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October 2015

Photographer Profile: Tal Roberts


We were lucky enough to get Tal Roberts to come along on our lastest team shoot. The amount of shots he captured in the short amount of time is beyond us. Feeling nostalgic, we caught up with Tal to talk about the trip and learn a little bit more about our new favorite photographer.

Orage: Where in the world are you?

Tal: Right now I’m living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been here for the past 5 months but before that I lived in Ketchum, Idaho for 10 years.

Orage: We noticed that you tend to shoot a lot of shadows and reflections. Is this something you’ve always done or is this more recent?

Tal: Those are a couple things I always try to keep my eyes open for, and I think I have for a long time but I’ve just gotten better at using them over time.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

Orage: Which photographer currently impresses you with his work?

Tal: I’ve always been a big fan of Brian Gaberman’s work.

Orage: If you had to own only one camera, which one would it be?

Tal: Probably my Hasselblad 503cx, it’s the camera I’ve had the longest and I really like the process involved in shooting it.

Orage: Excluding skiing, what sport do you like to photograph?

Tal: Ever since I started to shoot photos, skateboarding has been one of my favourite things to shoot and one of my biggest influences. It still is really, I’ve been having a lot of fun bringing a film camera along on skate sessions this summer.

Orage: Who, outside of photography, do you consider successful?

Tal: People who can figure out how to be happy and survive living on their own terms.

Orage: What’s the last song you listened to on your music player.

Tal: Loudon Wainwright III – “The Swimming Song”

Orage: Let’s talk about the trip we took together last year. What camera gear did you bring along?

Banks, hunter vest

Banks rocking the Orage Hunter Vest

Tal: A Nikon D4 along with Nikon 16mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, 80-200mm lenses, an Elinchrom Ranger strobe and a Hasselblad 503cx and Leica M6 for film cameras.

Orage: How does shooting skiing defer from snowboarding?

Tal: To me it’s pretty much the same, you just need to know the tricks and how they are done so that you can visualize how to make the best shot in every situation. For that reason, it’s really important for me to communicate well with whoever it is I’m shooting since there are differences in some of the tricks they are doing and the snowboard tricks that I’m more familiar with.

Orage: Favourite shot of the trip to Retallack Lodge?

Tal: A double exposure of the view the top of Hollywood Ridge during our very brief visit from the sun. I really like a lot of the images we made, especially some of the non action shots, but I picked this one because to me it is the best memory of the trip and Retallack as a whole.


Tal Roberts’ favorite shot.

Orage: Hardest shot from the trip?

Tal: The night shots of Banks hitting the bike park jump. There was a lot going on with that shot: the build, getting it lit up so he could see the take off and landing, finding an angle and finding way to light the shot with limited gear. It was also much more of a group effort than anything else we shot, Mike Nick shaping the jump, Karl getting the fire roaring, Jon A. trimming tree branches. Thanks everybody!

Banks Gilberti 180s a feature in the Retallack Lodge bike park.

Banks Gilberti 180s a feature in the Retallack Lodge bike park.

Orage: How awesome is Karl the Gnarl?

Tal: So awesome… What he does there is so important to that operation, he safely hauls you up the mountain to the terrain you want to get to and also keeps the laughs goings and the good vibes high.

Orage: How would you describe the Retallack Lodge?

Tal: Top notch everything. Terrain, staff, food, and lodging were all outstanding.

Orage: Where can people learn more about you?

Tal: @talroberts on Instagram and

Orage: By the way, can you let me know what is going out with the pic below?

Tal: Oh man, that’s an old one. That is Burke Gamblin from Boise, he is gnarly. He climbed up the back side of this sculpture in downtown Boise and stepped onto his board on the apex, rolled forward and ollied to flat.

Original Journey

Original Journey

There’s an underlying theme in everything we do at Orage. Starting with how we design, all the way to how we organize our team shoots, everything is held up by common thread. It’s a journey and one that is original and authentic for us. We love to do things differently, seek out places that are uncommon, create and share experiences that are new.

