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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.

Women

  1. Kelli Emmett
  2. Rosara Joseph
  3. Jean Ann Berkenpas

Men

  1. Carl Decker
  2. Cody Canning
  3. Sid Taberlay

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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.

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photo by PBmedia If the Mayans were really on to something, I think it was about our snow season. I wanted to be shooting in Mammoth around December, but I didn't get out there until April due the lack-of-snow issues. I had high hopes for Colorado to get some good snow when I went for SIA and stayed with friends for a few weeks. I didn't shoot as much street I had hope for, but I did some backcountry stuff and rode snowmobiles for the first time. Despite all the challenges this season brought, we managed to get some good shots and didn't shoot park the whole time. Look out for some published shots from this season in the near future. Thanks to everyone I shot, rode with and stayed with in CO and Mammoth for the good times! Hopefully we can go bigger next season!

  1. Shooting Micah Hoogeven and Jordan Zdanek at the Mesa in Grand Junction, CO with Wade Yamaguchi
  2. Riding down to the kicker after a long hike up (I couldn't have done it w/o cough drops)
  3. Jarod Johnson, ready to hit a cabin rail after the build
  4. Jordan Zdanek and Gram Shick doing a slab test
  5. Jarod getting ready to ride the sled up dirt and rocks
  6. The sled rolling with my board and Gram's on it...
  7. Jordan checking the cornice
  8. Jarod and a friend out for a summer snowmobile ride
  9. One of the shots I took as my finger hit the shutter while I fell 25' out of a tree
  10. Getting ready to actually get some shots
  11. A pipeline I shot Ariel Friedman, Sandra Hillen and Nicolas Nagel hitting
  12. Filling up before we head off to Steamboat Springs
  13. Setting up Buzz Holbrook's drop to I-beam
  14. Sam Collins ducking as a snow cat passes by our spot
  15. digging out Jordan's sled after he couldn't turn around, then found a creek
  16. sled repair at the trailhead

Poached

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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).

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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.

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