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BMX photoshoot with strobes

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.

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Canon 7D
Lens: Tokina 12-24 and Sigma 70-200
Lights: Boling 600 watt fired via PocketWizards 

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Published Dirt Rag Magazine

Sometimes the “out takes” can make for cool photos…Lit with my Boling light kit fired via PocketWizards.

Shot was from this series taken earlier this year.

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Inspired by Absolute Zero Productions, Liam Mullany and David Peacock

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…

 

Loam Factory from Absolute Zero on Vimeo.

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Published-Dirt Rag Magazine

One of my jump photos of Skye Schillhammer taken during his visit to SoCal earlier this year was published in Dirt Rag Magazine.

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August 28, 2012 8:00 am
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Crankworx Deep Summer Photo Challenge-Team Justa

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…

 

Justa Jeskova Generations Deep Summer Slideshow from Justa on Vimeo.

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Mountain bike shoot-Beacon Hill-Washington State

Back in February I had the chance to shoot Skye Schillhammer when he visited SoCal for a few days…if you missed those photos you can view them here. When planning a trip to Idaho this summer I found out that I’d be up in Skye’s neck of the woods as he lives in nearby Washington. We were able to find a day to shoot and Skye invited a couple of friends…the results are below. Good times shooting and watching some amazing riding!

 

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August 14, 2012 8:10 pm
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Published: 2013 Bellwether Spring/Summer catalog

Had the pleasure of working with Bellwether clothing again this year….three full page images in their 2012 Spring/Summer catalog.

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July 31, 2012 5:00 pm
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If Facebook had a “Don’t Like” button would your family and friends click it?

If Facebook had a “Don’t Like” button would your family and friends click it?

One of the challenges of doing anything creative where you are trying to do it for a profit is getting your work in front of people who will hire you or buy your work.  Social media is a great way to gain exposure, meet people who are into the same creative outlet you are, and sometimes even open doors to make money.  My point of this post beyond all of that is to challenge people to look beyond the ‘atta boys’, ‘great job’, ‘love it’ and clicking of the “Like Button” by your friends and family on Facebook. Sure it’s great to hear from your Aunt, but is she really the one you want providing the feedback on your work? I’m assuming no….going back to the title of this post…would she click a “Don’t Like” button if there was one? No.

The challenge here is to get you to look beyond your local social media comments. It’s helpful to get someone who you respect and is successful in the same field as you to give some honest feedback on your work. It might sting a little and you might not agree initially with some of the things you hear, but I know it will help you grow. And in the long run you will do better work.

Not long ago I submitted a group of shots to a magazine thinking in my mind that at least one of them would be a solid contender for publishing. The reply I received was not what I had hoped. It was a no on all of the images. Hurt a bit? Yes…But the editor also took the time to provide some great feedback and challenge me on the way I see things.

Criticism is often a tough pill to swallow, but it’s a part of what we do. So appreciate the fact your friends and relatives take the time to look at your work and comment…but keep in mind they are the same ones who loved your ceramic dinosaur from art class…… and you couldn’t bring yourself to tell them it was supposed to be a horse.

A few of my recent rejects below. Yes I like them…and yes there is room for improvement.

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Stealing images off the internet: What took me a few hours to make..took a second to steal.

Stealing may be a strong word since we are talking about the internet and perhaps borrowing might be a better fit. I’ve had it happen to me before…and yes it will happen again. In a nutshell I received an automated email that someone had commented on one of my photos on Flickr. This one was interesting because this person..we’ll call her Lyn to protect her…oh wait her name is Lyn, decided to let me know that she’d borrowed (she used the word “used”) one of my images and even dropped me a link to where she used it. I suppose we’ll call Lyn’s comment a virtual thank you note (see below). I thought surely she’d at least linked back to my flickr page when she used the photo…nope….maybe a nice mention of “photo provided by…” No not that either. Hmmm…if anything, good old Lyn gave me a blog topic for the week.

So who is at fault here? Is there fault? People put my images on Tumblr all the time and they don’t drop me a virtual thank you like Lyn did…they do however almost always link back to where the image came from. I guess in this case I left my front door unlocked and someone came in and grabbed what they needed. I’ve heard it all from “you should use lower resolution uploads” to “you HAVE to watermark you images”. I’m a fan of neither solution and really would never have known if Lyn didn’t drop me a comment on my image. I’m kinda bummed this stuff happens and again I know it will continue. This doesn’t bum me out nearly as much as fellow photographers or big companies who want your image..but dont have a budget and want it for free…but that is a topic for another day.

So Lyn I’m letting this one go… You chose a nice shot, let me know you took my stuff and based on the page you dropped it on you are really going for some ad clicks to make some money…I’m going with the theory that your a single mom trying to put four kids through college.

I would like to know where she got the article to go with the photo….any writers out there getting virtual thank you’s from Lyn?

Lyn’s page and my photo below

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Moab photos-Day 3

A few shots from the Amasa Back and Bartletts Wash trails….
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