Christian Pondella

Christian Pondellais based in Mammoth Lakes, CA, on the spectacular East Side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He is a photographer specializing in adventure sports with an emphasis on skiing.He enjoys traveling to exotic locations throughout the world experiencing different cultures and photographing in remote mountain ranges. One of the elements that makes his work truly distinctive in a competitive field is his ability to get up close, personal, and often way, way out there with his subjects. An accomplished ice climber, rock climber, ski mountaineer and extreme athlete in his own right, it is these activities that have inspired his photography. Being an avid participant in the sports he photographs gives him a unique and intimate perspective at the cutting edge of humanendeavor.

I use SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SDXC II 128GBcards exclusively with my still camera as the read/write speed is amazing and I never get corrupt files. I also use San Disk Extreme Pro SSD when I travel as these are small, reliable and amazing hard drives for backing up my files. Plus,they fit in my pocket when traveling home.


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I have a hard time defining my own style, but I think a common theme is a small subject in a grand landscape often backlit. I certainly do have a style I guess because often I have people tell me they know a photograph was taken by me before looking at thephoto credit.

Christian Pondella

Christian Pondella

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Christian Pondella (, a self-described "ski bum" and extreme sport photographer, is also the head photographer for Red Bull USA, a senior photographer for Powder, and has shot images for national magazines like Outside, GQ, Men's Journal, Maxim, ESPN Magazine, FHM, Rock & Ice and Adventure. Christian requires fast equipment that can keep up with the action at sporting events. In comparing SanDisk Extreme® CompactFlash® cards to shooting film in the 90s, Christian says a great advantage is the cards don't crack or break in the camera like rolls of film did in cold weather. He doesn't worry about his storage devices in wintry conditions anymore; the durability and reliability of his Extreme memory cards typically outperform his camera equipment.

Whether it's ESPN's X Games, or motorcycles racing up to 200 mph, Christian captures all the action with SanDisk Extreme® cards. Their fast read/write speeds enable quick offloading from camera to computer-vital for uploading images to the display monitor screens at major events.

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