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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The Doors Are Open

Published on July 23, 2015, by in News.

Mike Hopkins: There’s No Place Like Loam from Scott Secco on Vimeo.

 

This is my version of riding.  I know what you guys are expecting and I’ll tell you right now.  There are no massive hits, or lofty spectacles, but, and this is a big but, there is riding.  Don’t get me wrong.  I, like most of you, love myself a proper jump.  But putting a bike through it’s gears on the ground is the reason I ride.  Heaps of speed, corners of every variety, and long and low hits.  I mean if you are going to build something, why not make it a direct representation of how you ride.  Incorporate the aspects you love and hopefully others will enjoy.

 

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It’s taken a little while but it’s come to my attention that I have been doing it wrong all these years.  Why the hell I’ve spent countless days building disconnected pieces of trail is beyond me.  The whole build, film, let lie format doesn’t exactly justify the effort.  Rather than build a “One and Done” I put the sweat into something that would see more traffic than my treads alone.  So I built this trail, the one in the video, to serve as an addition to Rossland’s ever expanding trail network.  Something that can be ridden by anybody.  I get to give back to the community that raised me, all the while you all get a new trail extension.  Better for you and more rewarding for me, chalk it up as a Win-Win.

 

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The doors to the Loam Factory are “Open”.

Denali

Published on June 11, 2015, by in News.

Denali, Ben Moon, and Felt Soul Media pay tribute to a Man’s best friend.

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

Salt of the Earth

Published on June 9, 2015, by in News.

Well this looks like a little slice of amazing…

Resurrection

Published on June 9, 2015, by in News.

Definitely worth a watch…