Diary of a Shoot, Day 5 — Epic Turn for the Better

Telluride 5.8

Scott shows how much love he's got for the timely arrival of fresh snow and sunshine.

Hallelujah, what a turn of fate. Awoke this morning at 6:30am to a sky chock-full of gently falling flakes and 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground and trees. What earlier this week looked like a burned out ski town in late May, now looks like mid February again. Mother nature has hit the full winter reset button and the production gods are looking after us – we’re back in biz.

I sort of chip the crusty sleep out of my eyes, and scramble up a shower. Dig for some fresh clothes out of the tornado that has apparently hit my room. Bounce into a quick production meeting. The crew is ecstatic over the weather. Anticipation is high for what we’ll be able to accomplish today, given the conditions that have been served up. 8:00am roll out to a nearby location – first order of biz is to re-shoot 2 of the 4 shots that beginning of yesterday that had crap weather originally. Feels so good to get new ones in the can with this beautiful new set of conditions. The images come out just like we’d planned them back home.

With a great start to the day under our belt already, we still manage to be first group up on Telluride Mountain as well. And the conditions up top are dreamy 10 inches of perfect snow – a blanket of pure white crystals, still snowing lightly with the occasional sunburst that bathes the scene in sparkles.

We’re working at a lighting pace now. like starving dogs who have just been thrown a bone – no wait, a sirloin steak. We’re moving people and gear and sets around the mountain at a pace…… that impresses even our most seasoned crew.  And by early afternoon, we’re entirely back on track. We’re getting it done.

Telluride 5.2

AD Jason articulates a shot angle he's like to see. Notice the snow covered trees and patchy blue in the background.

We killed a lens at some point this morning, no time to diagnose the problem on set…probably the freezing temperatures and harsh conditions we’ve already put it through this week…focus was acting goofy, so we retired it and replaced it immediately with it’s backup twin that’s only an arms length away. Not more than a 5 minute hiccup and we are back at 100% effectiveness.

Starving, we break for a short lunch at 1:30, stuffing our faces with chili and pre-made sandwiches at the lodge atop the resort. Certainly nothing fancy, but in these moments, when we’re cranking out the work, lunch is much more utilitarian in nature. Must. Get. Some. Calories. So. Can. Get. Back. To. Making. Pictures.

Telluride 5.7

It's full winter again. Heading to the top of the mountain to meet the rest of the crew for afternoon shooting segment.

After lunch, the full frontal assault on our shot list continues.  The weather begins to close out a little, but we’ve eeked everything we can from the day we were given. Thanks again to great production and our collaborators like Tom Watkinson in the Marketing Department at Telluride, we’re the last ones off the hill. First on, last off. That’s how it goes…and in my opinion, that’s what it takes. We have more good film and footage from today than is normal for two or more days. Everyone is on cloud nine with our results. We’re tired, but redeemed. A end-of-day beer at the base area, bathed in sunshine is quick celebration to the work we’ve nailed today. We replay in our heads and stories around the table the many great shots we iced today. A warm reminder for all of us crew about why we all do what we do.

The celebration and back-patting is a re-charge, but celebration is a short one. There is more undone work ahead. Two production meeting remain tonight. Alos, some more cast, production units and crew arrive…descending into our camp for some special shots we’ve got coming up in the next few days. We need to get them up to speed.

More white-boarding sessions last till 9. We are the last table seated at Honga’s and it’s Thai basil beef again for me. Dinner till 11. Scott and Erik wrangle gear and get data to the client-side DAM till midnight. The rest of the crew is still busy in the gear storage room, prepping clothes and props. I spend some time connecting with ADs Jason and Bill, and drag myself to my room, beging cranking out this here post. Literally falling asleep with my computer on my lap at this point, but motivated to get some report out to those of you are so graciously reading these words and following along. Although I’m deriving some strange sense of personal well-being from the experience of rambling like this, it’s in large part your words of encouragement that are keeping alive my motivation to write. You may sense the posts getting shorter as I get deeper into the project, but the heart is there. No love lost.

It’s early morning by the time I’m officially getting under the covers and putting my head down for the night…setting my iPhone alarm for 4:45am. Early call tomorrow. Big day ahead of us. Until then, thanks for the continued well wishes and good vibes.

