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Calaghan Creek Race

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The Callaghan race this past Saturday was a resounding success! Despite some worries about water levels and an organizational hiccup days before the race the local community came together to throw a fantastic grass-roots event with beautiful summer weather, a perfect water level and a great turnout of both competitors and spectators. Water levels dropped from a high medium to a perfect medium just in time for the race making the course far more manageable than days before.

I went along to shoot some photos for the race and to generally hang out and boat with all the folk who turned up to celebrate the Creek.

Calagahan Creek is the defacto afterwork classic for Whistler locals and is a classic Southwest BC run that draws kayakers from across the globe to paddle it’s perfect waterfalls. Read Steve Arns’ of Liquid Lores description of the run

The race itself went really well – when the dust settled the team of Kurt Braunlich and Fred Norquist took the title down to Bellingham until next year – great work guys! The top three teams all finished within 30 seconds of one another. Also notable is Mark Basso’s finish with a broken and sinking boat from a small piton while still coming in third place and Maxi Kniewasser and Ric Moxon racing without posting a time after putting in a valliant effort to get to the start line in time but just coming in 5 minutes to late (we were all relieved that we didn’t have to compete against these monsters…).

Check out some shots below from the race. I experimented with using the new Fuji Instax 210 wide to grab some portrait and personality shots for the race. What a fun little toy that turned out to be. The others were taken off the Nikon D3S.

Here are the competitors times for the whole length of the Calaghan Creek ! Next time you paddle the creek and spend 3 hrs scouting it all bear in mind these times ! :-)

Fred Norquist – Kurt Braunlich – 16:55
Matt Kompass – Ben Hawthorne – 17:09
Mark Basso – Benjamin Hjørt – 17:23
Greg Dashper – Mikael Aubin – 17:29
Jakub Drnec – Matt Mackinnon – 18:17
Jordie Mackenzie – Bryce Shaw – 18:31
Spencer Cox – Sean Allen – 20:05
Ali Marshall – Steve Arns – 23:40
Jonas Grünewald – Leif Embertson – DNF

3rd Ben Hawthorne and Matt Kompass

Spring Kayaking

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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??

Whistler Bike Park with Katrina strand, Miranda Miller and Rebecca McQueen

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whistler lake activities

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Ziptrek Eco Tours Whistler

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Whistler Bike Park opening day May 2010

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MEC Catalogue

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Spring feels like it is here

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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.

Freewriter magazine

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Freewriter just published this shot of Andy Meakin on Cloudburst mountain in their 4th issue. Check out Freewriter http://freewriter.ca/

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cloudburst

Nikon D3S for live video production

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I just used the Nikon D3S  as a ‘run and gun’ video camera to produce olympic highlight video virals for Tourism Whistler. Here are the end clips, they are all ungraded and produced as fast as possible for web release. The camera produces a nice web look but was very difficult to use as a true ‘run and gun’ tool.  The whole video DSLR theme still feels very young and not quite ready in some ways.

Reel Water Productions showreel from 2009

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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….

WATCH REEL WATER PRODUCTIONS CABLE CAMERA DEMO REEL ON VIMEO

Robin Avery slack lining for Reel Water Productions

Robin Avery slack lining for Reel Water Productions

Rider of the year awards

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Rider of the year awards

Rider of the year awards

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.

CLICK TO SEE MY SUBMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

VISIT PAT’S TRIBE RIDERS SITE

'Seasons' Web TV series

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Seasons web tv series

Seasons web tv series

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.

WATCH THE TRAILER ON VIMEO

Random

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Quick shot from the last of the summers greenery in the Squamish woods. Just after rain the forest is super lush. Jonathon Desrosiers getting in amongst the green, Squamish BC. Damn shame about the T-shirt though, orange would have made the shot a lot better ! You live and learn I guess……

Jonathon Desrosiers getting in amongst the green, Squamish BC

Jonathon Desrosiers getting in amongst the green, Squamish BC

Freewriter Magazine

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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.

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Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

Winter is just around the corner….

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Winters nearly here….

Whistler snowboard

Whistler snowboard

Crankworks 2009

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This weekend is the final weekend of Crankworks mountain bike festival at Whistler. Here is a shot of last years winner of the infamous slopestyle event Andreu Lacondeguy, during a pratice session this week. Having watched his pratice sessions this week I wouldn’t personally be suprised if he takes the top spot again, his level of riding seemed to be much more adventurous than some of the competition….

Andreu Lacondeguy training for the 2009 slopestyle at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy training for the 2009 slopestyle at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy's winning run in the 2008 slopestyle contest at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy's winning run in the 2008 slopestyle contest at Whistler

Whitewater Rafting with Anthill films

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Last week, I was out shooting with Anthill films again for the Tourism Whistler B-roll campaign. The location was the mighty Green river, ten minutes North of Whistler. The boats and support were provided by Wedge rafting.

Darcy shooting rafting from a cable

Darcy shooting rafting from a cable

Rafting on the Green river with Wedge rafting

Rafting on the Green river with Wedge rafting

Alpine hiking shoot

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Here are some shots from a recent Tourism Whistler shoot intended to showcase the alpine hiking trails on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Alpine hiking on Whistlers high note trail

Alpine hiking on Whistlers high note trail

Alpine hiking on Whistlers high note trail

Alpine hiking on Whistlers high note trail

Riding the Peak 2 Peak

Riding the Peak 2 Peak

High note trail on Whistler mountain

High note trail on Whistler mountain

POV kayaking shots

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I have been dreaming of ths idea for some time, the idea being to try and somehow capture a kayakers perspective of the river using a stills camera.

This idea has been used within skiing and boarding for sometime with photogs strapping cameras to magic arms or chest mounts to give the skiers/boarders perspective of the action. Jordan Manley has had some great success with this and has produced some amazing work quite often just using himself as the subject. I distinctly remember a front cover of his were by he had mounted a camera onto a ski pole and got a tight shot of himself skiing some deep pow. I remember at the time being interested in the shot and wondering if similar themes were possible within kayaking.

After a day of zipties, etha foam, duct tape, cam straps more cam straps and finally some duct tape I finally had an extremely dodgy rig to mount my D3 onto. With the D3 in the also sketchy ebay waterproof housing I slid into the Upper cheakmus river to test the system praying that I wouldn’t loose my camera in the process !

The first test of this system proved to be far better than I initially thought it would be. The kayak was pretty tail heavy and unbalanced, but you could get away with paddling easy class 4, I did feel extremely nervous about the possibility of a roll though, I think the weight and inbalance of the rigg may make it extremely difficult to get back up once capsized and a swim would be unthinkable !!

Anyway here are some of the first results. They have lots of room for improvement and need a lot of work to produce the shot I have in my mind, but I am quite happy that they are in focus, there are so far no condensation issues and most of all my camera is still in my possession and works !!

POV kayaking photography

POV kayaking photography

POV kayaking photography

POV kayaking photography

POV kayaking photography

POV kayaking photography