Another year has come and gone for the Enjoy The Trick Summer Jam. This years jam went down in the Lumberyard Bmx Park basement with several sponsors showing their generosity in a major way. Myself, Anthony Buglio, Justin Hoey, and Bruce Crisman were on hand to film the actions of the day. In collaboration with FlatwebTv and The Community Media I put together this edit of the days highlights and some of the nights as well. So enjoy the show.
We the People's Tim Storey and Nick Harris took the long flight from Australia to the great northwest for their first American adventure. A few Steigl's later and many stories to tell this video captures their perception of some of the American landscape. Filmed by Chester Blacksmith and myself. Edited by me.
ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) Bike Tour 2012
At the beginning of summer I participated on a bike ride that was part of the annual Pedalpalooza bike festival here in the great northwest. The festival celebrates the use of bikes in all forms by showcasing several bike rides for a whole month. Some of these rides include the international naked bike ride, bike jousts, bridge tour, and the one I attended (ADU Bike Tour). The bike ride was intended to showcase a few of the many tiny houses and accessory dwellings growing in the Portland area. These houses are small add ons to existing structures and the layout and designs were something to appreciate. I was asked to document the ride and put together a little video to share with the rest of the world. This is that video. Thanks to Peter Ovington for assisting with the camera shots and interviews. There is a list of informative sites at the end of the video for anyone interested in this subject.
Engulfed in Mist
One of the better reasons to be in the great northwest during the summer season is the endless amounts of trails, mountain passes, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches and night skies to explore. We are going on our sixth year in Portland and I still feel we have barely scratched the surface of the intense landscape that lies all around us. One example is ElowahÂ Falls. We have only visited this particular waterfall a few timesÂ , and its only a 40 minute drive from downtown PDX. Consider the fact that the Columbia River Gorge where Wahkeena Falls pounds the rocks below is clustered with 77 or more falls (thats just on the Oregon side). All I can say is pictures don't do justice.
Spent some time with Ed Bauer last week shooting some photos for print and web use. The interesting thing is Ed represents a Vegan lifestyle. His life revolves around fitness and body building, but he uses it to promote a message of a healthy food source Â and a more compassionate ideal. So next time you wonder if vegans can get protein remember this guy.
So summer is working its way into our daily lives. Warm, sunny days are breaking up the routine of 1 or 2 days a week of time on the bike. Exhausted from the extra hours rolling around, but too eager to notice it, we keep going. We are trying to clock in on this new found energy and bring out the camera as much as possible. By the end of summer we will be finishing up the Community video. The video will include a photo zine depicting some of the motion in a static state. Here are a couple snippets that will be included in the zine.
Ryan Greene and Snotty are great examples of that summer fever in action.
A Glimpse into Pdx Nightlife
On the last night in the apartment a little time was spent capturing the nightlife below. This glimpse shows the heart beat of a city at night moving along in a methodical pattern of lights and movement. Just a few short time lapse examples from Casa de Matt. This view will now belong to another.
Hole in the Wall
Along the final length of the 101 highway the road winds up the coast, eventually wrapping inland to find views of the Olympic Mountains. The coastline in Northern Washington has some incredible gems to explore.Â About 15 miles west of the 101, just outside of a well known town thanks to the infamous book series turned movies of werewolves and vampires dealing with teenage love, waits Rialto beach. Find a spot for the car, throw on a pack, and begin the slow hike up the beach.
A little over a mile the rock out croppings begin to come into sight. One rock ledge divides the beach, offering only a natural doorway that is accessible at low tide. Also accessible are the vast range of tide pools displaying so many different ocean creatures. On our search we came across several starfish, sea urchants, and even an octupus. The shoreline is scattered with Old Growth trees dried into gigantic pieces of driftwood by the encroaching tides. Behind these trees you can find shelter and many unique camping spots to post up and watch the sun set and the waves roll in. This is only the first stage of a much longer possible hike 2o miles up the coastline, weaving in and out of the canvas of trees and sandy beaches. We spent the night at Hole in the wall before turning back, but the next trip may take us further up. Exciting to think what else we will find along the trail north.
Redwoods Adventure 2011
Early Fall in the Redwoods National Park is an incredible time for many reasons. One the summer crowds are gone, two the weather is cooperative, three the wildlife comes out for final preparations for the winter months. Five people crammed into my Subaru for a long weekend of hiking and camping along the edge of the giant redwoods of Northern California.Â
The Subaru, recently purchased, had some trouble along the way (bad head gasket) but powered through to the very end. Sherry, Lynda, Ben, Anthony, and I spent one night along the coast on the first night, sleeping with the crashing waves echoing in the distance.
Â The next few days that followed were spent exploring a few of the redwood groves that dot the Redwood National forest, which consists of three areas; Jedidiah Smith, Del Norte, and Prairie Creek.
We got to witness the awe of the Stout Tree Grove and the dizzying heights of the Tall Trees grove. The latter was our destination for camping the second night, as an additional mile hike to the Redwood Creek bed would provide a sandy bar to sleep on.
This creek was also filled with life, from small animals like frogs and geckos to larger furry ones such as the small group of deer that walked by the camp a couple times.
This trip has become an annual event, and for a reason. These are just a few of the images I captured while on the trip. Can't wait for next year.
