Sunday, 17 August 2014

out for a rip

I felt like a magazine hero when I saw this photo

Just out for a rip, Bug thanks to my better half for the awesome camera work. I have been prepping for a month end motocross trip to Sudbury with the master of caulking. Can't wait. And it would appear I need to do more right turns here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Motocross Action

such a good feeling

That was the name of a magazine my neighbour had when I was a kid. He seemed to have a million copies. We used to go through the magazine and drool at the bikes, riders, and their cool gear. At school I could never wait until he brought a new one so we could examine every single photograph. This summer has been great. My lovely came and took some photos just before dark. All on the T3i with Tamron 18-270 lens. The light was crap but she did a great job. More updates soon I am sure. When it rains, it pours.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #3

another amazing lake up in the mountains

The final update of photos. Damn was it ever good. Adventure at every corner. Animals everywhere, amazing scenery, and the best roads I have ever seen.

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #2

best breakfast around, especially the french toast. Out of this world amazing. Country Bear in Wilmington

Still so pumped about this trip. Next year's will only be better. Check back for more soon.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #1

we camped on our own island

The trip has come and gone. It was a blur. It was awesome. We hit up Lake Placid and Lake George. We lost a day to rain, got drenched, but also made the best of that too. What a great time. Can't wait for the next one. Check back soon for more updates, with actual motorcycles in them.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

itch scratched

'09 yz250f first ride from Dirty Lens Productions on Vimeo.

The night Jeff left, I put the Warrior up for sale. I couldnt resist any longer.  After having the motocross itch really bad from riding with Jeff, I helped Derek get his yz250f running. And then that made it so much more worse. The Brose Jam happened (no photos). It was a totally awesome event. I can't relate to the motocross community, especially the freestyle culture, but what a great show. Those guys are absolutely insane. I won't ever do that stuff, but it's amazing to watch. And just hearing the engines go, makes you want to ride and listen to heavy metal. I got on kijiji and found an awesome ride. Itch finally scratched. Relief. Ray lent me his truck for a few days. I grabbed the bike and slapped together this small edit from random pit riding in two days with a tripod. Back in the saddle after 4 years off, I felt relatively comfortable at home. Enjoy.

Friday, 11 July 2014

motored machines

Jaime shreds on the warrior, my fav photo from the session

Jeff got the itch to get a dirt bike. So I found him one in the area. That gave me an itch. Jeff came down with the trailer to get it with Jaime. Hey's let's go to a nearby pit and bring the Yamaha Warrior 350 quad I bought and never have time or motivation to use. I was never into quads as a first machine, good toys, but only if I have a few serious machines first to play on. We hit up the pit and had a good 'ol time. Jeff had his first dirt bike experience and Jaime totally shredded on the quad. Not sure when Jaime last rode a quad, but it was as if he was a daily driver. Check the photos for proof, he wasn't rolling into the turns, he was cooking. We had a great time. Problem is that really started an itch for me. Still more updates coming.

I'm open

Hey I am open!

 I am lucky enough to be part of a new team with long time friend Chris Riopelle. Ben Kaufmann and Jay Leroux are also on the team (Benny didn't play this night). Chitters shot these photos for me. We have a new logo and jerseys and all. The Dekes of Hazzard! I think it was Rio that came up with that, while Derek helped me make the logo. Damn don't we look good? Just need to fix our track record now…

Manitoulin bound

Ginger with the rides 
Haven't had too many good reasons to post up until recently. Jeff finally bought a bike, and I finally got to ride with Ginger. This quickly led to a trip to Sudbury, which then turned into a trip to Manitoulin Island. We packed up and rode with little sleep. Just getting to Sudbury (Hanmer) was a task. We packed to camp, and well team dilly dally never actually camped. We stayed at Jeff's and enjoyed a random metal band at a nearby pub, then once in Manitoulin we settled to stay at an Inn where would could enjoy some drinks with locals, as well the Stanley Cup Finals were on tv. Great trip. Just not enough time to get it all out of the system. Thanks to Ginger for getting behind the lens on the very few photos we shot. I can't believe I brought a camera and only came back with this. Never again. More updates soon.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Snowy Owls

beautiful white male swoops down. Perhaps the best shot of the bunch
Boy did I ever luck out. Chitaroni lent me his Canon - L series 100-400 lens and I went out to find my snowy owl friend nearby. I armed myself with jeans and a half full battery for the camera. No big deal, was only -15 out and the wind was howling like it usually is the neck of the woods (I actually mean flat fields). I couldn't find my friend nearby. So I took a drive down the 417 as I can usually find a spotted one down there. I had to go back and forth before spotting the…well, spotted one below in the tree. I am always excited to see these owls and this time was no different. With the L series lens I was able to shoot from further away, while maintaining great quality photos. After getting what I wanted and having walked through waist deep snow, I decided to move on in my frozen jeans. I decided to go a bit further and take a longer route home down a road perfectly suited for an owl to perch. To my luck I stumbled upon another photographer also snapping away at a snowy owl on that exact road. He was very knowledgable and friendly. Friendly enough to let me "poach" his session by allowing me to join in. I contemplated not using the photo of the mouse as it was live baited. With some research on the topic I found it the be very negatively looked down upon by people choosing to post their opinions on the subject. While I can see both sides of the debate clearly, I am also not overly opposed to it. Out of respect, the photographer will not be named to save him internet hate that really isn't backed by anything more than simple opinions. I have seen his work and it is outrageously good photography and he clearly knows what he is doing, where to go, how to find his work, and how to preserve it in a manner that keeps the animal alive and safe. Again, I see both sides. I just happen to not necessarily see it as a negative. I can understand why it is done. And my photos are a clear example. I (the hobbyist) got to enjoy something spectacular at hopefully little to no expense of the bird. The mouse you ask? Yeah, I could care less about mice. They come into my home and make a mess. And I get to take photos of this, instead of photos of a dead mouse that has defecated itself in a trap? I can't say I would do it myself, but I am not opposed to this specific method in this specific circumstance. I hope you can see past the debate and just enjoy my photos here. You will notice a second spotted owl towards the bottom. I found her (female I believe) while on my way home. 3 different owls in one afternoon! And that one big white male… nature can be so awesome. I am really thankful for these rare winter photo opportunities. And Chitaroni for lending me such a nice lens. Enjoy.