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The Year in Review

Mark has been Peter’s right-hand man for a year now, so it seemed like a good time to recap the highlights. We asked him to list the top 10 highlights from the past 12 months. It’s a bit strange not doing an interview this week but it did give me a chance to think about what an amazing time I’ve...

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Tahoe Trek

Peter has always appreciated the beauty and variety that the Lake Tahoe region offers and he taken great shots like “Tahoe Jetty” and “Midnight Blue” there. Well, the boys are back from another successful shoot at Lake Tahoe and “Uma” brings us up to speed. AZ: You were away for ten days. What spots did you guys hit this time?...

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In Awe

“Uma” has learned a lot about the technical side of photography from working with Peter, but what are his thoughts on the fine art side of things? We decided to find out. AZ: We haven’t talked at any length about your views of Peter’s art. What did you know about his work before you started this job and when did...

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Cloudy California

The boys are back from another trek in pursuit of gallery shots and we asked Mark how it went. AZ: Welcome back, Uma. Where did you guys go this time? MT: San Diego, La Jolla. Also Manhattan Beach and little side trip to the botanical gardens at Balboa Park, San Diego. AZ: Who went?...

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Research! – Pt. 2, Technology

In the second part of this two-part series, we look at another important area of research work Uma does for Peter: keeping abreast of the latest photographic technology and equipment. AZ: What sort of technology are you researching? MT: I’m always looking up different cameras, different capabilities of cameras,...

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Research! – Pt. 1, Locations

Because Peter’s shoots are almost as much about the preparation as about pressing the shutter, we decided to talk to Uma a little more in depth about his role in this. This week we look at researching locations and logistics. AZ: Do you help Peter choose his shoot locations? MT: What I do is I look up different locations and...

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Hired Gun

Last week, Uma went out on a shoot with Peter’s best mate, Michael Plumridge, who has been called “the world’s leading glamour photographer.” (www.michaelplumridge.com) AZ: Tell us what you were up to last week with Michael. MT: Photographing a beautiful swimsuit model! We went to Death Valley, then on to a couple of ghost towns, and then Red Studios in...

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When a Trek Goes Wrong

AZ: You blokes recently got lost out on a shoot, which shows that even professionals, with full preparation, can sometimes lose their way. MT: Yeah, that’s right. We were coming out of the False Kiva (Canyonlands National Park, Utah), following these stacks of rocks and it was pitch black. And when I say pitch black, the moon wasn’t even out...

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No Such Thing as “Down Time”

By Adrian Zupp AZ: You’ve been at Lik HQ between treks for a couple of weeks, what have you been up to? MT: [whistles] Cleaning cameras, making sure the backs are clean, restocking the shelves of the equipment room, going through all the lenses to make sure they’re fine, sending out damaged bodies to get […]...

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Chowing Down

Readers of “Riding Shotgun” know that there are many challenges – mental and physical – when Peter is out on location. But every day is crowned with a very special event: dinner. AZ: When you guys are out on the road, filming for the TV series, dinner is the highlight of each day, right? MT: Yeah, because after dinner you...

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The Chemistry Factor

When you’re the key man working for a top pro like Peter Lik, you have to be on the ball, to say the least. But you also have to have good chemistry when you’re buddying up out on the road for three weeks out of every month. And that’s what I talked to Mark about this week. AZ: When you’re...

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There’s Only One Yosemite

AZ: Had you been to Yosemite before? MT: Nope. And it was tough. People do this hike all the time – the John Muir Trail – but when you’ve got all the camera equipment on your back, that’s a different story. It was an intense day. AZ: Were there many tourists around? MT: Oh yeah. And I’m surprised at the...

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The Fear Factor

AZ: The shoot for this episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” was pretty cool in that you visited several canyons. What were the highlights for you? MT: Toroweap on the north rim [of the Grand Canyon] was amazing. It took a couple of hours to get there from our hotel. You go off the main road and hit...

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The Big Chill, Pt. 2

This week we pick up from where we left off, talking to Mark about his trip to Alaska with Peter to shoot a pair of episodes for “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” AZ: The Northern Lights just didn’t want to dance for you blokes. MT: Right. We just got sort of a faint version, unfortunately. It was frustrating. But that’s...

