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)
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The colors, the composition and the shapes in this photograph make this the photo of the week.
“James has a one-track brain, he’s either completely engaged or miles away in his own head. Unfortunately he’s spent the last three summers trying to catch up on credits in summer school. This summer day at Capitol Hill high school was different though. James showed up to get work done and double pegged down this hubba twice, showing his rare attention to detail and his obvious love for grinding shit. This high school in OKC’s Capitol Hill district was built in 1928. This hubba (along with the wallride on the opposite side) are recent additions to the other spots in this ancient school.
Shot f5.6 @ 1/500th onto Kodak Ektar 100 iso film with a Hasselblad 500c (80mm lens) then developed by Bedford Photo in OKC and scanned in on my canoscan 9000f film scanner. I don’t really edit my film scans more than removing dust and adjusting the exposure for digital presentation. Lately I’ve been shooting more color since my college darkroom is closed over the summer, Kodak has been my favorite color film for a while now. My favorite part about taking this photo was hiding the designated filmer (Manny) directly to the left of the frame on one of the top steps. I attempt to make truthful images and don’t photoshop out filmers or any other distractions. Spending time moving around and composing the right image before I press the shutter makes me much happier in the end.”
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I really like the framing of this shot combined with the color palette. There are a lot of shapes and textures in this environment but the rider is framed so nicely in a small area that would otherwise stick out as a blank space.
“A few of us traveled up to a new park in Cardiff… Rampworld. After a good session ridin, myself and James decided to shoot some pictures. James Jones is amazing to shoot pictures with cos he is an animal on a bike! This shot came about as I had just set my flashes up and I hadn’t intended this angle, it was a test shot, to see how the lighting worked. I was really happy with how it turned out once I saw it and it looked really clean. My flash set up was 2 far left on 1/2 power and 2 right and behind on 1/4 power, shot with a Canon 60d with a 10-22 lens. Rampworld is awesome to shoot pictures in as it’s so new and clean, it’s also a damn fun park to ride.”
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See more of James‘ wild riding in this edit.
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