Category Archives: Photo

Fisheye Photo Contest Winners

moliterno fisheye

The results are in! Greg Moliterno takes the cake with this high-intensity shot of Shane Cecil. Runners-up:

duffield fisheyeKyle Lee by Shawn Duffield

josh moore fisheyeMike Curley by Josh Moore

ewan fisheyeEwan Thacker

kevin fisheyeBenjamin Martinot by Kevin Proust

Pegs N’ Bacon Framed Prints Available

regis and rone

Framed 24×36″ prints from Scott Marceau‘s Pegs N’ Bacon show are available for purchase in the TCU webstore. This photo of Regis is also available on a limited edition t-shirt. You can view the entire gallery online here.

Fisheye Photo Contest

fisheye photo contest

Since the popularization of the fisheye lens in the 1960s, its use has varied from scientific applications to hip hop music videos to caricaturistic portraits of Golden Retrievers. Its value in the action sports realm burgeoned with help from the early pioneers of skateboard photography like C.R. Stecyk, Glen Friedman and Hugh Holland. The ultra-wide view and extreme distortion adds energy to the subject while keeping them in context with their environment. It also helps when there are obstructions in the scene which work against the use of a longer focal length.

Regardless of the reason, action sports photographers use the fisheye a lot (too much?) and it doesn’t take a professional to recognize when it’s being used incorrectly. While I like to believe that there are no “rules” in photography (therein lies the art), there are definite guidelines and any photo editor will tell you that the fisheye lens brings with it a certain expectation that the photographer will follow them- to a certain extent.

My go-to comment in the Push It A Stop Flickr pool is “get closer!” when I see a fisheye photo where the rider is a speck in the frame (and the rest is filled with useless information). I read/heard somewhere that “if the fisheye isn’t in danger of getting hit then you aren’t using it correctly.” This somewhat hyperbolic statement rings true in what my friends and I used to call “the DIG cover shot” (shouts to Ricky Adam) where a headless rider’s front wheel had to have been brushing the camera.

Mike Tag Stockwell print

On the other end of the spectrum, the fisheye can be used to fill the frame with an exaggerated environment while the rider- still the subject of the photo- becomes a drop in the ocean (the most prominent example in my mind being a photo of Mike Hoder riding the ramp in his Brooklyn backyard shot from the upper-level fire escape by Rob Dolecki).

This contest is about proper fisheye usage, not just seeing who can get their lens destroyed by a flying bike.

Upload your entries (limit 3) to the Flickr pool with the words “Fisheye Contest” somewhere in the title. Much like the guidelines for using the fisheye lens itself, the rules for the contest are vague and will probably not be adhered to. In any case, we will choose our favorite fisheye shot at the end of June.

Winning photographer and rider will receive Push It A Stop/The Come Up prize packages and be featured on the front page.

Good luck and be careful of front wheels!

scotty fufanu chenga 2002Scotty Wemmer, 2002

ART BMX Webzine Issue #7

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As always, this issue of ART BMX is filled with foreign words and great photographs. Check out the photo on page 63- definitely one of the most spectacular flatland photos I’ve ever seen but also one of my favorite riding photos ever (shot by Christian Vanhanja). Also on that note, our good friend Josh McElwee has a photo piece starting on page 142.

“Jack Kelly in Cali” by Daniel Johnson

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You’ll probably recognize Daniel‘s name from a number of Division Brand edits and associate him with fast and burly riding, but I sure didn’t know that he’s got an eye for photography and knows his way around a camera- check out his website for some breathtaking landscape shots (also seen on his Instagram). He sent in these photos that he shot with Jack Kelly during a trip to California a few months ago to film for his recent Colony edit, and damn, they are clean.

I remember Cooper and DJ were talking about heading to California for a month to ride, so I asked if I could tag along. I’ve been to America once before, but without my bike, so I really wanted to go again and ride after seeing some of the spots they had in person. That month of just riding, hanging out with awesome people and riding amazing spots was incredible. I can’t wait to go back, thanks to Colony for helping me out with the trip. – Jack

Jack Kelly in Cali