Fit for work, Fit for life: CrossFit

posted on 2011.06.10, under Photos

If you are not doing CrossFit, you should.  The by-products of being fit, are being healthy and comfortable in your own skin.

I started doing CrossFit in 2006, and I can not imagine my life without it. The confidence that comes with elite fitness, has allowed me to get more from every job, every shooting location, and every moment in life.

It is not uncommon for me to be in a situation like I was in Egypt, (2010) where the temperature was 100 degrees, there was no transportation to get into the remote parts of the desert, and where I must carry myself and my gear in order to get to these remote places. These desolate places, where others were not able to get to, was where I found the most crucial shots. Because I am a CrossFitter,  I had the confidence and stamina to hike in the Gobi Desert’s slot canyons (China), while other directors and film crews stayed behind.  It has allowed me to enjoy a grueling filming schedule that, last year, involved 200,000 miles of flying, with 100+lbs of gear.  I credit the CrossFit program for allowing me to not only accommodate such a schedule but actually enjoy the pace.  I didn’t miss my Chicago-India flight last year, because I was able to jog the 1200+ meters from domestic to international terminals while carrying 65 lbs of gear  (yes, that hurt and I was soaked head to toe, as I entered the plane).  The stories of how CrossFit has influenced my filming are endless!

Being involved with such a prestigious and all-encompassing fitness movement has brought me a wealth of knowledge.  CrossFit gives me a deep understanding for all human movement, allowing my interviews with Charles Barkley, Travis Bagent, Rudolph Kharatian, Ryan Sands, Nicholas Romanov and others, feel effortless.

As a film maker, endurance, stamina and health are corner stones to success.

You can see hundreds of videos directed by myself and my CrossFit Journal colleagues at the CrossFit Journal.

Gitzo Tripod Head

posted on 2011.06.08, under Gear, Reviews

Yes, I would like to give this bad boy a test drive.  I watched the video, it just doesn’t give me enough information.   The video is more like a movie trailer.  I don’t want hype, I want to see usefulness, applicability, functionality and real world application.  Instead, this video just peaks my interest.  If the head was only $300, peaking my interest, it would be enough to make the purchase.  But the head is $10,000.  So, I have to say – hey Gitzo, send me one of these heads so I can test drive it and make you a real world video.

Gear and Geek photos – “the other guys rig”

posted on 2011.06.05, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Gear

If you like to look at gear, and see what the “other guys” are rocking, then this photo bonanza is for you.  These are pictures of gear, I snapped at a recent Phillip Bloom gathering in London.  More video and pictures soon.

Charles Barkley Interview

posted on 2011.06.04, under Interviews
I have interviewed thousands of people in over sixty countries.  I treat them all the same, including my interview with Charles Barkley.
Last week I got called to interview Charles Barkley in Atlanta, Georgia (I love working for CrossFit).  Barkley is a class act and very easy to interview.  Before I went into the interview I had a quick chat with myself.
I came up with these 7 elements that make every interview go to perfection.

1. Turn on the mic
2. Enjoy yourself
3. Show sincerity as you would with a loved one
4. Don’t feel rushed and come with cameras blazing
5.  Listen carefully and be hyper attentive to your subject
6. Don’t interrupt your subject.  Give them space, moments of silence between your questions.  Let the subject fill the moments of silence with more information – don’t rush follow-up questions.
7. Double check the mic.


You can see part of the interview for free at


Mount Ararat HDR

posted on 2011.06.03, under HDR Photos, Photos

Three photos of Mount Ararat.  Actually 9 photos turned into 3 photos.  I used the 70-200mm lens on the Canon 7D and the 16-35mm lens on the Canon 5D.  Ararat and Yerevan make for great subject matter.

Macro vs Macro – the 100mm vs the MP-E

posted on 2011.06.02, under Macro, Photos

This is not really a “versus”, it is more of a comparison or description of the  differences between these two lens.

The MP-E is only a Macro lens.  It can get very close to your subject.  There is no wide shot using this lens.   The field of view on this lens while at its widest point is probably that of a 50 cent piece (1-2 inches).   If you want to take a picture of something bigger than your thumb, this is not the lens to use.

The 100mm Macro lens can focus into infinity.  You can stand anywhere, point the lens at anything, and this lens will bring it into focus.  The 100mm lens is not limited like the MP-E.  This is a great portrait lens and b-roll lens for shooting video.  The 100mm Macro lens has much more functionality than the MP-E.

The MP-E is strictly an amazing Macro lens.  When this lens is on your camera, you are severely restricted to shooting things that you would otherwise rarely notice – the world of minutiae.  The MP-E has a learning curve and a flash is vital to utilize and dip into the incredible potential this lens offers.

Which one should you buy ?   You should get both if you love photography and want to feed your inner child.  The 100mm offers endless potential with depth of field (video) shots and beautiful rack focuses in video mode.  The MP-E with MT-24EX flash is the dream kit for macro shooting.













“Every Second Counts” CrossFit Movie – Canada Screening – June 14 & 15

posted on 2011.06.01, under Video

In the summer of 2008, my buddy Carey Peterson and I,  made a movie about the fittest people on the planet and the competition that proves it all, the “CrossFit Games”.  We had a great team of support with executive producers, Lauren & Greg Glassman, CrossFit Media Director, Tony Budding and of course, the man himself, CrossFit Games Director,  Dave Castro.

“Every Second Counts” has taken on a life of its own and I feel so fortunate to have had a chance to direct a movie that is supported by one of the greatest communities in the world, the CrossFit community.

Josh Kalef of Vancouver is putting on two screenings.  The details are below.   A few people involved with the movie including myself will be in attendance.  This will be fun!



Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St.    Vancouver,  British Columbia,   Canada

UVic Cinecenta 3800 Finnerty Rd. Victoria,  British Columbia,  Canada

“Every Second Counts” was shot in 4 weeks, using 2 Panasonic 100Bs, 100 hours of footage shot, edited on Final Cut Pro, and spent 4 months in post.