Saturday, February 11, 2012

Barny Young - Picks for 2011

Barny has had a super solid 2011, getting all the West Coast Classics, First Descents in Papua New Guinea, getting on pretty much EVERYTHING in cali at good if not high-water and returning to New Zealand to bag some high-alpine First Descents. During this time he has been fortunate enough to see places very few will visit, but fortunately for you he had his camera in hand and captured some amazing scenes. Here are his pics for 2011 and an explanation why... enjoy!

Perth River - West Coast, New Zealand
Paddler: Ari Walker - Details: (s) 1/1250; (a) f/5.6; (iso) 200

This is home for me. Ari routing on the Upper Perth. I can't even really remember taking this shot but it is another of those classic shots that portray the amazing whitewater we are lucky enough to have on the West Coast. Steep boulder-gardens surrounded by rugged scenery with the mountains in the back ground. Awesome.

Mai River - Chimbu River, Papua New Guinea
Paddler: Shannon Mast - Details: (s) 1/800; (a) f/3.5; (iso) 200

Shannon Mast about to air it out in Papua New Guinea. This was one of my favourite drops I have ever run because we were the first to paddle this amazing river and although there was a clean line to be had, it definitely had some nasty consequences if you missed it. Finally after deciding to run this drop one of the local boys came up to me and said " I have followed you down the whole river, You are now my friend, Please don't die". We all ended up having sweet lines and I was stoked to get this shot of Shannon.

Dinkey Creek, Waterfalls Section - California, United States
(didn't do a post for 2011 for some season, but here is out 2010 post:
Paddler: Jordy Searle - Details: (s) 1/1250; (a) f/4.0; (iso) 100

Dinkey Creek. I like this shot of Jordy on Dinkey Creek because although not 100% crisp in all avenues it captures the colour of the rocks and shows us just how chunky a rapid Nikki Kelly's drop can be. It also reminds me how photography can be used to mislead the viewer, although Jordy looked to be online he was shot into the wall and ended up doing 3 ends are he cascaded down. In our crew we had 5 successful descents with us all firing out the bottom of this beast. The next crew consisting of Darren McQuoid et al were not so lucky, being treated to some of the best creek boat rodeo scenes I have seen in my life.

Middle Fork of the Kings - California, United States
Paddler: Will Pruett - Details: (s) 1/1250; (a) f/4.5; (iso) 200

This shot of Will Pruett is taken on one of my favourite runs in the world, The Middle Fork of the Kings. On this particular trip in 2011 we were lucky enough to come across this amazing snow bridge on our second day. The beams of light penetrating through the middle of this snow bridge, where side trickles came in, were unbelievable and i'm sure will likely always rate as one of the top 10 sites I will see in my life.

Nevis River - Central Otago, New Zealand
Paddler: Ari Walker - Details: (s) 1/1000; (a) f/7.1; (iso) 200

I like this shot of Jordy and Ari because it exemplifies the sweet style of continuous kayaking we have in New Zealand. This shot is of Jordy firing up big brother on the Nevis, as Ari in the foreground is about to cruise down the next drop on this sweet run. It also reminds me of the late Simon Davidson, our boy we used to mob down this with every spring. Each time we are on this river it is a tribute to Si, and we always ride with you.

That's Barny's picks for 2011. A big year by anyone's standard and we're continuing the charge here in 2012. More new runs, higher flows, new people... just generally getting amongst it. Hope you liked the picks, more coming soon.

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