|My career in mountain bike photography is entering into year fourteen and if you look into my files of photos, you will find more images on film than you will find digital. I still love the look and feel of film, and the printing process and really appreciate how organic that process was in terms of not having to spend hours on the computer tweaking your raw file to 'make it' look like film. Nailing it on film was part of the expertise and art and it is slowly becoming a lost art today. So, to celebrate the film days, and to also look back into where I have roamed, I have chosen to share some shots from the first roll of black and white film that I ever shot specific to mountain biking and the attempt of getting publishable shots.|
|My riding buddies, Eric Vandrimmelen and Scott Grieve volunteered their talents as shore riders and we made our way down and through Pre-Reaper with my one roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed +2 to 1600) in the chamber of my camera. As it turns out, two images off this first roll have become iconic images for my career and images that have been published all over the world many times. Images that I was proud of, was inspired by, and felt that they expressed the true feelings of what it was like to ride on the shore more than 13 years ago. I also have lots to owe to trail builder and rider legend Dangerous Dan Cowan...his riding, imagination, and trail building skills provided loads of content and stoke. Here is a look at Pre-Reaper Trail from start to finish, through my rookie photographic eyes, back in 1998.|
|The last two images came from a shoot a few months later. Roll number 4 or 5 of black and white film. Eric VanDrimmelen and I ventured back into PreReaper and Reaper on a day when I would call it perfect conditions...freshly rained for 2-3 days, slightly clearing in Vancouver and the top of Cypress blanketed in a thick fog. Back in these days, the wheelie drop was a big deal, especially when the take off is a slimy old cedar, and the transition waiting was a pitted out root pile and some rocks. Simply being one that did airs on a mountain bike on the Shore was a significant accomplishment. EV was one of the first riders that I shot where I could see his smooth style and talent was impacting the results in my photos. Important, as you start to try and move images professionally. Talent and style of the rider needs to be up to speed with your camera moves.|
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Great photos and write-up....looking forward to more from ya!!
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