What first caught my eye was the extensive dip of this 360… Pretty crazy style right there. The merit of this photograph comes from the lighting, with that rim light popping him right out of the background (with help from the orange bike). The composition is formally structured and the attention is led directly to the action. Mostly though, it’s just a crazy 360.
“This photo came from my first shoot with Joe Battaglia a few weeks ago. I had just picked up new Promaster flashes and was looking to test them out. I had met Joe a few weeks ago and talked about shooting soon, so I gave him a call and we made our way from the chicago suburbs up to 4Seasons in Milwaukee. After a few hours of shredding we started shooting. We took a couple shots on the frontside of the step up then moved to the backside for the corked three. I choose the angle I did because of strong leading lines coming from the left side that pull your eye into the photo. My first flash is a Promaster FL1 placed to camera right at about 45°, at 1/4 power. This flash provides the main light for the shot. my second flash is a Promaster DSS 6000 studio slave at the face of the jump at camera right, about 145°, and set it to 1/2 power. This flash will provide the rim light that will separate Joe from the background. Both flashes are paired with Promaster receivers with a transmitter on camera. This was shot with a Canon 5D mkII body and Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L lens, exposure f/5.6 @ 1/160sec ISO 400.”
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I like this photo especially because of the perspective- people don’t usually see things from a vantage point above the subject. It really takes the action out of context and abstracts it. The lighting is great and it’s a nice looking whip.
“Is particularly crazy because a friend was taking this photo with a telephoto lens from the front, when performing his work ended, I put a Pocket Wizard on my camera and take this angle with its setting of flashes. Really just wanted to try that angle because it looks at the difficulty of the trick, I did not bring my equipment with me, just the camera. Matias Aristimuño is a very good friend and stylish rider, is always ready to try one more when the photo was not perfect. Argentina has many spots to ride and take good photos, but always has the same problem, you’re always thinking about the possibility of being robbed more than the picture you will get! It’s a picture acceptable for conditions in which it was taken.
Canon fisheye 15mm, Canon 1Dmk2n, 2 Vivitar 285 HV of my friend and Pocket Wizard-”
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This photograph by Derek Riggs hits a few chords for me- at first I was reminded of the square format B&W work of Robert Adams, and with flash, the work of Larry Fink. This photo has a timeless feel to it, at least in my eyes, for those reasons. All varying tones of black and white are present, the composition is clean and the onlooking kids add an element of location and emotion. It’s a pretty stylish invert as well.
“This is a photo I shot of my good friend Joey Calderone, was taken about a good 2 years ago at Chandler bike park out here in AZ. This photo all came together easy, I had just got a Hasselblad 500c and was eager to but it to use and Joey has always been one of my go to guys about shooting anything, mainly cause he’s a dialed as hell rider. Ok so, it all started as just a regular night at the park, then I asked Joey about shooting a lil something, and on this particular hip, from the 8 foot transition to the 6 foot roller hip, he was doing awesome tables. And since I was still getting use to the shutter on the Hasselblad, and it was easy cause he was holding the tables for a split second. Now we got flashes set in place (3) and all the exposures correct, we could fire it out. The kids in the photo we’re just a couple of “Chandler rats” as the kids at the park would say. Normally I’m pretty picky about people being in the back ground, and with this shot I pretty sure I was, I think this looks cool. They look like there thinking like “wow” haha just the expressions on their faces I think make the picture I nice on to look at other than Joey doing another great table. Shot with a Hasselblad 500c, I wanna say Ilford b&w 120 film. Qflash, Nikon sb-28, and a Sunpak 544. All triggered with Pocket Wizard plus II’s. 1/500th @ around 5.6 aperture.”
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