Monthly Archives: February 2013

Biking in the Snow

Soft flakes were falling from the sky. The gentle beauty of the fluffy snow shone in stark contrast to knobby tires ripping through the mud, metal frames flying over dirt jumps and brakes squealing to a stop.

A few weekends ago I ripped down Galbraith Mountain with WWU’s Mountain Biking club on a photoshoot for Klipsun magazine. Originally the article I was photographing featured the team in the context of biking up hills. What I found while photographing is that biking uphill for this group of mountain bikers was not so common. But they sure found creative ways to fly down!

As stories go, it changed, and the photos I took were not used. (The focus of the story is now on cycling.) But the experience was still fun and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with weather-proofing my camera. Here are some of the action shots that tell the story of a photographer and some bikers in gnarly weather. Enjoy!

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Members of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club roll through a sprinkling of snow before riding down the Unemployment Line on Galbraith Mountain.

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Kristian Duft, president of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club, gains speed for a jump on Jan. 27, 2013 on the Unemployment Line at Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, Wash. He tries to get out on the trails every week rain or shine, and even if it’s snowing.

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Kristian Duft, president of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club, is spattered with mud while riding on Galbraith Mountain.

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Nick Turczyn runs his bike back up a hill to ride over a jump on the Atomic Dog trail on Galbraith Mountain.

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Forrest Gale does a wall ride on a rock feature near the bottom of the Atomic Dog trail at Galbraith Mountain on Jan. 27, 2013.

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Nicholas Blair, Zach Cohen, Nick Turczyn and Forrest Gale watch at Kristian Duft flies over a jump on Galbraith Mountain.

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Harlem Shake

Western Washington University made their very own “Harlem Shake” video in the infamous Red Square today.

It was exciting to see so many people letting go of their inhibitions to get dressed up and get funky for the video! And of course, in stereotypical Pacific Northwest style, it drizzled a little on the dancing crowd.

Here are some highlights from the event:

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Students in a class on the fourth floor of Bond Hall watch the Harlem Shake gathering in Red Square on Feb. 20 before their class begins.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Students at Western Washington University get funky for a Harlem Shake video on Feb. 20.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Joseph Corpus, the student who organized the Western Washington University Harlem Shake video, talks to the film crew in Miller Hall on the phone to make sure the crowd was out of the initial shot.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Holly Whitmore, who wore a neon orange bra and a bear mask for the Harlem Shake video, sits on top of a friend’s shoulders to be seen above the crowd. “I’m kinda glad that it started raining so that it represents Washington,” she said.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Julia Fullerton (red), Robbyn Pilon (black) and Kaitlyn Karnes (blue) pretended to be wind socks for the Harlem Shake video at Western Washington University on Feb. 20.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Western Washington University made a "Harlem Shake" video.

Benjamin Neyman did scantily-clad push-ups in the Harlem Shake video at Western Washington University on Feb. 20.

Rocks in the light

Paranav Singh throws rocks into the bay on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Boulevard Park. He was part of a traditional Indian wedding party taking pictures at the park.

Paranav Singh throws rocks into the bay on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Boulevard Park. He was part of a traditional Indian wedding party taking pictures at the park.

The sunshine in Bellingham is holding out for us. I’m certainly surprised that the clouds haven’t completely obliterated the sun for the winter. Yesterday, on Feb. 1, tons of people flocked to Boulevard Park to watch the sunset. For me, the evening light made for some beautiful pictures. These boys throwing rocks in their kurtas immediately caught my eye because of the contrast between their formal wear and their desire to play. Not to mention the fabric of their kurtas was almost glowing in the light.