This was shot 1,965m above sea level from the top of Patscherkofel Mountain in Austria, looking across at the Nordkette mountain range on the other side of Innsbruck.
Right after taking this picture, I got a call to say that the lift cars had been closed down due to high winds and I had no way of getting down as I am ski beginner. After an anxious half hour, I got a a ride down on a snow scooter, which turned out to be the most exhilarating thing I’ve done in my life. Shooting down the snow covered mountain at break neck speed on a powerful, open scooter while holding on to the sides for dear life, is an experience that I won’t soon forget.
I have been wanting to get some balloons, go to a nice open field and do this shot for the last few weeks but given the weather here (it was snowing last night!), it has been almost impossible to go out and take pictures without being frozen! I tried a few other ideas for the theme of Flying but nothing came out right. Out of frustration, I shot her with the teddy at home against a white wall and processed it into an old image from the Mayfield Lavender fields.