128 Responses to Diary of a Shoot, Day 5 — Epic Turn for the Better

  1. Chris March 24, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Unbelievable that even in the midst of such a busy day you’d take the time to share the experience. Telluride is one of the coolest spots I’ve ever been – it’s saaawwweeet to read about the in-and-outs of a shoot involving such a town/mountain/resort. Damn I’m jealous…

  2. Dmitry March 24, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Thank God that you are lucky with the weather!
    Are waiting for will not see photos and video of your adventures in the mountains! Get together with forces that we are all with you and support you! And do not be fooled … looking at your enthusiasm … your smile … You have everything poluchetsya at its best! by drugmou and can not be! Good luck on the next day to you, Chase and the team good luck!)))

  3. MF March 24, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Great post Chase! Loving each and every day to see what a day in the life is like!

  4. Jose Gomez March 24, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Wow!!!! man it sounds awesome!!!!, keep up the good work and keep us posted day by day i’m reading this blog first thing in the mourning, so nice job man!!!.

  5. Jim Denham March 24, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Man, thanks for sharing Chase. I honestly could not wait to read the next entry and what a great one. Glad the weather turned your way and hope the rest of the project continues in the same manner! Awesome stuff!

  6. Mark Petinga March 24, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I’m glad Ullr made his way to Telluride for you guys. The feeling of getting fresh snow makes me miss my winter in Colorado. Good luck with the rest of the project. Keep up the good work!

  7. Gettle March 24, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    keep up the good work. going out west next week but just with the family and friends. hoing i can ski fast enough to get ahead and have the camera ready when they come by. no production meetings just pot luck.
    think snow at night and sun during the day.

  8. Nathan Smith March 24, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Chase.. thanks for taking the time out to do these posts. I am sure that cramming this experiment in at the end of a long day is no easy task (especially when sleep is knocking), but the dedication and information of what you offer everyone reading is priceless.

    As I read along with your adventures it does truly feel like I am a fly on the wall and am watching many of the large parts unfold in my mind’s eye. When you express your excitement or disappointment of the situation I can feel it come through the story and immediately wonder what the twist at the end will be, or the next surprise that happens.

    Can’t wait to hear more.. thanks!


  9. Leslie March 24, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for the update. The time you take to share is beyond appreciated.

  10. Pitboy March 24, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Theres a lot of us out here in neverland who have added this job blog to our daily routine, and … damn … wish I was there hauling equip up that slope for ya. Weathers gonna stay good, 4 hours sleep will feel like 10 hours holiday slumber in Mexico (ok … maybe not) and every shot will pull focus perfectly first time. Your in a dream Chase, except ya still have to do payroll.
    Keep the blog goin, its quite the story actually, when your done and back home and slept up, you will read it and say … I wrote this??? Too bad you cant tell us who the client is, we would hit up their site with “go Chase” spam.
    Rock and roll dude, another day … another 50 shots, and who’s holding your coffee?

  11. Andrew Lipsett March 24, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Fantastic stuff Chase! I was looking for your post bright and early this morning. Loving the break down of events and how you are adjusting. Keep up the great work and words!

  12. Eli Leavitt Photography March 24, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    These daily updates are great, I’m really enjoying the behind the scenes look at a big production. This is what we live for, the problem solving, the meetings and of course making the images.
    Great work Chase, thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  13. Jacob March 24, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Best posts you’ve ever done! I’m even jealous at your BTS-shots. Good luck with rest of the week!

  14. Rick Koetter March 24, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Chase, thanks for taking us along for the ride. I’ve been following along every day. I actually went to bed last night thinking “ooh, I can’t wait to wake up and find out what happened with Chase and the team today!” (yes, I was hitting refresh on the blog most of the morning and then realized I could have twitter SMS me when you posted. ummm…. I need to get a life you say???)

    I’d have been freaking out in the midst of day 4 with conditions like that! Obviously experience and good planning pay off in times like that. I’m glad to hear that things turned around for you yesterday.

    I have some questions about what happens to the files after you hand them over to the client DAM guy, but I’m going to hold off. Assuming you might get to that later when the shooting is done.

    Thanks again for sharing.


  15. Jayce Van Der Linden March 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Chase, thanks for taking your time to blog about your shoot! its so cool to get a tiny glimpse of a full production. Keep going at it hard!

