Vitek LudvikCameraCanon EOS-3Lens70–200 mm f/2.8FilmFuji 100Focal length, 35 mm200 mmF-stop8.0Shutter speed1/800About the shotOn the second day of this trip, I was with Martin and Tommy. We were supposed to ride the same U-shaped valley as the day before, but it was all tracked out. We circled around the peak and flew to Tomahawk, a huge mountain with a face full of snow and big crevasses across the foot where the snow meets the glacier. I would get a nice view of a turn or two from the hillside, but it wasn’t possible to see the mountain, which was really beautiful. I decided to stay in the helicopter; the pilot and guide removed the door, and we hung out of it commando style. Tommy went first and Martin second. These were the best rides of the whole trip — no others would be so impressive.BiographyI was born on May 23, 1973, in the Czech Republic. I got started in photography at age 10 with a camera that was a gift from my grandfather. At 14, I started rock climbing and always had a camera around my neck. After I finished technical engineering school, I left for a surfing trip to Hawaii where I discovered the magic of landscape photography. I got seriously into photography on a trip to Mt. McKinley in 1996. My work was first published in 1997 and in the same year, I founded Sharp Pictures, a multimedia agency specializing in the international sport industry. Since then, I have been working as a freelance photographer. I shoot catalogs and ads for clients such as Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Fomei, Tamron, and Sensor. I also make and collaborate on movies, including Goosneck and Real Night in Prague (mountain biking) and Just One Day (snowboarding). A trip to photo-shoot and film life and backcountry snowboarding in forgotten Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Romania resulted in another movie as well as stories and photos in magazines. In 2002, I attended the Vancouver Film School and although I still live in the Czech Republic, Whistler is my second home.