Sleek Lens Lightroom Presets

I was recently approached by @SleekLens to test and review some of their presets and brushes for Adobe Lightroom.

Presets and brushes essentially make it a 'one click' deal to apply dozens of fine tuned develop settings to a photograph when editing.  The goal - > to streamline the photographer's post production workflow, and save time.

I have made 2 or 3 of my own sets, so its nice to see what @sleeklens put together.  The following are before and after screenshots of results I got my first time working with their presets.

Departing NYC @ Sunset.

Departing NYC @ Sunset.

Every photographer develops their own style, and the "Through the Woods" package I reviewed seemed to have the a fair range of the stylistic spectrum spoken for.  You can see that the shots I chose to work with were sharp landscapes with poppy colors.  Its an easy place to start, but I did find presets that worked will with more low contrast images, the moody foggy mystic type of stuff.

Donner Lake & Truckee CA

Donner Lake & Truckee CA

My overall impression with the @sleeklens presets and brushes is pleasant.  Will I continue to use them?  Yes.  Will I use them exclusively?  No.  I think building your own presets is essential to any photographers workflow, however, thats easier said than done.  Purchasing a set is a great jumping off point into this world, and it gives you a great base to build on.  I think that any photographer could benefit from a set of presets, as long as they seek to understand how they function and how they can truly save you time.

The Bay Bridge viewed from Treasure Island.  San Francisco, CA.

The Bay Bridge viewed from Treasure Island.  San Francisco, CA.

 

The main thing to remember is that photography is subjective.  There will never be a right, or a wrong.  It's art, so there is no magic bullet, and the mood of every image is different.  Sleek Lens is a great jumpstart or boost for creating a faster workflow and learning more about how photos react to different treatments.

Mt Superior on a glorious winter day.  Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Mt Superior on a glorious winter day.  Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

If you're curious about the landscape based packed I tried, check out the link below.

https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/

Nothing to Prove, The Movie - Part 1

September 2014 - Transworld Snowboarding

( I worked as a still photographer on this movie)

Nothing To Prove part one tells the stories of the early season and mid season through the eyes of the Celtek Gloves crew. The movie kicks off with all the homies hanging out at Bjorn Leines house to ride his Jib Farm. Which is a DIY snowboard park set up in a field on his property. The features in the Jib Farm are mostly scrap metal tubes, water drums, and old machines which are all great for jibbing. Once the big storms come during the mid season the crew focuses its attention on the streets. Everything is going well and everyone is stacking shots until a few key members of the team are taken out by a series of injuries. Which leaves it up to the am team to deliver on producing clips. And deliver they all do as the last four minutes of part one is heater after heater of heavy tricks. Part two drops next Wednesday exclusively at TWSNOW.com.


Read more at http://snowboarding.transworld.net/videos/nothing-to-prove-part-one/#P92BWdZdA3f1YwuF.99

Nothing to Prove, The Movie - Part 2

September 2014 - Transworld Snowboard Magazine

(I worked as a still photographer on this two part movie presented by TWS)

Nothing To Prove part two tells the stories of snowboarding in Utah through the eyes of the Celtek Gloves crew. After getting their fill of street riding in part one the crew packed up their bags and headed off to Utah in search of more shred. Once in Utah they meet up with snowboarders Chris Grenier, Griffen Sibert, and Sam Taxwood for some resort riding. But then the snow fell and there was powder to be ridden. Bjorn Leines returned after his injury and headed into the backcountry with Chris Grenier, Aaron BiittnerRandy Vannurden, and Krister Ralles. Where the boys lay waste to all kinds of backcountry features.

Once the snow dried up it was time for the holy bowly. Cale Zima, Brandon Hammid, Ted Borland, Deadlung, Bode Merrill, Ben Bilodeau, Erik Leines, Lucas Magoon, Kazu Kokubo, and a few more made their way out of the woodwork to compete in the contest. The movie ends with some more backcountry riding from Bjorn Leines, Chris Grenier, Aaron Biittner, and Krister Ralles. Aaron Biittner’s full part from the Nothing To Prove movie drops next Wednesday exclusively at TWSNOW.com.


Full Photo Gallery at http://snowboarding.transworld.net/photos/nothing-to-prove-part-two-photo-gallery/#Kgv24yzIgslp2R4b.99

Crewzin' Episode 11 - F.O.D.T.

