Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Portrait personal work

I recently got some new flash kit and wanted to try out a few ideas regarding colored lights, styles and some more non sport studio based work to pad out that side of the portfolio.

With photography we are all so lucky to be in the position of if we are lacking a specific kind of subject matter from our book, all we have to do is go shoot it, and done. We now have work to show we can work in that style to use in pitches for commissioned work. 

So I gave good pal and killer designer Jay Robinson a call who needed some fresh shots taking for his portfolio and snapped a few things last night.

Just something a bit different and non bike for a change. Next up men in suits near big shiny buildings!




Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Latest work for May/June

The last few months have been pretty manic for Aspect, lots of what we have been working on wont see the light of day for a while yet but here are a few things that have hit the internet recently...

Will Weston - Imprint Grips: 

Brief: Short 1:30-2 min video showing off the product while not being too sales heavy and focusing on Wills riding. One day shoot with one filmer ( who also had to shoot some photos to go up with the video ) and as you can see the weather was far from playing ball.


Will Weston - Local Hill from Aspect Media on Vimeo.





EWS Rd 3 - Ireland 

A large part of our summer is the coverage of the EWS series, so this month it was Rd 3 in Ireland. Over the week the team out puts something like 5 videos but this is the main highlight show. 20 something minutes of race recap out within 48 hours of the last rider crossing the line. Nico Turner smashes these out the park. 



Deathgrip: 

Sadly this photo is all I can show you from this all time trip that the Aspect team went on recently. Chris Seager from Aspect is working with Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough this year on a new full length film project. If you search for the #deathgripfilm on insta you can see the odd little sneak but its a black out till 2017! All time though, you just wait world! 



Hiplok FLX - Nikki Whiles

Hiplok make some pretty rad bike locks, I use mine daily. They asked us recently to help them make a film and shoot photos for the launch of their new FLX lock. So we got Welsh pinner Nikki Whiles out to the woods and made this:







Morvelo - Short Film

Over the last few weeks we have been down in Devon shooting for a new project with Morvelo. Lots of kinds of bikes and a real feel good message. Not going to be seeing the light for a good while yet but till then check out these exclusive screen shots: 










Anyway thats about it for now. Currently editing away on various projects and out in Les Gets in the Alps shooting for other ones.

Cheers

Aspect

Sunday, 17 April 2016

2016 Show Reel and New web site!

For the last few years we have been in the great and fortunate position of being so busy working, we haven't had much free time to put together a new show reel. The last one we put out in 2012/13 has done us proud but it was time to put together something fresh show casing what Aspect Media can do in 2016.

We saw this as the perfect opportunity to launch our brand spanking new web site as well! Much the same as the reel we just felt the old one was a bit dated and didn't represent us as a company as well as it could so we got killer web designer and coder Tom Hallam to build us a bespoke site.

Responsive to different screen sizes and devices, clean, large images, social media icons and integration and we think an all round nice place to view our work. 

Check out a few print screens of key parts of it below or just check the site out for real via this link:


Big bold and image driven.

New reel front center. Get a taste of what we do with one click.

A hint of where half of us are based.

Nice section showing a selection of our Instagram feed for a visual peek at what we are up to currently.

Bit of back ground info on what we do and who we are.

Services we can offer you and a few of the people we have been lucky enough to already worked with.

Projects are where you can see some of the work we have been doing the last year.

The site has also been designed with mobile use in mind front and center. With so many people accessing information from their phones or tablets the site is fully responsive in real time. Try it by scaling your web browser down and watching the site morph before you eyes.

The mobile site on an Iphone. Nice and clear.

Simplified main menu for mobiles. Easy even with the fattest of fingers.

The project page for mobile is clearer and takes less hovering.
Anyways so thats the new site and reel. Hope you like them, and sorry its been down for a few weeks if you have wanted to get a look at what we do.

As always keep up to date with what we are doing via facebook, Twitter and Instagram... Links are all top and bottom of the new site. 


Saturday, 16 April 2016

New Lowepro DroneGuard BP 450 AW and Fox Head Kit

Here at Aspect we consider ourselves pretty damn lucky to have friends at some of the best and most well respected companies in action sports kit and camera bags alike. Both of which we use week in week out in some pretty harsh locations.

