I actually thought shooting golf would have been one of the easier projects to work on…But as with anything new there are always unique challenges to face. It was a nice change from playing the game..no sand traps, trees or water hazards for me to contend with.
With my background comprising mostly of two-wheeled sports, karting offered another glimpse to the four-wheeled world. After some time at the Auto Club Speedway in California I came away impressed with the speed, but probably more amazed at all the technology involved at this level.
Al has been flying since he was 17…he’s a bit older than that now but remains very detailed, confident and passionate about flying. You think you have a very wide angle lens until you try to take photos of the person next to you in a small plane.
After spending some time having Kristian walk me through part of his process in making his own knives, I began to become confused. The confusion wasn’t about the process, but more along the lines of how can one person be so talented in so many different things?
I’ve shot photos of Kristian in the past on his mountain bike and those times had me thinking he must spend all his days on his bike to be that confident. Only to hear he is spending his time making his own knives using a forge that he built himself…oh and he does a bunch of other things in woodworking that I’ll have to capture on another day.
Thanks for the invite Kristian…I left your house truly believing you don’t sleep!
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Always a privilege to shoot any form of two wheeled sports. Supercross is just amazing to watch, and a blast to shoot.
Good luck in Anaheim guys!
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I recently spent some time in the hills with the Atkins brothers (Kristian and Ben) and their friend Nibal. Always a fun time, exciting and I’m always thrilled when everyone goes home safely.
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It’s always easier to shoot photos of something I am passionate about. The whole process feels familiar and it gives me a comfort level that puts me at ease when shooting. I think the next best thing is taking photographs of people when they are doing something they love. The photos below are of Steve….I got to spend some time with him touring his shop and listening to him explain just some of the process he goes through when creating. Steve’s passion immediately showed through and it didn’t take long for me to get lost in his wonderful world of machines and tools….and get really lost at the first discussion of all the math involved in his process.
Thanks for the tour Steve!
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This has little to with photography, but since mountain biking is another passion of mine and I have this great area to write…I’ll use it for my apology to Stan.
Mountain biking seems to always be in a state of change. Sometimes those changes are necessary and what I’d label amazing. And often they are a flash in the pan gimmick that comes and goes never to be mentioned beyond times of talking about the “old days” of mountain biking. When I first heard of Stans and tubeless tires I was quick to laugh/dismiss/mock and toss the idea to the side of the trail. My only experience early on was watching my friends who were tubeless, changing a flat tire in a sea of white goo…It was almost comedy watching them covered in white mess and going back to putting a tube back in the tire they had just flatted. I didn’t get it…I thought I was going to my grave clutching my trusty tubes and dealing with the so called extra rolling resistance they caused. Sure I’d get flats, but it never seemed like a big deal to stop everyone on our rides, remove a wheel, pull the tube and put a new one in. Everyone needed a 10 minute break anyway..Right?
Well I dunno what happened exactly or why I succomed to the tubeless pressure, but I did. I went to the local shop and got my container of white mess and went through the process of going tubeless…still clutching to my doubt, still dreading my first flat change on the trail while Stans sealant covered all my stuff.
It never happened. My fears never materialized you see…I haven’t gotten a flat in 18 months. I’m someone who rides a few times a week and its over some rough flat causing terrain.
So here I am apologizing for my jokes and doubt. Now sealed in sealant, I’m converted and carrying the tubeless flag.
I’m sorry and Nice job Stan!
Oh and that tube in the photo is the “just in case” I’ve been lugging around for 18 months…guessing I’ll end up lending to someone who is still using tubes 😉
We met on a hillside, I’m sure with similar goals that day. We probably have more in common than you realized. I know we both love photography and action sports…what a great start to a conversation I thought. Heck we even shoot with the same brand of camera (although not the same model..read on). My intentions weren’t to invade your space and I made sure that I wasn’t in your way. I thought I’d be the first to say hello and I did so…That’s when I learned so much about who you are.
When I said hello I made sure to attempt eye contact and that’s when I noticed you weren’t looking at my eyes…no…your eyes were fixed on my camera. You took a solid look and finally…all be it slowly…looked up at me. Your face reminded me of when I was young and asked the older kids if I could skateboard with them. They never had to answer, their faces answered via expression…that expression of disgust.
“Are you a pro?” You asked. Which caught me off guard because my mind was expecting a returned hello. Before I responded, I paused. Not because I needed to evaulate if I was “pro” or not..but because I found myself looking down at my camera and wondered what it was that made you ask. I instantly felt like someone had swooped in and replaced my camera with a disposable model from the grocery store. Perhaps in your mind my camera and a disposable are one in the same? I did finally respond with an answer of “well..I’m not a full timer.”
As if the event we were shooting wasn’t prestigious enough, you let me know that you usually shoot full time on the world cup circuit. Without time for me to respond you glanced over at my camera bag and said “if you want a really good bag you need to go with the bag I use. Don’t get me wrong your bag is cool, but my brand is where it’s at. I’m currently doing testing for them.”
Ummm…o.k. I see where I stand/rank here I thought to myself. The action started back up and I took my non pro camera, sub par camera bag and was on my way to a new spot. I didn’t walk away with aspirations of becoming more like you or wishing I had your camera or next level bag.
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My knowledge of Puerto Rico before I visited was shaped by what I had viewed on the news after hurricane Maria. I know the photographer in me had hoped to be able to see the devastation that had occurred from the hurricane and bring those images home. My visit was only a few days, and after being there for a couple hours my goal of showing what the hurricane had done switched to sharing my experience with some amazing people in an amazing place.
The people I spent time with were warm, friendly and never complained of the situation there were in…being seven weeks after the hurricane and most of them still without power and many without running water. They were grateful for what they did have and were doing their best in being part of rebuilding and returning to normal life.
I did share some damage photos below and also hope some of the photos show the beauty of Puerto Rico, a place that is on the rebound and place I hope to visit again.
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