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Chasing a Rare Eclipse to Get One Photographer’s Dream Shot

By Hanssie on November 16th 2015

solar-eclipse-skiersEvery photographer has that one shot in mind – something/someone that they dream of capturing. Whether it be to travel to a rainforest and capture stunning wildlife images or photograph a certain celebrity, what is the one thing you dream of photographing? For photographer Reuben Krabbe, he dreamt of capturing an image of skiers in front of a total solar eclipse. Reuben, an adventure sports photographer that specializes in mountain bike and ski photography, teamed up with Salomon Freeski TV, an outdoor gear and sporting goods store, to embark on a brutally cold adventure in the high Arctic.

It was a ridiculous idea from the start.

In the Arctic, seeing the sun is an uncommon feat as is, so getting a glimpse of a rare total solar eclipse is nearly impossible. Despite the frigid temperatures and the slim chance of even seeing the eclipse, the team set out on March 20, 2015, after three months of planning and two weeks of scouting. The following 30-minute documentary details the team’s chase to capture the total solar eclipse. (If you don’t have 30-minutes to sit down and watch, skip to minute 26:18 for the conclusion!) Warning: there is strong language.


If you want to see more from the project, there is an entire interactive website where you can go behind the scenes, see the gear the team used, and enter to win Salomon gear. Check that out here. This was episode 3 of season 9 of Salomon TV, to see other adventures from around the world, check out Salomon Freeski TV’s YouTube channel.

[Via: Eclipse – Salomon Freeski TV S9 E03 from Salomon Freeski on Vimeo.]


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Cyril Charpin

    Sooo amazing trip !!!

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing project. Looks amazing with so much devotion.

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  3. Paul Empson

    impressive adventure..

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