Flip Clips Eight: Chasing Glaciers / Hidden Yin-Yang

It wasn’t easy, but I managed to condense the past fifteen months of my life into this 21-minute video. If I’ve held my phone sideways and pointed it at you sometime this year or last, you’re probably in this video. This includes: Addi Sasso, Alex Donnachie, Andrew Richards, Anthony Malvasio, Austin Aughinbaugh, Austin Oats, Ben Guinn, Bob Pergl, Brady Tweedy, Brandon Begin, Caleb Quanbeck, Charlie Crumlish, Connor Keating, Damian Racut, Dave Belcher, David Grant, Devon Lampman, Doroba, Elf, Erik Elstran, Ewip, Jason Govan, Joby Suender, John G420, John Hughes, John Yoh, Johnny Atencio, Juice, Julian Arteaga, Justin Anderson, Kevin Vannauker, Lahsaan Kobza, Manny Kilpack, Marv Morales, Matt Gutierrez, Matt Miller, Matthew Hartley, Mike Swift, Nick Barrett, Reed Stark, Rob Diquattro, Russell Blake, Sean Morr, Steve Tassone, Steven Hamilton, Steven Ocasio, Stevie Churchill, Tammy McCarley, Tanner Easterla, Tanner Nelson, Tenzin Nyangdak, Tom Lavorgna, Tom Villarreal, Tommy Gunn, Veesh, Vicente Candel, Victor Proto-Newton and Zach Sky. Also, there’s a single hidden yin-yang in one shot… Find it and I’ll buy you breakfast.

Germany – Get in touch with me (@scottmarceau) for a private link.

Ride UK’s Final Cover

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Well fuck. As we all heard last month the ending of Factory Media = no more Ride UK but talk about going out with a bang. This final cover features Sebastian Keep with one of the craziest things i’ve ever seen beautifully captured by George Marshall.

Here’s some words from Ride UK.
“Over the last 23 years the cover of this magazine has been the home of the most pinnacle moments in BMX history. Our very last print cover has a duty to be something special, something ground breaking, something extraordinary. For our final cover Sebastian Keep delivers all of the above and redefines the boundaries of BMX in the process.

This is a 22ft gap to wall ride, from a kicker ramp on the elevated road above, into a 32ft high wall ride down the side of a multi-storey car park and into a 12ft quarter pipe. To put it bluntly, this is death defying. It is a giant leap into new realms of preparation, commitment, skill, height, speed and danger. It is monumental moment of BMX history and it is British moment at that – a fitting end to our print history.”

Eisa Bakos Simple Session 2015 Photo Gallery

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Eisa Bakos shot a bunch of photos during this year’s edition of Simple Session and he put together a sick photogallery for Ride UK that you can check here. Love the above shot of AK doing a up switch crook to whip!

Framework: Steven Hamilton and a Columbus Dumpster

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From RideBMX Issue #204

May 23, 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Canon 1DsIII
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens @ 70mm
Canon 580EXII flash (zoom @ 35mm (?), 1/2 power)
Paul C. Buff Einstein 640w flash w/ 11″ reflector (probably @ 1/2 power (~1/2000 duration))
Pocket Wizards

1/250 @ f/11, ISO 100

A typical day of shooting with Steven involves picking him up with his bike, skateboard, thermos of coffee and backpack full of tools, hoodie and a TRV900. On this particular day, Shay Lashley and/or John Hughes were tagging along. Steven’s friend Rob met us at the spot- a small ditch in the corner of a vacant apartment complex parking lot. The goal was to film a few clips involving a shopping cart there but upon arrival, an upturned dumpster became the subject of focus. Well-versed in wallrides, Steven sessioned the shit out of the thing before I suggested we shoot a photo. I set up to shoot an x-up wallride with a standard 50mm lens. I put the Einstein to the right, just out of frame, and a Lumedyne 200w Action Pack to the left, sandwiching Steven in between.

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I was trying to work with the empty parking lot and lightposts but my composition ended up being pretty tired and boring. On top of that, it was so bright that I had to get my flashes closer to overpower the ambient light and reduce the motion blur. As per usual, Steven suggested I use a fisheye and for once I agreed with him.

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The shot definitely became less boring but the motion blur continued to be a problem even after closing down to f/11 from f/9. At this point, Steven was happy with the photo but I was not. In addition to my discontent, my Lumedyne battery died. I replaced it with a much less powerful 580EXII set on 1/2 power (~1/1600 duration). I asked if he could do a different trick and wait until the sun hid behind the clouds so that motion blur would be reduced. I also changed my angle so that he’d be moving toward the camera and not across the frame, effectively diminishing any possible motion blur issues. This is when we got the shot.

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The Einstein is just out of frame to the right (you can kinda see the splash of light on the ground from it) about 6′ up and the 580EXII is just out of frame on the left, also 6′ high, simply to freeze his wheels a bit. At 100% you can see that there was still some unavoidable motion blur on his wheels, which were spinning super fast-

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So the table is looking dialed, à la Joe Rich, but this angle doesn’t convey the distance he was traveling out of the wallride. This one does-

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I used some heavy panning to sharpen his lateral movement but I must’ve had the 580 at full power because his front wheel is lit up but a blurry mess-

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Peep the bling tho.

ham dumpster 4 Shot it once natural light for shits and giggles.

Woodward East – Summer Position Available

Woodward East is seeking a full-time photography instructor for the summer of 2015. The instructor will be in charge of the photography portion of Digital Media Camp and will work with campers in our 5000 square foot studio, in addition to the rest of camp. We are seeking working professionals with action and commercial shooting experience, including a broad knowledge of studio/location lighting and proficiency in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old and able to commit to a full 12 week summer at camp, working about 7-8 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. Weekly salary plus room and board. To apply, fill out and submit an application at www.campwoodward.com. In addition, please send an introductory email and samples of work to Josh McElwee at jmcelweephoto@gmail.com and to Dave Metty at dave.metty@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!”

“Glidecam BMX Tips” with Dalton Campbell

I’ve never used a Glidecam but I feel confident that I could now, thanks to this tutorial.

RideBMX “One Moment in BMX” Video

Late last year Ride went to their contributors with the idea of shooting photos at a specific time to showcase just how much BMX is going on around the world at any given time. November 23rd at 1pm PST was go time and teams of riders, photographers and filmers from California to Spain all converged on that One Moment to collectively create something special. The article came out awesome and this video does well to show the anticipation, the build up and the payoff of one extraordinary moment in BMX.