Both Tim from Lowepro and Mo at Fox have helped us out with kit for the last year or so in return for good honest feed back from the places there kit will be tested to its limits, and as much exposure as we can get them.

So when I got a few big boxes through the post the other morning it was a nice treat to have the new Lowepro Drone Guard BP 450 AW for our brand new Phantom 4 ( as well as another Whistler 450 AW as that bag is so bloody good we needed another one, not a thing about it we would change honestly )

See blog post about the Whistler bag here:

http://aspectmediauk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/lowepro-whistler-camera-bag-made-for.html

Drone Guard:  




 As you can see from the above photos the bag is pretty big, boxy and well protected. Just what you want for a drone case.

We used the crappy polystyrene case the drone shipped with for the first week or so we had the drone and while its good enough, even after one day of taking it out for a test flight in the park it was already looking a bit beat up, and put that with the fact that there isn't even room in it for a spare battery its fairly useless. Great if you dont buy another thing other than what it ships with, and dont have far to take it, but you really want a bag designed for carrying a drone and all its bits and doing it safely.

Great layout and room for everything you will ever need, plus lunch.

Well padded and loads of sections and pockets.

Not even near fully loaded and the Drone Guard has ample room, padding and protection for all the kit. The 2 pouches at either end of the main compartment keep the drone in place snug, hold plenty of kit them selves and there is room down the sides where you can see we keep the charger. Add in the pocket on the top large enough to store A4 sheets of paper without folding, great for flight books, maps etc, various other zip pockets both on the outside and inside, prop straps so they are fast and easy to get out, all in all its pretty perfect. ( not surprising given Lowepros CV with making bags ) If you had a small DSLR size camera you could squeeze that in with a lens or two as well if needed.

Light weight enough to fly with, just about hand luggage size ( although we haven't tested this in the bins yet ) 

The DJI Phantom 4:


We used to ( still have it some where gathering dust ) an old DJI Phantom 2, and it was great... when it worked. That thing was so unreliable and needed nursing and caused no end of head aches. This new Phantom 4 is just a whole new beast from the ground up, other than bearing the same Phantom name its incomparable. Why did we not do this sooner ?!

4K, 120Fps, Raw Photos, amazingly smooth gimbal, great video down link to your phone, flys itself, avoids trees ( we have tested this and it works, fly it right at a tree and even with the sticks fully forward it doesn't move )

Lots of sensors, floating 3 axis gimbal, wider feet.

Annoying needing new batteries again, but these new ones last a good deal longer and charge super fast. All in all after a few first flights its a stunning bit of kit and we cant wait to take our pilots tests later this month and start using it on shoots!

Fox Head Europe Kit: 

If you know whats up, when it comes to riding kit there are only really a couple of players and Fox Head is right up there. Top of the list in our opinion.

We have been running their kit for a year or so now and it looks the nuts, works flawlessly, its hard wearing, good value for money and I mean if its good enough for half of the riders we shoot week in week out at the EWS then surely its good enough for us squids ?

New trail lid with subtle dark cammo. Great fit, great protection and looks good too.

The half face and goggles looks not for everyone but its comfy and you can still see in the rain so ...

Wont be misplacing these things. Thin and simple.

Really great simple, clean, bright. Will look great on camera.

Vents under the arms and double stitched seams.

More trail/summer top.

Both jerseys have a little zip pocket on the back for keys/phone etc, nice touch.

So apart from all this clobber turning up we are in the final stretches of getting our new website and show reel out there, busy editing various projects, shooting new ones in 2 countries at the same time and making the most of any down time in between.

Cheers for the support Lowepro and Fox!

Jacob

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Backcountry 2.0 with Fairclough, Reynolds and Wilkins

Yesterday a new video that Aspect helped shoot went live over on Pinkbike. Check it out via the link below:

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/s4p-backcountry-20-with-fairclough-reynolds-and-wilkins-video.html 



"So the idea for 'Backcountry' came about, back in 2014 when the S4P crew started digging at this secret spot just outside of Swindon. Covered in loam and hero dirt and all on this small yet steep hill - it was just so much fun to ride. So I went down one day and got the camera out and filmed a rough-and-ready video, which went down a storm... It's hard to make anything bad with all those boys, especially when they're all on good form and bouncing off each other, and the floor.

