Author Archives: Scott Marceau

Photo of the Week: Ben Towle by Mike Chudley

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Ben Towle in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England shot by Mike Chudley

“So Ben Towle & Myself were out filming a couple of street clips around 11pm the night before this photo, he was sending up a few hop whips flat ground and I shot a few but they had horrible lighting and the location was poor (Scunthorpe) so we got talking about perfect locations to shoot a photo and we both thought about the Humber Bridge. It’s only a 20 minute drive from where we live so that is pretty convenient. We figured the best time of day to shoot the photo would be really early in the morning so natural lighting was good enough but the roads weren’t too busy. After we pictured what we wanted it to look like we just thought we may as well just go do it in 5 hours’ time at 4am when the sun rises. We headed down, I got various different photos but the main one we pictured came out perfectly, so yeah not much else to it. I must give Ben credit for sending about 50 hop whips so I could get the perfect photo haha.

Canon 7D
Canon 18-55mm lens
1/125 @ f/5.6″

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Photo of the Week: Zach Honahan

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Jay Dalton in Poughkeepsie, New York by Zach Honahan

“While sitting down on my computer editing wedding images, I received a spontaneous phone call from my good friend Jay Dalton who was in the area,who just left doing a Ramp show performance in a elementary school. I quickly grab my light stands and camera bag, rushing out of my front door toward my car. I drove an hour to Poughkeepsie, New York where I would soon meet Jay and two other homies. An hour later, I arrive at Waryas skatepark seeing Jay and his two other friends looking quite winded from the session. I approached Jay asking to shoot a boosted T-Bog air and hopefully angle it enough where I could get him in the sky. For the photo, I used an Alienbee B800 sitting on a 10ft light stand, at around 8 1/2 foot tall. The Alienbee was angled toward Jay at around a 10-20 degree angle. The Alienbee was fired at full power, to the left of the frame, around 12-13 feet away from Jay. As far as a secondary light, there was a Nikon SB910 shooting at 1/16th as just a little filler toward the back of the frame sitting on another light stand.”

Nikon D3100, 40mm 2.8 Macro (I left my 50mm at home, so I pulled out this lens from my camera bag), Alienbee B800, Nikon SB910, two 10ft lightstands.”

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Photo of the Week: Dennis Bunn

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Gannwear in Northeast Philadelphia by Dennis Bunn.

“That day me and the Stinkpit dudes heard about a couple spots up in northeast philadelphia, about a 45 min drive from where we are. The day started off pretty awesome, everyone got a photo/clip at the first spot we went to. After the first school we set out to look for another spot we had heard about and stumbled upon this school, as soon as we saw this set up we knew it was the perfect set up for Gann. i set up my gear, i decided to go with a 3 flash set up, 2 doubled up to my right on one stand and one by itself to my left against the wall. ofcourse after i set up and choose my angle, my friend nick wants to get right in closeto film with the fisheye, normally i don’t care too much but this time i wanted this photo to be perfect so i asked him to find another angle, and he did, he still managed to be in the shot but i decided i can deal with where he is because you can only see his legs, so we got started. Gann took one ran up and then banged it out, but in typical Gann fashion he was not happy with the way he did it(perfect) but that worked for me since the sun was bright and my panning was terrible. i moved the flashes in tighter, he went again and boom we got a photo we were both really happy with, then we ended the day with a few beers and some mexican food. Gann is the best dude to shoot with because he really cares about the photo, he will give me all the time i need till i feel comfortable taking the shot.

1 AD 360 at 1/4th to my left parralell with the wall. 2 yongnuo 560’s to my right over the fence at 1/2 zoomed in to 70. cactus v5’s

Nikon D610, 85mm f/1.4″

The Most Epic Instagram Slam Ever

The idea was a simple one- do an Instagram Slam at Sheldon skatepark on a Sunday afternoon. Somewhere it got completely out of hand… Probably right when Reed Stark called out the most ridiculous gap to smith ever, and that was less than 20 minutes into the session! I want to mention first that Kilian Roth, in town with Cult from Germany, earned the MVP for the day even with a hefty language barrier and after he ripped his finger in half… You won’t forget his name. Jake Seeley was on a mission to appease his friend’s requests and spent a good deal of time on his pegs. Stevie was ON FIRE- he probably should have had his own filmer. Justin Shorty– the winner of Reed’s bike from the Onsomeshit/BSD jam the day before- adapted to his new ride in no time flat and started sending it. Traffic started to pick up around 1 o’clock and skateboards were flying every which way. People were crashing into things and each other like magnets. When Andrew Castaneda wasn’t busy boosting huge tables, he was pioneering grinds on the A-frame rail. Edwin and Hoder swung through to kick it and we saw Ed’s first barspin all year. Rocco made his presence known with some wild maneuvers that may become his signatures. Austin Aughinbaugh showed up and did possibly the longest smith grind ever done on a skatepark rail. Robbie was there but unfortunately his front wheel was not in working condition so he was forced to spend the entire six hours in a manual around the perimeter of the park… Then some kid punked him out and took his bike on a quick joyride. Brandon Begin snuck a few clips in then disappeared into a cloud of smoke. And then, just when we thought things were winding down, Sean Ricany shows up and shuts shit down- literally.

