Ray Petty Meccanica - November 2017

After my US West Coast trip in October 2017, I was able to find a gem of a motorbike repair shop in Greenwich. I stumbled upon Ray Petty Meccanica during a bike ride (a break from being in the flat all day) one cold dark, but dry Friday evening. 

As someone who within the last year or so, especially who is frequently on the discover page on Instagram (seeing what the rest of the world is up to), I have grown a strong passion for specialist "cafe racer" style custom bikes, which Ray Petty where clearly into. After a quick Google, website and Instagram stalk, I got in touch and asked if I could take some photos of the bikes, workshop and people involved, for free, which they were happy to let me do on 2 occasions.

Below are some of the photos I captured on both these occasions. I hope you enjoy them

Its mid February at the moment and I am going to get back in touch to see if I can get involved again and maybe work on some more bike showcasing style photos (like seen on @bikeshedmc, @autofabrica & @losperdidos_ on Instagram). I hope I can take these passions of mine further throughout the next few years here in London. 

Cheers

My most liked instagram photos from Q3 & Q4 in 2016

So I thought I would compile a bunch of my most liked instagram photos from the last 1/2 of this year, 2016. That is for photos I posted from 1st July to 31st December. I feel it might be a good way for me to see what photo's people enjoy and thus help me close down what I should try and take my photography in the future.

But before I do, I want to say that I know that the time of post, the quality and amount of hashtags do come and how many people I tagged and who/what they were into play when measuring likes. But for now, as I want to keep doing something like this going I will, starting from January 2017, take note of the date and time of instagram posts. 

For your eyes only // #chamonix #aiguilledumidi #climbing #mountaineering #alpinism #epictv #adventure #adventurephotography #nikond7200 #adobelightroom #scarpa #mammut #millet #arcteryx #petzl #sunday

Total likes - 83

Total likes - 52

Total likes - 87

Total likes - 76

Total likes - 59

 

Lastly I want to ask what do you think a 'like' on an Instagram photo means in 2017? Comment in the comment box below so I can find out what you guys think.

Cheerio

Matchstick Productions 'Fade to Winter'... My thoughts

Before I start I would like to use this review as sort of a public tool to use to get some of my thought and feelings I had about the film across to anyone who stumbles upon this review/blog post. Also I did not write this blog post to offend anyone. If I do, then I am sorry in advance and I hope you understand these are just my opinions

Watch Fade to Winter here ... https://www.redbull.tv/film/AP-1N9BJJJJ51W12/fade-to-winter

The thing I love about Apple TV is that I am able to watch Red Bull TV on my 10 year old Loewe 720p HD television that we bought when we first arrived in Jakarta before living there with my family a couple of years. I am surprised it still kicks out a reasonably good picture for this day and age. So one evening I was in that "I want to watch a ski film" mood and I happened to fall upon watching Fade to Winter by Matchstick Productions through Red Bull TV.  I had not seen the film but had had it in my watch list for a while now. The film is an ode to times of change that skiers, snowboarders and surfers alike experience. 

I started watching the film and as a 3rd year Film & TV Production student here in London and one that wants to work in the ski film industry, I found that I picked up on a few things that could be of interest for my future self. 

Firstly I learnt some awesome new phrases to add to my skiing, mountains and snow arsenal. One of which was the way snow, and in particular falling powder snow was described as 'big fat potato chips floating down from the sky'. I don't know why specifically this phrase stuck out in my mind but it remained me of one of Queen's famous songs and then the British  documentary series 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings'. The likelihood of you knowing of Queen's song is pretty high but if you haven't heard of or seen some of the TV series then I suggest you go and check it out because it is both a big laugh and pretty eye opening (for me at least) at the same time. 

Secondly, the shotover shot through a valley between 2 rocky peaked mountains in Haines, Alaska, I think should have been longer. With the sounds and music that were playing at the ned of this segment, the shot should have at least lasted for 5 or 10 more seconds and the helicopter could have moved both up and back whilst the camera lens could have zoomed in. I think it just would have been a more "set in stone" way to end such kick ass segment. 

PS in case you don't know what a shotover is, the picture and video below will tell you. Its one hello of a piece of kit for sure. 

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Lastly I would like to raise an enquiry as to what people think of featuring a narrator in ski and other sports films. For me, I always thought a narrators guiding words in ski movies was always going to be something that Marren Miller and his films would feature. I would think that the guys there were the best at it and if anyone were to copy them and use a narrator to guide the viewers attention, it would be weird and somewhat wrong and "breaking the law" of modern and semi modern ski films. And so when I was watching Fed to winter and the narrator would be there doing his thing I built a strong disliking to it and started to question 'What would a ski movie be like without a narrator?' or even athletes that would say what was going on in their dialogue. There may be a market for that sort of film where the audience has complete freedom as to what they think is happening and the story thats being told. Something like this would surely open up a whole lot more creative "latitude" to the visuals, sound design, effects and music.

And so yeah I will leave it at that to ensure I don't upset anyone further or fall into any legal or political "stromash". 

 

Thank you,

 

 

PS below are some screen grabs of the rubber duck/s that made an appearance in the "skiers spring break" segment in the film

2016-2017 Ski & Snowboard Film Trailers

I thought I would create a place that I could use to compile and showcase the latest ski & snowboard film trailers for the upcoming 2016-2017 ski season so that you don't have to... rummage around the internet trying to find them.

And so here shows the latest ski and snowboard film trailers for the upcoming 2016-2017 ski season

Vimeo Favourites - August

Many of you might think that because its August and its the main month of the year where most people are on holiday that I wouldn't put out my 3 favourite featured sports films I have seen on Vimeo released this month. Well I want to stick to my word and carry on this series for as long as I can because its good for me and I enjoy watching films because it inspires me and it reminds me of what I chose to pursue a career in photography and filmmaking. 

So here below are my favourite 3 featured sports films I have watched that were released in August 2016...