THETEAMLAB.COM Snapbacks Now Available

I'm really proud of these, been working on them for the better part of 6 months. The design is least of it, understated as hell, just enough to let people know you're down with the cause. This is definitely not one of those "look at me" caps all the kids have these days. No, this one is special. The important thing here is the cap. New Era would have been nice, it really would have. But not everybody likes that super deep, ear tucked look, and we would have had to up the price to 1% status.

This cap give you options. Adjust the fit until it's perfect, no playing hunt and find like you would with a fitted cap. These will actually fit all the way to 7 3/4" without breaking a sweat. They have a nice structure, I wore one for a month straight, just to make sure they would hold up. The bill is stiff and flat, but you can add some curve to it if you want, not "git 'er done" curve, but just the right amount.

Take your pick, dark, dark gray with gray stitching, or black/gray split with gray stitching.

Available at Outdoor Outlet in Appleton or directly from The Teamlab Facebook page. $25 each.

These have been around for a week, and there are only about a dozen left, so get on it.


More to come. -J.H.

Outdoor Outlet Spring 2012 30 Second Spot

It seems like everyone beat me to the punch on this one, so I guess it's time to post it. About a month ago I was asked to shoot a 30 sec TVC for Outdoor Outlet in Appleton, WI. I was stoked to learn that it would be a snowboard themed ad for their annual spring clearance. The whole thing happened so fast that there wasn't really any time to do a BTS shoot for this one, but I think the ad turned out pretty well. We shot on location at Granite Peak ski area for a single day, and then at the shop for a few days after that. The original cut was about 90 sec long, I may get a chance to release that version as well. What do you guys think?

More to come -J.H.

Granite Peak Park Nights

Finally got a chance to go back to Granite Peak and shoot some park features at night this past weekend. It took the better part of the day to get the plans finalized, but pretty much the whole Teamlab managed to make the trip up to Wausau for the second week in a row. For me it was actually the forth trip to Wausau in half as many weeks. Heavy driving schedule this time of year for sure. I stopped counting time in the car last week after adding up nearly 30 hours in 5 days. Makes me a little sick.

granite peak parks wallride at night lit with speedlights

Of course, the travel is to be expected. It has been a downright crappy winter here in the Midwest so it's been a mad rush when the conditions are good, and a waiting game when it is bad. Years like this make you appreciate the the good ones in the past.

I haven't exactly shot a lot of park stuff this year. Normally, I would be out at Nordic Mountain several times a week, but I haven't been able to shoot there much this year. I have had a few chances to shoot in the Granite Peak Parks, and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the level of the features, riding, and the friendly staff.

The Teamlab crew at Granite Peak Parks, lit with a speedlight

You can see a few shots of the lights I have been using above. I have been using a few different brackets to mount multiple lights on a single stand this year. Last year I used some Lumedyne DC flash packs, but this year it is small strobes only. I was pretty optimistic about this setup in the beginning, but it has caused numerous headaches with reliability  and triggering in the cold. You can see here that I am using two pocket wizards, one for each light so at least one of the lights will trigger most of the time.

The other light that you can't see is an old Vivitar 285 with a custom SLA battery pack. This is something that I have been working on for quite a while, and I think I have finally got it working the way I want it to. It's just a 6v external battery system, but it cuts the recharge time of the flash by about half when compared to AAs. I will write up a post about this flash battery soon, I have a few more features to add before I share it.

forum snowboards rider Jory prather at granite peak parks. wallride, lit with a speedlight

But enough of that stuff, check out the photos. A few "almosts" and a few o.k. shots here, I sorted though like 400 shots to find these few. We spent a lot of time on the "shark fin" feature and then moved on to the wall ride later on. All of the guys hiked non-stop to make it happen and keep the shutter clicking. It was a pretty significant hike for each drop, but it was way quicker to hike than to ride the high speed 6 to the top after each run.

jason Contreras launching off of the shark fin at granite peak parks. lit with a speedlight

Jason Contreras: Shark Fin to BS360

Forum snowboards rider Jory Prather riding the shark fin at granite peak parks.

Jory Prather: Shark Fin BS Shifty

jory prather, forum snowboards, granite peak parks

Jory also did a bunch surf slashes on the fin during the session. It's sort of difficult to appreciate this trick just by looking at the photo. Jory actually floated a few of these above the front binding, it's a stupid hard  coping-to-the-face fall if you go over the edge on this. Just sayin.

More to come, check back soon. -J.H.

Street #2

So, on Monday I posted some stuff that we shot over the weekend. That post was actually just one of the spots that we hit in Wausau, here is the other spot. I can't tell you exactly where it is, but it's a spot that all of the Wausau locals know about. Again, we showed up to an already built up in run, ready to go.

I want to mention that by some strange coincidence, the crew from Central Board Shop has also shot at both of these spots in the last few weeks. This trip had been in the planning stages for several weeks, before any of the images of these spots had showed up HERE. Make sure check out their blog as they document the shooting of their upcoming video COME AROUND.

Jake R, wausau street rail for photoshoot

Jake R.

Marc Sick switch front boardslide on a wausau street rail

Marc Sick switch front boardslide on a wausau street rail

Marc S.

Mike altobelli backside 50 50 for

Mike altobelli backside 50 50 for

Mike A.

Will Drescher and mike altobelli

Will and Mike check the shot.

Marc Sick

Another angle.

That's it for now. More shooting this week. More gear stuff on the way, check back soon. -J.H.