As a kick off to the new Summer riding and shooting season, I headed down to the Pisgah Forest in Brevard, North Carolina and hooked up with a couple of employees at The Hub and Pisgah Tavern. Yeah that’s right, it’s a bike shop with a tavern in it with 6 taps of liquid goodness, like New Belgium and Oskar Blues
My riders for the weekend were Tim Koerber and Peter Haile both riding Santa Cruz 5010’s.
As usual, I ran into some super cute dogs and did what I do and then I ran into Hans.
Hans was an interesting character. A Vietnam war vet who served in the Marines, he wasn’t at all shy about showing me his war wounds. Hans and his wife were on a year long road trip. Another interesting thing about Hans was is extensive collection of Gopros and accessories. This guy was obsessed with gopros. I think he had 5 or 6 of them on his dashboard and one at the end of a stick he used to shoot a 360 video of the two of us while I grinned like an idiot. Hans says he’ll send that to me when he’s back home in Florida at the end of the year. I can’t wait.
Overall the trip was fantastic. I got my ass kicked on a 20 mile mtb ride by Mike Prohaska, the Felt bikes East coast demo driver and the US demo program manager, camped next to Avery creek and drank alot of beer.
Tasty Nikon glass…
Check back tomorrow to see Part 2 featuring the action as I head up the mountain…and back down.
I’ve been working with photography consultant, Karen D’Silva over the last 7 months. Part of the process of reimagining my portfolio and marketing includes a new site as well as a few tweaks to my blog for parity.
Have a look at the new digs.
515 photos and three hours of fumbling around with Premiere Pro.
Working with the team at Ingram Micro was a blast.
Some of you may know my love for craft cocktails from my kick off to The Passion Project at Vera Pizzeria. When I heard The “Timmer” was back in town to open his own joint, I knew I needed to include him in my project.
Tim spent the last 8 years in San Diego, met Morgan, the love of his life, and honed his skills creating some of the best cocktails in some of the best bars on the West coast. Some of those places included managing/head bartender positions at Prohibition, Seven Grand and The Bitter End. Now he’s back to open his own gin joint in the Buffalo area with plans to open three more in the next 5-6 years. Tim is very close to opening his first place, so keep on the look out for it.
In the meantime…
If you’ve been to Hutch’s restaurant lately, you might have noticed a big change in the bar area. Big beautiful wooden shelving to hold the big beautiful collection of super yummy whisky. Super. Yummy. Whisky. This is all thanks to Tim and the consulting work he did for Mark Hutch. Tim trained the already seasoned bartenders on the finer points of craft cocktail bartending and created a fantastic selection of Bourbons and Ryes.
If you’re craving an Old Fashioned, head over to Hutch’s…
This is Tim and Morgan’s pup, Reggie. Reggie is small and awesome. Say hi to Reggie everyone!
A few years ago I was driving down the street, you know, minding my own business. I happened to pass a parking lot with a few guys tricking around on their fixies. I ended up spending the next few weeks photographing them all over Buffalo. As it turns out, these guys were making some fancy art videos. Check out the work by William Bottriell on his Vimeo page. There is some super fine film making on display here. Enjoy.
The videos feature Zack Lee, Ben Golembiewski and Bill Bottriell. I know some of the work was filmed by Colin Phelan, but not sure which or how much. Perhaps Colin could let us know in the comment section.
Here’s a few photos from my time with them.
… RIP Mischka
Although the sport has been around since the early 1900’s, over the last decade, cyclocross has seen a steady growth in popularity across the US. In our neck of the woods, Ethan Johnson, owner of Campus Wheelworks, Buffalo’s finest bikes shop, his shop manager Alex davies and the rest of the Campus crew have been hugely responsible for the popularity of the sport in our region and bringing a whole new crop of riders to the sport.
The Campus boys put on an annual race in our cities centrally located Delaware Park, one of our famed, Olmstead designed beauties. It was here that I caught my first cross race three years ago. The whole scene reminded me of what it was like when I first started mountain biking 20 years ago. Everyone simply has a great time without letting competition get in the way of a good laugh. The Campus crew exemplifies positive sportsmanship and everything that is great about off road cycling. Mud, sweat and beer.
Shooting cyclocross helped renew my passion for cycling and got my fat ass back on my bike. This past season was an awesome one filled with more trail miles than I have ridden in the prior three seasons combined. Cyclocross also renewed my passion for photographing the sport I sadly and for too long stepped away from shooting to pursue general commercial/advertising work.
Our local race season has come to a close. Here’s a few highlights from the 2013 season.
Weather does not factor into a cross race. As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
Of course, there are dogs. Lots of dogs. Did I mention dogs? I like dogs. Here’s a dog photo.
Film is dead.
Digital is flat and boring.
Film is tedious and time consuming.
Digital has no life and lacks depth.
Blah blah blah.
My friends at Hanlon-Fiske Studios put together an event that brought together some colleagues from around the Rochester/Buffalo region to spend the day shooting nothing but film. Each of us had our own beast to shoot. Graflex Speed Graphic. Hasselblad 501C. I used the old tank, Pentax 67
Having been 10 years since I shot film on a job, every time I loaded a new roll, I fully admit I fumbled around like a new-born Gazelle.
Argue all you want about Film VS. Digital. I had a fantastic time shooting on one of the first, warm and sunny days of the year. I’ll keep shooting film as long as it’s still manufactured and someone is still processing it. Sure it has it’s practical limitations when shooting a commercial job, but the sky is the limit when you’re just out to have fun and create some new art.
There is a certain raw (Not RAW) quality I like about these pictures that you might be able to duplicated with Photoshop filters.
But then, what’s the point?
My friends at Crowley Webb called me in to take some portraits of a few employees of Praxis, a division of CW that does patient recruitment for medical studies. All of my subjects were super photogenic and in a great mood. It made my job easy.
I have come to love working with Crowley Webb and all the people there.
Here’s a handful of outtakes and edit concepts I messed around with.
My mind is always racing. Always on something else. I forget to play sometimes.
It’s the playing that informs my work. It’s why I do what I do.
We just got dumped on, here in Buffalo, NY. It’s a gift. We’re lucky. I’m lucky. I have a backyard full of beautiful snow. I’m physically fit and I can go outside and throw myself around. I did that tonight. I did it without thinking. Too much shit rattling around in my head. Too much information. Too much everything. Turn it off.
The snow finally flew. I’m loving it.
Go outside and play, my friends.