December’s low-light days make Sweden a stellar backdrop, and a former Nordic racer crushes the Alta pow.
Early season in Åre, Sweden, is a special time. The days are short and the light is low and mellow. This shot of Swedish big-mountain skier Henrik Windstedt was taken on Dec. 2 in a part of the resort that wasn’t yet open to the public. “Early winter is my favorite time,” says photographer Mattias Fredriksson, who spends equal time shooting skiers and mountain bikers in their element. “The days are short, the light is spectacular, and there are barely any people around.” A slice of the good life at 66 degrees north.
Nikon D4S, Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 lens @ f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 500