This spot is only possible to shoot during a short time of the winter, some time between mid December to beginning of January.
The sun has a short but intense burst of light on this spot during that time period. The perfect time to shoot it is seconds before the sun goes away behind the mountain again.
Piers is probably the rider I have worked with the most over the years and he know exactly what I'm looking for. It makes it a lot easier in a time sensitive situation like this to have an athlete that has that ability to nail the exact spot.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.