It didn’t sound like that difficult an idea. At least, in theory.
B.C. photographer Reuben Krabbe had a very specific vision of what his dream shot would look like. He wanted to take an action shot of skiers as they swooshed by a solar eclipse hanging in the background. You’d think all he’d have to do was wait for the right day and head up to Whistler, right? Well, it turns out that wasn’t the case.
What made getting the shot difficult was that the solar eclipse that occurred earlier this year was only fully visible in two parts of the world. The location Krabbe chose to get his dream image was Svalbard, an archipelago conveniently located between Norway and the North Pole.
“I thought it was one of the stupider things ever,” Chris Rubens, one of the pro-skiers who went on the trip said.
To make his dream a reality, Krabbe pitched the idea to ski company Salomon, and was shocked when they actually agreed to fund it. The company flew a team of 11 people to Svalbard in March, where they camped in frigid tents for two weeks while chasing the elusive shot. While the eclipse would last a whole of 2.5 hours, the moment Krabbe wanted to capture–the time the sun would be completely covered by the moon–would only last 2.5 minutes.
Still, when the time came, Krabbe got exactly what he was hoping for.
“Just being there without a camera would have been one of the most beautiful moments of your life,” he said.
The images he snapped that day are highly acclaimed, and the video they made around the experience won Best Snow Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival last week.
You can see it for yourself in the video above.