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.
Thanks for the reminder that’s not about the gear. I’m off to skateboard with some fellow part timers….Details
For purposes of this write up Flickr is female, I assume that because if someone named a horse or dog Flickr it would be female.
I remember when we first met. I was introduced to Flickr by a common friend and we we all loved photography. My friend wasn’t in sales but did a fine job of giving me all of the upsides to Flickr. He knew I was single in the realm of social media and thought he would set me up with Flickr. Free he said…cheap I thought. No!..he insisted that free in this case didn’t mean cheap. I remained doubtful. My friend continued on and mentioned how Google crawled Flickr and searched for the tags/keywords associated with your photos. Crawled? I asked…sounds gross. So here we are with Flickr being free (read cheap) and crawled all over by the worlds largest search engine…Not sounding like a good first date for me with social media. I allowed my friend to press on.
While I admit I didn’t understand the benefits that my friend spelled out for me, since I was lonely in the social media world, I did move forward and sign up with Flickr. Flickr and I got along great at first. She slowly began to gain my trust and I uploaded a handful of images. She went on to impress by allowing others to comment on my photos and add my shots as “favorites”…things were great between us. Flickr even introduced me to new contacts. People from all over the world began to view my images and share theirs with me. It all began to move so fast. I’m not sure I was ready for it all but so far I hadn’t run into any problems. Our relationship seemed so one sided… Sure I was uploading, but Flickr was giving back so much more. What could I do in return?
We went on this way for a couple of years. With me uploading what I thought Flickr and the world wanted to see, and with her working day and night adding new features. At some point I guess I had done too much taking in the relationship. Flickr rolled out some new features, but there was a catch. Perhaps it was the one I was waiting for…yes…she wanted my money. I winced at the news but was soon re leaved to learn she only wanted $20 a year. I could afford that and paid her the requested amount. Things were still moving along..and then it happened.
Flickrs birth parents sold her to Yahoo. At first it all seemed exciting..like being adopted by a wealthy family when you grew up poor. As with most stories, money doesn’t solve all the problems. I began to feel like Yahoo didn’t want me with Flickr anymore. I continued to do my part by telling others about the site and getting them to add content too, but Flickr began to be different Did she change? No! That was what we all wanted. Change with the times..upgrade, add more new features or at least try to keep up. Seems the rich parents at Yahoo made this adoption to use as a simple tax write off or gain a user base. One thing is for sure they didn’t pour any love into Flickr…and there she sat.
The online community poked fun at her..using words like old and out of touch. They even jumped ship to the shiny and new models called 500px and Instagram. There was an uprising with many pulling their images off Flickr and moving completely to these new options. Turning their backs on Flickr.
What did I do? I admit I tested the other waters too..I felt I had to see what all the hype was about. But I also pressed on with my Flickr relationship. You see Flickr gave me something that I’ll never forget. She connected me with a company who needed an image for a magazine ad. My first real paying job…How could I leave the one helped me get my work published? I couldn’t…
Today we are still together. I continue to get paying jobs from clients who find my work on Flickr and I continue to upload my images. She recently, with out my asking, Tweeted one of my images to her 220plus thousand followers on Twitter. Coverage I could never gain on my own. While she might still be “old” and not what the kids are using, I’m sticking around and will continue to tell the world why I can’t quit her.
Where to find me on Flickr? http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithpyt/
A few of the images from Rampage Finals 2012.
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Finals video will give you a good overview of the event…
And a POV vid from top to bottom. Scary!
Returned today from the 2012 Redbull Rampage. Wish the shots could show you the true scale of this event. It’s HUGE, the riders are amazing and Redbull takes care of everyone there.
The shots below are from the day one qualifiers. Click to view the larger version of each image.
Hard to keep up with all the great films coming out of the “extreme” sports scene these days…great trailer here and I look forward to watching the whole movie.
Its always fun to shoot somewhere out of the ordinary. I do shoot a bit of BMX and it’s normally at the local track. With so many riders around I don’t usually bring the strobes out….
This shoot was different as we went to a private track and with only two riders to shoot I was able to bring out the big lights.
Click images for a larger view.Details
Shot was from this series taken earlier this year.Details
Whenever I watch a video two times in a row I think it’s time to share with others and help promote whoever created the video. I don’t have much info on Absolute Zero productions other than their names…Liam Mullany and David Peacock.
While the intro might not make a ton of sense to the non mountain bike crowd, the balance of the video should stand out no matter who you are.
Of course I think you should watch it large on Vimeo if you can…
One of my jump photos of Skye Schillhammer taken during his visit to SoCal earlier this year was published in Dirt Rag Magazine.Details
The Crankworx Deep Summer Photo Challenge is best described on it’s website “Now in its fourth year, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, turns six different lenses on the some of the best mountain bike action and terrain in the world. The Deep Summer Photo Challenge does not ask a career-long body of work from the contenders. It demands a slice of big-scale action captured in a small segment of time. With three days to shoot anywhere in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or Valley, the constraint of time is as inspiring as it is unforgiving.”
It’s an event I’ve followed the past few years and something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of…there have always been a couple of obstacles in my way….I haven’t been invited and it takes place in Canada.
That changed this year when photographer Justa Jeskova asked me to be a part of her team. No I didn’t get to head to Whistler, but I was able to edit images for Justa after she put in the long days of shooting. I was thrilled to play a very small role in a very big effort and stoked for Justa who’s slide show got third place for 2012. She was in with some very big names in action sports photography.
The final product is below. Watch on Vimeo in HD if you can…