Sunday, December 19, 2010

Speed Flying on Mt. Superior

I don't think a time has gone past when I've visited Alta and not gazed longingly across at the gut of Mt. Superior. Occasionally there are ski tracks down it depending on snow stability, but of course, if you can fly that less of a concern...

For some perspective, here's the mountain in question, with "the gut" being a line from the summit right down through the middle of the beast. (I suggest fully loading this video and going the whole full screen experience)

Now here's another perspective. I am so jealous I don't know how to do this.

Superior, Speed Fly from Marshall Miller on Vimeo.

Monday, December 13, 2010

F1 2010

F1's look back at the 2010 season, one which many called among the best ever. I don't remember the second quarter of the season consisting of perving on the ladies, and the music could improve a bit, but overall I'd say I enjoyed this montage of Formula 1 excess. The final sequence, documenting the title decider in Abu Dhabi, is particularly sweet, drama you couldn't script.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving to Bikes

The proper technique for working up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner: Some laps at the Kipster's pumptrack, a tour of Moab's hobo singletrack, and a sunset session on the Slippery Slidey Rock Trail.

Thanksgiving to Bikes from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Nighty night.

No Scuffs No Cuffs from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tour of Hall Ranch

I've been having an absolute ball with my new GoPro camera. It really is an amazing little device with tons of features to explore. Here's a little experiment shooting at 60 frames per second off the seatpost of my mountain bike on Hall Ranch. The reason to shoot with the higher frame rate is you tend to get smoother shots with more data to work with, and you can also spread all those frames out (to 24 or 30 frames a second) to get super smooth slow motion. Check it out.

Nomads on Hall from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Building bikes at BCS

Recently finished up this video for Boulder Cycle Sport. Dwayne gets after building up an eye-candy-licious Ridley X-Fire.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Birthday Route

We're actually still riding mountain bikes on singletrack here in Boulder, but much of the birthday route from last week is probably closed for the season. However, I do now have the gps trace, which is pretty fun. Check it out:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Best Ride Ever

Sunday, I was lucky enough to partake in a 75 degree epic super D here in Boulder for my birthday. 3,200 feet of climbing and over 6,000 feet of descending spread of 35 miles of intricate route finding through Boulder's backyard. It's my favorite type of ride, tons of downhill, but still lots of uphill to make you earn the turns, so to speak, and it's taken me 9 years of exploring to piece this one together. The Boulder Whole Enchilada, or ICFIGIN.

However, five hours to the west, in my hometown of Moab, is the real Whole Enchilada.

Two days before my wedding I was lucky enough to ride the benchmark for all epic super-d's the world over. Thanks to Michael Cody and Spencer's bachelor party trip to the desert, we now have the Whole Enchilada on GoPro, slickly edited down to 4 minutes that document what is undoubtedly one of the world's best rides.

The Whole Enchilada from Michael Cody on Vimeo.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Slooooooow Moooooooootion

I've been having fun playing with the 60 frame per second mode on my 7D recently. Two videos, one with men in tights, the other with dogs.

Slow Motion Puppy Romping from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Slow-Mo CX Test at Boulder Cup from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1 Year of Magnolia

Getting a dog just over a year ago has sure shaken things up here at Forest, but for every stressful or frustrating moment there are a million of pure bliss and hilarity. To make this video I compiled every photo I've ever taken of Magnolia (yes, there are a lot...) as well as video clips off everything from my phone to the full 7D/Zacuto set-up and created sort of a flip book/video montage.

Year 1 of Magnolia from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Boulder Cup CX

Boulder Cup CX moved to the Flatirons Mall this year for a crowded race featuring some of the country's best. Here are some of my favorite images I snapped from the day.

My good buddy Ross along the pond.

Tim Johnson was precision personified all afternoon throughout this tricky course on his way to a W. I love how his shoulder is SO close to the apex of the turn and his eyes are already 20 yards down the course ahead. Perfect.

Race long leaders Todd Wells and Tim Johnson hopping the key barriers, a skill that gave a decisive edge with only a short uphill left before the finish.

Wells leads Johnson, as he did for much of the race, until Johnson dropped him.

Webber, Brandon, and Allen drill it in a BCS mini peleton.

Johnson saving energy behind an enthusiastic riding Wells.

TJ on his own and off the front.

Tim Johnson checks his gap back to Wells through the switchbacks.

Driving home the gap through the tricky downhill switchback section. Click to enlargify and you can see him sweating, despite the focused, calm look on his face.