March 2011 - Snowboarder Magazine

Personally, I think the 'Crewzin' web series by Gary Tyler McLeod was one of the best in snowboarding.  Gary traveled all over, linking up with different movie production crews for a 'leave the camera rolling' documentary approach to capturing what it was really like to be out on the grind.

http://www.snowboarder.com/videos/crewzin-episode-10-thirty-two-ams/#LtR0uOLR9uG0itQt.97

 

The Provo Bros for Orvis

January 2016 - Orvis.com

 

"In late 2012, Ian and Neil Provo released their film “Steelhead & Spines,” about an amazing trip to Southeast Alaska to do some backcountry fly-fishing for steelhead and find the perfect untouched “spines” for skiing and snowboarding. (They’ve since made a second installment.) Fly-fishing filmmakers had long been inspired by the works of Warren Miller and other snow-sports auteurs, but the Provo Bros. were the first to combine the two sports in a major production..............

Read more here - > http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/5-questions-with-the-provo-brothers-bridging-the-worlds-of-snow-sports-and-fly-fishing/

Park City for SKI UTAH

March 2014 - 

"Park City Mountain Resort boosts some pretty big accolades for their terrain park features and superpipe. See what the hype is all about with these pictures from Sean Kerrick Sullivan."

Follow the link to view the gallery - https://www.skiutah.com/blog/authors/yeti/PCMR-park-pipe

Snowboarder Mag's One Hit Wonder @ Brighton

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - April 2011

Avert Guldemond

Avert Guldemond

In order to be a successful brand in today’s day and age of big budget campaigns and heavy corporate sponsorships, it’s important not to forget the grassroots level, almost more so now than ever. And that is exactly what we here at SNOWBOARDER Magazine had in mind when incepting our One Hit Wonder events. Three stops, three events, and more prizes than The Price is Right: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, and our final event went down on April 9th, at Brighton, Utah. A dozen or so local shreds signed up to send it on one feature (hence the name) for a chance to take a top three spot. Even though the three winners walked away with the most swag, every participant got a little bit of product in order to thank them for coming out on Saturday.

Noah Sutton

Noah Sutton

With one main rail zone consisting of two rails and a few mini hips and gaps for the more creative bunch, the judges had a hard time whittling down the winners. Max Greeley, Deylon Siegler, Franklin Manco, Matt Cohen, Jaden Stallard, Jeff McGrath, Rob Field, Andrew Aldridge, Sean Whitaker, Brett Maes, Orie Katsilometes, Noah Sutton, and Jack Hessler took to the course in an hour long jam session on the setup. For “amateur” riders, these kids had a flurry of rail moves. Too many for this old dog to name, let alone remember. It was just rad to see a small, independent contest, and there was an equal ratio of bangers to smiles, and that’s what these things are all about, aren’t they? We’d like to thank all of our One Hit Wonder sponsors. Without them, these events couldn’t have happened: Forum Snowboards, Special Blend Outerwear, DVS Shoes, and Spy Optic.

Read more at http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/one-hit-wonder-brighton/#0QEPQxLQVlUGrpWA.99

First Snowstorm in Utah

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine October 2010

It’s that time of year, in certain places snow has started to fly and people are getting amped up for winter. Over at SNOWBOARDER Magazine we had word that there were up to 20 inches of snow at the higher elevations out in Utah so we asked Salt Lake local, Read More Here : http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/first-snow-storm-in-utah/#G4g0UjYkOMchWw16.97

Dew Tour Snowbasin - Halfpipe Finals

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - February 2012

The Dew Tour made its third and final stop at Snowbasin, UT over the weekend, and what a weekend it was. With some of your typical big dogs elsewhere at other contests, the young and the hungry got their chance to shine as the podium was finally in reach. I mean common, do you really want to drop in before Shaun White? On another note, word is Snowbasin's contract is up with Alli Sports, leaving people asking, well then where is stop 3 gonna be? Where are the championships gonna be? Rumor has it that Alli may convert all their energy towards a SINGLE contest, thus making much better use of their resources, and getting on a level to compete with the X-Games. I asked a few competitors how they would feel about a move like that, but all I want to know is what Bridges and Terje think of that...... Dew Tour Superpipe Results: Mens: 1. Louie Vito 2. Iouri Podladtchikov 3. Spencer Shaw Womens: 1. Kelly Clark 2. Gretchen Bleiler 3. Xuetong Cai

Read more @ - http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/dew-tour-2012-snowbasin-pipe-finals/##irmwAFo0jhKGqytd.97

Focal Point - Work Showcased by Snowboard Magazine

October 2014 - 

This photo essay series was designed to exhibit the countless photos that do not make it into the incredibly competitive pages of snowboarding magazines. Photos can be published or unpublished, taken 10 years ago or last season. Photographers are given up to 17 photographic categories to meet, each with the goal of showing a different aspect of life in snowboarding.

