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.
Here’s some more shots of @caseybrowntown in her hometown environment. @rideshimano #thisishome
Link in her bio.
@caseybrowntown starting the day off with an early morning rock roll in Revelstoke for “This Is Home” @rideshimano
What a day! Mt. Cartier - Revelstoke BC, July 6 2017. @caseybrowntown sending it into last light for @rideshimano This Is Home. What a great experience getting to hang out and document Casey through multiple seasons and activities, which there are no shortage of in her home town of Revelstoke BC. Head over to @pinkbike to check out the full photo epic and video. Always good working with @harrisonmendel @liammullany @andrewshandro @martyschaffer
Some people complain about sore feet. @caseybrowntown just takes off her shoes, slings her bike over her shoulder and keeps going without complaint. Honoured to get to spend a bunch of time in the mountains this summer with Casey, and on more than one occasion witness her scale mountains barefoot. Just one of the many amazing traits that make her such a unique and hardworking athlete. Stoked to see this photo (Casey summiting Mt. Cartier as seen through the dual windows of a fire lookout) and a behind the scenes write up on the shot make it into the December issue of Bike. Thanks to the This Is Home crew: @harrisonmendel @andrewshandro @liammullany @martyschaffer for making opportunities like this possible. Thank you to @bikemag @the4color @nickifo for supporting creativity and photography.
Short days like these remind me how much I love the long days of the year when the sun seems endless. @purcellmountainlodge
@stephen_matthews and sidekick Merlin maxing out Vernon singletrack. @chromagbikes #ridevernon
Creative shapes and spaces @noahbbrousseau
@harrisonmendel making good use of long legs while out exploring the Blanket Glacier 🏃🏻♂️
Hard to believe we had the hottest, driest season on record this summer. From floods to fires to an early winter it’s been a nutty year. @brettrheeder fully committed last July.
Got out with @maydaymadi to capture some fall colour and we found ourselves in a 🍁🍂 wonderland.
With a headlamp there’s no excuse not to hang out and soak in every last drop of light at the top.
@lb_bikes & @kyleetothohler morning alpine shred in the Purcells.