Published January 11, 2014
Tags: 11-01-2014, A Cold Winter's Day, cold winter day, creeper, Ivy, Josh, josh pete, Jp, sun glare, yaz, Zain
After last weeks really awesome jam, I decided I might attend again this weekend and so I made sure I got ready to venture out into the freezing cold weather in hope of having another great time at training. I arrived at Plaza a bit before two o’clock to find Yaz speaking with Howard and a few others jumping and flipping around the area. What was more bizarre is Howard’s choice of being out in only a t-shirt and shivering to death, admitting he was stoned most of the night and the morning and so he didn’t really think about how to come out to training because he had seen the sun shining and thought that meant it was going to be a warm day, which it wasn’t and soon enough he pointed out he isn’t used to such cold climates being from Hong Kong.
Most of the regular Trent Parkour guys weren’t out training, it wasn’t long until everyone was wanting to head over to Saint Ann’s to train and look for new places to train at. We followed suit and walked to Vic Centre where the rest of the guys wanted decided to train on the roof there before setting off. Jp stayed with the new guys and then we made our way over into Snienton to train while the others continued their roof top antics. It was so cold to move around and so cold it was hard to take photos of people training as it felt like my hands were about to fall off at any given moment. I took a few shots and got some really nice ones of Jp doing a running upwards crane and Yaz doing catleap on the same wall while the sun beamed down on him.
Jp – Running Crane.
Phil was going to be late due to getting a ‘haircut’ and so was on his way to us. I took some artistic shots of the creeper in the area, Zain’s trainers while he stood on the wall facing the sun. I also tried to get my external flash to work but had no idea why it wouldn’t work and flash while taking photos. Zain and Yaz trolled me saying I am obviously not that good of a photographer – if I have no idea how to work it. It wasn’t until getting home that I realized I wasn’t allowed to have the screen of the camera open and instead had to do everything through the viewfinder for the flash to work as I wanted. Continue reading ‘A Cold Winter’s Day.’
Published January 4, 2014
Tags: 2014, 2014 images, 2014 parkour, 2014 photos, dark, Denis awol, denis hates plaza, denis hates rain, First session of 2014!, Holbrook, Holbrook sideflip, in the little dream, in the little woods, inthelittledream, inthelittlewoods, James is always so late to jams!, Kaeyi, light, lighting, Martyn, martyn little wood, Pete, Peter, Piss Palace, portrait, rain, rainy, shadow, UN, Urine nation, wet, why is james so late to jams as he lives in town for gods sake!, Yaz the fail, yaz was too busy sleeping to jam today, yogcast, yogscast
Parkour Hotspot – Urine Nation.
With my sleep pattern well and truly messed up I was in two minds if I would even be awake in time to go out to Saturday’s training session. I had only had three hours sleep Thursday night and then for the rest of Friday I felt extremely drained and hoped that would make me be able to have a good nights sleep and wake up at a more acceptable time for the weekend training session. I crashed to bed a little before ten and then slept easily until 4am, at which time I felt wide awake like I should get up due to having enough sleep. I decided to go back to sleep and woke up at 8am before lolling and sleeping lightly until 10am when I finally got up and had enough of my bed and sleeping. I arose to see it was terrible, rainy weather outdoors, this was normally the case as it would be fine all week long and then be rubbish come the weekend! The weather never helps my mood, nor does it make me motived to go out to the session. I wasn’t expecting many, if anyone, to be out today in this dreadful weather, though I had seen that Pete had already made a status about him being out and had tagged the rest of us to see who else was up for being out too. So far only Phil had replied saying he would be out and a few others from U:R. I didn’t get a reply on Facebook chat for the Bulgarian moaner Denis, nor did I get a response from Yaz, no doubt both still in dream world and with that I got ready to go out.