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The Big Chill

When Peter and Mark headed up to Alaska to film two episodes of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” they were almost missing those toasty winter temperatures of Montana’s Glacier National Park. Here’s the first of two chats with “Uma” about the duo’s Ice Capades....

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When the Coast is Clear

It was a mammoth drive almost from San Francisco to Los Angeles to shoot the “California Coast” episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” And, as Mark tells us this week, it was awesome – when the coast was clear. AZ: So for last night’s episode, you blokes headed down the famed Highway 1 of the California coast. What...

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Dinosaurs Not Included

Wild chopper rides, incredible waterfalls, and imaginary dinosaurs – there was always something happening when the guys filmed on Kaua’i. AZ: Watching “Jurassic Falls” last night, I have to say I really envied you. Had you been to Kaua’i before? MT: Yeah, when I was 17. But this was even better. A whole different perspective. It’s an incredible place. AZ:...

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A “PR” Exercise

From M-16s to cathedral-sized caves, Puerto Rico was definitely something different for Pete and “Uma.” AZ: Puerto Rico was the first “From the Edge” shot in a U.S. territory. Was it a different experience? MT: Yeah. In a bunch of ways. But one thing I keep thinking about was when Pete and I pulled into a gas station and these...

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Pete Makes an Emergency Call

It was windy, wet and a little wild when the guys went to Olympic National Park, and even a call from Peter Lik himself couldn’t get the conditions changed. AZ: Doing the sea to sky thing: Was that arduous as it sounds? MT: It was very cool going from the beach all the way up a mountain, but because there...

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Arch Raiders

Shooting the arches was one of the most physically demanding outings the guys have had during the entire season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” Uma tells us why. AZ: Let’s talk about the Arches shoot. Had you ever been there before? MT: No and it was amazing. AZ: What stood out for you? ...

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Defying Death Valley

In last night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” Peter and Uma took on Death Valley. Mark talked about the experience for this week’s “Riding Shotgun.” AZ: How did you guys deal with the climate? Hot during the day, cold at night? MT: Lugging the fifty pounds of gear was the hard part. Because we did the sand...

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It’s Cold Out There!

In today’s “Riding Shotgun” Uma gives us some behind-the-scenes insight into last night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” And we learn that the title “Winter Extremes” was completely appropriate. AZ: What’s your main recollection of the Montana trip. MT: Snow. Lots of snow. That was a six-mile round-trip hike to the back part of Lake McDonald, because...

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Those “Hidden Canyons” Sneak up on You!

Starting today, “Riding Shotgun” will look behind the scenes at the shoot featured in the previous night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” Today we talk to Uma about the “Hidden Canyons.” AZ: For the episode “Hidden Canyons,” you guys went to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Mountain Sheep Canyon, all in Arizona, and Labyrinth Canyon in Utah....

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“I Love My Job”

This week in “Riding Shotgun” I ask Mark about why he loves his job as Peter’s right-hand man so much and how he landed the gig. AZ: Okay Mark, when we left off last week, you were telling me you love your job. MT: Absolutely! I wouldn’t give up this job for anything. AZ: Why do you love it...

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“Lots of Funny Moments”

As we pointed out in “Riding Shotgun” last week, it’s tough out there shooting “From the Edge With Peter Lik.” The long days, the elements, the trudging and lugging. But there are lighter moments too. AZ: Let’s talk about some of the funny stuff that happens when you guys are out on shoots. MT: Yeah, there’s no shortage of that....

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It’s Tough Out There!

Heading out on shoots with Peter Lik can be a tough slog, as the Master Photographer’s right-hand man Mark “Uma” Thurman explains in this installment of “Riding Shotgun.” AZ: People probably don’t really know how tough your job is. For starters, how much stuff are you carrying around out there? What does it weigh? MT: I carry around fifty pounds...

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“Dude, how’d you get that job?”

We asked you, our readers, what you wanted to see in the Peter Lik blog. Not surprisingly, many of you wanted to know more about Peter. Well, we listened. And we’ve come up with a few new regular features that will give you more insight into the man, and the Master Photographer. First up is “Riding Shotgun, Stories From the...

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