I was immediately drawn to the composition of this photo, with the strong verticals and power lines forming a sort of arch around the rider, almost sprouting from the van in the corner. The pale blue sky complements the pale yellow barrier that frames the action and does a good job of attracting attention.
“This photo was shot during a 10 day trip from Philly to New Orleans, Paul Horan and I took back in July. We found this spot thanks to some vague directions from Steve Crandall that Paul was able to decipher. It ended up being a bit harder to ride than we thought it would be but Paul still managed to pop some nice euros out of it. I used one flash to the right hand side of the photo, up high on a light stand, to try and highlight Paul and separate him a bit from the background. When I went to get in position for the photo I almost laid in dog poop which would have been a total bummer and I probably wouldn’t have shot the photo after that. Thank god it didn’t go down like that.
Tamron 28-70mm f2.8 @ 40mm
F/11 @ 1/250
SB 800 flash triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X”
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Patterns, shapes, lines, depth, tones, a splash of symmetry and a well-dipped toboggan all earned Aaron Zwaal the photo of the week.
“Back in February, Kadeem Eiland was in my town, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, for a BMX Jam. He got here early with a crew and we hit up the streets to shoot pictures with him for an interview in a german BMX Magazine called BMXRider.de and a poster for Dante Distribution where you can find the rest of the pictures of that day here.
The bank of the tobogan is one of the newer spots in town, they built that bridge last year and I really wanted to shoot something on it, we had already shot 2 things with barspins with him so a tobogan seemed fitting, at the time of shooting Simpel Session was playing on the live screen and Kadeem really didn’t want to miss Garrett’s run and we had to shoot it quite fast so I went the ambient route because setting up flashes would take too long.
I used a Canon 50mm f1.4 on a 5DM2 settings were ISO: 800 f2.8 1/125th
Edited in Photoshop with just some black and white conversion and contrast fiddle.”
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Railhop/pole hop from Daniel Johnson during the filming for The Division Project, you can download it here for your desktop background.
If you are in Canberra this Friday you will be able to see the premiere for the video at Backbone. DJ’s section will be online first in the coming weeks. -Cooper Brownlee
During my recent stay in Los Angeles, I linked up with Push It A Stop contributor Chris Mortenson and suggested that we make a photo walkthrough. Within minutes, a shoot with Raul Ruiz was organized and we found ourselves in Glendale, CA a couple days later. The resulting photo can be your new desktop wallpaper by choosing your monitor resolution from the list below-
Here is how the photo was made-
“I’m Rob Perry, I ride BMX and I study photography at college. I had started to create a small collection of my favourite photos that I had been shooting and I thought that it would be cool if I could make a small book or layout design to show these photos and also show off our BMX scene in Milton Keynes, England to everyone. However, I didn’t know how to create this layout/book.
Then luckily in college a few weeks later, a project came up where we had to create a photo journalism piece and straight away I knew I could use BMX. I could work with these images while learning a way to create this small book. This decision meant that I could be out riding, shooting more and having a good time with the different people that ride from our crew in the Milton Keynes area. Throughout this project while shooting the photos, it helped me to think more about the photos I was taking and to look into them to see what is actually happening around the BMX rider to do with the background and the framing of everything. This helped my photos as it meant the viewer would feel more involved with the atmosphere of the whole photo and the people. I took all of these photos on a Canon 500d and an Olympus OM-10.”
The results are in! Greg Moliterno takes the cake with this high-intensity shot of Shane Cecil. Runners-up:
Kyle Lee by Shawn Duffield
Mike Curley by Josh Moore
Benjamin Martinot by Kevin Proust
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“My homie Sean Sieling and I made the roadtrip from our home in the Bay down to Southern California to meet up with some of our homies to ride and explore a bit. This was our first time riding in LA, and we came across this great grate spot I recognized from an old photo that Jeff Z shot of Codie Larson doing a hopwhip into it. I was so pumped that I made Sean do something into it as well. He opted for a hop turndown, so I tried to find an angle that would separate him from the background, while still keeping the wide perspective to convey the overall atmosphere of the spot. After a few test shots from different spots, I moved across the street and was pumped on how it looked;the classic palm trees, the entirety of the grate, the white wall to make his bike pop, and the street that he rode out into. I used all natural light with this shot, as my flash triggers wouldn’t reach from across the street (anyone who wants to donate some pocket wizards, hook ya boy up). This photo was a quick flick, and it just goes to show that you don’t need a ton of crazy lighting while on street missions with your friends to get some decent looking photos. Thanks for reading and thanks Scott for the opportunity! (also shouts out to Stephen Smith for helping me write this).
-Canon Rebel XSI
-Canon 50mm (f5.6)
Check out some of Sean’s riding here.
See more of Alex’s work here.
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