David BlažekCameraCanon EOS-1D Mark IILensCanon 15 mm fisheyeISO200F-stop8.0Shutter speed1/3000White balanceDaylightAbout the shotThis photo was taken during the shoot for an upcoming “Snowboarding for Beginners” book. We finished the main shoot on time and, beers in hand, started talking about something special we could do in the resort. We got the idea for an air-to-fakie, shot from a stepladder, and decided to try it the next morning. The halfpipe was super icy that day, and I didn’t get a chance to dig a hole to secure the stepladder. I just put some snow around it, hoping the rider wouldn’t hit me. The session was super fun, and we got the right result after only a few attempts, including two great single shots as well. download wallpaperBiographyI was born in 1979 in Prague in the Czech Republic. Around 1996, during my secondary school studies, I fell in love with the skateboard. My first photography endeavors started with shooting skateboard friends from my crew. That was the beginning of a period of hard work: spending my nights behind a bar as a bartender and making big investments in photography equipment. Today, I work on a freelance basis, with a specialization in snowboarding, skateboarding, bikes, and product shots. I still make my home in Prague, but I’m living outside for more than 200 days each year. I am the main photographer for the Czech publication Free Magazine and for Freeride.cz Internet magazine. Other European publications that have used my photography include Boardlife, Docky, Snowboard MDS, Snow, Pleasure, Kingpin, and Playboard. I am also working as the primary photographer for a Czech company called Horsefeathers, doing action shots and product catalogs. Additional clients have included Burton, Red Bull, Fanatic, Vehicle, Funstorm, Santa Cruz, and Aeon.