Archives: VSCO

The FaTRoB… AT NIGHT

IMG_6168I’m always amped to work with new cameras and this FujiFilm X-E2 with Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens is killing it!! Well… that in conjunction with VSCO, I’m set up with a truly mobile photo shooting/editing lab via two wheels!!

Go to FOLLY x DIGITAL to check out the other shots I nabbed last night.

Also… if you wanna lurk My Grid feel free to do so.

RIDE  x CREATE

Photography // Building The Basics, Use Everything!

Processed with VSCOcam with lv02 presetI’ve been shooting film photography for less than 12 months. The idea of using film with a low end mechanical camera really intrigued me. I saw it as a challenge I wanted to dominate. Understand light and the technique behind capturing the vibe with film was/is my goal. Let me preface that it does NOT matter what you’re shooting with to capture quality images. Some would say the equipment you use is going to define the quality of photography you provide. I disagree. I believe the quality of photography you provide will be dictated by the understanding of quality photography.

What does quality photography mean? This is a question you will have to answer for yourself. What do you see as unique in an image you’ve captured? In my many iPhone/VSCO edited shots I’ve posted to Instagram and blogged about I’ve come across some I love that have received no significant public response where as other photos I’ve shared that I think will gain minimal response the viewers have gone crazy over.

I’ve become more confident in what I shoot and how I present it. At the end of the day you should be developing photography skills for you… not the approval of the internet. With that said… if you are shooting professionally this rule may not apply. Some of the ideology will remain but you’re under the gun to provide the client with what they hold valuable.

The image above (iPhone / VSCO edit) shows my newest addition to finding that line between low end camera bodies and high end lens’. The Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4 / 50mm is by far one killer lens!! I feel very confident shooting with it and that transfers into how/what I shoot. I’ve only gone through 2 rolls using this lens so far. This will increase as soon as the weather warms a bit and BMX/Skateboarders get out a bit more.

I hope your weekend will be killer. Find the unfound and capture the uncaptured.

RIDE x CREATE

Levi’s x VSCO // #Commuter Round 3

Processed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetimageimageThroughout this project Chris and I got to see a lot of different environments that we wouldn’t normally look at and think… “I’ll ride that”. I’ve learned that it will always be exploration fun to ride x shoot with a BMX rider. Chris is great at what he does which made capturing him in action very easy.

This is the first time I’ve been referenced as a photographer since Kyle and I started this FOLLY shenanigans. To quote Visual Supply Co. I’m a “world-class photographer”, but to be honest… I don’t see myself in that light. Since day one back in 2011 our message has been to Ride x Create; take the simple tools you have available to you right now and create something the world has never seen. This motivational message came from deep inside and where I was at at the time. I still believe in it today and will do so for many moons to come.

Moral of the story… use what’s available to you today, get creative, accept failure, learn from it, stay consistent x progressive. This formula in conjunction with time will prove to be successful.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 10 Levi’s x VSCO #commuter images. They were all taken and edited with an iPhone. I hope you’ll go check out our VSCO Grid for all things Ride x Create. Cheers!

(Editor’s Note: I’ll be posting 13 Levi’s x VSCO #commuter outtakes next week. Jah blessed!)

Levi’s x VSCO // #Commuter Round 2

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I had a blast shooting this spot! It’s really close by the local skate park I’ve been to a million times but never knew it existed. Chris blends in quite nicely with the environment which was a big plus on these snaps.

Thanks for following along. I hope you’re enjoying these simple iPhone photos using the new Levi’s #Commuter x VSCO LV3 Preset. The LV3 Preset just got released for a free download. Go take advantage of that! Cheers!

RIDE x CREATE

Levi’s x VSCO // #Commuter Round One

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I’ve had the pleasure of pushing my personal limits using an iPhone and the new VSCO Levi’s preset (LV3) to shoot Chris Rost in all of his BMX radery for the Levi’s x VSCO #commuter collaboration.

Follow along this week as I continue to show how rad BMX and commuting fit together. The sky’s the limit… and I mean that literally. Enjoy!

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Logan Wilson // Skate Park Sesh

imageimageSkateboarding has progressed so much. I love heading to parks and connecting with rad skaters like Logan Wilson. It’s truly inspiring and challenging to capture folks like Logan. That goes for Chris Rost or an rider who’s willing to have me creap on their sesh.

