The annual climbing pilgrimage to Fairhead was made by around 150 climbers this year. The weather for Friday and Saturday was absolutely incredible, and the whole area was alive from dawn till dusk. I managed some time in the evening of these two terrific days to take a few shots. Sitting on the edge of the cliff and looking out across the Rathlin Sound as the sun set over the Atlantic was a sight enough, but then to look down and watch as these intrepid climbers scaled routes that are way out of my league, it was certainly something.
The coast of County Antrim, on the north-east of Ireland, is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Many tourists that land on this Island head west to Galway, or south to Cork and Kerry. And although these beautiful counties are sure to tick all the boxes with regard to producing the sights and sounds of Ireland, I find you best see a country when you wander off the tourist track and into the lesser visited areas. Not that the North Coast doesn't receive its fair share of tourists, but I find it does exude the feeling of those quieter, more genuine areas. Over the last year I've been out and about exploring the hidden secrets that are on offer on this coast that I grew up on. And what follows is a gallery of my favourite landscape shots, from the head of Torr, to the castle of Dunluce. We haven't even gotten to the Giants Causeway yet, but that's for another day.
Late on Thursday night myself, Fionntán McCarry and John McBride headed up to Fair Head on the north east corner of Ireland to try and capture the electromagnetic storm known as the Aurora Borealis. We spent 2 hours on the cliff shooting and enjoying the view. I just wish I had a better tripod and a higher f-stop on my lens! But still, the results speak for themselves, so have a look.
I returned to Australia in October of 2013 for another harvest with the Fowler Family on their farm east of Esperance, WA. The weather had been spectacularly wet and much of the crop had sustained damage, with hundreds of hectares under water and the temperatures far below what was usual for that time of year. So unfortunately it wasn't going to beat our record harvest of 2012, but it was certainly going to be fun. After a few weeks of spraying and getting the combines ready, we got stuck in. The major difference? This time I had my Canon with me, and I was going to make the most of it. So here is the result of the hundred of images and videos I shot, a Harvest Film and Gallery. Fun times in the Southern Hemisphere.
I was approached by Hilti during the summer of 2013 to direct and create a film based on a script to help promote their new website. Shot over two days in Liechtenstein, the home of Hilti, we had to deal with some adverse weather and multiple shooting locations. The ad was aimed at Hilti's European client base and was created with a range of languages for the voice over. I directed the shoot, and did all the post production. Working with the Red Epic was also a highlight, as it is truly a special camera. The whole crew did a great job, and it was a pleasure working with them. It was a long month to get everything right, with a lot of time spent on sky replacement and working out the small details. I had a great time over in Liechtenstein and I'd like to thank Hilti and Michele for having me over to create this for them.
Three months spent in the beautiful Californian region of Lake Tahoe heralded many great experiences and memories, but one of the best was a particular sunny Sunday in South Lake Tahoe's Heavenly resort. Chris, Tommy and myself busted out the DSLR's and some fancy new glidecam kit in order to somewhat document a day of the trip. The skies were blue and the park was fun, so we just got to it and this was the result! A day in the life, a Sunday in Heavenly.
Created: April 5th, 2013
Filmed on: Canon 550D
Edited with: Adobe Creative Suite
Music: Flume - Sleepless / On Top mix
Location: Heavenly Resort, South Lake Tahoe, California.
An epic winter of snow made for some ideal opportunities to try out some new tricks in the backcountry. Andreas Herbst, Manuel Pliem and I headed over to St.Christoph early one sunny day and broke out the shovels. We worked fast, and an hour later and this poppy jump was ready to shred. The first few jumps broke in the run in and got us amped up (except Manuel, who went straight in with a double flip).
It was a load of fun and although a lot of things didn't work, a few things did. Especially for Andi. He landed his first double cork 1080, and came very close to a double flatspin 10. All up it was an excellent day, and with each of us filming each other, there was no shortage of footage to edit. So here it is. Double Day. It's all a bit of fun.
Created: March 11th 2012
Filmed on: Canon 550D / GoPro HD 2
Edited with: Adobe Premiere Pro
Music: Redcoats - Dreamshaker
Location: St.Christoph am Arlberg
Just before I left for Austria my Canon 550D decided to stop working. I had been using it a lot recently, but this was nonetheless disappointing as I had no time to sort it out before I left. So after filling out a few forms it was sent off for repair. The Canon service centre had it fixed in a few days and didn't charge me a penny! However the post to Austria was not so enigmatic! The camera finally found it's way to me in January, and since then I haven't had much time to get any new photos taken.
Anyhow, after Christmas I was looking for a way to have some of my photos printed to postcards, and I came across the fantastic site that is Moo. I do love well designed websites, and this one is as good as they come. They have a printing process that allows you to create a pack of postcards (or any other kind of card for that matter) and have a separate image on the front of every card! This is exactly what I was looking for, and with great pricing and postage costs I decided to get a pack of 60. I don't think I've even sent 60 postcards in my entire life, but at least these will be nice to look at!
