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Framework: Kriss Kyle for Fuse Protection

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Kriss “Crab” Kyle was in town, traveling with Alex Donnachie just to get out of the deadly Scottish winter. Crab had just received a new helmet from Fuse Protection wrapped by his sponsor Red Bull. They needed some promotional photos- a portrait, a still of the helmet and an action shot.

We made plans to head up to Sheldon Skatepark early in the morning before the rush of local skateboarders that occurs every afternoon. We loaded up the van and were at the skatepark around 11. The guys had gone out heavily the night before and there was talk of puke during the drive to the valley. I kept my fingers crossed that we could simply get the shots we needed- nothing more but nothing less.

Crab takes his first through the park and jumps a hip- really the only hip there- only to land almost directly on top of a veteran skateboarder. The guy took a few seconds to get up from the ground and then verbal repercussions ensued. Very vulgar stuff- I won’t divulge the entire conversation but for every five words the guy said there were two obscenities and one genuine Scottish apology. I can’t honestly say that I saw the actual collision but regardless of who was at fault, Sheldon is a skate-only park and OG let us know explicitly that we weren’t welcome, haven’t been for 35 years, as he hobbled back to his rickety pickup and sped off angrily.

“Damn it” I thought. This put a bad vibe to the whole session. I wondered if Crab even wanted to keep riding. I think he was hurt a bit in the accident but definitely not as bad as homie. Homie was in pain. The sun was reaching high noon and the shadows were harsh. On the brighter side, no one had puked yet.

Crab let me know that the hip was shit but we had to work with it. I framed up a shot at a right angle to the landing quarter with the mountains in the background. With the sun at his back, I set up both my Einstein and Lumedyne to light him from the front. Due to parameter requirements, the closest I could get the flashes was still like twenty feet away.

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Even with the Einstein near full power with the 11″ reflector next to the Lumedyne at 200w I could only get a f/16 reading. The ambient was at f/13 @ 1/250. I knew there was a lot of motion blur possible so I was ready to pan with the action (follow Crab with the camera so that he wouldn’t be blurry but the background would be instead).

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“Boom!” I thought we had it first go. Crab wasn’t happy with his height and wanted to give it a few more. The framing between the light posts and just above the mountain range was spot-on. The entire image was a bit dark but I knew that it’s simple to brighten up a digital image without losing much quality. On top of that, if I were to shoot anywhere below f/13 I’d lose the deep blue sky and get much more motion blur. I opened up the lens 2/3 stop and Crab gave it a few more boosts but still wasn’t happy with his height.

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At this point I opted for the fisheye because Crab didn’t think he was going high enough and that helmet I’m supposed to be showcasing was just a small blip in the photo.

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I could get my flashes a lot closer and started to get a reading near f/22. Still shooting at f/16, I knew this would create a perfectly highlighting sidelight. I stumbled upon an undesirable angle when shooting any curved objects with a fisheye- the inside of the curve (you always want to be on the outside of a curve with the fisheye or else everything will look flattened out and not curved).

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Beyond that, you couldn’t even see the helmet. I knew this called for some drastic measures. For his next go I held the camera over my head to try to get an extremely close shot.

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Ok, ok, now we were talking. I just needed to be a little more controlled than just holding the camera above my head and hoping that I’d have both the rider and the ramp in the photo. I looked for objects to stand on but saw nothing. Then it struck me. “Dill! Dill!” I yelled. I knew for a fact that Dillon Lloyd would be more than willing to help out. He put me on his shoulders without a pause and I gave Crab the thumbs up.

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“Got it” I yelled. Dill let me down and I gave him a hug. Crab saw the photo and was very pleased because he still thought he wasn’t boosting high enough. There is still some motion blur in his spokes but it’s very minimal and I had a feeling the client would still be happy about the shot. And they were.

After some very minor curves adjustments and literally no cropping (that never happens for me) we had a final image.

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Canon 1DsIII
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens
Paul C Buff Einstein 640w flash w/ 11″ reflector @ near full power
Lumedyne Action Pack 200w flash @ 200w
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A strong and helpful Canadian friend

1/250th @ f/16 ISO 100

Chris Marshall Photo Gallery

Rosie\Chris Marshall has a photo gallery up on BMX Union which you can check out here. 12 photos from around New Jersey. How could you pass that one up?

Wesley McGrath Unseen Works Photo Gallery

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Click here to check out 20 unseen photos from the lens of Wesley McGrath brought to you by Dig.

Division Brand – Chris Whyte and Rhys Gogel Hit Melbourne

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Division Brand just dropped a gallery with some photos and words from a recent trip Chris Whyte & Rhys Gogel took to hit the streets of Melbourne for a few days riding, filming, and coffee drinking. Click here to check it out.

