It’s finally arrived! The kickoff to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Today, millions around the world will watch as the torch is passed in Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi’s 780 million dollar glittering centerpiece for this year’s games. The opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. today and will be broadcast in the U.S. at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
In light of the many different styles of skiing competitions as well as snowboarding, luge, bobsledding, figure skating and much more that will take place over the next two weeks, I caught up with Switzerland-based outdoor sports photographer David Carlier— one of the official photographers of this winter’s Freeride World Tour. Along with the amazing sights that come with adventure photography, David also overcomes challenges:
It’s always tricky to work at 18,000 feet with a -15°C temperature and shoot very fast action with riders going from full sun to shadows. I have to master my Nikon gear and trust it! I deal with objective danger like frozen feet or hands, avalanches and steep slopes but this is all about high mountains with a 20kg backpack!
Watch for Sochi Olympic Games photos to come!