PHOTO JOURNAL: John Haynes #17

A few years ago, I left MN in the winter to travel around Europe. Since then, I have made it a point to get out of dodge in the winter if at all possible. This year, my travels proved to be exhausting, but I returned to high temps in the 40s! The last time I felt 40 degrees outside in Minnesota it was the beginning of November, so I was pretty excited to celebrate by getting a few blade jams. Mike Garlinghouse wanted to build a snowman in the middle of a stair set and kick its head off. Sounded good to me…

Chipping through 8-inch ice to clear a square yard for a landing took us about an hour and a half, and my hands are still sore. Building the snowman also proved to be more of a challenge than we thought, as none of us wore very serious gloves and had not built a snowman since we were in grade school. After two and a half hours of chipping ice and building, we were ready to get nasty. Mike 180’ed the set first and ate some serious crap as he had to carve through water on the run up. He fell again, then missed the grab but landed the gap. We decided to switch to mute grab, in hopes he would be grabbing over the snowman instead of later in the air. It worked, and he was ready to backslide/decapitate the snowman. We origionally had planned to build a taller snowman, and also to not have Mike fall so many times. He was hurting, and soaking wet, so I knew we only had one shot. I did not know what to expect and neither did he; the result is me being ever so slightly late on my timing. Mike laced his crap though. I shot this with a fisheye and one strobe, slightly left, and another higher and farther left, hitting the ground. — John Haynes

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Scott Moffat - Monday, March 15th, 2010

Good stuff John! I dig the build up shots, they add some character to the whole shoot. You’re giving me ideas man, this I like!

mr scottie bee - Monday, March 15th, 2010

well played brother. well played.

shane - Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

digg that!

Adam Morris - Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Nice work, guys!

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