DIY Dslr Slider
Because of the high cost investment it takes to get a slider I decided to put some effort into creating my own version. After a few hours of research online, checking out different DIY versions of slider, I came to the idea for this one. Next step was a trip to Home Depot to see what basic materials I could find for the slider. $38.00 later this is what I have. The slider works well, but I feel there can be improvement. I think i am going to add a bearing system and a better plate for the fluid head. Also I want to figure out a servo system for timelapse movements. So this is the first edition of a long project. Thanks to the cat pack and Pauly Cvikevich for being the on camera talent for this shoot.
Cold Day on the Lot
The days are short and the dry days we get up in the northwest usually bring some cold with it. A high 30s day on the lot was spent riding and shooting with fellow Masshole Matt St. Gelais. One thing about growing up in the Unpredictable New England Fall and winter means cold weather will not deter us from getting on the bike. It hurts to fall and you need to keep moving to keep all fingers and toes from locking up, but it is worth the extra effort. These are a few of the shots we got from the session.
Portland Fur Free March 2011
On November 25, 2011 roughly 150+ people took to the streets of downtown Portland to bring light to the brutal massacre of millions of animals for fashion and financial gain. This video highlights a couple of the speeches made that day and the march which lead past several businesses who continue to carry fur products on their shelves.
For more information visit:Â furkills.org/
Hop, Stop, and Roll.Â
Late fall is showing it's head and winter is around the corner. That means a significant lack of sunlight to enjoy. These are the times for night sessions and also one of the best times to play with lighting. It's hard to justify the height of this manual without a brief description. The barrier stands about 6 inches over handlebar height. An awkward curb gives a bit of lip on the way up, but then there is the stop sign and cement pillar to contend with also. It had been a while since we shot a photo so it was a good night for everyone.
Journey into the Enchantments part1
A couple weeks back four of us traveled up the east side of the Cascade range in Washington State on route to one of the best known backpacking areas in the country, Enchantment Lakes Basin. Anthony Buglio, Josh Darling, Kjell Moline and I left the Stuart Lake Trailhead on September 15 in search of landscape that is rarely witnessed in this world. This video is a glimpse into the three day trip. Thanks guys for one of the best experiences in my life.
The Up and Coming
Having been in this game for as long as I have means I have seen trends change, companies come and go, and new generations of riders making their way up the ladder. Watching someone come up from early days is a great experience. The absolute love for cruising on two wheels is shown on their face. The raw excitement of discovering what you can do on a bike for the first time; its like adding fuel to a fire. Sage Howard is one of the local Oregon guys who is developing some real good bikes skills and a style that is his. This shot was from a sunset session at the now infamous dinosaur park (Tigard Park). He was leaning some of these out with consistency so of course I wanted to capture a moment.
Community Bmx is a project in the works with the goal of showcasing bmx from the vantage point of the rider; what it means to each of us. The riders in this teaser span across the U.S., from Oregon, to California, to Colorado. A full length video is in production now. Look for it to come out in early 2012. Until then take a look at the Apparel offered atÂ communitybmx.bigcartel.com
Joe Pennell Cracked Frame Edit
Recently Joe Pennell traveled to Portland from the Seattle area to ride some new spots. We didn't get to too many spots because Joe had a bag full of tricks to pick from at each of them. One thing to keep in mind is the bike he rides has a large tear in the top tube of his frame.
Out of Sight
Trails are such an elusive thing. Far from the sights of civil society a group of people put in limitless amounts of hours and energy, molding and sculpting a large area into a work of art. The methods vary from one area to another, because you need to consider the type of soil you are digging in, the terrain, access to water and sun, seasons, and a slew of other factors. The skills and experience are developed slowly. The gains from all this are days with friends cruising the jumps; the excitement aroundÂ someoneÂ Â going for that next set or adding in a new trick.
The northwest has a hidden empire of trails known worldwide. Portland has had its history of trails, but within the last few years there has been a rebirth. The old Grotto jumps were brought back to life, pump tracks and back yard trails have begun popping up, and within the last few years a new spot has grown out of the forest. Â Kale and Pat, two midwest transplants began the construction with Kurtis, another transplant for near by Washington.
The backbreaking labor these guys put in during all types of harsh weather to create this place shows with that first step down the hill into the trails. Everything is formed with precision, and with good reason. The steep grade and large sets get you moving fast and mistakes result in some scary scenarios.
Its a tradition when the 4th comes around for me to stay put and not become a statistic in the mad rush of campers, pickups, and other cars heading somewhere for the holiday. This year I broke that tradition and against better judgement made the journey with Sherry and friends to Pacific city on the central coast of Oregon. For a couple days a tent sitting 1/4 mile from the beach was home. Only a 15 minute drive away stood the tallest waterfall on the Oregon coast with water cascading 319 ft. down. Short hike to this spot, but still incredible.
A few miles down the beach, on the opposite side of a 200 ft. tall mound of sand was Pacific City. Here cars are allowed to drive on the beach, so when the sun had many people remained parked on the beach in anticipation of the fireworks show. Fire pits dotted the landscape with personal, yet illegal, fireworks exploding from each group.Kind of woild how a state that has laws against fireworks like this tends to just turn away on the weekend of the 4th.