Dimitri James by Greg Moliterno

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Dimitri James Barspin, Mesa, Arizona

Brian Histand is Still Missing

May 7th, 2013…Brian Michael Histand- “Take each day not day by day, hour by hour, not even minute by minute but moment by moment. Fill your life with love and watch it manifest. Negativity, judgement, laziness all of these are evil and ment to poison the brain. Love is where the power is, love is the way of life”

This is a quote from Brian’s journal he began keeping 9 days before he went missing on May 15, 2013. I believe everybody should take that quote and apply it to their own life. Brian’s journal has become my bible. Love is the answer to everything. Brian’s only true satisfaction comes from helping the world by spreading love…so in the name of Brian Histand, spread the love…it’s contagiousDave Krone

It’s been one year since Brian Histand went missing and I wish we could bring you better news, but the cold, hard truth is that there is no news. He’s still missing. No one has seen or heard a trace of him in a year. It’s a scary thought and I’m sure at this point the most convenient thing to do would be to dismiss him as dead but that is simply insensitive. There is no definitive answer to his location and wellbeing other than he was last spotted walking alone towards a large mountainous area south of Phoenix. There is undoubtedly a chance that he’s still out there, alive and well. If an entire airplane can go missing for over a month with multiple countries looking for it, a single human can go missing for over a year with only a handful of his closest friends actively looking for him. There is still hope, and frankly, stranger things have happened.

I don’t want to make it seem like I’m a great friend of Brian’s- I knew him for literally a couple of hours. I knew of him, like many of us did, as an eccentric intellectual with a passion for pedaling really fucking fast and jumping huge gaps.

I met him on an unusually hot summer day in Philadelphia when I was already semi-delirious from a lack of sleep the previous night. Navaz was filming Dave Krone trying to polish up one of his unique G-turn clips in Talk is Cheap and I was patiently shooting a sequence with my camera on a tripod. Brian appeared and instantly the session took a turn for the weirder (I say ‘weird’ in the most endearing sense- I love weird). Conversations went in tangents I never conceived possible. Brian is one of those people with a brain full of “what if’s”- some more fantastical than others, but entertaining nonetheless. He lived up to and actually surpassed any notions I had collected of his living spirit from preceding hearsay. He is one of those people you meet and never forget talking to.

During this time, someone pointed out a small, plastic Barbie-like figurine on the litter-strewn ground and suggested that it resembled Brian. Everyone present agreed on account of the bounty of hair lopped to the side of his head. Brian agreed and laughed and posed for this photo-

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All said-and-done, Krone was unfortunately defeated by the attempted cleaning-up of his clip and we left the spot to head to another. While driving, our cars lined up and I could see that Brian and Dave were having a great time, singing and laughing- almost dancing- in their car. I could tell that they’d been friends for a while and were on similar wavelengths. They clicked- and I clicked this snapshot- one that I feel embodies the unavoidable energy you incur when in the presence of a being like Brian.

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As fate would have it, our plans to reconvene at another spot fell through and their car vanished out of sight. I didn’t really get to say a proper “Goodbye” but then again- given this situation- no one got to. Not even his best friends or family. I can’t imagine dealing with this had I been closer to Brian. I’ve dealt with the death of friends and family, sure, but with that there is closure. You know what happened to them and that they have moved on. With these circumstances, however, there’s nothing you can be sure of. I can only hope that by this time next year a discovery has been made and we can finally understand what actually happened to the enigma who is Brian Histand.

I could say soo much about him. I really wouldnt even be the person I am today if I never met Brian. I looked up to him for his riding before ever meeting him and then as a person as we became friends. He’s just the kind of person who is always looking to make everyone have a good time and feel at home even if it means the shirt off his own back. Always had a positive vibe and his own vision on life. I wish he was still with us to spread the love of life and bmx he always gave to me.Eric “Ewip” Whitescarver

Moving forward, we should celebrate Brian’s work and his riding that will forever be archived through his videos. Yo Guy and Chocolate Milk are certified classic scene videos. Brian showed a strong desire to show off his friends’ riding which is a trait that is rare nowadays. He put in endless hours behind the camera and computer for no reward other than his personal satisfaction. Until he turns up, I think it’s healthy to think of Brian not as a missing person but as a gifted artist, rider and videographer. – Charlie

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“Not Just For Calling” | The Hadrien Picard Interview

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Hadrien Picard seems to be able to do it all. Transitioning between the role of photographer and videographer is no easy task, however he seems to do it effortlessly and beautifully. Recently he has been pushing the limits of filming by shooting all his films on Nokia Lumia phone. Filming things on a phone is not a new concept, but with camer/phone technology getting better and better they are starting to turn into a necessity for any filmer/photographers bag. I caught up with Hadrien to find out more about his filming process and what he thinks about this new territory camera phones.

