Thursday, February 28, 2008

February willroegge.com update








My website, www.willroegge.com has been updated with photography galleries from my recent trips. The first update being the gallery for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The second update being my February trip to London, England. It also has a few sneak pics from a photo series I am developing called J.O.B. or Jumping On Beds around the world. Give me a few more trips and I will post the entire series. www.willroegge.com is also the home of some of my motion graphic, cinematography, and editing.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

London, UK

















London is a phenomenal world-class city. The history of the romans and the early settlements by the Thames river are well preserved. They provide strong contrast to the modern architecture in the business district. England isn't well known for their cuisine, but I was surprised by their curries. The house ales are second to none. Its great when the domestics are better than the imports- for once. Riding on the Underground is a convenient way to get around the city on the cheap. The other trains give you the opportunity to commute from the suburbs to downtown without spending all of your pub money. Check back soon for a more in-depth write up and photos.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Video- Snowboarding Sundance

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Nate Adams and I ride @ the Sundance Resort, Utah

Monday, February 11, 2008

Utah Trip, February 9&10

I decided to visit Utah- again. After being there for the Sundance Film Festival 2008 and spending the last two days of my trip knee deep in "The Best Snow on Earth" I wanted more.








With the taste of Squatter's Captain Bastard Oatmeal Stout still fresh in my mind I arrived in Salt Lake for a *free day of snowboarding. Riding the Canyons for the first time was incredible. The snow conditions were mixed and honestly less then desirable, but Nate and I ripped it up. Bonked a couple of trees, dropped a couple of cliffs, and got in a starring contest with a Moose. Yeah, a moose. Just hanging out by a bush we rode and stopped by. It was actually the scariest thing that has happened to me in a while. Within 45ft of us was a gigantic moose equipped with massive antlers- looking just as startled by our presence as we were by his. We navigated our way away from it and nervously laughed it off.
Second day of riding was at the Sundance resort. Probably my favorite in the Salt Lake area. It takes an hour to get there from the airport, but is well worth it. Short lift lines, runs in solitude, and still some un-tracked powder from the week's storms make it really memorable.

Cap off the trip with a charbroiled burger from Apollo Burger. Seeing a man dressed in clown clothes, with a clear backpack, and a rainbow colored umbrella and discovering the mysterious Utah "fry-sauce" that everyone uses to smoother their fast food.

I will be posting some clips from riding at Sundance soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Barrel Jumping

Jumping cones and barrels on ice skates is incredible. I played ice hockey all through school and worked at an ice rink during high school. The most challenging aspect of ice sports is just that- they are on ice. When things were quiet at the rink my friend Chris Stein and I challenged ourselves to learn ridiculous techniques on hockey skates. Shoot the duck, suicide style. I would usually shoot the duck forward- Chris going backwards. Then try to grab each other's extended skate without losing balance, or tripping.

Then there was barrel and cone jumping. Cones and barrels were used at the ice rink to control the flow of skaters around the rink. When the sessions were slow we jumped them. Upright or on their sides. My personal recording for barrel jumping is 15 large cones on their sides or about 16ft. The winner of the 1952 World Barrel Jump contest did well over 28 ft.

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www.PublicDomainFootage.com

Speed skating is a joke.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Photography













This is an unaltered image. Its visually impressive and very simple to do. All you need:

  1. digital camera and tripod
  2. large computer monitor or television (37' or greater)
  3. a computer running itunes or similar program with music 'visualization'
  4. a small light
Position your subject in the middle of the screen. Start the music visualization software. Focus the small light on your subject's face. Expose for the screen (long exposure for more interesting looking background movement) The randomization of the background colors, patterns, and speed will make each image unique. SNAP. PROCESS. ENJOY.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Drawings

Finally started to scan some of my recent drawings and art. Here is one of my favorites. Inspired by the robot days of Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

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