40 weeks ago
The Fat Tire Crit happened in the Olympic Plaza Friday afternoon. After I checked in and got organized, I went down the road to shoot it. Here's a few of my best shots and the results.
40 weeks ago
Last Thursday, I flew out of San Francisco to Vancouver for Crankworx. Getting to downtown from the airport is really easy since you can get on the skytrain on the third floor of the airport. It was a bit less easy for me with a bike in a box, two camera backpacks, one duffle bag of video stuff and one with clothes, but doable. It's about a 20min ride to the waterfront area, downtown from the airport. From there, I took the Sea Bus (actually a boat) across the water to meet up with Katherine Short. The hard part was getting from the Skytrain stop to the Sea Bus with this many bags. Fortunately, a skytrain attendant helped me out and pulled my two bags up to the Sea Bus ramp entrance, while I pushed the bike box with the two backpacks. From there, two other awesome people each pulled a duffle bag on and off the sea bus for me.
Once I met up with Katherine, we went back to her place and made dinner. A few friends came over. The few friends was actually the most people that had ever come over to the little apartment at once. The next day, we were off to Whistler.
48 weeks ago
1 year ago
Last week, Jordan Zdanek asked me to come out and shoot a kicker he had been working on for days. The weather was quesitonable, but he'd send me a message at 6am if it was going to happen or not. It didn't, so we'd wait.
Yesterday was the day. The weather was calm and the skies were mostly clear. We left early and arrived at the spot near Vail by about 8. Jordan and Lance unloaded the sleds and we were off. After half an hour of riding side by side with Jordan, we got to the jump and conditions looked perfect. ...Except for the landing which had been ruined by snowmobiles. It looked like the lip had been hit as well. What a waste of time and effort... If you find a kicker with a fresh landing in the backcountry, it means someone put work into it and hasn't been back yet to shoot it.
Jordan put a rut in the lip and we went back to Slverthorne. We ended up riding keystone in the afternoon. I worked on my zeaches because "zeaches are in!" (comment on the yobeat photo battle i'm in this week).
1 year ago
The Nike party happened on the last night of SIA (the snow/ski tradeshow I came to Denver for). On all the tickets, it said, "free drinks". When I got there and asked a bar tender which drinks were free, the response was, "none." Someone must have been laughing at everyone buying eight dollar tall cans... Fortunately, Digitalism more than made up for the false advertising. The lighting design was amazing. I've never seen such a crazy light show. I probably should have had my 1D with me, but I got some decent shots on my phone, a Droid Incredible 2. These are all unedited, with only a border and my watermark added. To get a good photo with a phone, especially with this kind of lighting, it helps to have a good understanding of how the on-phone exposure, contrast and saturation settings work to minimize blowing out highlights or clipping blacks, while keeping a good contrast and strong colors.