In the winter of 2007 I needed to take some time off work and decided to head to Whistler. I'd never been to Canada, always heard great things about the resort at Whistler/Blackcomb, and I'd done almost no snowboarding all year, so it seemed like a logical destination. To my surprise, one of the days I was there, there was a snowboarding halfpipe competition. Hours of amazing riders jumping right over my head! So I grabbed my camera, threw it in my backpack, and headed up the mountain. I'd never photographed an event like this but learned a lot after doing it for just a few hours. The girls went in the morning. The sun was harsh and caused some difficult lighting situations. When the boys went in the afternoon the sun went behind the clouds a bit and as a result made getting a good exposure so much easier. I shot all of this with a cheap 70-300 f/4-5.6 G on a D70. It was the only lens I had at the time with any reach. While I'd love to someday do this all over again with a 70-200 f/2.8 (which, by the way is what every other photographer had out that day--I felt like such an amateur!) I feel that these came out pretty well with what I had to work with.