Archive for the ‘kayaking’ Category
I finally got around to updating my web portfolio with some of the last few years images, take a look if you have chance www.steveophotos.com
I finally got around to doing a small gallery display which can be viewed at the Zephyr Cafe in Downtown Squamish and be around for the Month of September.
Mid summer I headed up to Bella Coola in BC’s central coast range to explore the possibilities for ocean and river kayaking trips. Bella Coola is famed from many ski movies for it’s epic terrain and many big mountain lines. I had heard little talk of the area in regards to kayaking and after a spring descent of the Homathko River felt inspired to return to spend more time in the area.
Couple of snaps from the start of this years kayak season. So far the season has been pretty full with an early start due to a knee injury skiing. This spring has seen my first experiments with using SRT rope techniques to access difficult canyons for images. It is quite a scary moment when you have to sit back and trust your less than solid ropework skills for the first time, it all seemed pretty simple whilst I was learning the theory on the tinterweb and practicing my rigging suspended 2 ft from the floor in the garage What could possibly go wrong??
Having spent the larger portion of my time in places where it pisses it down for large amounts of time, believe it or not you actually start to form a strange love of the rain, or possibly a deep seated hatred and a drink problem. It is still hard to tell which way I will go with it, but one thing I do know is that when the rain stops, the mists in the coast mountains are some of the most inspiring scenes you can imagine. They roll gracefully across the hillsides, pulsing through the forests and breathing with the landscape. They somehow make all the wet misery worth it………….
This Spring has been a continuation of the Coast mountains ‘el Nino’ trend with large amounts of rain falling on the coast. Here are a few selects from the spring rains…….
Early March in the Sea 2 Sky corridor feels like spring has arrived. The snow line is creeping higher on a daily basis, damn……………..Lets all pray for the winter to have one last installment !! Too much sunshine in Pemberton Meadows at the weekend.
River Gypsies just finished publishing their new Guide to Whitewater Kayaking Classics throughout North America. I managed to get a page in there for some of Squamish’s classic waterfalls.
Bryan Smith of Reel water Productions just put out their showreel of cable camera shots from 2009. It’s well worth the watch………
I was along shooting stills for most of these shoots and you hardly ever get to actually see the end result of all the rigging and time spent. Great to sit back and watch the results….
Respect to Bryan and Matt for the rigging and cable camera operation….
Patrick Camberlain of formerly YGP and more recently the Tribe riders has come up with the ‘Rider of the year awards’ . This is a yearly competition to celebrate whitewater kayaking in all it’s forms and recognize some of the key players in the progression of our sport.There are a variety of different awards from the best freestyle move, which will be a video submission to the more subjective rider of the year which will be peer voted.
Hopefully this concept will grow for Pat and will gain the support required to become an annual event that grows and continues for years to come. Working in Whistler I often get to go to all the contests and similar set ups in the snowsports industry and often wish kayaking had some sort of similar platform. Well here it is….. Great idea Pat….
On a personal level , I was pretty excited because I got invited to submit photos to the ‘photographer of the year’ section. This is super exciting as it is an opportunity for all the amazing whitewater photogs to showcase their work next to each other. Great to see the talent pool of photography that exists within our fringe sport that in reality has little to no financial potential for a photographer.
Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions and Fitz Cahall began this Spring to produce a Web TV series chronicaling the Lives of five Adventure Athletes through the ups and downs of an adventure lifestyle.
They have just released the trailer……….22 more episodes to come…….
Here is the low down….
The Season. Five lives. A world of possibility.
From the creators of The Dirtbag Diaries and 49 Megawatts comes a new web television project following five athletes through the course of a single season in the Pacific Northwest. A veteran climber invents a new piece of gear. A pro snowboarder searches for a way to return to the roots of his sport. A boulderer returns from a series of injuries with new perspective. A family man goes to Whistler to test himself against mountain biking’s elite. A young sea kayaker with a troubled past sets out to reinvent his sport.
Shot entirely in HD, this 22-episode series is available to you for free at a number of locations. Every episode premieres on the Arc’teryx web site. You can have the HD version delivered right to your computer and find all the old episodes by subscribing on iTunes. Expect new episodes once or twice a week.
Back in 2007 myself Matt maddaloni of Sea to sky cam and Bryan Smith of Reel water productions teamed up to produce some viral video content for the Welsh Canoe Assosication. This was very early on in the development of Matt’s camera motion systems and involved myself and Matt actually being on the line to shoot. Matt has since progressed to a full automated system which can be rigged in back country situations in a matter of hours. Here are some of the clips shot using the early cable camera systems.
To read more about Matt’s new rigging and motion camera company : Sea to Sky Cam
I was recently back in the UK to visit friends and family in the Lake District. I only seem to get back once a year nowadays and it never feels long enough unfortunately. With so many pies to eat and bottles of Cider to consume the time seems to fly by. This year the weather was as shitty as always and largely drizzled for the majority of the time, offering neither water to kayak or particularly great views on the hills. A few brief windows did appear though with a great day out on the Duddon’s becks and a handful of days out on the hills. Anyway enough dull text here’s a few snapshots….
Freewriter is an all new free magazine being distributed in the Sea 2 sky corridor, recently set up by Mike Nixon from Squamish. Great work so far, long may it last. Pick up a copy if you get chance…..
The 2nd issue featured one of my images of Max Kniewasser dropping 50/50 falls on the Ashlu river.