Photography
Feb 19th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Another beautiful day up on Cypress Mountain. We finally got some much-needed snow on the local mountains this weekend (about 25cm or so), so we got up early on Saturday morning to get at it. If you squint, you might be able to make out Katie halfway up the hill on the right. Speaking of which, the hill is easily twice as steep as it looks in this photo – it’s actually a pretty gnarly little run.

 

Feb 9th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

I’ve been pretty busy over the last couple months, so I didn’t get a chance to look back at my November photos until February of 2012. Looking back, November looked like a thin month for pictures, seeing as a lot of these are very ‘work-centric’ photos, and reference photos of things in progress.

  • Vanier Park dirt jumps – one of the parks I worked on for over a decade – we were able to ride it well into November this year… That’s always a good thing to get a good long season in before the wet weather hits.
  • A birthday cake illustration I was working on for Dandelion KIDS, a freelance client of mine. This was for an email/blog graphic announcing their 7th birthday – the illustration was based on a hand-crafted cake they made from boxes and textured materials.
  • I came across the Sarah McLachlan School of Music – I’d heard about it, but didn’t know it was right in the neighbourhood, along 7th Avenue. I’ve got to admit, I’m Sarah McLachlan’s smallest fan, but she’s providing free music schooling to kids in Vancouver that couldn’t afford to do so otherwise, so that’s pretty cool. Hopefully she doesn’t teach the kids how to write ballads though.
  • A photo of a large banner-stand sample from work… I’m impressed by how bright the printers can print on fabric today – in the past printing on fabric used to be so dull and lifeless, and this sample was just popping.
  • We checked out Hey Rosetta! at The Commodore – you can see more pictures from the show here.
  • A brand new pack of freshly printed business cards that belonged to one of the guys at work that had moved on. It must have fallen out of the dumpster at work, but it was sitting in the alley in such a way… It was just funny. It has a ‘screw you’ thrown on the ground look about it. But that’s probably just because there’s always just the most random garbage sitting in this part of the alley – always a surprise.
  • This ad for Nitro snowboards was just printed so well, it looked really dimensional with the black/dark grey background that it made the colour part of the ad (the snowboard) just jump off the page. Considering there’s almost no control when printing an ad in a magazine, that’s a job well done.
  • This is the Christmas card I made for the studio this year… This tugboat ‘card’ actually folds down flat and fits into an envelope. It took a couple days to get the dieline to work and fold down perfectly, but it was a fun project, right down to the illustrations. I’ll have to put together a post breaking down how much work went into this card – it was a big hit with clients.
  • October’s final snack day at work kept the snacks going well into November… The ghost inhabited gingerbread house was shown no mercy into it’s final days.

 

Listening to:
Inspiral Carpets – Revenge of the Goldfish
Dub Trio – IV
Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
Poster Children – Junior Citizen
Male Bonding – Endless Now
Sons of Freedom – Sons of Freedom s/t
X – Los Angeles (Expanded version)
Collapse Under the Empire – Shoulders & Giants
Samhain – Unholy Passion
The Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Dec 18th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Cypress Mountain bluebird day photo

Stoked on the feeling in this pic… That’s what today felt like on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. The fog was creeping in and out throughout the day, you can see it hanging low in the valley behind the trees.

Dec 2nd 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

October happened a little while back – seems like forever now, and I’ve been slacking on keeping up with the photos. Here’s the latest…

  • Hwy 99 on the way to the Squamish skatepark. The new Mastadon album was playing, which made the trip that much better. Been playing that album a lot.
  • Went to the opening party at the Museum of Vancouver for the Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver show – good stuff. Good to see some of those old signs buzzing like crazy again.
  • The fall colours of our neighbourhood in Kitsilano, this street always goes crazy bright red for as far as you can see.
  • For Thanksgiving weekend, we bailed on our annual Oregon coast trip because of heavy rains, and so we headed to the Okanagan to catch the last bit of summer. The warm days made up for the -15° temperatures at night in the tent left a little to be desired. We made some hamburgers on the open grill, but only had hot dog buns left over, so we had hamburgerdogs and those delicious potatoes you see wrapped in tinfoil.
  • One of the things we did on our camping trip was ride on our bikes on a 25km stretch (round trip) of the Myra Canyon Trestles, which is part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail (and the Trans Canada trail). I’ve wanted to do that ride for a while, and the trestles were just completed their rebuild in 2008 (many of the 12+ trestles burned to the ground in the 2003 forest fires in the region). Doing this ride at this time of the year turned out to be perfect, because usually we’re in the area during the peak of summer temperatures… This photo is one of the larger trestles on the ride, and has a nice lookout area halfway across. A couple more pictures below are from the Myra Canyon ride.
  • I tweeted this picture of this ‘Cooksgiving Day’ cake at work on October 4th. Our web developer, James, makes special Apple-themed cakes for product announcements, and this was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. These product announcements, formerly know as ‘JobsMas’ needed a new name because this was Tim Cook’s first product launch as CEO. Steve Jobs died the following day. Bummer.
  • Camping at Hydraulic Lake, we rode our bikes a good distance down a very underused road, and stopped here to check out the sunset. There’s another picture of that sunset below.
  • A couple of carrots that Katie pulled out of our garden – how one can grow so large and the one right beside barely grow at all…
  • Halloween night this guy was riding his bike around the neighbourhood, and you could see the glow from half a block away. His ‘Tron’ bike was covered in LED lights (and many, many batteries), and was so bright the colours barely register in this photo.