I hope you dig. Check out more on our VSCO page. (Editors Note: all images captured with an iPhone and edited with VSCOcam. Cheers!)

Ride UP

imageimageI don’t always have a bunch of time to dominate miles these days, so when I only have an hour or so I’ll go hit up slow painful (for me) climbing. A route I’ve been riding pretty frequent is only 12 miles with about 1,400 feet of climbing (depending on how may laps you do). Fun, short, and a bit painful. Good for us limited time folk.

Snow Gnar Bruh!

Processed with VSCOcam with b3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with se3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with lv02 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with b3 presetThis week has been filled with snow fun and hiking. I haven’t rode or hiked a huge amount of miles, but I have enjoyed myself every pedal/step of the way. That’s the point right? I hope you goons are out nailing it today.

RIDE x CREATE

First Ride of 2014

imageimageimageThis year will be a good one for sure. We’ve got sweet plans in the works to bring you some goodies you’re going to enjoy. I hope you all have solid plans put in place to dominate this year.

Yesterdays ride was absolutely stunning!  I ended the ride in a lot of pain and exhaustion. Being sick and eating like a fatty couch slave takes its toll, but tis the season. Back to hitting the miles and picking up the skateboard again. Fun times to come. I hope all the best! And big THANK YOU for your support! Cheers

RIDE x CREATE

Why It’s A Big Deal

Collin ProvostAt the risk of over promoting myself… I wanted to talk about why being chosen for VSCO Cam® Best of 2013: Black & White is a big deal to me and how it relates to the Ride x Create vibe Kyle and I have been promoting for the last few years.

So… I’m not a photographer, but I do strive to develop better photo capturing skills.  When I first nabbed an iPhone (about a year after Kyle) I went picture taking crazy and polluted the internet via Instagram for a long time (I still do to some extent), but after watching Kyle really fine tune his iPhonography skills (and FOLLY started developing)… I saw the light.

“Argue for your limitations and soon they will be yours”. There is a lot of truth to that statement and something the resonates with me daily. When you have perceived limitations one of two things happen… you either give up (maybe because you don’t want it bad enough or you’re just really lazy) or you get creative and make it happen with whatever tools you have available (thanks Macgyver).  So… the tool that I had was an iPhone and away I went developing better perspective and understanding how light works.

I started searching for spots to shoot as I cruised around town. It had/has a very similar feel to searching for skate spots. Once I find a spot to shoot the creative juices start flowing on how to capture that spot. This happens most when I’m out shooting BMX (Chris Rost) or other like minded folks.

With all that said, at first I was using a lot of Instagram filters to “enhance” my snap shots and they were ok for the time being. Then VSCO happened. I saw Kyle Steed and Brenton Little #VSCOcam and check’ed it out. My initial thoughts were “These aren’t nearly ‘enhanced’ enough” HA!! I was very ignorant to the purpose of VSCO and didn’t even know it stood for Visual Supply Co. Neat right? As I saw my buds pushing some absolutely stunning shots I gave good ol’ VSCO a second look. I. Was. Hooked!!  Once you dive deep into the VSCO vibe, you never look back. They have developed a mobile editing app that will allow you to better develop yourself as a photographer on the go.

I start pushing VSCO, diving deep into its functions and before I knew it I started producing better photos. It was so rad! I would get on the phone with Kyle and he would say… “that was a good shot”. Simple right? It let me know I was on the right track, and If I wanted to get better I needed that affirmation of good or told it sucked. Oddly, no one has told me I suck yet. Not saying you haven’t thought it. Sometimes I think it.

The next step is to transition out of editing the photo at all and let the shot speak for itself. Now that… that’s hard with an iPhone (Editor’s Note: That was a perceived limitation), but I’ve been working on a #nonvsco hashtag project that only utilizes the “tools” vs. filters. It’s a fun personal challenge.

To sum all this up. It’s a big deal to me because I started out at sucking and pushed until quality started presenting itself. It also doesn’t hurt to capture a rad pro skater. Push your “limits” every. damn. day! Get the tool (photo taking device, skateboard, bicycle, etc.) that works best for you and dominate. If you suck at first… that’s ok. We all do. Get/Stay motivated and get better.

Go check out all the amazing folks on VSCO Cam® Best of 2013: Black & White. I’m so amped mine is featuring Collin Provost.

Time to go ride. Cheers!

RIDE x CREATE