KOMYSB2015 is an annual event sponsored by the Royal Family of Alor Setar Kedah Malaysia. This event became popular to nearby countries including Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and also Japan, not because of the generous prizes but because of the camaraderie and for charity. There are sporting events like netball and street soccer, they also include cultural awareness, singing and declamation contest but the most favorite of the crowd were the extreme sporting activities like BMX stunt, BMX flatland, aggressive inline skates and wall climbing. The skate park is definitely the highlight of the event, it is one of the best skate parks in Southeast Asia. The good thing about this event is that all proceed goes to charity that helps unfortunate youths with financial problems and at the same time engaging them to a more progressive way of spending their talents and hobbies. Continue reading →
KHE Bikes (Germany) is one of the BMX brands I grew up with including big names like Haro, GT, Dyno, SE PK Ripper, Odyssey and Mongoose. Many years ago quality BMX parts were very scarce in my place so I settle for generic, unbranded ones that doesn’t last long in terms of quality and if ever there were branded ones it will definitely be very expensive and my puny high school allowance won’t cut it. Need to really save money or skip lunch to get me a nice shiny pair Alex Rims or an Odyssey RX5 brake levers (remember that?). Anyhow fast forward today, I had the chance to take product shots of KHE Bikes components for Flipbykes BMX Shop www.flipbykes.com with two (2) flash set-up with both having soft boxes. I used the Aurora Dragonfly Octagon shape lightbox, a Rime Lite square softbox and a thick black paper roll for background. No fancy lighting system here just a very straight-forward easy-to-do CLS set-up. Continue reading →
Its been a while since we did an actual team edit. Now we are proud to bring you a simple video that captures what Flipbykes is all about – diversity. Riders from different parts of the Philippines unite on a singular goal that is to support the ever-growing BMX scene. It doesn’t matter if your discipline is Flatland or Street or where you came from – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, we all came from the same root. It’s always not easy being a rider on a Third World Country like ours but we make sure that there are means to overcome the obstacles that hinders us from enjoying our passion. BMX has been here since the late 70s’ and its here to stay even getting stronger every passing day. Continue reading →
January is almost done and I haven’t even put a single post since mid-December. It’s been a busy year-end at work and other personal stuff. I’m glad to begin the year with a project that made me start photography which is BMX. A part from taking snaps of riders I also do ride on my spare time but for now I’m just the guy with camera – let the real pro-riders do their thing. I’m just happy to see how far BMX had become in the Philippines since the late 70’s. I didn’t actually witnessed the 70’s but from old photos, articles and people that told their wonderful stories on how they started in the BMX scene. How they make their own ramps like we do when we’re just kids. The schedule was very hectic and short but it was all made possible by our rider friends (Flipbykes Crew) that assisted me through the whole project. It was just a short time but all-in-all a time worth spending. For more about Flipbykes BMX Shop visit www.flipbykes.com. Without boring you any further here are the photos from the Flipbykes BMX Team photo sessions. Continue reading →
One early morning of July I saw Renz wide awake. Usually I always wake up earlier than him but this time he is really awake and full of anticipation. He told me that Med (St.Martin CEO) approved his sponsorship. We are both stoked about the awesome news so there’s no time to waste, we right away thought of making promotional shots for him but we still don’t know where it might end up. We’re like Yusuki Takeo(Green G) & York Uno tag team. For those who’s not familiar with Yusuki Takeo a.k.a. Green G, he’s one of the best BMX photographers of all time he is know for photos on BMX Plus Magazine. And York Uno is one of the top ranking BMX Flatland rider in the world. OK back to the promo shots, we’re not as close compare to them but we feel like we are and we have our own style. These are just few of the shots I’ve taken and there are a lot of good photos from the set. I’ll just keep them for the rainy season.
This film serves as a brief rider profile of BMX flatland rider Renz Viaje from Philippines. This was made prior to the FlatDev 2012 BMX competition held at Melacca Malaysia on 7-9 of July 2012. This is my 2nd take on film making. I was choosing between a Nikon D5100, D7000 and Canon 60D and 650D, I end up buying the Canon 60D. I don’t want to invest to other lenses anymore so I decided to get an adapter for my Nikkor lenses which is another problem because they are all G type lenses. I sold all my Nikkor D lenses when I shifted to a full-frame body (Nikon D700). Since auto-focus is not that precise on DSLR video making I’d rather use an adapter to cater all my Nikkor lenses. I research and research and research again in the web until I end up seeing the “Novoflex” German made lens adapter for Nikkor G lenses to EOS mount. This adapter works in wonders but a bit pricey for a small piece of metal maybe it’s because of German precision (wink) but one thing is for sure it’s worth every penny. I might do a brief review about this adapter on my next post, for now enjoy the short video.
Every flatland rider in Southeast Asia or even around the world knows about Groundforce and the BMX Flatland World Circuit headed by Yasuyuki Takeo. It’s been almost 4 years since the last (Moto) Groundforce – it was one of the best experience I had. Meeting with other riders I only see on magazines and videos. Seeing them in person is like a shock to me – in a good way. I become more motivated in riding. And I did ride harder after a long time of no riding (almost 3 years from 2002-2005) ’cause I was busy pursuing my career in multimedia design. I can still remember the last Groundforce and it was indeed a wondrous day. I was using a Fujifilm 602Z Pro bridge camera and it was may precious possession that time (and an Aresbykes Dita frame). Without the 602Z I wouldn’t be able to learn the things I know today in photography.