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.