Wells, however, has the look of a man behind in a fist fight. At this point he knows the win has ridden away without him. I also love how you can see the handlebars in his shades.


Fancy rubber, tired legs.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday Worlds

Each week in Boulder sees a huge group of cyclocross addicts meet at 8am for a little friendly cutthroat "practice" at a variety of local parks. Last week the group headed out to Boulder Reservoir to preview the course of the upcoming Colorado Cross Classic. I went along with the 7D to shoot some pretty morning action for my series of cross videos for Boulder Cycle Sport (who incidentally, is hosting Cross Week this week in case you need some supplies). Greg Keller also hooked me up with the footage from his onboard GoProHD. Enjoy.

Dueling Ridleys at Wednesday Worlds from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Monday, October 25, 2010

60 Minutes profiles The Best TV Show Ever.

First Snow

Today was sunny for the most part in Boulder but I'd heard rumor it was snowing as close by as Nederland. Over the weekend I'd ridden on Magnolia and seen the snowline just hundreds of feet above us. Today it was time to head into the belly of the storm and get our first snow of the year.

Heading up Fourth of July Road past Nederland. Better remember how to drive in the snow, and turn on 4wd.

Dog was ecstatic with snow's return. She immediately set to doing leaping hot lops the minute she left the vehicle.

I did manage one pose out of her.

Yeah, that water is cold.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pre-Wedding Ride

The morning of my wedding I was lucky enough to get in a ride with my dad and some of my very best friends. We were up early and riding from out mountain lair before 8am, a notable feat considering the previous night's fun.
We headed north, desceding into Castle Valley where we met up with my dad, Gordon, and Sevey. Then we turned around and headed back up the hill to breakfast, and a wedding!

Ageless Gordon, with Mark in the Breck Epic leader's jersey.

Schleck caught winter training. Everyone knows Luxembourgers love Moab.

The in-imitable style of Henri Barlow.

24 Hours of Moab

The 24 hours of Moab is done and dusted at this point so I'm a little late on this but figured it'd be fun to post one of Alex and I's original videos. From the 5 year old vault of standard definition digital video, the 2005 24 Hours of Moab.

24 Hours of Moab 2005 from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Gates Carbon Drive at Cross Vegas

I recently put this video together for Gates documenting their cross team's Las Vegas debut.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wedding Photos

September 18th marked a pretty special occasion as Abby and I "tied the knot" after almost 6 years of dating and even more of having fun together. We'd been working like mad to plan the party of our lives for the past year so its a bit of a shock to find ourselves home from the honeymoon and have it all be over. The past three weeks have truly been among the best of my life.

While its hard to see great events like these turn into memories, good pictures help you live it over and over again.

And there are perhaps no better images that convey the unbridled joy that was felt that night at Whispering Oaks than the ones from our "photo booth." Who knows what it was; Timmy's hilarious props, Steve's delicious wine, or just the all around loving vibe in the air, but people were ready to let their hair down, dance, and take pictures.

Below are a few samples from our "photo booth," which turned out to be more of a twisted live fashion show on the dance floor.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cool pictures from way back when

I've been terrible at putting anything whatsoever out there on this blog recently. Life, and more specifically summer, has kept me away from it but I'll back. To start with here are some fun pictures I unearthed from back when people took photographs on film.

I'm looking pretty focused here.

Eating something healthy I imagine...

I should sell my childhood hat collection to some hipsters...

Very small me with some very cool looking parents.

Yeah, I was once an accomplished llama wrangler. People often forget that about me.

Tina, eat your dinner!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Walking the dog

I've been having a bunch of fun shooting these lately. Holding the camera in front of me I simply click off pictures at variable speeds as I cruise along. For walking sections I've been taking a frame every 4 or so steps, but when I wanted to really capture some movement or action the 7D's 8 frame/second motor drive is awesome. I then import all the stills into Final Cut so each picture = one frame and play it back at 24 frames/sec. A little frame blending helps it all flow together. (It also helps your work-flow to take the pictures at 'small' resolution on the camera. You'll see much less spinning ball of death, and there's really no point in taking 3000 18megapixel stills are 40mb each when you're going to play them back at 720p.)

Las Vegas: For this one I walked from one end of Caesars Palace to the pool at the Bellagio without stopping. Somewhere around 2800 individual pictures.

Casino Walkabout from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Magnolia the Explorer: This was also made with around 2800 pictures that I shot on a recent dog walk.

