Lorenz HolderCameraCanon 40DLens10mmISO250F-Stopf5.6Shutter Speed1/250About the shotThis shot was taken in Ruka, Finland, on December 16th 2009. Ruka is located close to the Polar Circle, and at that time of the year the sun shines for just three hours during the whole day before it sets around lunchtime. The temperature on the day was around -28°C, and everybody was really happy to get back to our apartment to warm up after a full day of shooting. Marco Smolla still had some energy left to hit a kicker right outside of our apartment window. I shot this picture from inside our apartment. I didn’t do this because I was cold from the weather outside; I wanted to show the lifestyle that goes on during a trip in the cold North - a lot of Facebook, sleeping and relaxing happens, as well as a lot of snowboarding.To frame Marco’s frontside 360 perfectly in the window took some time, but I was really happy that we finally managed to capture the photo the way I imagined it.BiographyI grew up in Munich, close to the Bavarian mountains, and it is those mountains that have always played a major role in my life. I was a semi-professional snowboarder back in the day, until I injured myself badly and I pretty much had to quit snowboarding for a whole season in 2003. In that time I discovered the pleasure of photography. I was fascinated by photos that could describe a whole scene, a whole story or even a whole week, in just one small moment caught on film. This fascination was one of the biggest motivations for me to start my career as a professional photographer. In my photos, I like to show the viewers the beauty of the environment where athletes perform. I’m a huge fan of landscape and architectural photography and I try to combine those genres with action sport. I think a great location is one of the key elements for a great action picture. Right now I work as a staff photographer for Nitro Snowboards.