Behind the Photos with Alex Coleborn

Go behind the scenes with Alex Coleborn and photographer Dean Smith as they shoot a handful of photos at the Adrenaline Alley skatepark. If you’re gonna be shooting indoors a bunch this winter, you’ll probably be able to pick up a few flash/ambient mixing pointers by watching this.

Photo of the Week: Brant Moore

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The photo this week comes from a set of pipes in the ceiling at Ray’s Skatepark where Thriller BMX‘s Sponge finds a snug toothpick stall.

“The idea for this photo originally came during filming for the odd couple video contest. Hollywood told Sponge and I about an idea he had given to one of the other dudes on another team and we kinda left it at that. Then this past Sunday we noticed the setup while riding and talked about how it really didn’t look like it would be too bad to get done. I don’t have two front pegs so this one was all Sponge’s.
Shooting the photo was pretty fun too. I had to stand against a wall on the deck of a quarter that was only about 6 inches, then hang onto some nails that we’re sticking out of a board bolted to the wall. My girlfriend Victoria held the flash for me and I snapped a couple test shots as Sponge attempted the trick. We moved around a bit until I was satisfied with the angle and lighting. The second to last photo was good enough but he hadn’t pulled the trick yet so I tried another angle on the next attempt and it turned out to be a winner. He pulled the trick and the photo came out perfectly. I don’t normally like to shoot photos where you can’t fully see the riders face but this was one of those occasions where the angle to see his face wouldn’t have done any justice to how awesome the trick and setup really are.

Panasonic GH4
Rokinon 7.5mm @ F/3.5
Lumopro Flash with Cactus Receiver
Flash Set At 1/64
SS – 1/100
WB – Flash
ISO – 800″

Ben Smith’s Photography Site

Up and coming photographer (and filmer, the man behind WHTHOUSBen Smith has a new portfolio site with a bunch of tight action / lifestyle photos he calls “Triple-Beam” which you can check out here. I hit him with a few questions about it which you can check below.

What’s up?  Hey what’s up! I have been pretty busy lately. Just got back from California to escape the winter weather. Been healing up from a back injury this summer, so I have focused more on shooting photos and filming with my time.

Where are you from and how long have you been shooting?   I’m from Helena, Montana. I have been shooting seriously for a about a year and a half. Mainly just 35mm and disposable cameras. And in the last 6 months I have gotten into digital.

Did you make the site yourself?  I did make the site myself, using a popular website hosting program. I didn’t write the code or anything like that.

How often do you think you’ll be updating it?  I’m planning to update it regularly with new galleries of work that I have been slowly stacking. I am always shooting photos, whether it’s within bmx or not.

Did it take a while to pick out exactly what you wanted to display on there?  Not too long actually, I have been slowly putting photos I like aside in a folder for the site. Of course you go back and forth on some of them, but I had a good idea of how I wanted it to look.

Are you currently working on anything new for it? I am working on a flat rail gallery, which should be done in the spring. It is showcasing flat rail tricks, which are usually not the most interesting for a bmx photo, but will be portrayed in a unique way through the location of the rail.

View Ben’s site here.

“The Warehouse Project” by Will Evans

There’s a really good chance that this is the most interesting concept video BMX has seen in a while. Will Evans teamed up with some incredible riders and talented set designers to bring you this video that, if digested properly, will excite the senses and inspire the soul. I can’t even remember what tricks were filmed- I just know they looked fascinating.

Internetography Contest

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Here’s a contest that pretty much everyone who can read this can enter. All it takes is the ability to watch a video and take a screenshot.

I don’t know if a lot of other people notice, but I oftentimes see a shot in a video that I would have loved to be able to shoot a photo of. Now is our chance to kinda do that. The photo above is from Cult‘s “Small Talk“. It’s Diego “Mono” Navarro boosting a stylish toboggan at a great looking spot. The clip is super clean but this frame can stand by itself as a great photograph (pretty low-quality but still).

There is a weird grey-area here where the filmer of the video is actually getting the shot, but you, as an intetnetographer, are capturing a single frame from the video and re-contextualizing it. The person who filmed the trick is ultimately the photographer, but you are the one pointing it out. In this specific case, Mono set up the angle himself- he would (should) get most of the credit for this beautiful shot.

Given the amount of videos uploaded to the internet these days, there should be no shortage of material. You can use any video that has been uploaded this year. Be sure to include the name of the edit (or URL) and rider (also filmer, if you know it- if not, we will figure it out) in the submission. You get three submissions. Send them into us directly (include “Internetography” in the title) or you can upload onto Instagram and use #internetography.

So it’s pretty simple- watch a video, pause it on the frame that you want to shoot and take a screenshot. There are various methods to this explained by this website dedicated to taking screenshots. Send it in and possibly win some stuff. Deadline is December 31st.

Photo of the Week: Rob Perry

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Chris Small in Milton Keynes, England by Rob Perry.

“I shot this photo last weekend in Milton Keynes, England of my mate Chris Small. It was taken at around 11:30 at night when we were just riding around the city having a good session and I decided to get out my camera at this cool alley spot we ride. I wanted to create/shoot the photo so it looked as if the street lights were lighting up the scene, I used a Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX kit that I was borrowing from college to light up the photo. But when I was placing the lights it was quite annoying because there was a short wire that was connecting the battery pack to the two lights, so I had to work out the different angles for the lights with them not far apart. But it worked out and this is what I got.

Camera info: Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.8. 1/100, @ f/5.6, ISO 250 and then Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX lights.”

Tafari Smith 2014 Video

On the East Coast this time of year you’re nearly required to leave the house with a few layers and these freezing temperatures lead some us to believe cruising the city in just a simple teeshirt will ever be an option again. Contrary to that belief just a few short months ago it was a daily thing and Tafari Smith proves it right here with some clips from the warmer months cut and captured by our very own Scott Marceau.