All-in-all, we are considering this the most epic Instagram Slam ever (we are sure you’ll agree) and possibly #50 in the series… If anyone wants to count ’em, we’d appreciate it. Thanks to Galactic Seabass (and Reed) for helping with camera duties. Thanks to everyone who participated by commenting on @thecomeupbmx. Look out for the next one!

Photo of the Week: Ryan Ogawa

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Reagan Riley, toboggan

“I had been wanting to shoot something with Regan for some time. After a few failed attempts to shoot together, due mostly to my family/work schedule I made plans to meet with him at a ditch I had seen him post on his Instagram. This thing is not easy to ride at all, but its home turf for Regan plus it defiantly helps that the dude can shred. After several failed angles and waiting on the sun to get lower than f16 I finally found the angle I wanted and here is one of the few fun shots we got that day. Hope you enjoy!!

Shot specs were:
Canon 5DC
@f7.1
1/500sec
ISO 100

Sunpak 622 to camera left @ 1/2 power with Pocketwizard PLUS II Receiver
Sunpak 555 to camera right @ 1/2 power with Pocketwizard PLUS II Receiver
Both triggered by Pocketwizard Flex TT5 so since Regan was in the upper section I can boost up the shutter to 1/500th sec.”

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Vince Perraud Interview

French photographer Vince Perraud was in town a few weeks ago working on some personal projects and dedicated a couple hours of his time (on his birthday, no less) to sit down and talk with us. When I say “us”, there were so many people that wanted to be a part of this interview while there are only so many seats and microphones. Oddly enough, I was the only one who hadn’t met Vince before and therefore had the least business being in there. We subbed between myself, Chris Mortenson and Jeremy Pavia while Gutstains held it down and Reed Stark was there to share some stories from a rider’s perspective. Vince was a bit nervous and unsure how everything would go having a less-than-perfect grasp of the English language so we implemented some brain softener and upheld a more relaxed environment (and an untraditional format) to make sure everything would go as smoothly as possible.

1:30 – The challenge of breaking into a new scene
2:29 – Reed’s introduction
3:00 – Starting in BMX
4:35 – Growing up in a small town in France
5:14 – Mortenson pops bottles
5:45 – From bikes to cameras via knee injury
7:11 – Inspired by Manu Sanz
8:41 – Dealing with shotty equipment
11:51 – THE LIGHT
13:14 – Having an Instagram photo on the cover of RideUK
14:13 – First cover (Soul Magazine)
15:30 – His latest cover (RideBMX)
18:39 – Vince’s take on the death of print
20:09 – The challenge of being French
25:45 – Mortenson steps in, talks about nude women
28:04 – Having an assistant then not having an assistant
29:23 – Shooting without flashes
32:05 – Shooting events (Simple Session)
33:18 – Moving on from BMX
35:54 – The many variables in photography
40:14 – More about the Instagram photo that made the cover of RideUK
42:04 – “Do you do any video work?”
42:20 – Guts’ favorite Vince photo
44:08 – The infamous fisheye pool photo on the cover of Soul
48:36 – Waiting to put out photos instead of posting online
53:42 – Pavia steps in
55:08 – “What drives you?”
56:41 – “What is your end goal in photography?”
58:27 – “Have you “made it”?”
1:00:45 – One camera and lens setup for life, what would you choose?
1:02:56 – “How much value do you place on social media?”
1:04:53 – “BMX is so small”
1:06:24 – Three pieces of advice for the emerging amateur photographer
1:08:30 – Where do you see photography going?

Push It A Stop Talk #2

We conducted the second round of the Push It A Stop photographer’s discussion last week while Tristan “Gutstains” Afre was in town, to address the questions we received from the first round and to explore some more camera-oriented situations that transpire while shooting BMX. We also go through our camera bags and give a quick rundown of the gear we use.

Please leave questions in the comments if you have any!

:42 – Gutstains intro, his #Glux

4:46 – address the questions from viewers (breaking into the scene,

6:37 – shouts to Andy Martinez, Danny Hickerson

7:07 – Seeing other photographers shoot, then seeing those photos in magazines

8:51 – Mysticism in photography

10:13 – “Just be a normal fucking person”

10:24 – Dylan Alvarado’s question (fear of rejection)

10:56 – Coldplay lyrics

12:45 – Progression, critique and the Push It A Stop Flickr group

15:06 – Hudson Naylor’s question (balancing riding and shooting time)

20:18 – Creative process when shooting BMX photos

22:30 – Guts talks about Shawn Mac’s feeble hop over from Holy Fit

26:14 – Having confidence in your settings, doing things right at the spot instead of photoshop

34:13- RIP Paul C. Buff

36:27 – Hypersync

37:23 – Laying in bum piss

39:09 – Test Shots

42:34 – Focusing with LiveView

44:47 – Histograms

46:27 – Shooting RAW

48:24 – Sunpak 555’s

50:00 – Bag Checks

51:00 – Scott’s bag

58:12 – Jeremy’s bag

1:08:00 – Mortensen’s setup

1:10:00 – Guts’ bag

1:19:18 – Shoelaces

1:19:41 – Wrap up/overview

1:21:51 – Last bits of advice

1:24:412 – Don’t give up!