A simple icepick on a bench in San Diego by Tom Perry balances the frame in this clean shot from Frank Christenson.
“I shot this when I visited San Diego, Ca last year (2013) with a Canon Ae-1 and Canon FD 50mm lens.The aperture was all the way open while the shutter was at about 1/500. Maybe 1000. No lights. Kodak 400 C-41.
I was pumped when I got the negatives back because I had stored the rolled stored away like a time capsule, which means I didn’t process it for few months. But long story short I really like the composition. and I’m into the lines and shapes. Simple trick, and it shows that the subject is going across the picture versus running out of the frame.”
I literally just got back from shooting this opposite hanger with Austin and thanks to free gourmet coffee drinks, I am super motivated to post this Framework piece.
We filmed this clip the other day for Flip Clips (volume eight coming soon) and on playback I noticed its potential as a noteworthy photograph. After driving him to a successful job interview, Austin and I jammed to The Fall of Troy while heading back toward ASU campus to ride this fun curved ledge spot.
Here’s the shot without any flashes-
I decided I’d go all-in and use a classic three light setup. My key light (Lumedyne 200w Action Pack) was to the left and in front of the ledge @ f/11. My rim light (Paul C Buff Einstein 640 w/ 11″ reflector) was behind and to the right of the ledge, metered @ f/16. For fill I used a Canon 580EXII set @ 1/4 power to yield f/8, filling in any shadows created by the position of the key and rim.
At first I was thinking I’d shoot 50mm @ f/8 ISO 100 (my go-to these days) but upon further inspection, the 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm became the one. Only after setting up all the lights did I realize that the ambient was giving f/8 @ 1/250- the Arizona sun is much brighter than what I’m used to. In order to cut down on any motion blur that might arise from shooting at f/8, I decided that f/11 would be a better choice. I moved every flash in a little bit and re-metered and somewhat incredibly each one gave a perfect reading.
I gave Austin the nod and he started locking in the opp hanger right off the bat. It took him probably six or seven tries to lace this one (this is the make) from end to end with amazing balance at a low and locked-in speed. We probably should have filmed this one as well, as it was much cleaner than the one we filmed on Sunday, but such is life.
A few on-the-spot corrections: The initial choice of f/8. I should have realized that the sun was beaming (even though we were under shade, the background was super bright) or just have metered in-camera before deciding on that. It only took a couple minutes to move the lights around for more power, but sometimes those couple minutes are the difference between getting the shot and getting the boot. At first, the rim light was casting a shadow of that second post onto the ledge. I moved it a couple feet to camera left and got the shadow to land in front of the ledge. My the fill light was really close to being in-frame and the rim was almost spilling light into the lens but simply moving myself a foot or two to the right and cropping a bit in post solved those issues. And of course, since everything went so incredibly smooth, I realized right after wrapping that I had forgot to switch from JPEG to RAW on my camera, due to shooting a sequence the other night. But knowing that this was going straight to Instagram, I really didn’t care. Life is too good to really care about minimal shit like that. We are both still happy with the results and I hope that you are psyched on this information as well. Thanks for reading, keep shooting!
Posted in BMX, Framework, Gear, Photo, Tech
Tagged Arizona, Austin Aughinbaugh, Canon, Framework, Lumedyne, Paul C. Buff, PocketWizards, Push It A Stop, Tempe
“I shot this at the end of April 2014 in Cocoa, Florida. This was taken just after 10 A.M. so the sun was slightly less difficult to deal with, much to my relief. The setup was pretty simple, two lights were used. The key light is an Einstein 640 with a 45 degree reflector at camera left and is slightly hidden by the left edge of the tree. I had it on a stand probably eight feet high and aimed up a reasonable amount in order to concentrate the light on the upper portion of the wall where James is hitting. The backlight is another Einstein with the same reflector about ten feet out of the frame at camera right. In order to avoid the dreaded double-shadow on the wall caused by using multiple lights, I placed the light in a doorway and feathered it slightly away from the wall. This gets the light slightly more off-axis and still gives a good highlight on James.
Tech info: Canon 5D MKII with 50mm f/1.8. 1/200 @ f/10, ISO 100.” – Josh McElwee
There’s no shortage of ditch spots in Texas and when Chuck told us he was taking us to MegaDitch™, I figured it could make for a good photo and Guts was on board to shoot this wallpaper.
We met up rather late and rode the spot for a minute before starting to setup for the shot as the light was quickly fading. The dark sky made the photo super dramatic and I love the contrast between that and the gum tire.
Guts is a lowkey technophile who knows how to get the most out of the least equipment. He knows all the tips and tricks to squeeze every stop of light out of a Sunpak 555 flash and he knows how they work inside and out. To spread coverage across this huge (huuuuuge) ditch spot, he tripled up the 555′s (thus creating a 1665) and pointed each in a different general direction. It’s nothing short of amazing that he got light from corner to corner in the frame.
Here’s how it all went down-
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Tagged ATX, austin, Canon, Charlie Crumlish, Gutstains, MegaDitch, Push It A Stop, Sunpak, Texas
“Matti called me saying he’d found a carpark for us to try and shoot some pictures, so that evening we went and checked it out with the usual thought of we’d get a couple of pics before security asked us to leave. Just as I was setting up my flashes a security woman walks onto the level, she walks over and asks what we were doing, we explained, instead of asking us to leave she said “oh cool” and watched for a while. As the carpark was empty and dark, I wanted to try capture this and also emphasize how flatlanders are elusive mysterious creatures. My set up for this shot was really simple as I could use the markings on the floor to know when Matti was rolling into the right spot, 2x Canon 430EXII on 1/4 power @ 50mm set either side but slightly infront of Matti as to not light his front up too much, I used my 24-105 lens @ 105mm on my Canon 6D. As I remember we only took a couple of shots of this trick before we got this one which was a result.”
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