    Thanks again for sharing it all with us readers

  16. Jesus Hidalgo March 24, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    This is awesome news! I’m glad that you and the crew were able to snick in the shots the way they were meant to be, it must taste really sweet! …let’s stay positive and hope that the weather cooperates for the rest of the days. Keep up the good work and the writing!

  17. Danny March 24, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    What we do ( is what we do ) – DEVO

  18. Panos March 24, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Thank you for that Chase!!! You brighten by chemo days !!!!!!!!!!! I feel like i m doing it there being part of it!!! Post more photos!!! Thank you!!!!!!

    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      @panos. thank you so much for your kind words. I’m humbled and honored that this can be a bright spot as you’re pushing through the “real” hard work that life sometimes throws our way. thoughts are with you…

  19. DanielKphoto March 24, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Another great post! Thank you so much Chase!

  20. mattbeaty March 24, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Absolutely love these posts – Your extra effort at the end of each day is very much appreciated Chase!
    Keep doin’ what you do!

  21. Amy Kim March 24, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Thank you Chase for the long documentation of your day. I wouldn’t mind if you took a break from blogging and recharge if needed.

  22. Pete March 24, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    These are fantastic, loving the series. Keep up the good work.

  23. Will McGregor March 24, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Awesome dude, keep up the good work.

    Loving the bare bones and all daily feedback of an ongoing shoot, showing its a hard life being a Tog….but a great one.

  24. Chris March 24, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for these great posts! Before you posted these I was uncertain whether I wanted to be a Photographer, now im dead set. Hard work but I enjoy photography so that is where I want to be. Thanks :)

  25. Patricia March 24, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    All I have to say today is ….

  26. Dendy P. March 24, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    saaaaawweeeeett….that is the word for day 5, i think. :D

  27. Mark Dunlap March 24, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Keep up the good work Chase and crew. Thoroughly enjoying the updates. I realize you’re probably limited as to what you can show at this early stage of the project, but hopefully somewhere along the line you might be able to share some examples of the kinds of images you’re getting. I’m also really looking forward to a behind the scenes video in the future of photographer and crew at work. See? Your fans aren’t demanding at all. lol

    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      indeed mark. it will all be out some day and i’ll be excited to share it then. or even better, if you see it first and tell me it’s out ;)

  28. Jacob Pace March 24, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Mr. Jarvis,

    Everyday, EVERYDAY! I look forward to reading about your day. You are living my dream. OR, I should say, you are living my future. :) I thank you for taking the time to let us into your day/life. I’ve picked up on a lot and simply had pleasure in reading this. With this I’m lining up my spring and summer with projects to focus my photography; outdoor sports. I finish with, again, thank you and keep the spirits up!

  29. Butch March 24, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Wow not much of your either end or your candle can be left at this point! These posts are the best Chase – keep it up!

  30. Mark D. March 24, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Chase, I think you have another book in the making here. Images and text from behind the scenes. Well done.

  31. Scott David Martin March 24, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    good weather is karma.

    you’re giving back to the community and mother nature is repaying you. Inspiring stuff Chase.

    a good title for the post…”DAY Five: Killin it.”

  32. Ben March 24, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    This is amazing stuff you’re sharing. Thanks!!

  33. Alex Ö March 24, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Good that you got the weather on your side. Good luck with the rest of the shooting days.

    Have to say I really appreciate this BTS-session you’re doing from this shooting. Thanks!

    Take care and good luck.

  34. Grunge March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Can’t begin to tell you and your team how much fun it is to get to be a little fly on the production wall. Thanks!

  35. a3 March 24, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Just reading this made me tired. You’re dedication to this is commendable. Not many people could work that hard and then write all this. I know I couldn’t. Thanks again!

  36. Brett Crawford March 24, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Bro, the updates are epic! Thanks for knocking out these posts after such long days of capturing magic on camera. Stoked to read the rest of em…

  37. Sam March 24, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Glad to hear that the weather was on your side today. Lovin’ the posts, great read, fascinating stuff. Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Thanks.

  38. Jimmy Williams March 24, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Wow, fresh powder….love it! Love the shot on the lift….epic background! Keep it up and thanks for sharing!

