Category Archives: Jim Decker

Pyeongchang, South Korea – Hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics

Based in Vancouver, BC, photographer and ski instructor Jim Decker focuses on sporting events in British Columbia and Canada, but he has photographed winter events in Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the United States as well, including the X Games and the Alpine Ski World Cup. Jim Decker photographed the Vancouver, BC, Winter Olympics and looks forward to the next Winter games, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The awarding of the 2018 games to South Korea occurred in 2011 and narrowly followed unsuccessful bids for the previous two Winter Olympics. While Seoul hosted the Summer games in 1988, this event will represent South Korea’s first time hosting the Winter games. The only Asian country so far to host the Winter Olympics is Japan, which hosted the games in Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998). With this high-profile event, Pyeongchang is set to become a new center for winter sports in northeast Asia.

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Skiing Opportunities around Vancouver, British Columbia

Skiing in Whistler Blackcomb

Canada resident James Decker is a ski instructor in Vancouver, BC. A winter sports enthusiast, Jim Decker has provided private ski lesson since 2005. Additionally, Jim Decker has competed in numerous amateur ski competitions across the country.

Vancouver, British Columbia is known for its ideal skiing terrain. Among its star destinations to visit is Whistler Blackcomb, located just north of the city. Dubbed by some as the best ski resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb is comprised of two mountains that have more than 200 trails. Whistler and Blackcomb together span more than 8,100 acres, with Blackcomb being the taller of the mountains, in excess of 7,100 feet high. While Whistler Mountain features two parks, Blackcomb is home to three, one super pipe, and one snowcross track.

Visitors planning their visit to Whistler Blackcomb can participate in snow activities beginning November 27th, 2014. Whistler Mountain will remain open until April 19, 2015. Blackcomb Mountain will close a month later.

For more details about Whistler Blackcomb, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Pre-Show Talks at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Freelance photographer Jim Decker of Vancouver, BC, has taken pictures for clients across the country of everything from weddings and family portraits to professional headshots and sporting events. Apart from his work, Jim Decker enjoys attending local cultural events such as the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, BC, celebrates 25 years of providing the community with quality performances of Shakespeare’s plays. The 2014 season includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Cymbeline, as well as a new play written by Bill Cain about Shakespeare entitled Equivocation.

Before each of the performances, except for weekday matinees, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival offers its guests the opportunity to learn more about the play and its characters from an inside perspective. Ticket prices include these In a Nutshell talks, which begin 50 minutes before the curtain in the main-stage theater and 40 minutes beforehand in the studio-stage theater.

Tips for Headshot Photographers

As a freelance photographer, Jim Decker of Vancouver, BC, has taken numerous headshots over the course of his career. James Decker has earned the trust of clients across British Columbia, Canada, for his attention to the unique demands that shooting a headshot entails.

Because the headshot is a professional marketing tool, the headshot session requires a different skill set than wedding photography, child portraits, and other photography assignments. The goal of the headshot is to capture an accurate image of the subject while presenting him or her in a flattering light. For this reason, professional headshot photographers emphasize developing a person-to-person connection with the client.

The photographer should focus on drawing out the client’s personality and getting a genuine smile. If the person looking at the photograph wants to get to know the individual portrayed, the photographer has done his or her job well. The photograph should focus primarily on the person’s eyes but should also present a clear image of the person’s jaw line and face shape. Simple diffused lighting and basic backgrounds, combined with flattering camera angles, achieve this end effectively.

Olympic Downhill and Slalom Skiing Events

A private ski instructor and competitive amateur skier, Jim Decker of Vancouver, BC, has competed in races across Canada, the United States, and Switzerland. James Decker also stands out as an accomplished freelance photographer, who has photographed a number of Olympic skiing events for publication.

At the Olympic Games, downhill skiers compete in five different events. The basic downhill skiing event tests a competitor’s speed. It features the longest downhill course in the Olympic games and sends skiers down steep straightaways at speeds of up to 90 mph.

By contrast, the slalom and giant slalom events emphasize agility rather than velocity. The basic slalom event is shorter but requires the competitor to change direction quickly and navigate extremely tight turns. The giant slalom, although similar, has fewer and wider turns with a longer total distance.

Another type of turn-focused event, the super giant slalom, or “Super G,” further reduces the tightness of turns to allow higher speeds. Often considered a combination of downhill and slalom racing, the Super G requires athletes to turn skillfully at speeds of more than 50 mph. Competitors may also demonstrate both skills in the alpine super combined event, in which the skier completes a single downhill run as well as a single slalom run and receives a combined finish time as the final score.

Choosing the Right Skis Involves A Lot of Options

A Vancouver, British Columbia, native, James “Jim” Decker is a freelance photographer and private ski instructor. Jim Decker has been a ski instructor in Vancouver, BC, since 2005 and has competed in several skiing competitions throughout the United States, Switzerland, and Canada.

The first step to selecting the right skis is looking at skis for one’s specific gender. Skis are designed for high functionality based on the skier’s gender, thus eliminating many other options and making the process easier. Choosing the right skis also depends on skill level and ability. There are six levels of skiing ability that range from beginner to expert, and each group requires a different type of ski. However, not every ski within one’s skill range is a good fit.

There are also several different types of skis, including powder, race, and carving skis. Ski types differ in terms of length, wideness, and stiffness, depending on the different skiing categories they fit into. All-mountain skis, which have the capability of being any skis an individual wants them to be, are often best suited for first-time buyers.