Eric BergerCameraNikon D3Lens10.5mm f/2.8ISO250F-Stopf7.1Shutter Speed1/1250About the shotThis image was captured in a snowmobile access backcountry area just South of whistler. a friend of mine, Adam Topshee, had scoped out some interesting ice formations he thought would be good to shoot, so we asked mutual friend and skier Dan Treadway to join us.At first it didn’t seem like much, but as we began to explore we found interesting angles and got more comfortable working around the ice. Eventually, I was comfortable enough to position myself in one of the cracks in order to shoot out towards the opening. i was pretty nervous and excited at the same time, as I realized it was a unique angle and had some potential to be a great shot.On his first try, Dan sent too much snow down with him and I never saw him pass. i only saw a wall of snow pouring over the opening. The whole thing was coordinated with radios so that we could communicate effectively, and I could have an idea when to expect him. Even with the radios, the moment was very short-lived as Dan passed very quickly over the cave opening. Luckily, I managed to capture the shot on the second attempt when Dan kicked up less snow. It was pointed out to me later that the scene resembles a closing wave shot from within. Ice is just frozen water, so it’s ironic in a way. I think it’s one of my strongest images to date. download wallpaperBiographyOriginally from Montreal, I took up skiing at the age of 13 which in time became a catalyst for a life in pursuit of adventure. I became interested in photography while in high school and studied it more seriously in college. In the early 80's I took on a job as a whitewater rafting guide and in 1986 moved west to Whistler where my life as an action sports photographer began to fall into place.My first job in Whistler was shooting video for the resort. During days off I would take photos of friends skiing and snowboarding. Eventually I tried submitting snowboard images to magazines and was subsequently hired as a Senior Photographer for Transworld Snowboarding. A position I held for a decade. Eventually I left the magazine in order to broaden my horizons and now contribute to publications worldwide. I also work as a marketing photographer for WhistlerBlackcomb resort.