F**k knows why, but it took us a whole year to get together again and do another one of these edits. So, with a message from the S4P boys saying "are you free next week to come film", I dropped everything, grabbed (Chris) Seager and (Tom) Grundy, filled the car with camera gear and got down there. There were no steady cams, no jibs and very little slow-mo on the agenda, just good old fashioned simple fun with mountain bikes. The cameras were rolling pretty much non-stop because as soon as you stopped recording, someone would have a huge crash or something else wild would happen.

This edit was shot by myself and Grundy with Seager shooting bits in between trying to ride and keep up with the pros. As you will see in the video, he didn't do too badly, but not that great either ha-ha! Shout out to Grundy who killed it on the editing on this. You know it's kind of fun, doing a project like this with no client and no one to please. For this reason, I think these projects will always be lo-fi and all about the fun!

If this becomes an annual tradition, you can count me in, 100% - for the last two have been been filled with some of the memorable days. All hail the official S4P Swindon 'Loaman-Qualiceum'.

I hope you enjoyed the video and we look forward to bringing you Backcountry 3.0 next year!"


 

Monday, 4 January 2016

Reverse engineer - 3 random riding shots

After the last reverse engineer post went down so well I thought it would be rude not to do another one. This time though rather than brides its bikes, good old bikes.

I spend 80% of my working life shooting bikes in some form. Road, mountain, downhill, moto etc So over the years I have got a nack of turning up to a location and just whipping out the lights, and without any test shots knowing pretty much where to place them, what power and zoom they need to be on, where to stand, camera settings, lens etc and the shot turning out pretty much there within 5 adjustments.

Gear used in all 3 shots:
  • Canon 5D3
  • Canon 24-105 F4
  • Canon 70-200 F2.8
  • Canon 15mm fish F2.8
  • 2 x Flash lights
  • Fired with Pocket wizards
So here are 3 shots with varying settings and lighting set ups, and a bit of info behind the why and how of the images... ( click any image to see it larger )


A firm favorite shot of mine, good solid action, nice light well exposed etc
Andrew Neething shot on location in Portugal. Client - Giant Bicycles
Canon 5D3, Canon 24-105 ISO 100, F5 , 1/125th

This shot was taken on a team training and press camp with Giant Factory off road in Portugal a year or two ago. I had no real 1 on 1 time with the riders to shoot and just had to snap shots as they smashed laps in testing bikes. So maybe 10 chances each rider per day. No pressure.


As you can see in the left hand, off the camera shot you can see one flash was on the ground to cameras left, see the hot spot on the floor ? The other flash on a tripod at about riders head height, off the cameras right facing into the riders body. Both at pretty wide and about 1/8th power to balance the ambient with the flash.

In photo shop I cloned out the hot spot on the ground on the left where the flash was, bought back down the sky and fore ground to keep the eye in the middle of frame with the rider and tweaked saturation and white balance as well as dodging and burning.

Jack Chapman riding the south downs. Client: Upper downs clothing.
Canon 5D3, Canon 70-200 F2.8,  ISO 800, F4, 1/200th

Taken on a shoot for a start up clothing company wanting shots of their gear out doing what it is intended for, riding. Shot long lens to make use of the trees and get some fore ground in, again with 2 flashes. One to camera right just out of frame by the riders left side on about 1/8th power and wide zoom, the other hidden behind the tree in the middle of frame on 1/8th power and 50mm zoom. IN photo shop nothing wild just contrast, saturation and dodging and burning.


Eliot Jackson in Whistler. Personal work.
Canon 5D3, Canon 15mm fisheye F2.8, ISO 400, F5.6 , 1/200th

While this shot might not have had a client when shot, it did end up in print in Dirt magazine as a DPS contents page as well as smaller in a few other magazines.
One flash wide and full power behind the lip to light up the dust off the lip. The second flash behind the camera and a bit closer to the landing of the jump, cameras right. Again pretty wide and about 1/8th power.

In photo shop nothing to wild yet again. I try to keep it as minimal as possible but sometimes a shot needs more than the simple whole image tweaks. This time though just dodging and burning as well as some contrast and saturation tweaks.

I will try do another post like this soon but with some set up shots showing exactly where gear is placed etc.

Cheers

Jacob