Wade McKoyCamera OneCanon EOS-1D Mark IIN; Camera TwoLensCamera OneFilmFujichrome Provia 100Focal length, digitalCamera OneISOCamera OneF-stopCamera OneShutter speedCamera OneWhite balanceAutomatic, adjusted to 6250K to match realityProcessFor this world-record ski jump, I used two camerasAbout the shotAs always, my shooting schedule revolves around the weather and the athlete’s plans. When Jamie called and told me he was going to do this 250-foot jump that we’d been scoping for several years, I started imagining the scene. I knew there would be other photographers shooting it — one with the film crew, and one who was traveling with Jamie. That’s a good thing on something of this nature, a superhuman feat. The more angles and the more captures, the better for the athlete. But too many is not so good for the photographers. It’s a good thing it was a “closed set” (or what amounted to that — the crew showed up on site before anyone else was around), because even so, there were five photographers shooting it, which is a few too many for the photographers’ sake. But there were at least four angles on this thing; luckily for me, the one I picked that day is the same one most photo editors also picked. My shot has been published by 14 magazines all over the world, including the Guinness Book of World Records. Jamie’s leap, and my pictures of it, really made an impression.BiographyAt 55, I have spent half my life photographing and writing about skiing and ski mountaineering. It’s been my pleasure and good fortune to travel the world’s mountains — including four of its tallest peaks — with friends intent on capturing the adventure of ski-touring, alpine climbing, and ski descent. Just one of the many gratifications such journeys provide is working with the indigenous peoples of remote locales, in the process learning something of their culture and becoming their friends. My photos and articles from Jackson Hole, Alaska, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Antarctica have appeared in numerous national and international publications, including Powder, Backcountry, Men’s Journal, ESPN, Fall Line, Fluid, Powder Hound, and FreeSkier. I shoot commercial assignments and stock for clients such as Cloudveil, Patagonia, The North Face, and Marmot. I am co-owner of Focus Productions, Inc. (focusproductions.com) with another longtime Jackson Hole photographer, Bob Woodall, and publish three annual visitors’ guides: Jackson Hole Skier, Mountain Country, and the Jackson Hole Dining Guide. In the winter of 2006/07, I will shoot a ski adventure in Kashmir.