"Sean Kerrick Sullivan bought his first camera when he was 13-years-old. Since then, he has made a career out of experimenting with shutter speeds, depth-of-field and has been in a constant search for adventure. Sean is a wanderer. His contributions to snowboarding have found homes in the pages of every major magazine, but perhaps what makes him so respected in the photo community is the many dimensions to his work. It isn’t just snowboarding, it’s landscapes, fly fishing, travel — he has built a career out of the things that people do for vacation. We chose to give Sean a Focal Point photo essay to share some of his favorite images over the years because we not only knew that they would be nothing short of spectacular, but because we had no idea what to expect. To us, that’s one of the best qualities you can have as a photographer" - Snowboard Magazine (follow link for Gallery)

http://snowboardmag.com/stories/focal-point-sean-kerrick-sullivan#expanded

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The Northface Masters @ Snowbird

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - Jan 2011

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“Start at the top, end at the bottom. Flow all the way through with energy and excitement without a lot of traversing or stalling. You want people to go “Wow, someone just rode that mountain really well.” – Tom Burt

The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by Primaloft Finals went down on North Baldy at Snowbird on a perfect bluebird Sunday. Snowbird’s Ski Patrol was generous again in closing the venue before the event, so Saturday dropped in as a weather day with high winds and 10-12” of snow pummeling Utah’s premier big mountain venue. North Baldy filled in quite nicely but a near solid ice layer lurked beneath the snow from the previous weeks rain, and winds that blessed protected and leeward areas with either straight pow or windblown pow stripped snow from exposed areas, leaving a polished layer of ice.

Finals went down with 36 men and 13 women, and Super Finals followed, with the top third finishers getting a second go at besting their first run scores, as the best score of the two wins the contest. With 15K on the line, it was no joke, yet the atmosphere held a springtime like vibe that reflected the sunny, perfect weather.

With the bar set high immediately (literally on the first run) in the Finals by Aaron Robinson with a 94.33, the Super Finals got super heated as Snowbird loc Robert Hurley, young Ross Baker, Squaw Dogs Ryland bell, & Ralph Backstrom, and “Young Gun” award winner Josh Warnick chased that score. An onslaught by the aforementioned riders couldn’t topple the 94.33 as Robinson crushed North Baldy first thing Sunday morning, with both of his runs being the fastest of the day. Riding with evident finesse, speed, and power, controlled airs and a backside 360 were stomped with catlike style. Backstrom and Bell swooped in from Tahoe to grab second and third with a 93.00 and 92.67, respectively.

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Ross Baker went into the Super finals in 4th place with a 90.67, and didn’t hold back at all in the Super Finals. Blown out K2 boa boots strangled with duct tape clung to his feet as he dropped in switch in marginal snow. His cursed but valiant run showed the crowd and judges a taste of what the future of big mountain contests holds. Baker charged half of the tracked out course switch with a switch backside rodeo, a frontside 180, and a huge cab 540, but unfortunate falls left him holding onto his fourth place score of 90.67 from his first run.

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In a halfpipe contest, a fall means no podium, and maybe not even enough speed to get another hit, but at the Masters “You do your run top to bottom, don’t say, “Ah I drug my hand, my runs over,” says head judge Tom Burt. “Falls and crashes are only part of what’s held against you, because if you are doing something that’s really difficult, you can still do well even though you fall." 

“The level of riding makes it difficult to judge” commented judge Temple Cummings in respect to not only how close the men’s scores were, but how Snowbird local girls Kaitilin Elliott and Laura Hadar tied for second not only in qualifiers, but in finals as well, coming in just behind proud winner Maria DeBari.

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“I just try to ride the line, that if I was a local, that I would go straight for on a powder day.” – Ryland Bel

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Read more at http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/the-north-face-masters-recap/#ESCyoIqqwVSfevSU.99

Opening Day at Park City Resort

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - November 2010

Park City…….With a name like that, the whole damn place better be trained to go.  Luckily for everyone in Utah, PC is poised to host the best park in Utah for the 10/11 season, and possibly the best park west of Colorado. “Our access is amazing. You can easily access the parks from 1 or 2 chairlift rides, depending on your abilities and desires. This year we have added night riding in the park till 9pm. We will be constantly building rails throughout the season, and added features every day.” Says Park City’s terrain park manager, Jeremy Cooper. With their opening day park consisting of 16 jibs and a 25-foot jump, Park City’s Terrain Park Crew came out of the gates running.


