“Once upon a day LFSing I came across with beautiful specimen. Personally, I couldn’t get past the 90 degree turn in the run up, but that didn’t stop Doroba from getting up there. It was switch side for him too. I’m glad we’re friends.”
Instead of a single photo of the week, we are going to showcase one artist’s work once a day throughout the week. The first up is Dave Raffa- Jersey-raised Rochester resident. If you have seven (or more) pieces of work that you’d like to have featured, submit them to us.
“Last year I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Austin. This was the first of many ditches we got to ride. Brett Tocco managed to flow around this tight ditch like it was a skatepark, and make light work of this icepick.”
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
“This photo of AJ Carvalho was taken about a few weeks ago. Aj is a pretty chilled soft spoken guy who doesn’t speak much, however his riding speaks very loudly. As of late, I’ve been bringing my ladder with me everywhere I go. It fits perfectly in my car. I like to bringing it along for special shots like this. I never know when I’ll run into the perfect opportunity for a golden shot of someone roastin’ tabes, turndowns, etc.. I’ve seen Aj blast this hip before and knew he would be down to maybe create a little magic. Initially, I wasn’t stoked on this photo till I went back the other night and saw it again. For some reason it works weird that way for me at times where I’ll sit on a photo for some time only to go back and find that the photo wasn’t half bad to begin with. I’m sure there’s other photographers out there as well that, maybe like me, find themselves asking “what did I not see in this photo the first time around that I’m now seeing weeks later?” Haha, I don’t know. But, what I do know is it’s kind of neat when that happens for sure! Thanks Nick.
Canon T3 — Vivitar Flash — Pixel Soldier TF371 triggers”
Check out some more of Rudy’s work here and be sure to join the Push It A Stop Flickr group for a chance to be featured!
“We shot this photo at Villanova University, there was probably about 30 people standing around watching so that was stressful, and I had to clone a couple people out of the photo. it was the first day with my new camera so i was still getting used to it. Marty didn’t even really wanna do the hanger, we didn’t film it or anything, i just thought it would make a cool photo. Marty is the man.
Nikon D610 — 1/160th — F/ 7.1 — ISO 100
vivitar 285 camera left at full power. vivitar 285 camera far left at full power zoomed in on rider. sb26 camera right at 1/2 power. cactus triggers.”
You can check some more of Dennis’s work here.