This past New Year’s Eve, I had the opportunity to work with Red Bull for their Red Bull “New Year’s No Limits” event. I was able to shoot the same event two years ago, when Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car off the Long Beach Pier onto a sand barge.
When we scouted for our spots the evening before the event, I knew it was going to be a challenge to find something unique. It was also a little intimidating working next to the best in the business (Christian Pondella, Rich Van Every, Chris Tedesco, & Garth Milan), hoping that I would be able to put out quality work like them. By no means did they put that pressure on me. They are some of the coolest people, and nicest people I have had the opportunity to work with. After roaming the area for an hour I found my spot, and all I had to do was wait till the next day.
It was New Year’s Eve. I packed up my gear, and headed down to the water to meet up with the crew. We dropped off our bags, and headed out to our spots. I started my half a mile (so it seemed) walk to my spot. Little did I know – it was the start of my downward spiral.
When I arrived at my shooting spot, I pulled out my camera and took a test shot. I noticed something was different with the frame compared to the frame I took the evening before. It took me a minute to figure out, but then I noticed that the event crew had moved a crane, which obstructed my shot. With only 45 minutes until the jump, I frantically scrambled to find a new location, like a ninja moving through the crowd. When I found an alternative location, the fog had started to get really bad. The lights that light up the jump made shooting at the jump almost impossible; due to the fog and the direction the lights were pointed.
I knew I had to find something else, and again I scrambled to find another location. After ninja moving around again, I found a third location to shoot from. It was a real relief, since I had 15 minutes before the jump. As I set up my two cameras, I happened to drop my 70-200 (primary lens). My mouth dropped. My lens would not focus any more. By this time I was freaking out. Luckily, after jerking the lens around, I was able to get the lens to focus on the jump. All I could do was pray that it would not fail. Both cameras were set up, and now all I had to do was pull the trigger.
At this point, the fog was so bad I could barley see the people standing on top of the landing. If the fog didn’t break, I would again be kind of screwed. There was an eerie buildup to the jump, as the fog would get worse, get clear, then get worse again.
Finally, just minutes before the jump, things started to look promising. The fog started the clear out, and you could hear Levi Lavallee, and Robbie Maddison start their snowmobile and motorbike. They took a few warm up laps, then headed up to the starting ramp. The fog was still holding off, the riders got the all clear, and then they were off.
They both flew over 300 feet, landed perfectly, and everything was over in about 4 seconds. Levi set a world record of 412.6 feet and Robbie went 378.9 feet just shy of the 400 foot goal. Even though I wasn’t able to walk away with the shots I was hoping for, it was still a blast. It was a big learning experience that will only help me down the road. I want to thank Chris Humbard (Co Pilot), Christian Pondella, Jordan Miller, Marv Watson and RedBull for the experience of a lifetime.
This year so far I have been fortunate to be published in Decline Magazine. Check out my articles for the AT’s Showdown and Jagaround (Japan trip I took last November).
Hope you enjoy.
Decline February 2012 Issue
Decline May 2012 Issue
Recently I have been MIA and out of town working in California. Before I left on my trip, my sisters fiancé and friend Seth Grant asked if I would take photos of his rockabilly band “Slick 50” recording at the Heights Community Center.I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a good time with a change in scenery from what I usually shoot.
You can catch the “Slick 50” play at the Press Club downtown and sometimes at Swing Dancing nights at the Heights Community Center.
College Basketball is one of my favorite times of the year, mainly because I get to shoot the Lobos in The Pit. The Lobos had rocky start to the season but it was amazing to see the team get better and better every game. It was a packed house in The Pit when the Rebels made there way down the ramp and they knew it was going to be a tough night coming off a lost and the Lobos coming off a win in San Diego. What they didn’t know was that it was going to be the “Drew Gordon Show”.
Gordon shot for 27 points and had 20 rebounds. Gordon was unstoppable that night and there was really nothing the Rebels could do that night. The Lobos clicked that night and everyone was doing their part. Emotions were flaring and the Lobos triumph over 11th Ranked UNLV in The Pit.
Even though the Lobos had a rough time at CSU I thought I would share some photos from Saturdays Game.
Winter is in full force here in Albuquerque with snow falling and temperatures dropping in to the single digits. I got a call a few weeks ago from my buddy Chris over at Celicus Clothing that his winter line will be in soon. Shooting with Celicus Clothing is always a blast because we do it purely for fun. There is no stress or deadline and the theme for every shoot is fun/random. Another thing Chris asked me to this year was to shoot his family photos with his roommates. It was one the funniest times time’s I have had behind the lens. Hope you enjoy.
You can check out Celicus Clothing’s Website HERE
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot my friends Clare and Erik’s wedding. This would be my third wedding and let me tell you I was still pretty nervous. When I shoot a wedding it is different from most. I shoot most of the wedding unorchestrated (except for a few family photos) and enjoy capturing the natural moment.
The day started early and I just floated between the bridesmaid and groomsman. By wedding time I was relaxed and just enjoyed clicking away. I really don’t have much to say other than I had a blast. I hope you enjoy some images from the wedding.