This isn’t your typical mountain biking edit. Reading the description, I was skeptical about having the philosopher Alan Watts dish out some rhetoric while shredding down a mountain. However – it totally works. Great filming, superb slow motion roosting and a dose of inspiration make this edit a winner in our books.
From the Film Maker:
“Free you mind and the rest will follow” is easier said than done, but it’s worth thinking about it once in a while. Are you as good in postponing to the very last moment as i am? When it comes to life, your life, this moment might be too late to get epic shit done.
Yeti has a history of cranking out high quality edits in amazing locations to show off their product and this latest video is no exception! Shot by Craig Grant & John Reynolds with shred modeling by Chris Van Dine and Joey Schusler.
A land largely unaffected by the progress of man, the Tetons Range and the surrounding areas are a pristine ecosystem inhabited by a vast diversity of wildlife spreading across multiple national parks. Uninhibited by foothills on the eastern side the range rises sharply and splits upper Wyoming and lower Idaho in two. On one side sits Jackson Hole, home to the legendary ski area and playground to outdoor junkies. On the other resides the Teton Valley: a landscape dotted with hay farms and the small rustic towns of eastern Idaho. Smack in the middle, off the pass that separates the two, lies some of the most progressive mountain bike trails in America. Local riders teaming with the Forest Service have created a network of trails designed and built specifically for riding. We explored both sides of the pass and rode varied terrain from purpose-built bike park features to backcountry singletrack, clinging to the edge of 10,000-foot peaks. The experience instilled a sense in us that the locals have got it figured out here, and the need for a satellite Yeti office in JH.
Episode 5 of ‘Life in Focus’, features German adventure/sport shooter, Lars Schneider. Lars has a story to tell that’s far different from anything we’ve heard before. With a passion for exploring the outdoors, Lars pursued his dream of becoming an outdoor photographer and journalist at a very young age. He began submitting his work to several magazines, getting first published at 16. By the early 90’s becoming an outdoor photographer was a small market and not a promising option in Germany, so Lars was forced to consider work elsewhere. He tried to make the 9-5 grind happen and soon realized it wasn’t for him. While he continued to submit stories and photos to magazines, he was soon connected with the Chief Editor of Outdoor Magazine who marvelled at the photos and stories Lars was producing, and promoted him to Outdoor Magazine’s travel editor.
Fast forward 10 years–Lars and his wife Katrin are based out of Hamburg, Germany and have travelled the world, while building their photography brand, Outdoor Visions, which specializes in all types of outdoor photography from yoga to landscape to ski touring. Last year, Lars and Katrin were graced with a new member of their family, Fietje. Eight months later they’re on the road touring the South West of the United States in a 40 year old VW Van with their newborn son.
In this episode, we get a glimpse of this trip through the Great Southwest with Lars, Katrin and eight month old Fietje, to see what life is like on the road.
The Moments Between is a mini-doc featuring action sports photographer Mattias Fredriksson and his good friend Janne Tjärnström. While it’s easy to get lost in producing work – this mini-doc brings you back to the reality of it all: “It’s all about fun and creating something beautiful.” Words to live by.
There’s something to be said for combining travel and sport. An almost routine activity like climbing can become a huge adventure when you step out of your familiar geographical zone and immerse yourself in a whole new environment and culture. These are the journeys that have the power to change you.
A van overloaded with too many people sputters and coughs as it rolls to a stop in front of an old, ill-kept hotel. Bald, hand-patched tires let out a sigh of relief as a band of American climbers tumble out of the rickety jalopy that has been their home for the last 10 hours. Overhead, two thousand feet of striped, limestone cliffs loom above dense jungle as Ben Spannuth unpacks his gear from the back of the make-shift bus. The travel day is at an end. Tomorrow, he will explore the caves eroded into the face of the rock.
Being DLSR aficionados, we couldn’t help but post this ‘Nikon Symphony.’ We’ve seen these before using bikes, trash, basically whatever but this one has got to be the most expensive one to produce we’ve seen yet. Roughly $24,000 in camera bodies alone!
History lesson time! This fascinating look at the history of video aspect ratio. Oddly, no one really knows why the 4:3 ratio was chosen but it became a standard just out of being commonly used. It would be an entire generation of movie going audiences before things began to change – and the wide screen wars began.
Probably the best wrinkle in aspect ratio history is how 16:9 came about: old 4:3 movie theaters birthed 4:3 television sets which stopped people from going to 4:3 movie theaters which made 4:3 movie theaters go widescreen to offer something different at home (which also eventually gave way to widescreen TVs).
The goal was to differentiate FRAMED II from normal action videos. It was particularly
important for me that the video not only stoked out the core-scene, but that it also
motivated people that donʼt sit on a bike every day,” explained Andi Wittmann.
We’d say they succeeded in making a different style of MTB action video, slow hypnotic shots beautifully captured, esoteric music and some flying camera shots to finish it off. Don’t watch this video unless you have a bike to go ride after watching – it’s that good.
We’ve all seen some amazing time lapses. And we’ve also seen some creative stop motion work. But combining them as you travel across South America adds a whole new take on documenting your travels. A refreshing visual journey through some amazing scenic locations sure worth a couple minutes out of the day.