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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.

The River Gypsies Guide to North America

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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.

Check out the River Gypsies Guide to North America

River Gypsies Guide to North America

River Gypsies Guide to North America

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

Zipline shots

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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

Britannia Creek cable camera from Steve Rogers Photography on Vimeo.

Cable camera on Britannia Creek

Kayaking cable camera

Andrew Oberhardt

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

Squamish Base

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Cody Nordick Base jumping the Squamish chief during a shoot for Reel Water Productions.

Cody Nordick jumping the Squamish chief

Cody Nordick Base jumping the Squamish chief

Rain, rain, rain………

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It has rained for a solid week now in Squamish. One of the great by products of this is the amazing fog you get in the woods. Jonathon Desrosiers enjoys a trail ride in the dark woods of the Garibaldi Highlands….

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Jonathon Desrosiers biking in Squamish

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

The rain finally came

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After what seems like months of little to no rain, it finally arrrived. Dryed out and parched forests sucked up the moisture and breathed life once again…..
Hopefully the rain at least slowed up some of the still raging forest fires…..
I caught the last light of the day on the descent from Peak 1 on the chief…
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The rain rolls in to the Squamish Chief

Shooting with Reel Water Productions

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This weekend was spent shooting with RWP for an up and coming TV documentry. RWP are a Squamish based production company run by Bryan Smith. In the past I have worked with Bryan on some of his Ocean kayaking movies and other kayak based productions. The rigging for the stunt was set up by Local climbing/rigging guru Matt Madaloni.

This weekends shoot was between summits 2 and 3 on the Stawamus chief here in Squamish. The plan was for ‘extreme ginger’ Robin Avery to walk a slackline spanning the gulley between the two points.

The shoot turned out to be a full adventure weekend with us ending up getting stormed off the peak on saturday evening as a lightenning storm descended upon the Chief. Having planned for a dry lightweight bivouc on the Chief, non of the team had brought tarps, waterproof camera bags or even rain jackets as the forcast had shown nothing but dry weather. Just as we finished up shooting on Saturday evening what looked like a sizeable storm rolled around the back of Garibaldi peak, the general consesus was it was nothing but a light shower :-) 20 mins later we were booting it over peak 2 cluthcing our camera’s within our bivi bags, watching as lightenning bolts fell all around us. We finally ended up descending in torrential rain in pitch blackness.

All in all the weekend was a total success, the team worked well together, overcame the many hurdles in the way and came back down on sunday evening with a TV documentry ready to be edited. Here are some of the images from the weekends events……

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Hauling the Am steel to get the line under tension

Hauling the Am steel to get the line under tension

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Tim Loubier shooting the rigging of the line

Tim Loubier shooting the rigging of the line

The Slackers crew

The Slackers crew

Robin out testing the line

Robin out testing the line

Robin walking the thin line , with the cable camera rigging above him

Robin walking the thin line , with the cable camera rigging above him

The end of a long days shooting

The end of a long days shooting

"Nah it's nothing, just be a bit of drizzle"

"Nah it's nothing, just be a bit of drizzle"

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

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

Shooting with Anthill films

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Darcy Wittenburg working his cable camera magic

Darcy Wittenburg working his cable camera magic

Yesterday was spent shooting alongside Anthill films again for the up and coming Tourism Whistler B-roll campaign. the day began with a shoot in Meadow park of a family open canoeing down the River of Golden dreams, followed up with an afternoon on the valley trail with Darcy setting up super complex cable camera shots to link together a trail running shot with a golf shoot. After watching  Darcy’s cable camera shot live I can’t wait to see the finished product, it’s is definatley going to be some of the best Tourism B-roll outhtere, not many towns can say they that have that level of production put into there Advertising campaigns.

The morning shoot gave me chance to mess around with my latest toy, a waterproof camera bag/housing. I have messed about with all kinds of systems in the past for housing video cameras, but spent little time with an SLR housing. Most of the options used by surf photographers and divers are ridiculously expensive and tend to be dedicated to your brand and model of camera back. when you consider the rate that camera backs are outdating themselves these days, a 2-4 thousand dollar investment on a underwater housing is not that realistic unless you are selling a huuuuge number of surf or dive images. In the end I threw down on a made in China, ebay special, rip off of the ewa marine bags.

So far the bag seems to be staying dry, but I can’t say I am still not shitting myself putting my D3 into the water in a cheap ebay bag !! There also seems to be quite a learning curve as to what works with the bag as the most obvious half in half out shots really seem to require a lot of light and crystal clear water. at present most of the shots that seem to have been working are water line shots using the reflections and ripples in the water to create interest…

As far as kayaking goes, I haven’t had chance to use the bag, but I can’t wait, maybe the bottom pools at Tatlow creek might make for some super cool under water shots ?? we shall have to wait and see, in the meantime , lets hope it doesn’t leak in and flood my D3 ! that will certainly leave me up shit creek :-)

Darcy and CJ set up the shot

Darcy and CJ set up the shot

River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, BC

River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, BC

River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, BC

River of Golden Dreams, Whistler, BC

Kayak season is almost upon us…..

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Well the snow is on it’s way out, pig flu is on it’s way in, the temperatures are rising and the rivers are slowly starting to fill for the summer. The rivers and creeks around the Squamish area are still low in relation to how warm it has been, it seems it may be another week or so before the season truly begins. Maybe the first of the rains will open the season with a bang ?

At present the Whistler area is slowly moving, but things like the Calaghan Creek are still too low, maybe a week or so will see them coming into the low end flows. Vancouver is starting to move and the Ashlu area maybe offering low Box Canyon flows.

All too soon the rivers will go from trickles to raging torrents and the start of the spring madness begins ! Spring kayaking always feels a little bit sketchy as you are often not as fresh as you are mid summer and the rivers are at their highest and most challenging flows. Spring in the Whistler area, usually means lots of laps on the super classic upper Cheak and high flow Calaghan runs, both offering big volume fun creeking…..

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith on the upper Cheak

Tim Loubier

Tim Loubier on Calaghan Creek