Scott Bideau

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104th Winter Carnival

This year marked the 104th anniversary of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, complete with ski racing, ski joring, obstacles courses, ski jumping, and much more. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the event, not only for my own kids, but to gift the photos to all of the other participants and their families. Lots of fun images in the full post.

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My Top 3 Mobile Photo Apps

Smartphone apps have made a dramatic impact on my photography – from recording scouting observations to planning a shoot from afar and later having that intelligence at my fingertips while shooting. I’ve compiled a list of my top 3 mobile apps with a mini review on each. I hope you find these tools as useful as I have.

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An “Out of Office” Experience

Most people who don’t travel for work assume that life on the road is full of steak dinners, bottles of wine, and plush hotel rooms. I once took my wife on a trip to prove that most work travel is more likely to include gas station sandwiches while running between meetings, an alcohol-prohibited expense policy, and a middle seat in the rear of an airplane.

As stressful as the journey can be, it is the destination – the opportunity to collaborate in real-time with my clients – that I thoroughly enjoy. But I also waste no time before or after the meeting exploring the surrounding areas. This provides an appreciation for my client’s community, exposes me to new scomes, and makes the trip even more personally and commercially productive.

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Several years ago, I was tipped off to snow falling in Aspen – enough to cover the higher peaks without disturbing the leaves. I drove down, slept in my car, and had the area almost to myself at sunrise. But recent reports from this and other popular destinations point to increasingly crowded conditions, sometimes with very disrespectful and illegal behavior. Let’s change that together.

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Under the Bridge

This image of the San Francisco skyline underneath the Bay Bridge is fairly straightforward from a technical perspective. But getting to this location is not so easy, especially with recent construction and government property restrictions on Yerba Buena Island, a rolling carry-on suitcase in tow, my extreme allergy to poison oak, and of course a steep cliff dropping into the bay. This is one of those “getting there is half the fun” stories.

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An 11 Stop Loss at Berry Falls

The only way to soften and blur water in motion is to lengthen your exposure, normally a second or more. But what if you’re in bright, mid-afternoon light that calls for exposure times closer to 1/100 of a second? Time for an ND filter…

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Delicate Arch Light Painting

I hadn’t planned to do any light painting during a recent visit to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. But after finding myself in the middle of a photography workshop on that very subject, I figured if you can’t beat them, join them…

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After Sunset in Seattle

Most landscape photographers are familiar with the “golden hour.” But on a trip to Seattle, I had the “blue hour” all to myself after the other photographers left this popular overlook point just after sunset…

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2016 US Freestyle Championship

The top mogul skiers in the nation headed to Steamboat Springs this month for the U.S. Freestyle Championships. I got to photograph the action while also testing out the new Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Read on for the results…

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2016 Steamboat Hockey Classic

I had the recent privilege of photographing the third annual Steamboat Hockey Classic, a fundraiser for our local youth hockey association featuring more than a dozen National Hockey League alumni including several from the “original six.” Even bigger than the $70,000 raised was the smiles on the faces of the kids, parents, NHL alumni, and this photographer.

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