Can you give us a small introduction about yourself?

I am Hadrien Picard. I’m 31 and live around Paris. I’ve been riding for 20 years but I’m still terrible on a bike. I’ve been shooting photos for 16 years & thank god I’m a little less terrible at that. I’ve started to film around 7-8 years ago. I never thought I’d say this but I have the chance to be a pro photographer and filmer.

How did you make the transition from photographer to videographer?

For me, video has always seemed like a close cousin of photography. It has always interested me.
I’m not sayin I did everything in photo, very far from that, every day I realize that, but it was less a challenge for me at that time. I had a DV camera for a couple of years but something changed when video mode start to be included in DSLR. I was totally amazed by the quality and; the feel of the images from the 1st DSLRs that could film like the D90 & 5DMKII. So I bought a 7d and started to play with it. I did a couple of vids here and there, then I won the Nike StandBy Barcelona which helped me to look like a « legit » filmer haha.

I still and; will always shoot photos. It’s honestly cool to do both, it’s hard but it’s really rewarding for yourself to think you have done both. Video is a lot more work than photo, so I’m really happy when I can shoot photos ONLY.

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What’s your current filming set up like?

I still have my lovely JVC HM100 but the majority of clips I film are with a Nikon D800 and; a Sony FS700 that maybe, besides my flat, is the most expensive thing I have ever bought. I’m pretty happy with it!

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How did you start filming with the Nokia camera/phone?

They contacted me because they were looking for someone who was good in photo and; video in our sports.

Nokia used to be involved in BMX years ago so they knew BMX, skate and; snowboard are really photogenic/videogenic. They wanted people to shoot with their Lumias to show their cameras capabilities. I think they also like the spirit of BMX, skate and; snowboard. We met in the end of 2012 and; we talked about what we can do and Nokia Pureviews, and a creative community based around shooting with their Lumia lines, was born.

What are some of the challenges with filming on a phone? and did you have any hesitation putting down a video camera for a camera phone?

Those things are really light, which is good for your back, but I also thought that it can be a problem for stability. You have to pay attention to even small shakings but it’s actually less than I thought. There is an optical stabilisator inside that does great job.

Obviously a smartphone is and; will never be a DSLR : the sensor is small (even if the 1020 has a pretty big one) and; you can’t change lens. Some actually can but what’s the use having a smartphone that is big like DSLR at the end?

For sure it’s not a FS700 but overall I think the images look pretty damn good. Some riders were a little stressed to send it in front of a smartphone but when they saw the images they were confident about the result.

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Your films are all very well done. How much does editing and post come into play? and could you give a little insight into your editing process?

Thanks!

I think editing is at least as important as filming. Photography is very exigent at the moment : a photo is good or bad. Period. But you can actually make a good video from not so good clips. The real difficulty of filming compared to shooting photos is that, even if it’s at the minimal scale, it’s not a movie, you have to think a little to what kind of shots you need if you want to make an intro, show something particular etc…

A photo could be great by its own but a video is an addition of a lot of clips so you have to think a little before & after about how organising it!

Music is also a third of the clip. It’s super important. It’s funny how I’m not a specialist in music but I really like to follow the most I can so the clip at the end is a perfect mix between sound and image.

I didn’t do any film/photo class so my editing process may not be the best! I don’t rename anything, I drag and drop all the clips I have in the time line and; from there cut and; select them and then bit by bit make the edit.

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With camera and phone technology getting better every year, how do you think this is going to change the way we make films?

It has already changed a lot of things! Thanks to DSLR we can achieve a look that was impossible before. Things will become more and more close to perfection and; cheaper and; cheaper. But at the end, even with a Red Epic, if you suck you suck. It will never change that.

Smartphone speaking, they have 3 huge strenghs that may cause some big trouble to camera manufacturers: The image they make is getting better and; better and; can be usable for a lot of projects. Another strengh of the smartphone is that you carry it EVERYWHERE. It does so many thing it’s obvisouly already in your pocket, so you can shoot very fast whatever happen in front of you. « The best camera is the on you have » Remember. And finally phones are connected. Really important for geeks like us haha. But it’s true that more and more cameras can be connected. I bought a small panasonic that’s so smart it can send the photos to a phone via a wifi networks it creates. Crazy!

Do you have any other big projects coming out this year?

I have some really, really good stuff coming this year with Nokia…

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Do you have any advice for future filmers out there?

Go out and shoot! Don’t wait, don’t be shy. If you want to learn, it’s 1000 times easier now that before thanks to digital and internet. Look around you to understand how things works but always remember not to copy/paste what is fashion today. Create your own style.

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