We documented last year’s team shooting with that vision and we’re excited to share it you. You can follow the journey on Instagram where we will be sharing our trip (and more) through pictures and videos.

We hope that you have the chance to go on your own Original Journey. And if you do, we’d love for you to share it with us at #originaljourney.

Karl Blowing Wood



Banks’ #OriginalJourney

Banks Gilberti Original Journey

We asked Banks to let us know what his most recent Original Journey was and he gladly shared with us the last day of his season.

Banks: It was at the end of the season up here in Idaho, about two weeks after the mountains closed. I was able to catch up with one of my best friends. I guy that I grew up skiing with. It was the first time of that year that we were able to go do something outside of the resort. We took my snowmobile and sled it out to a cool zone just north of town. We were sleding on hardly any snow. It was basically half dirt and half snow.

It was just a crazy day. I had a broken wrist at the time so I was rendered useless with one hand on the snowmobile. Cole had to man the other side of the steering. We got nice and deep and found these amazing deep stashes of snow. For Idaho, getting close to May, there really isn’t much skiing left to do. But we just found these amazing, ten foot wide, five hundred feet long lines of knee deep snow. A perfect way to end the season.

Orage: So… some slushy snow?

Banks: No no. Knee deep, straight up blower powder. It was this one spot that had stayed in the shade all winter and had even managed to stay hidden during the spring. Somehow, it hadn’t been skied in weeks.

It was something about the end of the year. Getting to go out with one of your best friends who’s a ripping skier, even if he’s never tried to pursue any sort of ski career. Just going out and touring on the snowmobile and finding that awesome stash of snow. It was just an awesome finish to a really good year. All we were hoping for were some slushy turns.

Orage: You wouldn’t have any pictures now would you?

Banks: I actually do, let me send them over…

Banks Gilberti original journey 1

Banks Gilberti original journey 2

Three S’mores recipes for skiers


Calling everyone with a sweet tooth, this article is for you. S’mores recipes are a great treat and they’re not difficult to make, even if you’re an average cook.

  1. S’mores on the campfire

Classic, but tasty. You probably know this recipe but just in case, we added it here.

The S’mores bar takes 5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. The ingredients are simple: 10 large marshmallows, 20 Graham (or butter) cookies and 10 pieces of chocolate. This will make exactly 10 delicious S’mores.

Step number 1: cook the marshmallows over the fire using a stick or a pole. Next, place a piece of chocolate on the cookie and add the perfectly grilled marshmallow on top. Then, add the other cookie onto your mouth watering marshmallow and wait a couple seconds for your chocolate to melt. The final step: eat as many as you can before your friends get here.

Original recipe from:

  1. Sweet S’mores dipping sauce

Here, we are reinventing the S’more and transforming it into a dipping sauce. The ingredients are almost the same as above. You need ½ tablespoon of butter, 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips, 15 large marshmallows cut into halves and a bunch of Graham cookies. This recipe will make approximately 8 portions.

To begin, preheat the oven to 450 F. While waiting, put the butter and chocolate chips in a bowl and place it in the microwave. Once melted, mix well to even it out. Then, put the marshmallows in a pyrex bowl and pour the chocolat and butter mix over them. Cook in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the marshmallows become golden. Let cool for 5 minutes to avoid a liquid mixture. Use the Graham cookies to dig into the sauce!
Original recipe from:

Smoores ma fourchette

  1. State-of-the-art S’mores

S’mores in jars. It was bound to happen. You’ll need 8 small Mason jars (125ml or 250ml), 16 butter and chocolate cookies (such as Leclerc Celebration cookies), and 2 cups of mini marshmallows. This recipe will make about 8 portions.

First, preheat the oven to 350 F. Next, place and crush a cookie at the bottom of the jar using a spoon. Add a dozen marshmallows on top of the cookies. Add another layer of crushed cookies on top. To finish your work-of-art, add a last layer of marshmallows. Cook your S’mores for 10-15 minutes or just until your chocolate and marshmallows melt. Remove your jars from the oven and let cool.

Orginal recipe from:

Smoores Lecler