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Delphin Advert for PH kayaks

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Portfolio site update

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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

Gallery Showing – Zephyr Cafe Squamish

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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.

Bella Coola

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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.

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

Canoe kayak Magazine

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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??

Mist

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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…….

System X Catalogue

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System X Catalogue

System X Catalogue

MEC Catalogue

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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

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

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

Nikon D3S

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The Nikon D3S has just been released as an upgrade to the current D3. Lots of geeky numbers and chat online about the pros and cons of the camera. Personally I can’t wait for the video option and despite it’s inflexible formats the sheer scope that the high ISO shooting gives will outweigh all the possible downsides to this feature. Canon despite juggling numbers on their new 1D still do not have a proven high ISO solution.

Hopefully the cameras should ship soon. I can’t wait to shoot video with all my lenses to choose from….

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.

Read more about Freewriter

Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

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

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

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