Read more at http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/park-city-opening-day-2010/#TMaQkrqE0SGW7o40.99

Ben Bilodeau

Ben Bilodeau

These guys....

These guys....

Opening Weekend @ Brighton Resort

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - November 2010

Brighton Resort is a quintessential snowboarder’s mountain. Fun park features that change on a daily basis, freeride terrain that rivals the worlds most fun waves and skate parks, and such sick backcountry access that you can go “Deeper-er”, easi-er.
 

When you read this, Brighton will have been open for at least 5 days. One of those days was pretty much bluebird, and the rest experienced wintery weather, which only contributed to the healthy pre-season snow depths. Rather than use this space to name drop and give a trick by trick, I’ll just show you a few highlights from those 5 days.

Read more at http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/brighton-opening-weekend/#H21Q62m4rXT5muJ2.99

The Night Before Opening Weekend

The Night Before Opening Weekend

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Jared Winkler gave out free lift tickets to ease the pressure in the season pass pickup line

Jared Winkler gave out free lift tickets to ease the pressure in the season pass pickup line

Cam Pierce

Cam Pierce

Parker Duke

Parker Duke

Stevie Bell

Stevie Bell

Happy people

Happy people

Dylan Thompson, Cole Taylor, and myself set out to shoot our first shot of the year for the new FODT movie

Dylan Thompson, Cole Taylor, and myself set out to shoot our first shot of the year for the new FODT movie

Brandon Hobush, a little rusty

Brandon Hobush, a little rusty

Marc Frank Montoya - Legend

Marc Frank Montoya - Legend

Nighttime view of Brighton and Solitude from Guardsmans Pass

Nighttime view of Brighton and Solitude from Guardsmans Pass

Parker Duke with an insane method

Parker Duke with an insane method

 

 

 

Video grass Party @ Rail Gardens

Shot for Snowboarder Magazine - December 2010

Friday Night. December 3, 2010. Snow in the streets of Salt Lake City. Snowboarders.  The Rail Gardens. Pizza. Homemade trophies. Beer. Videograss. Grass. Music. Friends. Lights. Generators. PARTY.

The party was cool until LNP brought Meryl Streep and David Hasselhoff.

The party was cool until LNP brought Meryl Streep and David Hasselhoff.

A film-season kick off party? I wouldn’t take it that far, but by the time you read this, just about every crew in snowboarding will be fully operational, stacking shots, and doing what they do best.

fter The Hoff broke up the party and scared off the girls, it was a pretty mellow scene. (Clockwise -> Young Brady Larson, surprisingly not pictured with his BFF Ben. Justin Bennee came equipped with the beats, and some pizza. -> Got great grass on video, Videograss’s videos.

fter The Hoff broke up the party and scared off the girls, it was a pretty mellow scene. (Clockwise -> Young Brady Larson, surprisingly not pictured with his BFF Ben. Justin Bennee came equipped with the beats, and some pizza. -> Got great grass on video, Videograss’s videos.

Justin Meyer and the Videograss crew were generous enough to bust out their lights and generators to throw a little get down at one of snowboarding’s most well known spots. The Rail Gardens. A proving ground, a hangout, a practice spot, a measly dog park. Call it what you will, the Rail Gardens gets more play than weird/cute animal youtube vidoes on Huggy’s computer.

Chris Bradshaw appears.

Chris Bradshaw appears.

Word of the session spread like the sickening pollution that loves SLC, and a great group of rides came out of the woodwork for a 3 hour fiesta that was bound to have pleased La Nina. Grenier was even so kind as to weld some trophies out of scrap metal beforehand. Good times indeed.

Brandon Hammid is a party animal, not a Taliban member.

Brandon Hammid is a party animal, not a Taliban member.

Come January, Videograss will release their Rail Gardens Party edit right here on SNOWBOARDERmag.com to kick off a series of exclusive edits that will, if I heard correctly, be some of the dopest shit ever.

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Zack Hale

Zack Hale

LNP

LNP

 

 


Read more at http://www.snowboarder.com/featured/videograss-party-at-the-rail-gardens/#IO7372ZKg2ZejKLB.99