Video: Self-Filmed Rainy Squamish Ride

Sep 28, 2019
by Peter Wojnar  

Words, Photos, & Video: Peter Wojnar

Some of my earliest efforts to shoot mountain biking involved a tripod and a lot of time alone in the woods—at the time, a way I could practice my craft, experiment, and make mistakes without encumbering someone else with the burden of my inexperience. Then as it is now, it was a slow and patient process, which restricted what I could do with the camera at the same time as pushing me to be the best rider I could be. And it's a process that helped me to understand that media production was something I wanted to pursue. Over the years, I've built up to working with some of the athletes I grew up watching in the movies. And while working with those athletes unfortunately does little to give you their skill on a bike, it does remind me of the excitement and the circumstances under which I picked up a camera in the first place.

So I've come back to that process of turning the camera on myself riding to get back to those roots, slow down, and push myself as a rider—and to push my bike uphill for "another." Squamish in the rain is about as good as it gets, and this fall has delivered my favourite riding conditions in spades.

Thanks for watching. Now go ride your bike. Especially if it's raining.

Self-shot image on Rupert.
There are lots of ways to trigger your camera for mtb-selfies, from self-timer roulette to wireless remotes. None of them work right first try, but they all work out in the end.





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75 Comments

  • 36 1
 one of the best edits i've seen in a while, love that terrain! but especially the way you sync up the soundtrack with the clips and the fact that it is self filmed. very well done.
  • 23 0
 Great job on the film. It's interesting to self-shoot projects like this because it slows the process down so much that you get more careful and thoughtful about the whole thing.
  • 23 0
 Now that was real! No fancy,no effects, no sets humans can't ride. That clip makes want to go ride NOW! Real deal! Well done!
  • 10 0
 This is really good. Exactly the kind of riding I'm thinking about at this time of year, keeping the stoke alive as the rains begin to fall and the temperature drops. More like this please!!!!
  • 6 0
 This is super-impressive; not only do you have to push up & ride each section a at least three times (plus all the mistakes and alternate angles) you also have to carry your gear and still be ready to ride *in front* of the camera. Add in the weather (all that extra time for your gear to be out in the mud and rain while you're pushing back up the hill) and this is an amazing result. COngrats!
  • 9 0
 That was great!! I feel I was there watching you!
  • 9 0
 The music made this hypnotizing!
  • 2 0
 @PeterWojnar did you use a single lens for all of the footage? Is there a particular type of lens you find works well for this type of filming? I want to try something similar but I want to carry around as little gear as possible. Great job!
  • 9 0
 This started out as sort of an experiment to test out a weird lens contraption made up of a bunch of components from Russian e-bay. But it’s all just one lens, one camera, and one tripod—just make sure you have a big memory card and a willingness to store lots of footage of yourself pushing your bike up the trail for “another”
  • 2 0
 @PeterWojnar:
It is a bummer the Sony app doesn't allow for remote filming start-stop to avoid excess footage of pushing up countless times.
Not sure what camera you are on but I find it super annoying..
  • 1 0
 @PeterWojnar: thanks for the tip Smile
  • 2 0
 How many days in a row did you wear the same tee? I’m trying to visualize this video with a third sense: the beautiful aroma of your soiled yellow shirt as it lily pads past the tripod... reminiscent of Stirling’s boots after a season of sledding.
  • 2 0
 Just the one, Mau hahaha
  • 4 0
 Great video- that must have taken ton of work
Great job - I really appreciate that video & the way it captures riding
  • 2 0
 Went for a ride in the rain this morning, and it was glorious! We don't get much rain down here in San Diego, so gotta take advantage of it when we can. By the way, amazing video!
  • 2 0
