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.
Posted in BMX, Photo
Tagged Aaron Brenner, aaron ross, Anton Zamora, Billy Perry, Brandon Means, Chad Kerley, Charlie Crumlish, Chris Mortenson, Christian Rigal, Darryl Tocco, Dennis Enarson, Devon Hutchins, Dirt Ron, Doeby, Eric Bahlman, Gary Young, Josh McElwee, Justin Kosman, Kareem Williams, Marc Meeuwissen, Mike Meister, Nick Jones, Ridebmx, Ruben Alcantara, Sam Buros, sandy carson, Scott Marceau, Spencer Lee, Stevie Churchill, Ted Van Orman, Tony Neyer, Tristan Afre, Vincent Perraud
A while back, I had the chance to get a few established photographers in the industry together to talk shop. I had a loose list of topics we could hit and Jeremy had a list of his own. We didn’t get to hit nearly as many subjects as we would have liked to, but that’s usually how these things go. I think we did pretty well with the time allotted and we’re hoping that any aspiring lensmen will be enlightened by our discussion.
If there are any specific topics that you’d want us to hit for the next discussion, please leave them in a comment below.
1:09 – Jeremy Pavia introduction
2:47 – Chris Mortenson introduction
4:28 – Josh McElwee introduction
6:25 – Jeremy’s “Through The Lens” column from The Union
9:21 – “Film vs. Digital” (actually we discuss Dean Collins and teaching for a while)
11:22 – We actually start discussing the film versus digital thing
13:26 – Shoutout to the darkroom
18:53 – What’s your favorite f/stop?
21:31 – “I just wanna capture the moment and sometimes the moment is shitty”
23:00 – No more hanging posters
24:11 – “Print vs. Online”
25:08 – Gregory Crewdson
28:48 – Readership
30:16 – Vinyl vs. MP3
30:55 – The Albion
31:55 – Props on VHS
36:04 – Josh’s story
37:45 – DIG/Focal Point
40:57 – A watered-down industry
43:35 – The process of shooting/choosing what gear to carry
46:13 – Getting the shot
49:22 – Fuck barspins.
50:35 – A collaboration between photographer and subject
55:19 – Riders getting hurt while shooting
57:01 – Shoutout to Kiraly
58:34 – RideBMX‘s 1 o’clock photo project
1:04:19 – Let’s talk about gear
1:08:57 – Advances in photo technology
1:12:25 – How to get your photos noticed
1:13:44 – Looking outside of BMX
1:15:43 – Experience
1:17:14 – Final thoughts and comments
Posted in BMX, Gear, Interview, Podcast, Tech
Tagged BMX, Chris Mortenson, Jeremy Pavia, Josh McElwee, Magazines, Photography, Scott Marceau, The Come Up
On the East Coast this time of year you’re nearly required to leave the house with a few layers and these freezing temperatures lead some us to believe cruising the city in just a simple teeshirt will ever be an option again. Contrary to that belief just a few short months ago it was a daily thing and Tafari Smith proves it right here with some clips from the warmer months cut and captured by our very own Scott Marceau.
The usual Flip Clips plus a little extra time and effort. The usual McCarren skatepark clips plus some Europe and Cali footage. The usual ragtag cast and crew plus Blackman and Hamilton and a cameo by Regis Philbin. The usual soundtrack that no one seems to like plus TV samples that may or may not make sense. Enjoy, enjoy!
Posted in BMX, Video
Tagged Adam Bauer, AJ Nichols, BDub, Blackman, Brandon Begin, Brett Silva, Chris Carter, CJ Arnold, Craig Passero, Damian Racut, Devin Tyler Rembold, Eric Mesta, Ewip, Flip Clips, GREMLIN, Hawk, Jake Coulson, John Hughes, John Yoh, Jordan Stump, Joss Fenn, Justin Dickinson, Kid, Kyle Murway, Mark Meeuwissen, Marv Morales, Matt Miller, Mike Rose, Mike Swift, nick barrett, Nick Johnson, Oberhofer, Pat C, Push It A Stop, Regis Fylban, Regis Philbin, Ric Wood, Ricky Woodruff, Rob Diquattro, Rosie, Russell Wadlin, Ryan Chadwick, Ryan Howard, Ryan Niranonta, Scott Marceau, Scotty Wemmer, Sean Morr, Shay Lashley, Snacks, Steven Hamilton, Stretch, Ted Olmstead, Tenzin Nyangdak, Tom Lavorgna, Tony Cherry, Torey Kish, Trevor Ward, Troy Merkle, Tyler Rembold, Tyrone Williams, weed is tight, Zac Powell, Zack Cooke, Zack Gerber
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We shot this photo in Tulsa, OK in March of this year. The spot is called “Hell Ditch” and it’s rather amazing. I had Damian Racut film me setting up and shooting this so that I could make a walkthrough video. I was kinda drowsy, only getting a few hours of sleep on a hotel floor the previous night so I was not 100% mentally acute. My Canon flash wasn’t firing every time and I didn’t realize that. I’m pretty sure it didn’t fire for the final image but oh well.
Thanks to Scotty for doing numerous euro tables, Damian for filming the walkthrough, Rob DiQuattro for comedic relief and Bobby Simmons for moral support.
As a holiday gift, here’s an outtake shot of Rob airing from the other side that you can also have for wallpaper (unfortunately neither of my flashes on the right fired):
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Here is the making of this photograph:
Hasselblad 500 C/M
80mm T* f/2.8 lens
Kodak Ektar 100 film
2x Lumedyne 200w Action Pack
Canon 580EXII (did not fire)
5x PocketWizard Plus II’s
Digi- Canon 1DIII, 50mm f/1.4 lens
The final image was scanned on an Imacon Flextight X5 scanner and large format prints were made on an Epson 9880 printer (prints are available for purchase)
Posted in Art, BMX, Gear, Photo, Tech
Tagged Canon, Damian Racut, Hasselblad, Hell Ditch, PocketWizards, Rob Diquattro, Scott Marceau, Scotty Wemmer, Tulsa, Vivitar
Midnight in a forest of darkened debris, buildings like redwoods, trash strewn in heaps.
Downtown In The Dark
A love for the unknown
The dive into a sea of uncertainty
1. ride bikes 2. shoot photos 3. stay alive
Past Is Prologue
Roads transformed to rivers, paths turned into streams
Hope you got that battery upgrade
Violent crimes, anyone?
More trees than tourists
Traveling with various tripods
An ebb and flow of unprecedented proportions
The night never ends…
…if we never go inside
“You’ll get back to where you came from”
Empirical fires burn in the distance, guiding masses toward the light