Off The Grid in the Mountains

Published on September 3, 2015, by in News.

Needless to say I have been slacking on the blog front, but when you’re off exploring places like this, the whole online media thing takes a backseat.  On the plus side, when I finally do get out of the woodwork I’ll have a few stories to tell.

Location: Mt.Uto, Glacier National Park via Purcell Lodge.

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BIKE Magazine Photo Annual

Published on August 18, 2015, by in News.

Somehow I forgot to post this.  Below is an image Bruno Long took last year while on shoot here in my hometown of Rossland.  It made the cut and was printed in the 2015 Bike Magazine Photo Annual.  It’s always interesting working with guys like Bruno, as you never really know what they’ll come up with.  Here he puts the flip on reflection.  Unique and damn stunning.

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Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Published on August 14, 2015, by in News.

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Three days, six teams, seven hours of collective sleep, and one goal.  Take down Crankworks’s Annual Photo Event.  Over the course of three days our team beat the rising sun, lit the woods on fire with a smoke machine, made it rain without clouds, spent alpine evenings under the milky way, more or less just worked our tails off for 72 hours.  The fruits of our labour… a handful of new friends, absolutely ridiculous imagery, one truly amazing show, main event disappointment, followed by one hell of a night on the town, and to top it all off, justification via the voice of the people… Viewers Choice victory.  My hat’s off to the entire team, but the real nod goes to the man behind the shutter, the concept, and the pre-planning, Mr. Laurence Crossman-Emms.  Well Played, Well Played indeed.

 

Escape to Oamaru

Published on August 4, 2015, by in News.

Bike Magazine has just released their feature on a trip we did through the Kaimanawa Forest in New Zealand.  The Te Iringa Track is a bit of a beast and below is a link to an Online feature that Print would be proud of.  Brice Minnigh, Anothy Smith, Liam Mullany, and everyone at Bike Magazine pulled out all the stops in putting this together.  Amazing imagery laced with video and literal exploits tell our tale under the canopy.  It turned into a bit of a sufferfest, but hey, our discomfort is your entertainment.  This is a strong tribute to online story telling, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. Big “Thanks” to Diamondback Bikes and Smith Optics for supporting the project and sharing our vision of the sport.  Hop aboard the adventure train and take a trip through the jungle with us!

http://originals.bikemag.com/escape-to-oamaru/oamaru-chpt3

 

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The Ropes

Published on July 26, 2015, by in News.

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Throughout the year I have had the chance to spend some time behind the camera and test the waters of this photography game.  Let’s just say sometimes learning curves aren’t so steep.  After years of shooting sporadic blog content for my athlete site, I thought I should probably sit down and figure out what the hell I’m actually doing.  So I called in the reinforcements.  Lightroom Tutorials with Paris Gore, Photo trips with Frankowski, gadgets with Graeme Murray, business and the value of personal projects with Camilla Rutherford … the list is long and did fantastic job of clearly solidifying the fact that I know next to nothing about these murky waters.  But hey, you gotta be a rookie at some point.  The way I see it, if I can do my job as an athlete, while at the same time learn a new business then I’ll chalk it up as a “W”.   I have a boat load to learn, but this past year has presented more and more opportunities to work both sides of the camera.  Travel, sport, life in general, seems to have a creative motivation and camera attached to it.  In the process, I’ve been given the chance to capture some pretty amazing moments.  Moments that later caught the attention of a few magazines and companies.  Pretty cool, right?  A hobby that makes a little beer money… why the hell not.  Long and short, Crazy things can happen when you learn something new.  I’m pretty hooked on this whole photography thing, but for now it’s all about learning the ropes, and the ropes are long.

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