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Kettela got his start photographing snowboarders for Transworld, so his self-appointed role as the safety-first guy while the crew shot atop bluffs and alongside wild animals was unexpected. "He has always been kind of a dad," says longtime pal and photo assistant Leonard Fong, "but when he shoots snowboarding, he never seems afraid of anything." Kettela's inner daredevil did emerge when it came time for a dip in Devil's Pool.
London-born and L.A.-based, Jones struggled to explain the 24-hour marathon that is SI bodypainting. "Do Americans have the word doolally?" (No.) In L.A. terms then: "It's that crazy, scrambled feeling you get at the end of a party when you're getting dragged to another but just want to go to bed. Well, the photo shoot at the end of the night is that party you didn't know you wanted to go to." How was it? "It was amazing."
The weather in the tropics can be tricky, but something happened when Anne V stepped into the frame. "Blue skies," says Macari, a lifelong SI fan who ran track at Oklahoma. "The day she left, it rained for a day." Having Anne V, a good friend of his, on the shoot was a treat for Macari, who worked with her on his first major shoot, a cover for Russian Vogue in 2005. "Green palm in the background, blue water. It was amazingly hot."