THE BIG PICTURE
Throw caution to the wind
Snowkiting is simple to explain: put your skis on, hold on to a kite and let the wind do the work. That doesn’t mean it’s simple to do, though – misjudge the wind and you can be in for a bumpy ride. It’s a tough sport and the Red Bull Ragnarok is the hardest race to test your skills in. Photographer Mats Grimsæth used a wide-angle lens to include as many of the kites in the shot as possible. ‘The sharp light of the sun was the biggest challenge with this photo,’ says Grimsæth. ‘I had to factor in the fact it would bounce off the snow and fill the shadows.’ Don’t be fooled by the serenity of the image – just four out of the 300 entrants managed to finish. We can’t imagine the afterparty was much fun.