I told you not to push that red button!

© Gary H. Minish

I told you not to push that red button!

Arthur Rosch 4/19/2003 11:47:51 PM

Very funny photo, Gary. Serious air.

Art #31392

Carolyn M. Fletcher

Oh My God!!!! This is amazing!!! Wow..
What a shot! #85025

Murry Grigsby

Great perspective to emphasize the height of the jumper, Gary. I really like the triangular composition and the mountains in the background. #85063

Carl D. Miller

Excellent shot Gary! I'm a motocrosser myself so I can really appreciate this stuff! #85134

Patricia Marroquin

Great action shot, Gary. What's really neat to me is seeing the dirt flying off the bike -- the little brown specks falling like snow. Nice job! #85176

Shirley L. Carpenter

WOW! Great capture Gary.......... #85190

Jimmy Wen

beautiful capture, Gary! like the vivid colors. #85261

Karen Seargeant

WOW, EXCELLANT CAPTURE, Gary, as always! #85365

Gary H. Minish

Thank you all! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It was quite challenging to handhold the camera, get the right angle for the mountain background, still get the right composition that didn't include the ramps yet positioned the truck in the right third, keep the horizon steady and level for the landscape, preset the focus and finally snap the shot at the right time within the 3 tenths of a second that the snowmachine spent in the frame! Love it when it all comes together though :-) #85867

Judy M. Sayers

Awesome capture Gary!!! The title made me laugh. Judy #85928

Gary H. Minish

Thank you, Judy! #86529

Damian P. Gadal

Congrats Gary! :-) #100497

William C. Raco

Congratulations, Gary.
Great photo!

bill #100516

Elizabeth A. Zibas

Too Cool. No pun intended. Congrats Gary! #100567

Murry Grigsby

Congrats, Gary! #100570

Joy Brown

Congratulations, Gary ! #100633

Patrick Campbell

Congrats Gary! #100848

Ruth Denton

I'm sending my congrats too! #100885

Carl D. Miller

Should place HIGH in the standings :-) #100902

Oksana Pashko

Many congrats, Gary!!! #100944

Gerda Grice

Wow, what a capture, Gary! Congratulations and best of l;uck with this in the finals! #101004

Kathleen Clemons

Congrats, Gary! #101107

Judith G. Secco

Congratulations, Gary. THis is a riot!
Great shot.
Judy #101223

Judy M. Sayers

Congratulations Gary!! Loved this shot. #101234

Ellen Peach

Congratulations, Gary...excellent shot! #101488

Lem Metro

That is flying!!! Great shot and well deserved accolades, Gary! Good luck with this one in the finals! #101730

Ron Goldman

Congratulations Gary! Great shot. Good luck! #101828

Terry Gee

Love that action! Congrats Gary! #101864

Connie L. Carpenter

Congratulations on this wonderful photograph of some seriously crazy people. #102115

Gary H. Minish

Thank you all very much for your kind congratulations! Your thoughtfulness is definitely appreciated :-) #102218

Karen Seargeant

WOW! Great action shot! Tell us, Gary, how was the landing? Congratulations, Gar! #102228

Jimmy Wen

Congratulations, Gary! I totally amazed how you captured this. #102445

Dolores Neilson

Ouch!! I remember a similar spill very well! Ended up on my knees while I watched my snow machine fall from the air! I was more worried about my Dad's reaction than my condition!

Thanks for the memories, GAry! A deserving winner! What a capture! #102614

Monika Sapek

Super action shot, Gary! Many congratulations!

Gary H. Minish

Karen; This kid made about 50 good landings during this exhibition, but another kid crashed and blew out 3 discs in his spine and a girl broke her leg. This is definitely a dangerous sport! Don't try this at home (as though you would actually consider it) :-) Thank you for your comment!

Jimmy; I shot a series of these shots during the exhibition. I picked the angle carefully, to get the mountain in the photo without showing the take off and landing ramps (to make it look more impossible) then pre-composed and focused. Then it was a matter of watching the jumpers approaching out of the corner of my eye, and trying to time the shutter to stop them during the 1/2 a second that they were within the frame! After a dozen jumps I was hitting them pretty regularly. I appreciate your comment!

Dolores; I'm glad I brought up old memories, but I'm sorry they were painful ones :-) In this particular case there was no spill though. The landing was perfect and he got high points for his mid air tricks. Thank you for your comment!

