After we were done with the shots of just the bike I wanted to get some riding shots so on the way back to Aaron's shop he pulled back into the lettuce fields and I just shot away of him tearing around in the dirt. Contrary to some of the comments on a message board, Aaron was really riding his bike hard and I didn't photoshop any effects to the photos. It was pretty funny to read what people dream up.
Anyways, it was a cool half day stop in Salinas that day. I was on my way home from shooting in Santa Cruz the past few days and I wanted to make a pit stop to see Cole and Aaron. Aaron is super talented and as always I appreciate Aaron and Cole spending some time with me so I can shoot their incredible machines.
There are some amazing photos on Motoyan's No Future Krew blog of the devastation in Japan. I couldn't imagine what some of the people of Japan are going through, but from the pictures it looks like people are doing what they can to help. As a friend of mine in Japan says a word the Japanese use a lot is Gambaru. Click here to see the pictures.
So I'm working on a book to showcase my pictures from the past few years. The goal is to have it done and available at this years Viva Las Vegas show where I will have a booth during the car show. They will be available online afterwards and then I will have them at the Born Free 3 show.
The book will have bikes, cars and broads. Some of the people in it will be: John Edwards, Mike Davis, Barry Lacour, Chopper Dave, Denver Dan, Brandon (Brawny Built) Holstein, Ian Berky, Jason McCann, Rob Fortier, Rene (Dago Speed Shop) Astenego, Christian Garcia, Cole Foster, Aaron Elliot, Damon York and a few others.
From Christian, "I shot in Pasadena Ca in 2005 with my little point and shoot Canon that I always kept in my backpack. Here is a little something on each bike. The Gold and Emerald Green Trump is owned by Frank Alatorre and it was painted by Scott Craig in 2003. The Shovel is owned by Anthony Hildago and it was build by Rudy Rodriquez around 04/05. Yep the same dude that debuted that killer Mercury at this year's GNRS, paint by John Edwards. It now has another paint job on it and I saw this tank for sale at this past Born Free Show at John's booth.
The multi talented Christian Garcia was at it again this weekend. Here's what he had to say; "Buckled down this weekend and produced this painting on canvas, it goes like this. Screened a little, Sharpied a little, a little enamel, and some water color for the wash. All in all I'm good with it. Enjoy, it's up for grabs or up to be in a show of some kind and yes it will be framed. Cheers!" Interesed contact email is here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm back from Hawaii. It was a great time as always. We stayed at a friends house that his father owns right across the street from Rockpiles for most of the time. Then we moved into a house on the beach right out front of Off The Wall. It was off and on rain the whole time and then the swell picked up on Thursday. Got a lot of good stuff and then we jumped on a red eye flight home. As we were sitting in the airport the news of the Japan earthquake came through and we were the last flight out of Hawaii for a while. They cancelled flights due to the tsunami warnings for Hawaii. Glad to be home. Hoping to make it out to Garage Company tomorrow to see the Born Free 3 Knucklehead.
Shot all day yesterday with Pro Surfers Jamie O'Brien and Cheyne Magnusson. Jamie lives right in front of Pipeline and his backyard steps right down to the beach. Although yesterday there wasn't much at Pipe so they surfed at Off The Wall. Got some amazing late afternoon shots of Cheyne that I will post later when I get home and edit photos. Not much happening today as it is raining and cloudy in the Aloha State.
Didn't get much done today on the North Shore. No waves, rain and clouds most of the day. We end the day with a bbq at Jamie O'Brien's house right on the beach looking out to Pipeline.
Sunset Beach on our way to Kahuku to buy food for the BBQ.
This gem of a poster is posted up in the window of the Kahuku Market.
Check that dude out. Yeah, Meth is bad. You think.
Back at Jamie's, Cheyne Magnusson goes out for a quick surf.
Sunset at Pipe.
Jamie set up a couple of fishing poles and paddled out and drop a line to catch some fish. Maybe about 30-40 minutes later the bell rung on the pole and they reeled in a shark. They threw him back and left the second pole in there for the rest of the night. They never caught a fish but they clotheslined some guy riding a ATV in the dark. He was riding in the dark holding a flashlight. Didn't see the line and just got ruined. Good food with some beer. Not a bad way to wrap up the night.
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