Photographer Spotlight with Ben Duke
Q: Camera and lens of choice?
A: Canon 5D M3… and I love my 70-200 f/2.8 but usually use the 24-70 f/2.8
Q: What do you never leave home without?
A: My phone, wallet, and camera
Q: Craziest thing you’ve ever done in order to get the perfect shot?
A: Chased a skier down the hill at about 50mph and nearly fell after hitting a powder patch.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
A: Some 3rd world country in the tropics.
Q: What is the Mountain Standard Time Zone’s best-kept secret? (Feel free to leave out exact location details so no one steals your secret spot)
A: An untouched shoot of powder in Fish Creek Canyon called “Nose-Bleed”… you’ll never find it, so don’t even bother lookin’
Q: What is your favorite Mountain Standard piece and why?
A: Without a doubt, the Hooded Fleece Jacket. I wore it everyday mountain biking in Moab where we encountered cold rain immediately followed by scorching sun and back to rain & clouds. The weather couldn’t make up its mind, so I left the jacket on all day. It breathes, it does a good job of repelling water, and it fit well. Plus, it just looks cool.
(Photo of Ben riding in Moab by Louis Arevlo)
Q: Have any advice for new photographers?
A: Watch a lot of YouTube videos… you’ll find tons of “how-tos” and gear reviews. Then, take lots of pictures.
Q: Mountains, Rivers, Deserts or Oceans?
A: Mountains, 100%
Q: Favorite activitie(s) that you partake in the MS Time Zone?
A: Skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer…and (Boulderites, close your ears) hunting elk in the fall.
Q: Vehicle of choice for road trips or dream vehicle?
A: All I have is my old Audi A6 wagon…which does a killer job. But, the dream vehicle would be a new Taco.
Q: Favorite road trip / camping food?
A: Favorite road-trip = drive to west coast…preferably somewhere North (like Whistler!). Favorite camping food = Mrs. Renfro’s Habanero Salsa & chips… or I could just drink the salsa.
Q: Favorite spot RIMBY (Right in My Backyard)?
A: It’s cliché, but the flatirons are pretty damn hard to beat. I just wish we could mountain bike there.
Q: Anything else you’re dying to tell us?
A: It’s always great to see and support a local brand; and even better when that local brand makes world class and universally stylish clothing.Good work y’all.