  39. Dave Deibert March 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I love every aspect of what you’re doing here. The information you’re sharing is priceless to a beginner like me. As a Art director and graphic designer I can relate to some of the timeline and pressures these kind of gigs can mandate. (on a hell of a smaller scale). Now that I want to turn my efforts into photography this kind of sharing is so rare and worth its weight in gold. Thanks again Chase. Looking forward to tomorrows post.

  40. Andrew MacDonald March 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I am brand new to photography, bought my first DSLR a week ago, still struggling to learn all its functions, how aperture, focus, iso, shutter speed all work together to make a picture. I came across this blog a few days ago, and i’ve been reading and following along ever since.

    I hope one day I’ll get to be 10% as good as you and your team are. If that ever happens, ill be a very happy young man. Keep up the amazing work.

  41. Cameron March 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I love these last few post that you have been doing! I have been a fan for the past few years and this is my first comment…… I just wanted to say thanks for sharing all that you know,giving us all some insight of what it takes to do your job. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your blog every day.

    Much Love,
    Cameron James

    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      thanks cameron. first time comments mean a lot – i really admire your choice to participate in the conversation. hope you’ll add to the conversation more often now that you realize how easy it is. many thank yous.

  42. crosby March 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    this is one of my favorite things youve done love the post cant wait to see the final results

  43. Daan March 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    You’re a machine. Great work.

  44. Marco March 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Chase, by now, your daily diary-posts are like crack, what a fantastic read and somebody said it right yesterday “real life blogging at it’s best”, a bit like reading a travel/gadget-Novel… Well done, continue and please make this ‘a thing’ for your future projects!

  45. Greg Beams March 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Love the series – very much appreciate your giving up sleep to provide the blow by blow account of the project – its a lot of fun to read and makes us feel like we are a part of it!

  46. Max Barnas March 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your day. In my timezone your posts appear just after I get home from work, so reading your Shoot-Diary become my new evening routine. Thanks again for that and for sharing with us a bit of your excitement. Good luck!

  47. TheDigitalVue March 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Glad the weather finally turned for you guys and great post! I’m always following but never say much. There is great value in what you are doing here, Thank you!


    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      thanks shawn – that means a lot. grateful that this is worth the extra time in your day it takes to comment.

  48. Duncan Fawkes March 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Sounds like a helluva day, much kudos for taking the time out from sleeping to post this. Great series of posts Chase and stoked you guys produced the goods, but we knew you would! Good luck with the rest of the shoot, sleep well!

  49. Alex March 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Loving the look behind the curtain on a bigger shoot, very cool of you to take the time and share it.

  50. Mike Palangio March 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Good work Chase and crew. Gettin’ shit done like nobody’s business. Very motivational, reminding me why I want to do this and helping me get this stack of end-of-school year assignments done. Year 1 of photo school : nearing completion. Thanks for the extra push.

  51. sherri March 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    “A” beer at base? really? Just one?


  52. Matt Hunt March 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to post this when you’re working at that rate. as others have said, the blog is just pure daily reading right now. Not least because is there like outside of that florescent-lit office…..

    Good luck with the weather.

  53. Scott March 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I have to admit I am getting a little addicted and little bit jealous. Sounds but enjoyable. Hope the weather holds. Looking forward to the next installment.

    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      @scott – it ain’t all roses, my man. i got a sunburn yesterday and all the airplane food i have to eat will probably take years off my life. ha. (thanks!)

  54. joop March 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I just wanted to say thanks for these updates, they are not only entertaining but also give precious insight into your workflow and problem solving attitudes. It really feels like i’m there with you (i wish!)

    Please keep it up, i know it can be difficult when you’re falling asleep behind the keyboard every day!

  55. Mikael March 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    You have inspired me so many times! Thank you! I can´t wait to see the end result, but the process is very interesting as well :)

  56. Jimmy B. March 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Chase, thanks for bringing all of us along with you on this trip. I know for me personally I’m learning a lot just from watching (reading) what you guys are going through for this large project. It helps then to look at it in the context of a smaller project and know that the attention to details (no matter what the size of team, project, or budget) makes such a large difference.

    Thanks again!

