meteor shower

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I headed upstate last week the evening of the Perseid Meteor Shower, to a relatively remote spot in Harriman State Park. I pointed the cam skyward on an intervalometer (aka PC computer) and fired off 45 minutes worth of 30″ exposures. It was the first time that I had every attempted to capture something like this. The first thing that I would do differently is shutter speed. The earth moves a long way in 30 seconds. you can see the star trails in the still image above.

Initially, I wanted to layer all of the images into a composite to show all of the meteors at once. That plan got a bit messy. Instead, I threw them all into this vid below. I sped it up, and looped it 4x. The track “Star Guitar” by Chemical Brothers seemed fitting.

 

Perseid Meteor Shower from Jacob Breinholt on Vimeo.

eli reed stars in UXA’s ‘the chase’

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I love seeing all of the local spots in this video. Watch Eli Reed jibbing on those crazy cement barriers and bells in the middle of Houston St. The crux of the video is the last scene where Reed hippie jumps an NYPD cruiser. One of the cheekiest/most technical skate vids I have seen in a long time. Watch it below.

 

UXA #TheChase from UXA on Vimeo.

rossi’s ranch

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Everyone’s favorite GP rider takes some fellow Dainese sponsored riders to the Rossi Ranch in Tavullia Italy. Here is the video–

 

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Evolution of the BMW M3 short docu

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In college, I had a friend who owned a 90-something M3. It was that color of yellow that I felt like pretty much every M3 in that era was painted. I was kind of obsessed with the car (until I discovered the Audi S4, hehe). Anyway, I came across this video today and I thought it was pretty cool to see how the design has changed on M3 over the years.

 


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NYC 150 1-second clips

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I saw this video posted on like 10 of the sites that I read before I finally watched it. I’m sure glad that I finally did. I love this kind of stuff. And when I see things like this I always feel kind of jealous that I’m not the one who came up with the idea. San Francisco filmmaker Brian Emerick gives us this gem of 150 1-second long clips of New York City. He shot it all on a 7D, slowed it down with FCP X, and put a VSCO filter on it. The result is buttery. Watch below–

 

NYC: One Sec Shots from SDP on Vimeo.

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wavegarden 2.0

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I remember messing around in wave pools at water parks as a kid, imagining how cool it would be if they could make a wave pool large enough and powerful enough to surf in. Since then, I have read about several such pools. But this one in northern Spain, built by Wavegarden, is blowing my mind. Here is the description of the lagoon in Spain, from their website:

Wavegarden, industry leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems, has built a full-sized demo center in Northern Spain. This first of its kind facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning, testing and as a showroom and is not open to the public.

Located at Wavegarden’s research and development site, the new surfing lagoon generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape, and speed, are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.

Here is a video of the wave machine in action–

Wavegarden 2.0 – June 2013 from wavegarden on Vimeo.

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Lykke Li X David Lynch ‘I’m waiting here’ Video

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I came across this recently released video today by Lykke Li. Besides being a fan of hers, I was particularly struck by the strong desert imagery in the video. It actually reminded me of some of the locations that I snapped last November in southern NV. I’m not sure if it is nostalgia, or what. But the desert elicits a certain emotional reaction in me that is hard to describe. It is one that I really like.

Anyway, I love the song, and I love the vid. Peep it below

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Raised by Wolves Varsity yoyo

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Raised by Wolves, the brain child of my homey Pete Williams just released the “Varsity” yoyo. It is a collaboration with CLYW. This video take yoyos from the realm of Smothers Brothers into the level of pure badassery. I love the usage of car lights for backlighting. This dude is amazingly dexterous for the stuff that he is pulling barehanded in -25c weather. Peep it–

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A rainy day with os gemeos

Os Gemeos published a pretty cool piece on their blog this week. If is a brief video of them discussing their sketch books. The talk about everything from inspiration, to what they use to draw with, to how they choose what clothing to give the figures they draw. Caveat: it is in Portuguese. The video is titled “Um dia de chuva,” which means “A day of rain” Check it–

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‘moonwalk’ in yosemite

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This ridiculously cool vid was shot at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite. Mikey Schaefer used an 800mm with a 2x extender to get an infinite depth of field for the awesome “giant moon” effect. Meanwhile, Dean Potter solo climbs up to a high line strung between two rocks and traverses it as the moon rises over the peak.  The only thing that I could do without is Mikey breathing into the camera for the 3+ minute duration, hahaha. Watch it below–

 

 

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Nowness on Rick Rubin

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Nowness ran a really cool piece earlier this month about Rick Rubin. Rubin is one of the original players in Def Jam records during the era of DMC and Beastie Boys. Says Nowness:

The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C.

Peep the vid below:

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality
on Nowness.com.

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riding downtown MTL

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Nothing like strapping a sled to your feet in downtown MTL Quebec to knock some rails and tour the local cemetery. Watch Seb Toots do just that, with The XX as his soundtrack. It starts out a bit slow and boring, but is worth finishing. Here is Hypebeast‘s take:

Sunset Films‘ newest project finds professional snowboarder Seb Toots flowing through Montreal’s Mount Royal, located in the heart of the city, after a massive snowfall. Toots skillfully weaves through a naturally-occurring slope, interpreting handrails, gaps, and tight curves as he sees fit. In a beautiful way, the viewer is reminded of the possibilities that can arise in any situation; where people walk, the passionate Toots finds a way to fly.

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Drifting a Rolls Phantom

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You may have to be a dude to appreciate the awsome-itude of this one. But I was basically giddy with delight while watching this video of someone drifting a Rolls Royce Phantom through country fields and otherwise generally abusing the automobile. The soundtrack was the icing on the cake. Maybe you will also enjoy the video. Have a great weekend–

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