I arrived at Plaza a little after one o’clock and was surprised with just how many people had attended and were training today, considering the weather. It was wet but like all rainy days it seemed like it would be a day spent under the Crowne Plaza car park. Zain arrived and stated that he was here before anyone arrived and so he went for a walk around town before coming back later in hope that people would be out training by then. Pete text James to inform him, he was missing the homoerotic banter and myself at the training session and then I used his phone to sent a message telling James to hurry the hell up as he never arrives on time and is always late and then he wonders why he doesn’t feel the burn at the end of the day or understand why people want to leave early. Pete also text Yaz, but needless to say he didn’t get a reply back and with that I joined Zain for some friendly banter and a few light vaults over the blue railings and some skipping to loosen up and feel warmer. Zain was vaulting the rail, doing a lazy vault then went straight into a roll, while he practised this all I heard was a slip of a trainer and myself and Pete turned around to see Zain sprawled out on the floor with a groan of failure from slipping on the floor.
Ben – Portrait.
James came bounding into Plaza and was ready to train but not before some cheeky banter, trolling and a general chitchat. Zain decided he would try and tackle me as I skipped or even as I vaulted the rails, a ridiculous idea. He said we should try and vault and fight each other as we did so, and as I joke I went along with it and did a speed vault kicking him in the forehead slightly, and that was the end of that little game! I was next to Pete who was sat on top of the wall feeling uneasy, even more so when I pretended to grab his feet, while Zain wanted to actually pull on his feet and use them to help him climb up… Continue reading ‘First Session of 2014!’
Published December 16, 2013
Video Digest. , Video.
Tags: canon 600d, digital slr, dslr, nottingham parkour, Npk - 2012/3 Quicks, npk quicks, npk quicks video, npk video, Parkour Nottingham, parkour video, video editing, video making
Zain & Denis – Filming.
I haven’t filmed or made a video in over a year or more, the main reason for this is I wasn’t all that into filming with my old DV camera. The Parkour scene has progressed and evolved over the years with the practitioners’ skills and even video equipment, you will now find the vast amount donning all the latest digital SLR cameras even the part timers and kids! I’ve been rather too lazy and injured to care, but since having a digital SLR camera of my own it made no difference as I still couldn’t edit due to the fact of my PC being something from the dinosaur ages… It is no where near fast enough for high definition video footage to play on, let alone running it on Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas software. I guess I should or could film in a lower quality, but then what would have been the point in that and having a good camera for?! With this in mind I abandoned all aspiring video projects for the future, as well as becoming a constant hermit, away from the training scene for many months and even years.
The very few clips I did capture with my camera on those very rare occasions I did venture out for a few training session when I first got it, sadly got archived in a folder, never to see the light of day again. I didn’t feel the need to film movements for the sole reason I couldn’t use them anyway, and then spent my time focusing on my photography skills. The one reason I loved DV cameras so much (and still do) was for the fact of being able to capture and keep the footage
forever or however long they last on the DV tapes without them being deleted, there to be extracted and re-used for future videos years down the line. I hate the fact you can’t save the footage in that same way with SLR cameras, sure I could store it all on hard drives, disks and so forth. But again that would over time take up enormous amounts of space and most clips wouldn’t even fit on a disk and so isn’t worth the time or effort to do so.
Yaz – Kong Precision.
It wasn’t until recently that I had the thought to try editing on a more up to date laptop I’ve had for a few years but the thought had never crossed my mind to try it out for editing, sure enough the clips worked and with that I decided to import all the clips and get started with putting a short edit together of the archived clips I had saved. I hadn’t realised what I had filmed, with it being so long ago and the quality and type of creative shots were a pleasure to watch and edit with. I didn’t bother with any sort of time consuming colour grading this time round, my main priority was to get these clips on my timeline, assorted in some order, effected, transitioned and then export it all for uploaded. I wanted a different music style to my older videos and so I chose something light hearted and fun, I think it fit pretty well with everyone’s training style. Continue reading ‘Npk – 2012/3 Quicks.’