With so much more going on Saturday afternoon, and most folks who ride the trials want to check out the Show & Swap just next door at the ballfield, we’ve decided to let the mighty Highlander sword hang on the wall at the Ranch this year. Added benefit is that Judy the Ranch Manager should be able to get some good use out of it if those darned golfers get rambunctious.
We’re looking for a few good videos – no, not cat videos (although there’s nothing wrong with a good cat video) – Steel Stampede videos!
If you have video of previous years’ events, you could help us go big this year promoting the 10th annual event on local and national television spots.
Send video (or links) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thought I’d give you a little insider view on the creation of this year’s poster art.
The new design is a continuation of last year’s art, which seemed to be a real fan favorite. Keeping the theme of 1950’s SciFi B-Movie poster, I start with a rough draft in the computer – cutting and pasting elements from rider photos I’ve taken at events over the years. Once the design is roughed in, it’s time for the fun part!
Using a print of the cut and paste image I just created in the computer and a copy of last year’s poster so I keep the styling similar, I start hand painting the main elements. I’ve never found a way to digitally create the same look and feel using photoshop, so for these throwback designs, I need to get out the old-fashioned paints and brushes. I paint on transparency paper that has the front surface roughed up to accept the initial pencil sketch and paint. The transparency allows me to easily cut away the background once these images are scanned into the computer, and also adds a bit more of a 3-dimensional look to the art. This particular design was done in two separate layers to create an even more 3-D look.
Once the paintings are complete, they’re scanned into the computer then incorporated into the complete design. I add other graphic elements that tie everything together and hopefully end up with a finished product that has some of the cool look and feel of those old movie posters of yesteryear.
Tune in on April 2nd to see the completed poster!
Please make sure your helmet meets the new regulations.
The biggest change from last year’s rules is that no helmet may be more than 60 months old. This is based on the date of manufacture, not the date of purchase. So, even if you just bought a new helmet last fall, check the manufacture date!
Mark your calendar for May 2nd and 3rd 2015 and be sure to come on down to the Ranch for our 9th year of incredible race and trials action at Crooked River Ranch!
“Photos, get ‘yer photos here! Hot off the presses!”
Skilled photographers abound, and lucky for us, plenty of them showed up at the event! If you have photos posted, we’d love to add a link to your shots here. Either send me an email at email@example.com, or leave a link on our Facebook page.
Pam Falcioni: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ducatisti/sets/72157644089937509/
Kurt Windisch: https://www.facebook.com/kurtwindisch/media_set?set=a.10202393620581042.1073741854.1208930420&type=3&uploaded=19
Pam Falcioni: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ducatisti/sets/72157644172050048/
Trials and MX
AHRMA NW: http://www.ahrmanw.com/2014_event_images.htm
Excellent day of Trials competition, lots of great rides! Thanks so much to the multitudes of volunteers who make this all possible. We couldn’t do it without you!
More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ducatisti/sets/72157644089937509/