“My homie Sean Sieling and I made the roadtrip from our home in the Bay down to Southern California to meet up with some of our homies to ride and explore a bit. This was our first time riding in LA, and we came across this great grate spot I recognized from an old photo that Jeff Z shot of Codie Larson doing a hopwhip into it. I was so pumped that I made Sean do something into it as well. He opted for a hop turndown, so I tried to find an angle that would separate him from the background, while still keeping the wide perspective to convey the overall atmosphere of the spot. After a few test shots from different spots, I moved across the street and was pumped on how it looked;the classic palm trees, the entirety of the grate, the white wall to make his bike pop, and the street that he rode out into. I used all natural light with this shot, as my flash triggers wouldn’t reach from across the street (anyone who wants to donate some pocket wizards, hook ya boy up). This photo was a quick flick, and it just goes to show that you don’t need a ton of crazy lighting while on street missions with your friends to get some decent looking photos. Thanks for reading and thanks Scott for the opportunity! (also shouts out to Stephen Smith for helping me write this).
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-Canon 50mm (f5.6)
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I really like the framing of this shot combined with the color palette. There are a lot of shapes and textures in this environment but the rider is framed so nicely in a small area that would otherwise stick out as a blank space.
“A few of us traveled up to a new park in Cardiff… Rampworld. After a good session ridin, myself and James decided to shoot some pictures. James Jones is amazing to shoot pictures with cos he is an animal on a bike! This shot came about as I had just set my flashes up and I hadn’t intended this angle, it was a test shot, to see how the lighting worked. I was really happy with how it turned out once I saw it and it looked really clean. My flash set up was 2 far left on 1/2 power and 2 right and behind on 1/4 power, shot with a Canon 60d with a 10-22 lens. Rampworld is awesome to shoot pictures in as it’s so new and clean, it’s also a damn fun park to ride.”
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It’s not difficult to notice that this photo is pretty great… The rider and his multi-colored shirt pop out of the dark green background like crazy. The composition is super clean and all of the information necessary to bring context to the riding is there- the way the coping hugs the bottom of the frame is my favorite part. It’s a rather dialed invert as well.
“This is James Van De Kamp doing another ridiculously folded table top. Sometime in early April we got some really good weather for a while, so we got out to Gleneagles bowl in West Vancouver for a day. James is one of my favourite people to shoot with. He’s incredibly dialed, so it makes it really easy. I recently picked up the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and I’m incredibly happy with the way it performs with natural lighting. This photo was shot at 1/4000s at f/2.8 and 160ISO on my 7D. Nothing else to really say, just a bunch of dudes on bikes having a fun session.”
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“This slab of cement is located in the Indian River along US Route 1 in Titusville, Florida. Mark noticed it while driving into town one day, and we decided that it was great location for a bunnyhop barspin photo.
We arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon, so the Florida sun was in full effect. Since we were in the water, my setup options weren’t exactly ideal for getting the strobes in super close to Mark, which is my first line of defense when trying to freeze action during the middle of the day. The first light that I set up was an Einstein on half-power (320 w/s) on the cement slab parallel to the one Mark is riding. Although I placed it in a rim/kicker light position, it serves as the main light in this case by both lighting the camera-right side of his face, and freezing his spokes (to a degree). The atypical positioning was done in an attempt to get the light a little more off-axis and create some depth, and avoid having flat-looking light.
I placed two more strobes in the water about 15-20 feet from the slab. The large distance is due to the depth of the river, although I might have been able to get away with putting them in closer, I wouldn’t trust having normal light stands in water more than a few inches (a C-stand would be a perfectly safe solution, though). To compensate for the distance, I used an Alien Bee 800 at full power (320 w/s) on a small stand, and another Einstein at half-power on a larger stand. This gave me a reasonably large amount of light to kick some fill into Mark’s face and the front of his bike.
Both the pair of strobes and the single strobe metered at f/11. I ended up shooting a third of a stop under at f/13, just to try and get the sky a tiny bit darker, knowing that I could bring back detail from the flash portion of the exposure in post without much of a hassle. I originally envisioned the photo with Mark in the left side of the frame, but it just wasn’t working out, so I ended up switching the composition completely about halfway through shooting. Mark was nice enough to fire out a whole bunch of these so that I could get the framing and timing just right.
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Paul Buff Einstein Strobes (2)
Alien Bee 800
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The first thing I noticed about this photo was the unique perspective – how Rudy chose to shoot from behind the ramp. If the rider hadn’t gotten high enough to clear that back railing, the shot would be a wash. Luckily the nicely lit barspin was thrown at a perfect height and this photograph was a success.
“Pretty much, this prefab park isn’t too far from where I’m now staying and is located in a parking lot of a cop station. I recently just started hanging out with A.j whose riding abilities are on another level. He got off at 8 pm and we met up at the cop station park & just did bikes on it. As usual, I got hyped at around 9:04 pm, before going to this other spot, when I saw him doing tucks & bars on the neat green little quarter pipe. Well crap at that point, my monkey instincts kicked in naturally & began noticing this tree I could climb like a damn ape that has been injected with heavy doses of caffeine. I originally was getting a snap of the tuck no-hands but he did this barspin, which caught me off guard, but was able to get lucky enough to snap this at a decent time or at least what I think is a decent time. I think my settings were ISO: 400, Shutter: 60, aperture: maybe 7.1 (p.c is acting up to get correct info.) Also, I’ve never owned a legitimate camera bag but hopefully one day that will change that I can get to experience that. And using a vivitar & sunpack off camera flash and still shooting with that canon t3 but i think maybe that might be changing soon.”
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