Motorcycle around Maldives

For the past few days I have been riding around Maldives on the back of a motorcycle shooting people who I pass by. I get really excited when I see complimentary colors of clothing and walls or back drops. Which surprisingly happens quite often. 

Thanks to Red Bull Maldives, Jason Paul and I came out here for a week to create some vlogs and content and meet with the local freerunners. 

Due to the relaxed nature of everyone I feel myself getting braver shooting random people I do not know. Although some people may be a bit confused I have yet to come across anyone who didn't want to be photographed. Instead, I have had people request that I take their photo! 

The colors, textures, patterns and clothing have kept me entertained. Shooting from a moving motorcycle I only get a few seconds to frame and get a shot. Angles are limited, but its amazing when it lines up.  Sometimes its just about being ready at the right place and the right time. 

I shot this young man on a boat traveling back to the main island. The sun was just going down and the light was incredible. I asked him to look up and out the window, he quietly obliged. This is very rare for me to approach strangers but I hope to do it more often. 

Even though it is common to see children and helmet less riders in Thailand it is never seen in California where I grew up. Although the site is slowly becoming normalized it catches my eye every time. We noticed small children with belts (that looked like suitcase belts) around them and their parents to keep them secure. 

This man got my attention and asked me to take a photo of him. I was happy to. He got out his calculator and typed 86 to let me know how old he was and very proud. I told him he was looking good! He was selling fruit at the market and full of energy. He kindly picked out a small banana for me to eat. 

When we climbed one of the buildings I noted a lot of solar panels. Afterward I found this sign that said it was a gift from Japan for clean energy and a token of friendship. 

Taking from Wikipedia: According to former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives are ranked the third most endangered nation due to flooding from climate change.[65] In March and April 2012, Nasheed stated, "If carbon emissions were to stop today, the planet would not see a difference for 60 to 70 years." "If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be under water in seven years."

My first lens was a canon 16-35mm which is great for shooting action and freerunning because its wide and lets me be closer to the action. My second lens was a canon 70-200mm which is great for portraits and taking shots that I can not be up close to. My third lens was a 50mm, being a fixed lens with a lower fstop it allows me to shoot in lower light. I tried all three of these lenses while riding around the island. Like the three little bear, the wide was too wide, the long lens was too close and too heavy but the 50mm was just right. 

 Thank you Red Bull for bringing us out and for  MVPK  for hanging out with us!

Thank you Red Bull for bringing us out and for MVPK for hanging out with us!

Day One - Team Farang In Bangkok

 Farang's Jason Paul, Dom Di Tommaso, Zen Shimada, Anan Anwar missing Pasha "The Boss" Petkuns. 

Farang's Jason Paul, Dom Di Tommaso, Zen Shimada, Anan Anwar missing Pasha "The Boss" Petkuns. 

I joined Team Farang for day one of their video shoot in Bangkok. The first video shoot with Zen Shimada as an official team member. We drove about an hour in Bangkok across from Impact stadium to an abandoned building. We were able to shoot all day without getting kicked out and even ran into a few other people doing their own photoshoot. 

When there is graffiti it is a good indication that the place is accessible to get to. Even if it takes a little climbing. If there is a lot of detail in the graffiti or multiple works of art, it shows that you most likely wont be bothered at this spot. 

This shot makes me thing of an invisible bridge. I've seen in an anime. 

Lovely light and some interesting remnants from past guests. I am always curious what others leave behind. 

Team Work. A lot of planning goes into shooting even if it feels spontaneous. The great part of Team Farang working together is how they understand camera angles, style and their own movement. They can trade places and shoot each other. 

We make our best efforts to get up early and shoot in morning light. Taking a break for lunch we can avoid the direct sunlight over head that isn't very flattering. Shooting when the sun starts to go back down can be tricky when you are shooting around high buildings but golden hour always has the most beautiful light before sun down. In Bangkok with the pollution it can be cut short and the sun can disappear behind some haze before it meets the horizon.

Jerusalem - Getting permission and still asking for forgiveness

Amadie

The ministry of tourism brought Jason Paul,  Amadei Weiland  and I to Jerusalem to vlog about our travels there. An ideal experience for Jason and I, to have permission to explore a location and document it. We saw some iconic locations like the Mount of Olives and the Tower of David. Most unique was being able to watch him jump across the pillars in the Cardo, remnants of a central street in the Roman Period. By building a human pyramid with the Help of Amadei and our local freerunner, Aaron Sarfaty, Jason was able to reach the top.

Climbing and shooting in public usually comes with security guards and a high level of sneakiness. With our entourage from the ministry we abandoned all caution. 

As Jason was preparing and testing the sturdiness I had double duty of shooting the video for the vlog while trying to get some still images as well. I wish I had more time to shoot the photos but the video does more justice to the actual situation. My challenge was to show the height of the columns while not getting the other camera men and spectators in the shot and the right timing of the jump. A crowd of onlookers gathered, curious as to what was going on. Suddenly a man dressed in a bright yellow vest starts shouting at Jason. We assume he is a security guard trying to chase us off. After making sense of his broken English we understand he is asking Jason to clean up all the rocks that were on the top of the pillars. 

Tower of David

Shortly after the police do show up and ask him to get down. We didn't realize the pillars were in site of the police station.  Jason didn't bother explaining that we had permission since we got the shots anyway and were ready to move on to the next location. 
 
Tower of David

GoingOTE - Chicago

Chicago Jam

These photos make the Chicago part of the tour much look warmer than it was! It got very windy the day of the jam. I like to use my photography to show the best of each scenario and what I want to remember and I happen to be a wimp when it comes to the cold. Luckily, on the second shoot day the sun came out! Enjoy the video at the end. 

Cory DeMeyers
Cory DeMeyers
Cory DeMeyers
GoingOTE Shark
Cory DeMeyers
Group Shot
ediphotoeye and Jason Paul
Jason Paul
Jason and Jesse
Jason Paul Chicago
Pasha The Boss
Jesse La Flair
Red Bull