Spotlight: Adam Cook

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Adam first caught my attention with his natural light color 35mm photos in the Flickr group. Everything of his I remembered seeing had impeccable composition and great geometry. Being able to create dynamic photographs without the use of artificial lighting is a challenge for sure, but Adam finds ways to showcase the subject and keep the image interesting.

Where do you live/where are you from, what’s your age and how long have you been shooting?
I was born and raised in Erie, PA. I’m 19 years old now and I got my first camera in 10th grade. I quit wrestling after 9 seasons that year so I could focus more of filming and photography. My coach told me it was the worst idea I had ever had but I think its going pretty well.

How long have you been riding?
I got my first bike in the summer of 7th grade so about 5 years? Give or take, I didn’t really actually ride ride until 9-10th grade.

FujiFilmNovmber (12 of 18)Robert Christianson, Erie PA

What was your first camera?
The first camera I ever had in my hands was some point and shoot I stole from my sister back in fifth grade, me and my friends took pictures of each other jumping off of the swings in my grandmas backyard. I don’t know why but we did, a lot. My first actual camera was the 550D my mom got me in high school because I wanted to go to film school.

What inspired you to start shooting in the first place?
I really just like to make cool stuff. As a child my dad did a lot of painting and crafts and my teachers used to call me “creative” and “artistic”. I guess shooting photos and videos just became my outlet.

PhillyandSkating (2 of 22)Philadelphia

Who are some photographers you are into?
There’s a lot of guys that I really look up to, some are friends and some are just people I’ve heard of but, Ryan Souva, Travis Mortz, Chris Mortenson, and Nick Jones are a few.

Have you ever shot with flashes?
Yeah, I take a set of flashes almost every time I have a digital camera, but usually when I shoot film I just have the camera, a lens, and a few rolls.

table (9 of 9)Cory Schneider, Mercyhurst PA

What is your favorite film?
I dont usually shoot with expensive film. I almost always buy  Fuji superia 400 because its cheap and available anywhere. Plus the colors are nice.

What is your preferred f/stop?
Usually shooting BMX/Skate stuff I try and be around 7.1 or higher. Very shallow depth of field has its time but when it’s some dude throwing bars down a stair set, I want as much in focus as I can get.

Edited CD2 (18 of 19)Bryan Kleckner, Warren PA

Do you have a favorite trick to shoot?
I like the simple stuff, it’s nice to shoot banger tricks but you shouldn’t always stress your self when your shooting photos. If everything I shot had to be perfectly timed,well composed and well exposed first try then photography wouldn’t be all that fun to me.

Do you think you’ll stick to natural light or can you see yourself gearing up soon?
I always like to experiment with new things and other ways to shoot, but for right now, I’m really into the simplicity of just going out and shooting.

Edited CD2 (8 of 19)Tommy Crail, Erie PA

What is the most important factor for you when you’re making a photograph?
I like things to be straight. Poles, the horizon, ramps, rails, everything. My biggest pet peeve is when something is noticeably crooked.

Do you carry both color and b&w film with you?
Almost always color. I just haven’t got around to trying that much black and white stuff yet.

Edited CD2 (12 of 19)Cory Schneider, Penn State

Do you shoot any video? 

Yeah, I consider myself more of a video person than photos I just shoot more bmx than anything because it’s what I’m around all the time. I started doing music videos and weddings about 3ish years ago. All my stuff is on my website, www.adamcookmedia.com

PhillyandSkating (5 of 22)Trent Culver, Philadelphia

Greg Moliterno Point & Shoot Gallery

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Just a few weeks back Greg Moliterno had a gallery here in Tempe, Arizona consisting of all photos he shot on his trusty Ricoh FF-3af (a simple 35mm point and shoot released the same year he was born – 1982). The photos from the gallery just dropped on the web over on the Ride site which you can check out here. Prints are still available so if you’re interested in any hit up Greg here.

“A Momentary Lapse of Riding” by Christian Van Hanja

Christian Van Hanja linked up with Viki Gomez and a team of camera operators to create this Matrix-esque flatland link using 75 DSLR’s.

Vince Perraud Unseen Work

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Vince Perraud has a grip of photos up on the Dig site that you don’t wanna to miss. Check em out by clicking here.

Delicate Steve “Butterflies” Music Video

Simple yet effective, great jam. Delicate Steve.

Framework: The Long Ice with Jake Seeley

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As a BMX photographer, theres a moment when a spark ignites; when you see someone start to try something and you know it could make a good photo. The gears in your head start ramping up and you start looking at the angles, the light, the variables… anything that stands between you and making a great image. This write-up will give you an idea of what goes through my head while setting up a photo, in this case a long ass icepick by Jake Seeley. Continue reading

Cult Eyeland Photo Gallery

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Cult has a photo gallery up on their site shot by Devon Hutchins from their recent trip to Hawaii with some words from Robbie which you can check out here. Be sure to keep an eye out for the eyeland video dropping tomorrow.