I went to OnDeck yesterday to hang out with Tomas and Aaron and take some photos for fun, this winter in Ottawa has been exceptionally snowy and it looks like we might not get out in the streets to skate till April at the earliest. Here’s a photo of Tomas doing a nosebone on the extension part of the mini ramp, gotta love my super sloppy lighting.
A shot from last week with Whitney one of Vireshs newer models, I’ve been shooting a bit more lately, and the spring is coming soon, I actually can’t wait. I bought some new golf clubs that I need to hit. I’ve also spent the past month and a half working on www.wheelsandwax.com a community based website that I run for action sports photographers. I managed to integrate the existing phpBB message board (including the user database) into Joomla and combine it with Coppermine for a Photo Gallery section. Anyways enough geek talk, here’s a photo of Whitney (Make up by Ellie McMillan):
I had my first shoot in the studio 2 weeks ago, since sometime in November. I shot two of Viresh’s models Ioanna and Adrian, we were just going for some simple beauty shots, which was probably a good thing given how rusty I was. This model is Ioanna, and the make up was done by Ellie McMillan. Oh and happy Valentines Day to everyone.
The winter is going by pretty fast and I’ve only spent 2 days out riding so far, hopefully I’ll get more in. I went up to Tremblant yesterday with Howie and Dunn, and got some good riding in (the bar stool also saw a lot of action… funny how that works). I also spent the last two weekends shooting ice sculptures and people carving said ice sculptures for the NCC here in Ottawa, at Winterlude. It was definitely a different type of photography for me, very out of my norm of shooting 10-15 photos and calling it a day. Here’s a photo that I could never get to look right in photoshop, something bout the colours are off.. maybe I should just convert it to black and white.
A pretty infamous set of stairs in Ottawa, I first skated here about 12 years ago, not the steps, but the ledges right behind it. It was great before everything was capped (except the $100 tickets for skating) you could skate the same ledge for 4 or 5 tricks in a row. I don’t even remember when this photo is from other than this passed summer, it’s of Keith doing a backside heelflip down the set, I can’t even remember if he landed it, I’m pretty sure he did. The digital version is even worse than the film.. ugh
I shot this photo back in the fall sometime with Keith, a few of the guys were skating it, Seb fs-flipped it (obviously) and Keith did his go to trick of pop shuv. We got the boot pretty quick, for some reason I was singled out by security. So I’m at my car, already removed the CF-card and replaced it with another one just incase, and the security guy comes up to me, and starts asking me stuff, for ID etc. I tell him I don’t have any, I didn’t know what we were doing was illegal, I’m from out of town blah blah blah. About halfway through talking out of my ass, I notice he’s not security, he’s RCMP.. ruh oh? So I quickly back track, after he tells me I can’t be driving a car without a license, etc etc. Long story short, it sucks getting booted off of private property for trespassing, when not more than 10 feet from us, people were playing soccer on the same property. Reminds me of those Nike Commercials from back in the day when Nike SB was started.
I’m sorry blog, I’ve been neglecting you.. actually I haven’t picked up my camera in about 2 months. It’s pretty strange but I go through times like that where I’m just lacking inspiration.. or something to shoot. Either way things are turning around, I’ve got a shoot next week with Cover Models Management, and then a contract for 2 weekends to shoot Ice Carvers at Winterlude for the NCC in Ottawa, should be fun. In the mean time, here’s a photo from sometime in the summer of Aaron doing a back tailslide bigspin out. Maybe it was shuv out.. I can’t remember.
Happy new year to the people still reading my blog from time to time. A lot of stuff has happened in the past couple of weeks in my life, it seems this time of year I always make life altering decisions. I quit my job at iStudio and moved to Got Corporation to work on CampaignerPro as a .Net Developer; which I’m very excited about. The new office is out in Kanata, I started on Monday of this week and the drive isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be; about 25-30 mins (20 if I bob and weave through traffic).
On the 27th of December I signed a contract to purchase a new home, I bought a 2 story condo in south Ottawa that I’ll be moving in to sometime in September ’08. I’ve also been neglecting my camera, my blog and the rest of my life, it seems I’ve somehow managed to get the flu, get rid of it, then find it again, and have been sick for the better part of the past month.
Here’s a photo of Aaron doing a front board on a rail over on Prince of Whales, we shot this in November or October before it got cold out.
What better way to end the year with another photo from the archives, I shot this back in the middle of August, after going on a 2 month hiatus from shooting photos. We actually got a lot of shots done that day/night. We hit up this spot and a few others that night, it was my first time taking any photos of Seb, he’s pretty much got any kickflip trick dialed so tight. This one is of him doing a 3 flip off the ledge and over the pylons and stuff.
Another one from the archives, actually this wasn’t too too long ago, October 30th actually. We hit up the slater 4 flat 2, then the Britannia rail by the beach. I don’t know of Aaron was saving all his tricks for that night, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him land that many tricks in one night. I also got a sick photo of Seb but I’m saving that one to send in. Here’s another one of Aaron, the most photographed person by me for my blog. Varial flip down the slater 4 flat 2.