Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ibis Hakkalugi Disc

Things have been busy in the forest lately. Here's the latest video I've been working on. The other day I got a friendly text from my buddy Scot Nicol, who had earlier in the summer been hanging with my dad in Villard de Lans, and which you can read about in the current issue of Privateer, that he was visiting Boulder. Or more specifically, he was passing through Boulder on his way to introducing the new Ibis Hakkalugi Disc at the Fort Collins USGP CX race this weekend. Well, I went mountain biking with him and a certain American winner of the Giro D'Italia on Thursday, and we hatched a plan to put together a little intro video for the new steed. We shot on Friday, I edited, and here we are. Scot officially unveiled the new machine a couple hours ago so now here's an embed for the millions of viewers of my blog.

Hakkal├╝gi Disc from Ibis Cycles on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Uncle Graham's Backyard

Editing video of singletrack sitting on the island of Manhattan... This is what Mike and I did between watching the US Pro Challenge in Crested Butte and Aspen. Not bad, not bad at all. 

Uncle Graham's Back Yard from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tour de Gotham

Have been wanting to post some NYC content on here. I'm here for 5 weeks exploring the city and editing projects that I shot in August. It's been an amazing experience so far and I'm sure it'll just get better as I'm here longer. Being a country mouse Colorado this whole NYC thing is a bit crazy but today I really felt like I was getting into my groove here. Took the camera along to document it all against the backdrop of some pretty intense 9/11 events going on.


50 miles today. Best route I've come up with so far.

Strava file here:

Starting out from the house. Out neighborhood is pretty cool, lots of cobbled streets.

Fancy SoHo buildings.

Big buildings downtown. I started out by heading south from our house to the Brooklyn bridge to begin my crossings of the "three bridges to hipster-ville", aka the three bridges that go between Manhatten and Brooklyn/Williamsburg.

This is the Brooklyn bridge. All the bridges are divided up into lanes for bikes or people. As you can see it actually works pretty well.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Looking back into Manhatten from the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge. It's really amazing how far into the city the bridges stretch on each end. They have to gain all this vertical before they go over the river so boats can go under them so they start 8-10 blocks into town on each side and you cross city for the first and last 30% of them.

Crazy way of life. I thought the cage pattern of the fence nicely summed up how I felt about that.

This is on the Williamsburg bridge. Less picturesque than the Brooklyn, but a better ride. The bikes get a separate deck like this and the pedestrians get a separate one on the other side. There's a train in the middle and cars below both. Pretty crazy affair.

This is mid Williamsburg, which is kinda considered the hipster capital of the world. Super bike friendly though as you can see with the big bike lane running up the street. Actually I'd say 80 or 90% of the ride today was either on bike paths of painted bike lanes.

Looking back at the Empire State building from Williamsburg. After this I crossed another big bridge, the Queensborough Bridge, back across the Harlem River into Manhatten. A few crazy blocks later and I was in Central Park.

Did two full laps of the park, at 6 miles a pieces. It's a pretty magical place. Huge, and the road through it is great riding. No cars allowed, twisty and rolling. Definitely the best riding within in the city if you want to just cruise and not worry about traffic and craziness. I hung out on a bench and watched the world go by.

The closed road through Central Park.

Heading up the Harlem River. I'm way north now, 100 something street.

Wild urban landscape.

Cool little boathouse. Getting near Columbia University at the north end of the Island.

This is in Inwood Park. It's on the very north end of the island and has this awesome twisting confusing series of paths like this one.

Bike shot at a little railroad crossing.

The Little Red Lighthouse. Wonder where they came up with that name…

This is heading back south along the Hudson River Greenway. The bike path on this side of the island is really dialed. It was nice to finish with it today because I didn't have to do any navigation. Big parts of today's ride were in places I hadn't explored before so I was having to stop and consult the map tons. I have this super cool iPhone app called BikeNYC that overlays the good bike routes on google earth so I can use that to navigate everything. Plus the gps puts a blue dot on the map where I am so it's pretty much navigating with perfect information. As a map person I absolutely love it, and can really appreciate the fundamental change it creates in exploring a new place.

Back in the apartment. I just snapped this out the window from my desk. NYC is an amazing place.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Biking Barcelona

I shot all this way back in May and never got around to compressing and uploading it. For some reason I thought of it today and decided to get it done. Nothing too ground-breaking, but a fun tour of a city that I thought was absolutely awesome. Shot with a GoPro mounted on a hilariously ghetto mountain bike rental machine. According to Strava I covered something like 40 kilometers...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Reel 2010/11

Ok, here's one of the big things I've been working on lately. A long overdue reel, a sampling of my work behind the lens of a camera for the past couple years. I'm working on focusing my career toward cinematography and I wanted this to reflect that. I also tried very to hard to keep things tight, always a hard thing to do when you're going through two years of footage that you're somewhat attached to. So, without further delay, enjoi!