You don’t need to be a photographer to appreciate the lighting in this photo. The twilight backdrop adds a beautiful, almost fake gradient that fades into the distant mountains. I am certain that this photo wouldn’t be as striking had it been midday. The flash placement inside the bowl corner is optimal to show where the rider is coming from and going to. The composition is super clean- a prime example of the rule of thirds. Not to mention that inverts pretty much cannot get any more inverted than this.
“On the day this photo was shot Tazz and I had made the short drive south from Albuquerque to Los Lunas to help dig at some backyard trails that were in the works. After digging at the rained out trails for a while, everyone was ready to get some riding in so we relocated to the small concrete park nearby.
We had a fun session and toward sunset Tazz and some of the Los Lunas locals were sessioning “the U-bowl”. It’s maybe seven feet deep with super mellow transitions and very little flat bottom. Tazz can shred anything you put in front of him so it didn’t take too long for him to start boosting some tricks out it.
I had recently bought a Nikon 70-200mm and right away I could tell this was a perfect opportunity to put it to use. The deck of U-bowl is elevated by about two feet from the rest of the park. This gave me the ability to get a lower angle,hide my light source in the middle of the frame and also put Tazz above the trees in the background. I put a Sunpak 522 and a Sunpak 120j mounted next to each other on a light stand in the flat bottom. The flash were set at 1/4 power and pointed up toward Tazz from underneath. There was also a Quantum Q-flash set to quarter 1/4 power on the deck to just out of the frame about four feet up. My D300 was set to f/4.8 and a shutter speed of 1/125 to try to catch some of the fading ambient light.
We snapped a few frames of good inverts but Tazz wasn’t satisfied. He says that the best way to get a clicked invert is shirtless so that you don’t catch your bars on it. So.. despite it being late January he took the shirt off and buzzed his tire on his bare shoulder a few times ’til we got one he was content with. That’s the sort of thing that makes Tazz my favorite dude shoot with-he’s always super stoked to ride and down put in a good time for a clip or photo, whether he’s in front of the lens or, much of the time behind it as well. Long live the juke life!”
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Title – Welcome to the Academy
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 35mm f1.8 DX
1920 x 1080 HD / 16:9 / 24fps
Music: Miracle Fortress – Raw Spectacle
From the album – Was I The Wave
The skatepark at the time of filming was yet to be completed and the deadline for the project was a week before the official launch date, so we had to work around unfinished areas, missing copings, and continued building work. So it was decided to shoot close cropped views of the park to excite the viewer and generate interest to visit the park.
The ceiling lights were a mix bag of fluorescent so we decided a monochrome theme would make the park look more established and classic whilst removing the colour issue. Sports wise we drafted in some locals and really didn’t need anything to groundbreaking, again the emphasis was on the park rather than the riding or skating. The final promo was also very graphically heavy to further establish the brand identity, and drill the new logo and park into the viewers head.
Feedback has been great so far and park is open for business.
Which has brought us to The Sony Production Awards:
For this week’s photo, I decided to keep it simple and choose a natural light B&W image. My absolute favorite part about the photo is the interest from not only the passerby, but also her dog. They are both so amazed by the most simple physics of BMX. Who knows what the fuck the dog is actually thinking, but I’m sure that woman doesn’t see BMX everyday, and so when a kid on a bike is pedaling pretty fast at nothing in particular, it draws attention from pedestrians. Even a simple hop can brighten someone’s day.
“This picture was taken on a day cruising near Timo’s house, looking for new spots to film/shoot pictures at. This was the second spot we found within the same block, and since it’s a kindergarden, we had to wait just 5 minutes till all the moms and dads take them kids home. Once it was closed, before starting to film, we both thought of taking a simple hop gap picture, to get a cassual and improvised look; since in the end, that was our thing there, just cruising around with nothing premeditated, it was a very natural caption. While riding there, several people got mad at us for riding the kindergarden facilities, saying we were causing structural damages, even when it was clearly noticeable my friend was using nothing but both his air-filled wheels. This picture was the second try, the first one wasn’t as tight as this one, plus I got some distracting group of people in the background. The passerby and her dog add some interest to the picture so I called this one done. This was taken with my simple digital setup, just a D60 and a 50 1.8 prime. The crop was necessary because the building’s balcony on top was full of distracting objects, so was the area at the left of the stairset. Including the passerby and her dog was a must.”
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