Magnolia the Explorer from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ride Cams

I made these the other day as a concept for a section on the new Vecchio's website about local rides. Only problem is I need to time it so no car shadow shows up, or the obvious solution, actually film it by bike. The problem with that is that the bike is just too slow. It's pretty simply (technically) shooting then speeding up 15 minutes of 720p video, entirely more of a data compressing clusterf#$% to do a 1.5 hour bike ride's worth. I could also do time lapse with a still camera but the using the Flip with a Panavise suction cup mount is SO easy. (We played around quite a bit with the GoPro Hero HD's built in timelapse in Monaco and its great, if the camera actually works... let's just say that there should be a wide angle shot from the belly of the helicopter... but GoPro turned into GoAmateur) Anyways, here they are.

Vecchio's Rides: Old Stage to Lee Hill from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Vecchio's Rides: Wagonwheel to Linden from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Best Day Ever

Can you tell we're enjoying ourselves?

Friday, April 9, 2010


Magnolia was so put out by me leaving her to go ski powder in Vail the other day that she went out and made her own video in response to mine. Here it is, not bad for a dog!

Dogschusse from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Crested Butte to Aspen Bike Tour

These are some pretty entertaining videos from the 1980 ride over Pearl Pass from Crested Butte to Aspen. While I wasn't born until 1982, I can't help but recognize a lot of these characters from my childhood. Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tanner Foust drifts Mullholland

This is one of the more ridiculous things I've seen in a while. It's tough to keep up with Red Bull's stunt onslaught, but this does a pretty darn good job.


(re)BUILD from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Salon de Geneve 2010

The Geneva auto show has long held a place at the pinnacle of venues for unveiling new cars. Despite the lack of any car industry to speak of, Switzerland has always been one of the prime spots to show the latest and greatest, and while the world economy isn't exactly going gangbusters at the moment (you may have noticed...) there's still plenty of cool stuff on display. Here are a couple of favorites from the first few days of show coverage:

We'll start out with something decidedly not-green since my next few choices all involve some sort of enviro trickery. A decidedly out there car, the Bentley Touring Superleggera Flying Star could possibly be my new dream car. It's a bit like a VW R32, two door hatchback with all wheel drive and plenty of power, turned up to 11....billion. 560hp should get you to Aspen with plenty of time to exercise the Amex Black card at Cache Cache before a good night's sleep and a day at Highlands Bowl.

Apparently only around 20 will be built each year and if you have to ask the cost you can't afford one.

Next up is Kermit the Ferrari. This is actually Ferrari's first ever 'hybrid' drivetrain, but before you think the prancing horse has gone all pious let me explain. Integrated into the 7 speed dual clutch gearbox of this monster is a road going version of the F1 team's KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) that will kick in a 100 extra electric horsepower on top of the 600+ the V12 already makes. Thank goodness. Conversely, if you're simply nipping down the block to pick up a frappucino and you don't want to wake the neighbors, you can cruise around in golf cart mode with none of Enzo's finest so much as touching drip of bezino.

I'm tempted to call shenanigans on the actual numbers Porsche is claiming on this one, but if they can pull it off it would be damn impressive. The 918 Spyder concept packs a 500hp V8 to go along with two eletric motors which create another 218hp between them. The German's are saying it'll do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, top out at 198mph, and (actually, I'm pretty sure that should be an 'or') get 78mpg. All I can say is that if Porsche can suddenly make a 200mph car get 80mpg the rest of car industry might as well give up. I mean, if all Toyota (the front runners in hybrid tech) can manage is a car that'll hit 100mph and get 50mpg, how does Porsche suddenly double it?

Last, smallest, slowest, but not least, the Audi A1 e-tron. This car is undoubtedly the most pertinent to most people. Audi has been bringing an e-tron concept to the last few auto shows and in my opinion they are getting better and better. First off it was an E version of the R8, but really, something loud and gas matches that car much better. Then it was a TT sized car which was pretty cool, but this A1, which runs in the same manner as a Chevy Volt, is a perfect application for the technology. What makes it even cooler than the Volt is that instead of a standard gas engine generating power for the electric motor, they've used the brilliant Wankel rotary engine. Wankels are light, compact, simple, but until now pretty fuel INefficient. That's the brilliance of using it in this application. Since computers, not someone's foot, control the rotary engine it can be tuned to run at maximum efficiency, aka wide open, for only as long as it needs to be. Very cool.