Photographer Adam Clark tracks the sun

On a fundamental level, few individuals think both analytically and creatively—left brain, right brain stuff. But photographers are different, their work demanding technical mastery to make art. To celebrate the best in winter imagery, we asked seven photographers to talk about their most-loved shots, and then we chose a few dozen of our favorites.

Salt Lake City’s Adam Clark knows that it pays to be patient, even if it takes two weeks to learn how the sun tracks across a certain slope so that he knows his subject will swoop in at the exact right moment. And on a trip he took with freeskier Angel Collinson, he did just that and reaped the rewards.

For me, a big part of photography is that it’s an amazing excuse to be outside and to look for beautiful light in beautiful places. For this photo with Angel Collinson, the line didn’t come into the light until the very end of our trip. We had to wait every day, and the line of the light would move like 20 feet across the spine wall. It wasn’t until two weeks into the trip that the line finally got to this one spine. I knew the angle that I wanted and exactly where I wanted to be. That is what I’m always looking for: That moment when the light and the landscape come together to make something visually interesting. Then, if I can throw a skier in there, that makes it even better. As a photographer, you get really attached to certain photos because of personal experience, which was really vivid on this shot.

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