Monika; Thank you very much! I shot a number of these with different riders and needless to say they are in high demand by the jumpers plus their families & friends! #103126

Kathleen Clemons

Way to go, Gary! Congrats on winning second with this! :) #103799

Ron Goldman

Congratulations Gary!!!! I would like to see some of the landings as well! #103808

Murry Grigsby

Congratulations on your win, Gary. Great image! #103814

William C. Raco

Well done, Gary

bill #103826

Patrick Campbell

Congrats Gary! #103849

Viveca Venegas

Happy win Gary!! Bravo! Viveca. #103866

Gary H. Minish

Kathleen, Ron, Murry, Bill, Patrick & Viveca; Thank you all very much for your kind wishes and for your continual support, it is greatly appreciated :-) #103953

Joy Brown

Congratulations, Gary - on this awesome, well-deserved, second place winner! #103956

Gerda Grice

Gary, this is such a wonderful image, it couldn't miss being in the winners' circle! Congratulations! #103976

Peggy Wolff

I seem to be missing a lot of great photos. If they don't jump out in a thumbnail I don't look at them. This is simply marvolous! Talk about an action shot! Those action shots are NOT easy to catch! Great GREAT job! Just looking at this photo scares the kajeebies out of me so I will not be trying this at home! LOL Congrats on the win. :o) #103987

Mette Vendelboe Allison

Cool action shot! Congrats! #104038

Dolores Neilson

Whooo Hoooo!! Congratulations on your well deserved win, GAry!! ENjoy it! #104091

Lee Teft

Congratulations Gary - well deserved! #104139

Jeff Galbraith

Congratulations Gary,
On this amazing shot--great tiltle too. #104228

Barbara K. Breitsameter

Fantastic Gary! Congrats! #104461

Monika Sapek

Gary one more time many congratulations on you great win!

Gary H. Minish

Joy, Gerda, Margaret, Mette, Dolores, Lee, Jeff, Barbara, Monicka; I sincerely appreciate every single one of your comments and thank you all for your great support! #104514

Jimmy Wen

You have pushed the magic winning buttom right on time! congrats, Gary #104607

Terry Gee

Congrats Gary! You will now be known for action as well as those beautiful landscapes! #104770

Bernard B. Travers

And a mighty "hail to the chief" to you. Congratulations Master Minish. #105093

Gary H. Minish

Ahh..you guys are far too generous, but I do appreciate your very kind and enthusiastic wishes ;-) Thank you, Jimmy, Terry & Bernard! #105114

Lem Metro

Generous, yes. Bullcrapping you, no way! Well deserved accolades for a superior photographer. Sony should pay you for using their camera and making them look so good! Keep up the great work Gary. #105546

Gary H. Minish

Why thank you Lem! Now I'm really flattered :-) I truly appreciate your kind support! #106297

Patricia Marroquin

A belated congratulations on your win, Gary! I'm happy to see such a nice guy recognized for his fine work. :-) #107233

Gary H. Minish

Why thank you, Patricia! That's very sweet of you :-)

I'm curious how your vacation went! I saw a comment where you said you caught a cold....that sounds like the weather was probably cold and wet. It's been unseasonally lousy here at Valdez, so it wouldn't surprise me. I sure hope you managed to get some decent photos just the same. #107467

donnalee cataldo 11/23/2003 3:07:02 PM

totally awesome and totally perfect. I envy photographers like you. What a beautiful and SCARY shot. lol #278575

Gary H. Minish 11/23/2003 7:25:48 PM

Thank you, Donna! It won't be long now and I'll have more opportunities to shoot those snow machine action photos :-) #278758

Carolyn J. Connolly 11/30/2004 9:36:14 AM

WONDERFUL capture, Gary - and a GREAT title for your image, too! I just saw it featured, and HAD to comment! Are these people crazy - or what?! I just know that I'm glad it's not me up there - lol!! ;) Anyway, we'll be looking forward to seeing more of these action shots from you soon! All the best, Gary! :) #946579

Gary H. Minish 11/30/2004 8:12:36 PM

Thanks, Carolyn! Actually I think these guys are a little beyond crazy...more into the insane category. This last year a couple of them have developed and mastered the back flip. Snowmachine and rider do a backward 360 loop in the air as they travel forward and still somehow manage to land on the down ramp!! And what about all those unsuccessful practice attempts you might ask? #947395

Carolyn J. Connolly 11/30/2004 9:16:55 PM

Indeed - what about all those unsuccessful practice attempts?!!! ;) Also, fancy trying that back flip...they're definitely insane!!! ;) Thanks for the feedback, Gary! :) #947550

Gary H. Minish 11/30/2004 9:45:45 PM

Since you asked....the first attempts were made with a snow ramp and 'landings' into fresh snow. Once they proved it could be done they perfected the procedure by jumping into fairly deep water. A lot of work recovering the machine after each jump but both the machine and rider tended to last longer with fewer injuries. I didn't see the first attempts made on a set of ramps but it must have been an adrenalin rush for the that rider! #947591

Carolyn J. Connolly 11/30/2004 11:28:55 PM

Thanks for that explanation of the practice techniques, Gary!! ;) In my humble opinion they are all adrenalin-junkies - but hey, "horses for courses', huh?!! ;) I showed this image to Phil, and he thought it a WONDERFUL capture too, Gary! Keep up the excellent work, and have a great day, won't you?! :) #947645

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Free style extreme snow machine jumping in Valdez.

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