So here are 40 of the 60 images that I chose for my order. I will make an update to let you know how they turned out! Also, here is a referral link that will give you something off any order you may place: MOO.
[UPDATE - 23.02.2012] The cards arrived a few days ago in a very neatly packaged parcel and they look fantastic. I couldn't be happier with them. Glossy, high quality, and featuring my photos! Thanks MOO!
This season started off with a bang! There was no snow until the start of December, and then suddenly, in the span of a few weeks, the mountain was experiencing the best snowfall in years!
My Canon was absent due to repairs, so we put together a little film with the GoPro! It mainly just shots of snow, snow, and more snow. But hey, isn't that what everyone wants from a season?
So far it's been a great few months, and now we have a bit of sun and blue skies, the next edit will involve some bigger things. There's lot's of idea's floating around including road gaps and double corks, but only time will tell as to whether they become reality. I for one certainly hope that they do! So stay tuned!
Created: December 26th 2011
Filmed on: GoPro HD
Edited with: Adobe Premiere Pro
Location: Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria.
If it looks warm, it isn't. November in Ireland brings the temperature into single digits, and these two days of climbing were no different. 5 degrees and falling. At least the climbing heralded no falls.
The Marconi crag has been our climbing playground for the past few months, and with the sun shining and the ground dry (reasonably), there was no better day to break out the ropes and try a few routes. It was good fun as always, and although no tough routes were tackled, it certainly had it's testing moments.
This was probably my last climb before I head back to Austria in two weeks, so I was just enjoying myself. So here are some photos to have a peek at. Now have yourself a great Guy Fawkes night!
A month later and I'm back in London for the Relentless Freeze Festival at Battersea Powerstation. Last year I was on the reserve list for riding, but this year they didn't even get back to me. It appears they don't like hearing about Irish snowboarders. But anyhow, what can you do?
Staying with my best friend Beth again (thanks!) and meeting up with a lot of great friends made it a great week, but one that resulted in me missing a lot of filming on Game of Thrones, which was a bit of a shame. The Freeze festival this year was only 2 days instead of 3, and your body was thankful for this. Although with it being on Halloween there were no excuses for sending it large! And boy was it a big one. Ended up at the Monster after party in the Lost Angel with lots of awesome people. Won't say much more about that as I don't remember much that happened. So yeah, all in all it was a great weekend and thanks to all the friends that made it awesome, even if you were only there for a while.
The next few days were spent working and walking. One of the highlights was the National History Museum. That is one seriously large building, and even though I was inside it for over 4 hours I still didn't see everything! One thing is for certain, London is one crazy place.
I decided to take a trip over to see a good friend in London and make it a proper tourist visit. My previous times there have always been rushed, or just passing through, so now it was time to see what this London malarkey was all about!
Just before I left I luckily checked the weather forecast, as my bag was originally filled with coats and jumpers. These were replaced by shorts and t-shirts, and a good job they were! Every day was a cloudless sky with temperatures hitting 30 degrees. It felt less like London and more like Lisbon. My friend Beth had a few days off work, and meeting up with other friends along the way, we explored the sights and sounds of the city. Bus tours, boat tours, Theatres and bars. Fun times indeed. I also met a friend from school whom I hadn't seen in over 6 years. He's currently working for Double Negative, and kindly showed me about, which was awesomeness for the geek that is me!
Anyhow, I had a great time, and providing the money was right, I may even be tempted to move there. For a while at least. A country boy like me in the big city hey? You may laugh, but I managed it in Liverpool! A big thanks to all the friends who met up with me, whether it was a short beer or a long day, it was great to see you! Take care, I may be seeing you sooner than you think.
Ireland again. For this edit I had planned a short story that contained two characters and would make for a more involving film. However this didn't work out in the end, as my friend Ciara (who can be seen here in some shots) left for work in Spain. Dang.
So that idea has been shelved for the future. For now though, it's just more Ireland. These shots have been taken over the past month in both County Antrim (where I live) and County Kerry.
Bon Iver's new album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" is, as far as I'm concerned, an absolute masterpiece. So I immediately wanted to build on my "Skinny Love" video by doing a new one to my favourite song on the album, "Holocene." I hope you like it.
Created: August 17th 2011
Filmed on: Canon 550D
Edited with: Adobe Premiere Pro
Music: Bon Iver - Holocene
Location: County Antrim / County Kerry - Ireland
A short created for Blue Stone Films who are currently working with the Aberdeen Angus Society to bring the deserved exposure to the worlds greatest Aberdeen Angus Bulls.
The live footage at the end of the graphic is of a low resolution and a higher resolution version will be digitised in the near future to replace the current version in the graphic.
Client: Aberdeen Angus Society / Blue Stone Films
Created with: 3D Studio Max / After Effects
The Electrical Training Trust commissioned Blue Stone Films to create several instructional films for their online learning project. I was asked to create an intro for the videos, as well as creating individual title plates. The introduction plate is shown below, with the titles having a similar theme.
Client: ETT / Blue Stone Films
Created with: After Effects