2014 Deep Summer Retrospective

Aug 10, 2015
by Danielle Baker  
DEEP SUMMER RETROSPECTIVE

As we follow along behind the scenes with this year's Deep Summer teams, we wanted to reflect back on the 2014 participants. Below are their stunning slideshows - shot, edited, and compiled in only three-and-a-half days. Whether they slept two hours overall or got a full seven hours every night they each completed an amazing creative feat and raised the bar on photography in doing so. Below are their slideshows and reflections on their experience.

Receiving awards

Deep Summer 2014

Ale Di Lullo
Lake Garda, Italy
bigquotesI actually slept almost normally during deep summer, 6-7 hours per night which is pretty standard for me. I believe that resting your brain is an important part of it. The amount of work was balanced I think. With the team that I put together it was hard to [have an] early bird wake-up and late night endings, so we never shot in the morning and we actually shot for eleven hours in total only. The photo editing took about 5-6 hours in the three days and then we made the video editing in 8 hours.
-Ale Di Lullo


the very last action shot of my deep summer photo challenge with the toughest guys in my team

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Paris Gore
Bellingham, Washington
bigquotes[The experience is] hard to really describe unless you were there, just seeing these shows looks like to everyone else like we went out and snapped some photos all day. But in reality, the shots that we had took weeks of scouting and planning, looking at lunar maps - having a game plan that worked like clockwork really was an advantage.
-Paris Gore


Deep Summer

Behind Deep Summer with Paris Gore

Behind Deep Summer with Paris Gore

bigquotesThe highlight for the time spent shooting Deep Summer was really just having a great time. From scouting weeks before, building, spending a whole day rigging cables that didn't end up working to shooting with a really good team who were all extremely dedicated.
-Paris Gore


Behind Deep Summer with Paris Gore

All the straps.

Deep Summer

bigquotesI probably spent a total of 8 hours over 4 days. First night I got the most sleep, second night we were camped out on the ridge and didn't sleep. Final day after we finished shooting I edited all night, slept on the floor for about 3 hours while Scott Secco did some slideshow editing.
-Paris Gore


Graham Agassiz flipping the August 11th Super Moon during the 2014 Deep Summer Photo Challenge. Shot with a Nikon D4 amp 600mm F4 Lens Processed in Lightroom for basic color correction.

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Sean St. Denis
Whistler, British Columbia
bigquotesI put everything I had into it. The time limit and stress definitely make for some serious challenges, so many ideas in my head then it just goes blank. I put everything out there. Broke a lens in half. Let one lens take a full barrage of dirt and rocks. I just wanted everyone to have a good show.
-Sean St. Denis


Some of my shots from my Deep Summer Slide show. 2014

Some of my shots from my Deep Summer Slide show. 2014

bigquotes[The highlight for me was] having everyone enjoy my art, and sharing the experience with friends. Not sleeping for days and watching the sun rise 4 days in a row and one of them at the top of a mountain.
-Sean St. Denis


Some of my shots from my Deep Summer Slide show. 2014

bigquotesI slept a total of 1.5hrs in the almost 4 days. Then after handing in my show, went directly to shooting an event and editing for Crankworx. The next day, I worked my normal job the day of the deep summer event, then shot it, then let my team go party while I edited those photos for Crankworx so that people could see them asap.
-Sean St. Denis

Some of my shots from my Deep Summer Slide show. 2014



Bill Hawley
Whistler, British Columbia
bigquotesI would describe the work as gruelling yet rewarding. There were many challenges throughout the three days/month leading up to it, but as a team I'm proud of what we accomplished.
-Bill Hawley

Outtake from our deep summer show. Sometimes a few good shots get left out because they just don t fit with the story.

another unused shot from deep summer

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Christoph Laue
Stuttgart, Germany
bigquotesWell, we definitely had some highs and lows during the days. We started off with a truck breakdown in the high alpine and a car crash in the same night. Luckily nobody got hurt except of the massive lack of sleep we somehow had to cope with in the following days. My action highlight was Antoine Bizet's front flip over the river gap. What a machine that guy is - he slept during the whole drive to the river, got off the car, nailed the front, got back in the car and went back to sleep - awesome! All in all, the biggest highlight was working with all the guys from my 50/50 crew, you rock.
-Christoph Laue


Shot for Deep Summer slideshow 2014 Photo Christoph Laue

bigquotesYou need to prepare the spots, for example to rebuild Cam McCaul's old river gap for Antione Bizet's frontflip. As I hadn't been to Whistler Blackcomb before, it took me some time to explore the area. It was fun to get to know the Sea-to-Sky Corridor with the locals. It was amazing to meet so many amazing and helpful people in such a short amount of time. Hopefully there will be a next time, so I can put all my experience into a new slideshow.
-Christoph Laue





Toby Cowley
Toowoomba, Australia
bigquotes[The highlight for me was] finally being able to sleep after it was done. Seriously though, getting to work with such a rad team of people that were down to go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done. Even if that meant hitting 35+ foot senders at 5am in the alpine before breakfast.
-Toby Cowley


bigquotesIt's a lot of work for sure, I can't really speak for the other photographers but I began planning my show months in advance. Building a solid team, developing a unique concept, location scouting/building etc. it all takes up a lot of time.
-Toby Cowley


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Ale Di Lullo
Paris Gore
Christoph Laue
Toby Cowley
Sean St. Denis
Bill Hawley


6 Comments

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 MAN ROCKING PINK FLOYD WELL DONE HOMES
  • 3 0
 I could listen to Pink Floyd all day long!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for sharing our experiences with everyone! The long hours and hard work are worth it in the end as long as people enjoy my work. I've been putting in 15+hr days at Crankworx to get shots for those that can't get here to enjoy it. When the event is over. Ill still be editing. Tons of photos I just don't have the time to get to between shoots. I just hope people like what we are getting out on instagram, twitter, flickr and the Crankworx website.
  • 2 0
 Yeah Ale, way to go! Haha !!!
  • 1 0
 A sighting of a purple tailed Tippie, a rare B.C animal important to the MTB social ecosystem.
  • 1 2
 I'm going to be honest, with the title I was expecting a lot more eyes and dogs.

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