Find a good place to sit back and watch the weather
Index page in the redesigned @bikemag is looking sharp 👌🏼 and I’m excited to see this photo as the backdrop for this issue. Alpine gradients and post sunset heli pickups are pretty great things in my books.
This Friday at @ratiovernon I will have a few photos up for display for the @nocs.vernon Bike Fest. As well I am auctioning off a photoshoot with all proceeds going to support NOCS and our local trails. So if you’ve ever wanted to get that dream nug of you riding your favourite trail with one of your pals this is your chance. Tickets for the event are $30 (food is included - Ratio Pizza!) and can be purchased through Ratio’s website (https://www.ratiocoffee.ca).
How to corner 101
Loving spring conditions right now but it won’t be long before we’re back into the dry dusty days.
Found some raw beauty on the border of the Purcell and Selkirk mountains.
Fired up to land the opening spread in @bikemag Buzz with this shot of @lb_bikes and @kyleetothohler. It was a memorable week spent out and around the Purcell Lodge in BC and on this day a large storm system moved into the area and caught us out in the open. We felt like tiny exposed creatures beneath these towering behemoths. The power of nature is so inspiring and it’s extremely rewarding anytime I can harness some of that magic in a photo. Thank you @bikemag @the4color @nickifo @purcellmountainlodge
Taking things to the next level @brettrheeder
Cabin fever. A couple of days on the bike has been the perfect cure for a long winter.
Dog gone happy spring is finally here #mtbvernon
@caseybrowntown at one with the Blanket Glacier landscape in the Monashees. Fired up to see this image in the Buzz gallery of @bikemag this month which is also now online. #bikemag #buzz
As the snow continues to fall outside my window again today I can’t help daydreaming about sunny summer days like this one. Exploring local lines in the Okanagan heat of last year with @jacob_tooke
I love still photography. There is potential to create images that contain experiences and emotions in a single unique moment that you can either stare at for hours or flip by in a second.
I’ve also learned a few important lessons. One is that there is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time and you can’t plan for unique weather and lighting moments, you just have to be there when they happen.
That means when @brettrheeder and @tonyslife call you up for a last minute ride after work you say yes, even if the forecast is shit. And you bring at least a camera (go for the waterproof one if you have it) and one lens, even if you don’t use them. Plan on having a great time with no photos to show for it and so when you’re lucky enough to end up with both you are extra fortunate.
The day started out with a shuttle up to a Vernon local classic, Big Ed, which is a 4000-ish foot decent through a couple of climate zones ending in the single track jewel of the North Okanagan, Kalamalka Provincal Park. After a bunch of mandatory stops for view points and a couple of photos to remember the day we ended up at the bottom of the trail just as extra dark clouds opened up over us. We seriously considered booking it to shelter, but with the small chance that the sun would make it out from under the heavy layer of clouds, I convinced the boys to embrace getting soaked and enjoy the experience with a ride down to the lake. Our gamble paid off and was such a unique experience with backlit rain falling so hard it was bouncing off the trail and soaking us from both directions. Rain saturated my helmet and washed 3 years of sweat down into my eyes so I could barely see, my viewfinder and screen were impossible to see covered in water. Somehow motor memory and a bit of luck were enough to get the shot.
I’m not sure if it’s just one picture that sums up the experience for us or a combination that makes that day so memorable. Either way here’s the photo that’s made it to the final round for Photo of the Year and a couple of others to give it a bit of context.
Thanks again to Brett and Tony for a rad experience and everyone for the support and votes!
@basvsteenbergen in his element at @bikebigwhite. Bas designed this trail to create a challenge and that’s just what he found in trying to ride this just the way he wanted. #straightforward video by @liammullany and photos can be found in the link in Bas’ bio: @basvsteenbergen
2017 was a good one, see you next year.
Happy New Year!
This was a great year for quality time spent in the alpine and our @ospreypacks adventure at @purcellmountainlodge was no exception. Beautiful scenery, fun trails, amazing weather, good times and bike forts(!) were shared with @lb_bikes @kyleetothohler @bernebroudy @kent.toth @studiodialog.