  57. Paul S March 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    As someone who’s been on the fence for years debating and dreaming if I can switch from my stable tech position into photography you have been a great source of inspiration. I look forward to all your blog posts and this series totally rocks!!! BTW… it’s great seeing your team blogging about their BTS activities as it’s been very helpful as well. Thanks again!

  58. Kelly Minniti March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Sounds like a great trip! More than just work- adventure, fun. Great update and detail.

  59. Mike March 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time and energy to post. It is appreciated.

  60. Scott Hartman March 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Really cool series of posts Chase. I’m actually flashing back to Jan of this year where I spend 3 weeks in Newport, RI. Mostly just the constant restaurant food and hotels, not to mention the freezing cold and taking photos.

    Will we get to see some of these photos soon?

    • Chase March 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      “soon” is a stretch. but they’ll be out there when they’re out there. perhaps you’ll be able to retrace when/how we made some of them based on these posts. will share as soon as we can. thanks.

  61. Francisco Hernandez March 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Well done Mr. Jarvis.
    You are the kind of man i’d like to become someday.
    My truly inspiration since i started to read this blog.
    Carry on!……….feed us with your passion and creativity

  62. Myron Yeung March 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    You rock Chase! Thank you so much for taking time to post your adventures!

  63. Pierre March 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Hurry for time changes. I’m E.S.T. in Quebec and when I get back from work I open my iPad abd go and read you. It’s just like you just finished your day. It’s real time for me!

  64. Anne-Marie March 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Nothing like fresh snow….personally, I always feel like I’m in a better world when it snows like that…the sun glittering in the snow and all the sounds are softened.

    I’m impressed that you can find the time and energy to write after such demanding days, I really enjoy it and look forward to your next post. So Chase…please keep writing..and shooting great photos!
    ( Perhaps in reverse order ;-)

  65. derik March 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    ayo.. curious how many conceived shots total were on your shot list to start? and roughly how
    many shots you try to pull in a day. i know on a day such as today you bang as many as possible
    while the weather is on your side.. but if everyday were perfect, how many would normally be the

    thanks for sharing your shoot with us.. i know it must feel like day 10.. every shoot i’m on, it typically
    feels like 2 days for every one.. total time warp..


  66. Simon March 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Another satisfied reader right here… thanks again & sweet dreams.

  67. Anne-Marie March 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    And PS. How do you protect the gear from the snow and the low temperatures?

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures tomorrow. ( I’m going to zone out on my new white Ikea sofa, I just got tonight. Should I name it Telluride Snowflake? :-) )

    Sweet dreams!

  68. JP Vasquez March 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Keep Up the Good Work! CHASE! TO-HELL-RIDE!! AWeSOME PLACE!

  69. Edward March 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Love it Chase, as always your posts gives me the inspiration I need

  70. Jason March 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I think it’s so cool that you are doing this Chase. This diary is something I am really enjoying and I look forward to reading the kind of adventures you go through. All the hard work and determination that you and your staff have is truly inspirational and I hope to try some of this Thai basil beef you keep bringing up. You are making me hungry! Look forward to what adventures you have to share tomorrow!

    • Jason March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      Oh and can you take a picture of this thai basil beef? I’d love to see what it looks like

  71. Rob March 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    All of this is amazing man. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be in an era where a professional like yourself is willing to go through so much work for the straggler like myself. It means a lot.

  72. TM March 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Long time listener, first time caller.
    I was going to wait ’till the end of the week to give my thanks, but now seems as good a time as ever. Like others, I’ve been eagerly following this latest thread, with a lot of anticipation for the next installment. This, as are the other posts that describe the process and behind the scenes, are such a valuable resource to those of us out here who haven’t reached your level yet.

    Thank you so much for giving back the amount that you do, and for having the motivation, personal resources, and heart to slave away at producing these after such long and filled days on the road.

    Greetings from north of the border, Chase and team,


  73. Carl Licari March 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Chase… Crazy but I actually felt a sense of relief with you guys catching a break with the weather. Hope it continues to roll well for you all the way into the wrap. I’m hangin’ with you the rest of the way. Thanks for you time when I know your wiped!


  74. Nick Girard March 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Wow Telluride looks dope! Currently on a road trip across the USA and Telluride is the next stop tomorrow! Fingers crossed for good weather this weekend for riding.

