Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Nine Beat Stretch

Five days of perfect weather.

No parenting duties.

Months of training. (No. Really.)

Lodging provided by Mayberry Sherpa Service.

Ride logistics provided by Bike Virginia.

And now I'm digging through more than 15,000 digital images, as well as 7+ hours of video footage, getting down to the very best of my stuff...A journey of a thousand edits starts with a mouse click.

I'm keeping my sanity with iTunes- switching back & forth between a live recording of the Gorillaz performing the entire Demon Days album, and Leif Inge's 9 Beet Stretch.

Leif took Beethoven's Ninth Symphony & stretched it out to 24 hours. Simply phenomenal...And now you can listen to it anytime of day thanks to the webcast. Check it out.

Friday, July 11, 2008

If Your a Bike Nerd & You Know It...

Go ahead, drool over this tandem picture...

I had the best time hanging out with Mike, Dian & their brood of budding cyclists. So while I was editing my shots from Bike Virginia, I was really stoked to come across the little gem above.

I used to get really excited at the sight of Specialized tri-spoke wheels or magazine ads of Rebecca Twig holding a nude Merlin Titanium frame...But now that I'm a (cycling) father, I get all stoked over...tandems.

Sad, but true...So long, Rebecca Twig...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hard at Work

The first day of Bike Virginia, and I'm hard at work. Count 'em, there are three cameras on the bike, one on my helmet, and a camcorder in my Camelbak.

All of the visible cameras are waterproof, and, to some extent, shock-resistant. There's a GoPro HeroCam3 mounted to the down tube near the bottom bracket, a Pentax Optio W30 mounted near the headset, a Pentax Optio W10 looking back over the rear wheel, and an Oregon Scientific All Terrain Camera 2000 on my helmet.

The HeroCam and Optios are generally set up for interval photography, where a series a pictures are taken at set intervals- say, 1 picture taken every 5 seconds until the memory card is full or the battery dies. I also mount wide angle adapters onto the HeroCam & Pentaxes for a more dramatic perspective.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Wheels on the Bike Go Round & Round

Another little teaser from Bike Virginia 2008: The me at to reserve your copy!

Timelapse Tent City

Tent City in Bristol being broken down & packed up on Sunday Morning, June 22nd, at Bike Virginia.

To reserve a copy of Bike Virginia 2008: The Movie, drop me an email at

Estimated Cost: $30.

Estimated Length: 20 minutes.

Estimated Release Date: August 1st, 2008.

Slow Train's Comin'...

I know there's gotta be dozens of y'all out there thinking,

"Gosh, I've already cleaned my chain and overhauled my hubs- what's taking Wes so long to get some video uploaded?"

Never fear, I'll have the first teaser of Bike Virginia: The Movie, uploaded by the end of the day. With five gorgeous days of sunshine (six, if you count registration day), I shot way too much good footage, both video & still. After a week on the road, I'm back home, just trying to catch up on all the housework & re-acquaint myself with the family.

So hold that trackstand just a little longer, and there'll be some goodies for ya...