Sunday, January 30, 2011

Today's Shot 361

It's not too often you look behind you and see 6-time Baja 1000 winner Malcolm Smith hot on your tail.

Photographer Note: Greg Stahl and myself spent the day with Malcolm Smith yesterday. It was a classic adventure of old bikes and great stories. The guy still rips after all these years and has the same enthusiasm for Baja that he had 40 years ago in the Bruce Brown film On Any Sunday.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Motos: Behind the Lens

The motorcycles are always keeping me busy. I have three 1980 Suzuki DR400's and one 1979 DR370 project bike. It's a full time deal maintaining all of these bikes. I gotta admit that rolling up to "The Shop" at night, plugging in the iPod and wrenching on old motorcycles makes me grin for some reason. Greg Stahl is the welder in the second photo working out of his garage in Carpinteria, California.

Working on carbs

Welding peg mounts

A day of tuning

Back in business

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today's Shot 360

Eastern Sierra peaks showing off their edge during the end of the day - California

Photographer Note: This is my front yard several times per year. It's one of those places that I keep going back to because of it's ruggedness. It could be a remote mountain range in Pakistan but it's not. It's a drive, a playlist, a hike and a backcountry night away from where I live.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Behind the Lens: Plan and Execute

Here I am on the execution phase of a Baja motorcycle trip. (Photo: Greg Stahl)

Photographer Note: I'm always planning two to three trips at a time. When I'm on a trip I try to figure out how to make the next one better and more efficient during all stages. Everything from obtaining equipment, to clearing the schedule, and of course, funding the project has to be accomplished on every outing. It's a constant cycle of generating a plan and then being crafty enough to execute these trips on a regular basis.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's Shot 359

When life is simple you begin to realize what is important and what isn't.

Photographer Note: As I plan another classic journey of 1800 miles on a bicycle I have to follow my own personal guidelines for travel. We have to have style, we have to have more fun than everybody else, and money doesn't matter. The lower the budget, the better the images tend to be.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today's Shot 358

Boris Grogg (left) and Colin Nederkoorn in the moment after a long day on the traverse of America aboard bicycles - Utah.

Photographer Note: My motivation comes from the people in my pictures. When I documented a small portion of this horizontal mission across the country I knew I would take on a similar journey. My friend Natasha Mitchell and I are riding our bicycles from Canada to Mexico just because we thought it would be fun. My personal bucket list is running out of things to do at this point....

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Today's Shot 357

"Mad Mike" out for a stroll in Anza Borrego State Park

Photographer Note: I plan my activities based on the seasons. When the weather is "cold" in San Diego I head out to clear skies in the Anza Borrego Desert. Driving to perfect sunshine is something that I will always appreciate about my home.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Today's Shot 356

Greg Stahl filmin' Kasey Hofer in the Eastern Sierra

Photographer Note: I never thought we were doing anything special until I realized that there isn't a photographer who sticks up for the people who work real jobs, have lives and grind to be in these situations. I take pride in having great friends who live the lifestyle without endless phone calls, emails and workloads.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Today's Shot 355

Shane Fryer emerging from an underground cave system at Lava Beds National Momument.

Photographer Note: I've been fortunate to have access to many styles of adventure. Fryer is the physical scientist at the park and he spent three days showing me things that very few people get to see, experience or photograph. It was one of those times where I looked at my camera and said, "look where you brought me today."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Behind the Lens: The Power of the Strobes

Photographer Note: I've been carrying strobes for years but as I begin to work on more and more of my personal projects it's evident that it has evolved into a crucial weapon for my style of photography. Dragging this system around and capturing adventure as it happens adds another element to documenting trips.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top 20 Baja Shots

Baja has been very good to me over the years. It's a special place for those who choose to discover one of the few remaining primitive areas in the western world. Our tight knit group of Baja travelers consists of people who appreciate Baja's freedom and rugged beauty. Together we have designed and accomplished numerous trips utilizing, trucks, vans, boats, motorcycles, bicycles and mini bikes. The images below make me smile the most when I look back on the unbelievable trips we've created and documented. Here are my 20 favorite photographs in no particular order.

Note: This is a tribute to Baja's freedom as a destination and to my friends who have given me some of the best times of my life. Cheers gents!

"Juan" stopped us as we drove by on a remote dirt road. We gave him some Top Ramen and some beans for dinner that night.

Greg Stahl waxin' his board from his beachfront campsite.

Nobody for miles... A Baja reality!

Greg Stahl riding his Honda trail CT70 to his secret surf spot.

Baja is known for it's remote fishing villages.

Abe Hammond and Greg Stahl enjoying the Baja backroads.

Curtis Major airing down tires at 2am.

Greg Stahl motorcycle backpacking with an 80 lb pack as the sun sets.

Paul Lang stoked on big wind at San Quintin.

Greg Stahl on the slackline attached to my 4x4 high in the Baja mountains.

Riding on untouched beaches is a perfect example of Baja freedom.

Getting there is half the fun and the roads are always changing.

A "typical" Baja moto camp.

Nothings more entertaining than watching your buddies take on the ocean in the world's smallest inflatable boat.

Abe Hammond relaxed and loving life.

Greg Stahl checking out the surf.

Locals are always curious and it's fun to practice your Spanish in the middle of nowhere.

Goats in the middle of the road.

Curtis Major checking the surf at Shipwrecks.

Navigating with rolls of topographic maps in the Baja backcountry.

I'm always grateful to be living in beautiful Southern California and enjoying adventure south of the border! (Photo: Greg Stahl)