    – Nick

  75. JRVRescue March 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    I’ve been following your blog every day since I first found it, and it’s the posts like this that keep me coming back. It’s awesome to get a look into what it takes to do what we all dream of. Thank you!

  76. joe i. March 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Chase: This is a great series, especially when you have so much else to focus on at this time. Bravo!

  77. Chris March 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Great stuff Chase – you really got me totally hooked to follow this every day!

    I think everybody here really appreciates the time and effort you take to share the amazing experience of a project like this! You are truly an inspiration for us “normal” photogs ;-)

    Many thanks for your efforts and keep up the good work.
    Wishing you and everybody involved all the best for the rest of this shoot and I look forward to see some of the results and videos.

  78. Alvin March 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Just wanted to chime in some encouragement and appreciation. Love these posts, Chase, they really help give an idea of what it’s like behind the scenes!

  79. jeremy March 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm #


    Just to add my few words of encouragement. This series is incredibly stimulating for those of us who wondered what it takes to shoot a full on external campaign. We appreciate the late night posts. I am sure everyone who reads them is learning something that they can apply to their own photography.

    Keep shining the light into that blackbox!

    Big love

  80. Belinda McCarthy Photography March 25, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    It really feels like we’re along for the ride! Thanks for these post, keep them coming!

  81. Andy March 25, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Stoked the weather has come right. Feels like I’m almost there. “Early hours… 4.45 wake up call”! Wow. Honoured we got more than a one-liner: “Weather great, got great shots. To bedzzzzzzzzz…..”

  82. nate parker March 25, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    great days of great successes, thanks for taking us with you!!

  83. Matt Bostock March 25, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    Thanks Chase, this is an excellent series of posts.

    It’s just given me the kick up the *** I needed after spending the best part of the week bed ridden with flu.

  84. Eddo Kloosterman March 25, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Thanks for sharing everything again for another project, it is greatly appreciated to follow up on the stuff that is essential during such a photoshoot and what is happening behind the scenes :)

  85. fas March 25, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    I cant believe on such a hectic shoot you still manage to share it with your readers. Amazing, just amazing.

  86. Tom Varden March 25, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Thanks as always, keep ‘em coming.

  87. Caleb March 25, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    such a pimp

  88. Brian H March 25, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Been following for the entire trip. Awesome account of events and so glad the weather is working in your favor! The great mountains of the west always have something sweet up their sleeve…but you’re always at their mercy;-) Good luck with the rest of the shoot. Never really realized the hours and hard work something like this takes. Keep it up!

  89. Martin Beebee March 25, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Love the series — thanks so much for taking the time. I can’t wait to see the results — don’t think I’ve anticipated my next REI catalog so much before!

  90. David March 25, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Great postings, you even make meetings seem exciting. Thanks for showing us a window into your work…btw, you make me hate my desk job and really inspire me to think of what else I can be doing out there.

  91. Dave Dillon March 25, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Chase –
    Loving the detailed summaries of each day’s action – just like being there with you! So much insight and information, it really gets me inspired as a photographer to start making things like this happen. Thanks so much for sharing with everyone! Cheers!

  92. Doug Robertson March 25, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Rock on. Love the background work stuff. I think a lot of times people don’t take on this kind of project because the whole task looks insurmountable. Like the other day…. 30 flipping people up the top of the mountain, photo gear, wardrobe, food, computers… just getting everyone there with any semblance of an idea of what’s happening is amazing.

    Seeing you break it all down bit by bit is very helpful. It’s not likely I’ll spearhead a crew that big, but maybe I can plan something in my week that gets me off my butt creating something. Instead of just daydreaming about it….

    Keep on keepin’ on. Cheers!

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    Tons n tons of respect! I will skip anything, to read your daily dairy completely out of the respect that your body and mind is snoozing off and you still are spilling out the beans only to keep up informed and keep the commitment. Big salute Chase! May Lord Bless You.

  94. Laurie LeBlanc March 26, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write these posts each night! It means a lot and we are getting so much out of them. Glad to see Mother Nature has blessed you. Looks like a very long but exciting and productive day!

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    Must. Catch. Up. With. Posts.

    Very excited that the weather cleared out Chase. I’m also really appreciative of the time you put into these posts, despite the late (early?) hours.

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