 Good work. Like seeing self filmed stuff. Do a lot myself using an iPhone and attaching lenses. Hard work especially if you want to film the same section from different angles. Need plenty of space for footage.
  • 1 0
 Thank you for this. One of the best feelings I have ever gotten as a filmmaker is making other people want to get out and ride because of a film I made. You have done this for so many people, be proud of your accomplishments. Now I want to go out and do this for myself.
  • 5 0
 Slick, on all counts.
  • 4 0
 Could watch this shit all day.
  • 2 0
 What is your film setup to get such a dreamy look? Camera? Settings? Color grade luts? I’ve tried to get that look for a long time.
  • 2 0
 what i really wanna know woj, fancy camera work an shit aside... is do you always drive to the trails with your helmet on? safety is a great priority
  • 5 0
 Safety never takes a holiday.
  • 1 0
 @Hendersondylanmichael I eat my cereal with my helmet on. You never know.
  • 4 0
 So sick to see a filmer shredding! Nice work dude.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Scott!
  • 3 0
 Super fun dude!
Feeling a real exclusivity on your trail selection ;-)
  • 4 0
 So good! No hype
  • 3 0
 Nice one dude! Cool light and mood...
  • 3 0
 Nice choice of music, perfect vibe.
  • 3 0
 Good work. I'm digging that style.
  • 3 0
 That guitar just hits the spot! Mmmmmmm hmmmmm
  • 2 0
 Awesome @PeterWojnar! How do you roll the camera? I've only ever managed to get WiFi to work for maybe 100ft in the forest.
  • 5 0
 For photos I’ve always used pocketwizards (wireless triggers for flashes) rigged up with a button on my bars... but for this, I just recorded a shit load of footage of myself pushing the bike up hill. Each shot was probably 2-3 minutes of footage rolling, not counting the times that I rode like an idiot
  • 2 0
 @PeterWojnar: haha! Thanks.
  • 2 0
 So nice to see a video that actually looks like the way I (a mere mortal) can ride.
  • 2 0
 Filming your own descents is so much more work than most realize. Nice work!
  • 1 0
 Such a beautiful work! Everything seems to be in harmony with melancholy in the mix... so so good! I would't say that this was a self-filmed for sure!
  • 1 0
 @PeterWojnar the editing is absolutely beautiful on this piece -- in that you don't notice it at all. Curious, what camera did you shoot it with?
  • 1 0
 Thank you! Shot it all on a GH5 with a lens contraption made up of a Helios 44 and an anamorphic projector scope.
  • 3 0
 Good stuff mate, Thanks.
  • 3 0
 This is great.
  • 3 0
 Very cool.
  • 3 0
 Nicely done
  • 3 0
 Love it!!!
  • 3 0
 Bravo, very well done!!!
  • 2 0
 sick! some of this through anamorphic??
  • 2 0
 All of it! Shot it through a weird contraption of a lens using an film projector scope, partly as a test to see whether the image quality and workflow would be good enough to use on projects that don’t have unlimited time for re-dos
  • 1 0
 @PeterWojnar: oh cool. looks fantastic
  • 2 0
 This edit is just as natural as riding in the rain!!! Amazing.
  • 2 0
 self filmed edits are so hard! Good job.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Pete that was sick! The anamorphic experiment worked and the trails look mint
  • 1 0
 Great job. Really like this. Perfect riding and editing. Like the music to the riding also. Very nice.
  • 1 0
 That's what you call bad weather,
when you get out of the car already wet Wink
  • 2 0
 Anyone know the song??
  • 2 0
 It’s a track from Soundstripe, which is a royalty-free music service
  • 2 0
 Nailed it Peter.
  • 2 0
 Yeah Woj! so sick
  • 2 0
 Wow - nice!
  • 2 0
 Nice edit !
  • 2 0
 Awesome job Woj!
  • 2 0
 Nice Loamie gap!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful Peter... so happy to call Squamish home!
  • 1 0
 It's a refreshing departure from drones and..... Keep 'em coming
  • 1 0
 Wicked I love it! RideOn!
  • 1 0
 Does Squamish remind anyone else of Jurrasic park?????
  • 1 0
 I absolutely loved this. Bike and camera artistry.
  • 1 0
 So good Peter, everything flowed so well. I'm inspired!
  • 1 0
 Sick Woj, I really love the colours in the rain segment.
  • 1 0
 Gotta love the “Process” ....pun intended. Great edit, nice sled.
  • 1 0
 Perfect timing with the music Peter!
  • 1 0
 This was lovely. Nice work.
  • 1 0
 Amazing edit
  • 1 0
 VOD!!!!!
  • 1 0
 beautiful.
  • 1 0
 hell yeah woj!

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