Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mongoose Know Your Roots roadtrip, USA

I'm just back from the US, traveling round Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with Mongoose bikes, pro riders Steve Romaniuk and Amir Kabbani and MTB journalists from Australia and South Africa.
There was a lot of travelling involved but we got to do some amazing riding — especially at Angel Fire Resort — and visit some very cool places along the way.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, originally uploaded by Andy Waterman.

I've not put any photos on here for ages.
I took this at the Forest of Dean last week. Such fun trails down there.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lincoln Grand Prix — Condor Video

I shot this for Condor at the weekend. I need to buy a proper microphone... Lesson learned.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fashion Videos: Philip Lim thumbs up

My girlfriend is a stylist so for a while now I've been keeping an eye on fashion videos with a thought at the back of my mind that we could possibly do a test shoot in the future. We've done still test shoots in the past, and while stills are great, video is something I get the impression the fashion world is only just getting to grips with, but the market is likely to grow pretty rapidly.
However, most of the videos I've seen so far are crap: either utterly impenetrable arty bollocks or say-what-you-see yawnfests.
So, I was impressed when I found this Philip Lim video on today. I love the way the director of photography has utilised the light, the architecture and the colour-grading to make it look properly cool and aspirational. What more does it need?

3.1 Phillip Lim "Weavers" Men's FW11 Collection from 3.1PhillipLim on Vimeo.

Vertical Video

I'm a sucker for a novelty, so when I spotted this vertical MTB film, it got me pretty fired up to give one a go myself next time I go out to shoot. I think it looks pretty cool in this situation — I'm looking forward to trying it myself.

SUNNY SIDE UP! from infinite trails on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

BMC Trailfox — headcam video

From yesterday, music by Yuck (my — and everybody else it seems — band du jour). Click the vid for more details.

BMC launch, Switzerland

I just had a super busy 40hr trip to Switzerland and back, to visit BMC bikes in Biel for the launch of the new Trailfox TF01.
Press launches are a blessing and a curse in equal measure. There's always the pressure to squeeze as much in as possible which means early starts, late nights and economy airlines. They're nearly always fun, but the payoff is days of exhaustion when you get back home.
I left my house at 4.40am on Bank Holiday Monday, and had a pretty smooth journey to Switzerland with David Arthur from, and Albert and Matt from Evans (the UK distributor of BMC). From Zurich airport we hopped on a train to Biel, arriving in time for lunch.
From Biel we took the funicular railway up the mountain to the sports resort of Magglingen, 1000m or so above the main town. Magglingen is the Swiss government's Olympic training facility, so it's jam packed with athletes and athletic facilities; a bit like Crystal Palace, but infinitely better.
After presentations from BMC's marketing and engineering guys, it was back into town for dinner with 20 or so other journalists from all over Europe. The beer flowed — all courtesy of BMC — and so we didn't get back till midnight, verging on comatose.
In this situation, what you want is a lie-in — even being allowed to get up at 9am would be fine. But no, we had things to do, bikes to see and trails to ride, so we were up and in the breakfast room at 7.30am (6.30am UK time).
By 10.30 we were setting up bikes and getting ready to ride. The weather however wasn't playing ball — it was raining, it was cold, and we were up in the clouds. No one was prepared with enough clothes. Fortunately, riding keeps you warm. We finished riding by 3.30pm, and despite the tiredness and the kiss-of-death that was the call to arms for "one last run" on the downhill track (video to follow) we all made it back to the changing rooms safe and sound. That is unusual — tiredness, unfamiliar bikes/trails and journalistic one-up-manship do lead to a lot of press camp crashes.
Back into Biel, we hopped onto the legendarily punctual train back to Zurich where we discovered our legendarily un-punctual Easyjet flight was delayed by an hour.
MaglingenI eventually got home at midnight — the post-Osama queue at Gatwick passport control added an unnecessary 45mins after the flight — exhausted to point that I couldn't actually sleep. Marvellous.
So, I'm bunking off today — don't tell anyone — and making up for being so productive for the last two days. You can find out more about the BMC Trailfox TF01 next month in MBR and there will be some headcam video online soon.
Right, time for more coffee!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

peSeta Cycling Caps video oddity

This is bonkers and rather good. What draws so many creative people to bicycles?