Ray DemskiCameraNikon D200LensNikon 17–55 mm f/2.8 DXFocal length, digital17 mmFocal length, 35 mm-ISO160F-stop5.6Shutter speed1/250Flash2 Nikon SB-600 speedlights, 2 Nikon SB-800 speedlights remotely triggered by built-in flash using Nikon CLSAbout the shotIt was a day off for me, and my first day at the beach for the year. For equipment, I was going lightweight — I brought only a Nikon D200 body with 17/55 2.8 lens and polarizing filter, as well as four small Nikon speedlights. Everything went into one small bag with my towel and shorts. About an hour before sundown, a large bank of clouds started moving in — perfect for photos! We got to work, visualising the lighting effect I wanted. I set my four flashes in the sand, pointed where Vasil would fly; I took some shots to get the light dialed, and then we got started. I asked Vasil to do a backflip — perfect! I got a beautiful shot of him tucked in a ball, midway through flipping, at the perfect moment, with him covering the sun. I decided to try a different shot, so I had him flip at a different angle, with his legs fully extended. I nailed this photo, “Gravity Experiments,” on the first try. We shot a few more frames before calling it quits and pulling out the power kites for some flying time.BiographyGrowing up in the mountains of western Canada, the outdoors have always felt like home.Thanks to my crazy adventurous parents, even by the age of four I had been to a long list of far-flung places.At fourteen I moved with my family onto a sailboat, none of us having a clue about sailing. Together we spent almost seven years sailing around the globe, exploration was my education. During the sailing voyage I picked up a camera and began photographing the people and places along the way - I’ve been addicted ever since.Going pro in 2007, as a lifelong athlete and explorer, I gravitated to action and adventure photography. These days I split my time between commercial work and expeditions to intense places with amazing people.When not shooting I get outside and enjoy the sports I love.Since 2013 I call Munich, Germany home, but most days I can be found on the move.