/2007 04:52:23 PM
Very happy you shared this with us and it got the proper respect. Big ups to the big air.
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04/11/2007 04:18:10 PM
That's insane!!! Great shot.
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04/11/2007 02:07:06 PM
Wow!
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04/11/2007 12:43:46 PM
Really cool - something about the point of view, or the way you cropped it or something, reminds me distinctly of the feeling you get when you jump. There's that split second when you are in mid-air... holding your breath with your heart going into your mouth... :) An awesome job capturing that!
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04/11/2007 12:39:32 PM
His trick is pretty spectacular, but I'd have to say that your composing of him against that incredible vista is what makes this photo so spectacular. Congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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04/11/2007 10:25:25 AM
Huge congrats - well deserving of the blue! Great job!
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04/11/2007 10:05:39 AM
Andrew, WOO HOOOO!!!!!!! Your first ribbon -- Yayyyy!!! What a SPECTACULAR PHOTO!!! I am in awe! I think it needs another favorite, and that would be me :) MEGA CONGRATULATIONS!

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04/11/2007 09:50:27 AM
wow, what a shot! congrats on your blue!
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04/11/2007 09:48:17 AM
Congrats! Fantastic shot!!
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04/11/2007 08:53:59 AM
Fantastic capture! Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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04/11/2007 08:38:05 AM
awesome !
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04/11/2007 07:35:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! This is a great capture.
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04/11/2007 06:02:54 AM
A great capture and a great score.

Gratz on your first ribbon!

bazz.
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04/11/2007 05:45:49 AM
Wow, stunning picture!!! Congratulations on your first ribbon - very well deserved!
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04/11/2007 05:32:59 AM
Amazing, love the squares in the background streets.

How could anyone give it a 1!
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04/11/2007 02:09:51 AM
congrats, great capture.
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04/11/2007 12:49:37 AM
WOW. Just ... WOW. Congrats!
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04/11/2007 12:05:57 AM
You certainly got big air under that score. Congrats.
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04/11/2007 12:05:51 AM
i knew it!!!

like i said before, awesome capture
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04/11/2007 12:05:43 AM
Congratulations!! I'm very happy this got the blue! I can't believe it, you are almost a full point above 2nd place!!
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04/11/2007 12:03:58 AM
Wow! Manay congratulations on your first ribbon here! Great shot.
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04/11/2007 12:02:08 AM
Frick.

So much for me ever coming *close* to taking first spot with the K10D *now*.

On the other hand.. thank you for using a lens I don't own, and don't plan on, owning :)

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 00:02:55.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2007 10:28:59 PM
You could have shot this as a simple looking-up-at-snowboarder or mid-air-showing-face-of-determination picture, but instead you got creative and included the landscape. That choice made the shot so much more interesting. Great job.
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04/10/2007 10:19:42 PM
DAAAAAAAMN, what a view, some big air too......
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04/10/2007 05:42:10 PM
Wow!
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04/10/2007 04:39:10 PM
incredible
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04/10/2007 04:13:53 PM
I'd be .. my pants. great capture
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04/10/2007 03:41:43 PM
My only 10 so far (I am half-way through) Go get that ribbon!!!
It's a fantabulous shot.
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04/10/2007 01:39:51 PM
What an awesome angle, great choice having the snowboarder off center to include the town below. One of my favorites so far. 9
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04/10/2007 12:57:24 PM
terriffic. great angle.
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04/10/2007 11:28:39 AM
excellent capture
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04/10/2007 11:14:11 AM
What can you say that isn't amazing about this photo??? Besides the fact that you have a great sharp image of a snowboarding higher than clouds in the sky....teh back ground really adds too it. The background is faded enough that it keeps all focus on the snowboarder. Your subject colors and contrast are just amazing...and I can even see the snow falling from his snowboard. By far the best photo in the group....10
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04/10/2007 08:47:12 AM
wow... sooo high. I hope I didn't hurt himself/herself
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04/09/2007 10:55:44 PM
That is just fantastic, what an awesome photograph. I dont really know how it will do because some may find not really meeting the challenge.

But, I figure if you can do that you are fit.

