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

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. 

Shotover2.jpg

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

Skate Photography

On 22nd March 2016, my mate Tom said he was heading over to the new skatepark at Folkestone Gardens to enjoy the nice and not be stuck inside editing the documentary he was pulling together. So wanting to get out and do the same I asked if I could tag along and try my hand at some skate photography. He said 'yeah sure man, it'll be fun' so I joined him to get my camera out and shoot some photos.

 

Below are all the good images I got from that day. FYI and FMI (for my information) skate photography is down right hard man, but it was mu first time shooting this sport so give me some slack.

All photos shot in RAW with my Nikon D7200 with either Nikon 35mm 1.8, Nikon 70-300 VR or Nikon 18-55 VR lenses. Edited in Adobe Lightroom 5 with the Adobe DNG converter (Lightroom 5 doesn't take the D7200 RAW files)

An Infrared Experiment

So I have recently become really interested in infrared photography and the potential it has for a photographer and filmmaker, especially within the sports, architecture and culinary fields. So below I have compiled a collection of photo's which I have converted to infrared using the negative effect filter on my Samsung Galaxy S6

Feel free to comment/like below to show your love or hate of the infrared genre as I would like to know

'All In' Film by Stellar Media

So the guys over at Stellar Media are pretty awesome. I have been following them on Instagram and Facebook for a few months now after I saw they ??? Basically they are an 'adventure content solution' that produce films such as the ones below that really get me excited and inspired because these are the sorts of films I want to be on the production team of. 

Here are the first 2 parts of the film series

I just watched them last night, Sunday 13th December 2015 I was pretty amazed. Its your typical ski porn action documentary film that uses showcases the mountains, the skiing, the ups and downs of a team trip, injury, POV shots and nature shots. Im not going to say more than that however I will end on this as I want to leave it up to you to discover your own thought on this film and leave them in the comments.

I love how the editor chose to edit the crash scene in the beginning of Part 2, with the cuts using both POV and heli shots and then I loved the fact that during this scene the sound you could hear was of from crash, recorded through the onboard mic of the POV camera, of Sam Cohen rolling down through the slough, bashing into the spines and rocks and then giving out a loud cry at the end. This really helped to make me as a viewer feel more of what Sam would have felt after a crash and fall like that.