Author Archives: Scott Marceau

Desktop Wallpaper: Charlie Crumlish by Gutstains

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There’s no shortage of ditch spots in Texas and when Chuck told us he was taking us to MegaDitch™, I figured it could make for a good photo and Guts was on board to shoot this wallpaper.

We met up rather late and rode the spot for a minute before starting to setup for the shot as the light was quickly fading. The dark sky made the photo super dramatic and I love the contrast between that and the gum tire.

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Guts is a lowkey technophile who knows how to get the most out of the least equipment. He knows all the tips and tricks to squeeze every stop of light out of a Sunpak 555 flash and he knows how they work inside and out. To spread coverage across this huge (huuuuuge) ditch spot, he tripled up the 555’s (thus creating a 1665) and pointed each in a different general direction. It’s nothing short of amazing that he got light from corner to corner in the frame.

Here’s how it all went down-

Photo of the Week: PJ Turns

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Matti called me saying he’d found a carpark for us to try and shoot some pictures, so that evening we went and checked it out with the usual thought of we’d get a couple of pics before security asked us to leave. Just as I was setting up my flashes a security woman walks onto the level, she walks over and asks what we were doing, we explained, instead of asking us to leave she said “oh cool” and watched for a while. As the carpark was empty and dark, I wanted to try capture this and also emphasize how flatlanders are elusive mysterious creatures. My set up for this shot was really simple as I could use the markings on the floor to know when Matti was rolling into the right spot, 2x Canon 430EXII on 1/4 power @ 50mm set either side but slightly infront of Matti as to not light his front up too much, I used my 24-105 lens @ 105mm on my Canon 6D. As I remember we only took a couple of shots of this trick before we got this one which was a result.”

Photo of the Week: Adam Lievesley

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Tom Hibbitt, Nottinghamshire, England.

Nikon D7000
exposure – 1/200th
f-stop – f/5
ISO – 650
focal length – -50mm
flashes 2x Youngnuo yn560ii
sandwiched the rider with left slightly in front and left slightly behind.
right flash 1/1
left flash 1/2

Dimitri James by Greg Moliterno

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Dimitri James Barspin, Mesa, Arizona

“Four Days in Colorado” Gallery by Matt Windsor

To coincide with the edit he also filmed and edited, Matt Windsor sent in some photos from his recent trip to Northern Colorado with some friends.

BradyColoradoToothBrady Tweedy, tooth across the flat and down this tiny little end piece of the rail. Somewhere in Greeley.

 

JordanColoradoTuckNoJordan Swenson, tuck no hander at the Arvada park. For some reason all the scooter kids at this park were wearing super bright shirts and gym shorts (?). That, combined with listening to Riff Raff on repeat for the majority of the trip, lead us to dub the lurking scoot rats “Neon Icons.”

 

JantzenColoradoWallRideJantzen Frampton, wallride over the rail and down the stairs, on a mirror image version of the set up he feebled a few minutes before this.

 

BradyLedgeIceSequenceBrady Tweedy, ledge ride to drop to ice. Brady had called this out a few days prior after seeing a picture of the spot, and was stoked to roll away with it after just a couple tries.

 

JordanColoradoTableJordan Swenson, boosting a table at the Milliken park.

 

JantzenColoradoRailFeebJanzten Frampton, feeble on a less than tire wide square rail in Greeley.

 

BradyStitchedUpBrady got worked on a freak accident crash in Boulder. A quick front peg hang up on a ledge left him tumbling down the stairs, and the rough stone ledge had it’s way with his arm on the way down. 4 hours in the hospital and a Percocet script later, and he was good to go.

 

JantzenColoradoDoorBSpinJantzen Frampton, throwing bars over the doorway at the unreal skatepark in Arvada.

 

BradyColoradoPegsOutLedgeBrady Tweedy, pegs to drop on a big out ledge in Greeley. We stopped by the University Of Northern Colorado campus expecting to cruise through and maybe find a couple things here and there, but we actually ended up getting some of the best clips and photos from this stop.

 

JantzenColoradoLookbackJantzen Frampton, lookback at the skatepark in Milliken, CO. Colorado has a weird habit of building incredible concrete parks in tiny, out of the way towns, and Milliken is one of the best examples of this.

Framework: Tafari Smith – Bump Hop

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It was a cold November afternoon in New York and I was meeting up with Tafari to pedal around downtown. I had my lighter bag with me (not my lightest bag) which consists of usually just one camera body (Canon 1Ds III) with the 50mm f/1.4 attached, fisheye in tow, three flashes (Lumedyne 200w Action Pack, 2x Canon 580EXII) and some PocketWizards. On my way to the meeting point (LES skatepark) I noticed a nice bump in the middle sidewalk right there on Pike street just a few blocks from the park (the bump has since been flattened). Knowing that T is always down to mess around on different/unique setups, I suggested we check out the bump and possibly shoot a simple hop.

It took him a few runs to get a feel for the bump (it took me a few shots to get the results I wanted too) but the final photograph shows a meeting between our minds, culminating in a photo we were both happy with. Then some guy gave us free t-shirts.

Here’s the setup-

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I framed him in a cleaner area of the frame- between light posts (not perfectly) with a brighter background so that he’d pop out better. I used a slower shutter (1/125) to mix in some ambient light, and I panned with him to add some pan blur to the background. The Lumedyne in front of him was metering at f/5.6 and the 580EXII behind him was putting out f/8 (with zoom head at 105mm so that the light would hit just him and not a lot of the surrounding area), which, with camera set at f/5.6, gave an optimal balance between key and rim lights. I like the way his jacket is flowing behind him, adding a bit more action to the entire scene. I am very pleased with the color palette of the shot which, to me, feels brisk and autumn-like.

For whatever reason, the rim light didn’t fire on this one. It gives you an idea of what it would look like without-

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I did have to burn in some leaves on that tree because my flash was pointed almost right at them and I cropped about 10% off the left side of the frame (it contained a tall orange street chimney spewing steam, which became a distraction). I would have liked to have framed him more precisely between the light posts. Overall, I’m very happy with the shot.

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Jeff With Glasses by Dave Raffa

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“Jeff With Glasses has an eye for a good crook. I believe him to be one of the best crook-ers in the game. Naturally, this roller coaster crook in some Rochester alley, was right up his alley. His wife approves of this photo.”