Great shot.
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04/09/2007 07:06:37 PM
Awsome shot!
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04/09/2007 04:51:17 PM
YIKES! 10
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04/09/2007 02:26:27 PM
love the backdrop!!!
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04/09/2007 01:50:16 PM
really cool shot ...
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04/09/2007 12:00:08 PM
ohhh my .... that is crazy... fantastic moment and good capture.
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04/09/2007 11:08:36 AM
I love snowboarding, and this is an awesome photo. Great background. Lovely focus.
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04/09/2007 03:53:32 AM
O-M-G....
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04/09/2007 02:39:30 AM
nice...very nice 9
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04/07/2007 10:00:20 PM
Great capture, what an awesome shot.
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04/07/2007 11:36:11 AM
Fantastic view. Very interesting shot.
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04/07/2007 11:23:27 AM
10 The dof, the sky, the capture, the trainling snow
pefect
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04/07/2007 10:42:47 AM
really cool.
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04/07/2007 10:32:31 AM
...crazy people! but what a capture! 8
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04/06/2007 09:51:43 PM
Wow. Wonderful shot.
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04/06/2007 07:06:49 PM
WOW
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04/06/2007 01:45:32 PM
wow, amazing view
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04/06/2007 06:30:37 AM
Better than any I've seen of this location in mags
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04/06/2007 01:09:16 AM
This is definitely a winner! 10 for me.
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04/06/2007 12:50:44 AM
Wow what an amazing shot, love the view!
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04/05/2007 07:29:01 PM
This is an incredible capture! It predict it will ribbon. 10
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04/05/2007 06:00:51 PM
Great shot! Perfect timing, and a good freeze. Very powerful.
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04/05/2007 05:06:07 PM
one of my favourites in this challenge!
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04/05/2007 03:34:54 PM
Wow! Awesome shot. Could be a picture for Successories.
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04/05/2007 02:07:41 PM
wow
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04/05/2007 12:03:16 PM
WOW!!!!
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04/05/2007 11:32:12 AM
Are you focusing on anything in particular? Both the background, the snowboarder, and the jump are equally distracting, however all three of these are major parts of the image. Hmm. I like this. One of few images of the sort that appear high-up while still including the point of ascention. I like this.
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04/05/2007 07:01:07 AM
WOW thats some big air, great action shot with an amazing background
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04/05/2007 06:48:13 AM
Wow! This really takes my breath away, but it's more due to the snowboarder that to the picture itself. I'm not sure what could be improved, everything seems ok, but all the same the picture is not much attractive.
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04/05/2007 02:03:18 AM
oh wow!! that is what you call a capture!
;)
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04/04/2007 10:05:28 PM
Great capture. That jump would be very intimidating for all but the bravest...or craziest.
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04/04/2007 09:17:29 PM
Wow. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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04/04/2007 07:59:17 PM
This is fantastic!
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04/04/2007 07:17:52 PM
Stunning.
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04/04/2007 05:22:49 PM
Beautiful background for this photo. I wish the snowboarder was a bit larger in the photo, but then you would be loosing the background. Overall it works well for me.
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04/04/2007 03:03:30 PM
Wow! This gives me shivers!
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04/04/2007 01:41:38 PM
Added to my favorites! AWESOME! Great use of Thirds rule.
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04/04/2007 10:59:01 AM
Holy Crap! That person is way the heck up there. Great POV for this shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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04/04/2007 08:53:56 AM
Hope they have a parachute. Nicely done.
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04/04/2007 08:37:21 AM
Now that is a superb entry.
Superb focus, comp and timing !
10.
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04/04/2007 07:00:47 AM
Very nice...
Excellent perspective.
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04/04/2007 05:50:23 AM
Amazing shot, just great
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04/04/2007 04:23:59 AM
Wow! Awesome photograph, love it.
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04/04/2007 12:59:24 AM
sweet sweet shot...It's very different from the normal closeup shot you always see in sports. It's an amazing scene mixed with a great action shot. You picked the perfect moment to capture the boarder. He or she is in the clouds, so the simple background of the sky works better than the city. It's also nice that you included the jump (or whatever the termonology is) in there. It adds a lot compared to cropping that out. The photographers at the bottom also add a nice touch. This seems kind of photojournalistic.
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04/04/2007 12:27:53 AM
I lovvvve this. Where?
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