 

Sunset at Hydraulic Lake.

I climbed up the side of a cliff to get an overview shot of the Myra Canyon Trestles, with this shot looking down in front of the tunnel in the following photo below.

On the trail, there’s a couple of tunnels that are a pretty good length, and it’s definitely dark in there.

 

Listening to:
Mastadon – The Hunter
The Rakes – Capture/Release
Rainer Maria – Rainer Maria s/t (reissue)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition)
Snowpony – The Slow-Motion World Of Snowpony
Wagon Christ – Toomorrow
Wavves – Life Sux EP
Rival Schools – Pedals
Karnivool – Sound Awake
The Flowers of Hell – The Flowers of Hell s/t
Feeder – Silent Cry
Anvil – Juggernaut of Justice

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Nov 13th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (7)

Hey Rosetta! was back in Vancouver playing at The Commodore on their ‘Yer Fall Tour, so we met up their manager Jason for a few drinks. I watched most of the show from the floor, which is a much better vantage point to see these guys live, but I joined the crew side-stage to catch the last few songs hoping to catch the confetti cannon when it went off. I got a couple decent shots of the leaf-shaped confetti as it blasted out… Pretty epic moment of the show.

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (3)

The iPhone can only catch so much low-light action… But here’s the confetti cannon going off.

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (12)

One of their fans made a cake that matched the ‘Yer Fall tour graphic, so I quickly took this photo up in the dressing room before anybody cut into it. People were pretty stoked on it.

More photos after the jump…

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Nov 6th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

I guess this edition of the iPhone dump is all photos from a Denman and Hornby Island trip. My parents did a 60+ day drive from Ontario, up to the Arctic Circle, over to Alaska and then down to meet us for the Labour Day long weekend at Denman Island just off of Vancouver Island. They did the drive in the truck camper (see the third photo)… Close living quarters for the two month journey here, and continued on back to Ontario over the following couple of weeks.

  • The sunset from the Ferry over to Nanaimo.
  • If you’ve ever been to Hornby Island, you’ll know this pub with the grass roof.
  • Here’s the truck camper my parents made the epic journey in.
  • This random sculpture was made on the beach out of things that were laying around, it’s about one-foot square.
  • Katie and I rode our bikes over to Hornby to hit the mountain bike trails… Fun day. That’s me up at the very top, with a massive cliff just off to my right side.
  • Ford’s Cove on Hornby Island have the craziest beach with these rock formations that go on forever. It’s a must see if you ever go.
  • The most southern tip of Denman Island at Boyle Point Provincial Park. There was a sea lion hanging out down here and he was making a bunch of noise, but he did his best to elude us.
  • Chains detail, on the ferry from Denman to Hornby Island.
  • Tribune Bay beach… It’s a pretty epic beach, I’m pretty sure it’s rated Canada’s best white sand beach. It was so nice to jump into after mountain biking for a few hours.

 

Here’s a couple of bonus shots looking across to Denman Island from Hornby Island shot while waiting for the ferry.

 

Listening to:
The Jealous Sound – Kill Them With Kindness
Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
She Wants Revenge – Valleyheart
Q And Not U – Different Damage
Rogue Wave – Asleep at Heaven’s Gate
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
Verbena – Into the Pink
Luna – Lunapark
Poster Children – Junior Citizen

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

 

Nov 6th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Summer… Nothing else need be said.

  • 3rd Beach in Vancouver, with the sun just hitting the horizon.
  • Picked up a new bike from MacNeil/Ten Pack Distribution. It’s a thing of beauty….
  • Came across this print while I was sifting through a bin at that crazy craft store on Main Street, right beside The 5 Point Restaurant. Also found this gem in a bin full of old slides. That store is magic. Magic junk. Amazing.
  • Bonsor Skatepark fullpipe just before the sun goes down.
  • The cat, Nik, chillin’ out in front of the house. He loves hanging out on the hot rock walkway after a full day of sun warms them up perfect for him. The sun does it for him. He’s a cat, everything is done for him. He knows it.
  • English Bay – riding by one night on a seawall cruise, just had to stop and shoot this. You have too, right?
  • Donut Peaches from Jind Fruit, one of our clients. Does anything say summer more than peaches?
  • Hanging out in Katie’s new Hammock… so comfy.
  • Jones Lake – 2 hours outside of Vancouver, and a great place to chill in the lake with an epic view in the background, that’s me on the left.

 

Listening to:
Collapse Under the Empire – Shoulders & Giants
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy re-mastered (and all the new JAMC remastered discs for that matter)
Pigface – Washingmachine Mouth
Throwing Muses – Anthology: Deluxe Book
Sparkmarker – Products and Accessories
X – Los Angeles
We Were Promised Jetpacks – In the Pit of the Stomach
Dub Trio – IV

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

 

Sep 28th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0

Photo shot by Paul at MuffinAndPedal.com. Click the photo to see a larger version.

A riding photo of me shot last weekend at Ron Mercer’s backyard slice of heaven, The Woodyard. Pretty stoked on how this one-footer over the hip turned out. This was shot at the end of a long riding day, the ramp was starting to get busy with some fresh young’ins that had just shown up, and I was pretty tired. I think this shot is from my last run of the day… Psyched. Thanks for the shot Paul. I’ll be poaching this for my Facebook profile pic for sure.

You can see the full story on the MuffinAndPedal.com blog here.

 

 

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