I chose this photograph to mark the beginning of fall, because I think this is about as summer as it gets. The tones are so warm that I can nearly feel it. The composition is incredible and the lighting is more-or-less perfect. It’s an ultra clicked invert and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on the cover or in the spread of the next Woodward brochure.
“This photo of Dan was shot in July at Woodward East. We originally decided to shoot a footjam on the 18ft. mini-mega ramp quarter, but a giant cloud came over the ramp and pretty much ruined the photo. The resulting sunset through the clouds, however, prompted me to ask Dan if he would be down to shoot something a few hundred feet away in The Cage.
We showed up right as the sun was disappearing over the horizon. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the pastel-like quality of the clouds facing southwest, behind the vert wall. I asked Dan if there was anything he would like to shoot on it. He simply responded ‘Table’, which was all I needed to hear. Since the sun had gone down by this point, I set out to mimic the last few moments of daylight via the use of three flashes.
All of the flashes used were gelled, no white light was used. The main light is an Einstein coming from camera left about 10-15 feet away from Dan, gelled with a ‘soft amber key’ to mimic the warm glow of a lamp high above. A one-stop sheet of diffusion material was also used to soften the edge of the light. The rim light was an AB800 about 50 feet back-camera right and aimed directly at the vert wall, feathered a considerable amount to the left in order to keep the light on the vert wall and not as much on the bank on the right side of the frame. This light was used to mimic the natural rim light effect that the sun would have normally. A 1/2 CTO was used to give this a slightly warm, more realistic feel. The third and final light was a Vivitar 285 hidden behind the vert wall, pointed at Dan, also with a 1/2 CTO, just for a little bit of underlight/separation.
I shot this wide open at f/4 in order to further enhance the soft quality of the clouds in the distance. Dan did the table twice, and this was the result.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 70-200 f/4
Alien Bee 800
Vagabond Mini battery packs
Pocket Wizard Transcievers
Various gel sheets”
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This week’s photo is proof that you don’t need a rider to be doing a crazy trick to make a great photograph. I’ve always been a fan of the super-wide environmental shot and this is a prime example. The most difficult part is lighting the rider without having the light source in the photo, but Leo did a great job with this. It’s busy but not cluttered. This would make a perfect magazine cover.
“We shot this just east of I-35 on this huge hill which has the banks that Shane gapped over the stairs. It’s funny I actually didn’t like this photo because I felt like I could’ve gotten more of the road into the city but with the bushes in the way of the bump and the pole sticking out of the ground I couldn’t shoot it how I wanted. I was actually bummed all night until I realized everybody loved the shot. I’m my own worse critic. I like to be hard on myself so I usually don’t know if its good or not.
I had one Vivitar 285 HV at 1/2 power off to the left side of the subject (Shane Goldstein) on a light stand.
I was shooting with a Canon 1D Mark II N with my newly purchased (same day) Canon 70-200 L f/4 I seriously fell in love with it its amazing what kind of composition you can come up with a telephoto lens.
The picture was shot at 1/320 sec. at f/5.6″
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This composition is untraditional with the action taking place directly in the center of the frame, but I feel that with the red frame sticking out of the predominately blue surroundings, it’s a great place for the subject to be. The yellow lines on the ground and on the sign on the right make the blue even stronger. The lighting is simple and creates a natural, pleasing vignette around the edges of the image. Icepicks are always nice to shoot, and that ledge looks like a good time.
“So after a lazy day after coming off shift I had a phone call from Tom in the evening asking if I was up for “Duzzy ledge” for an hour or so. Duzzy ledge (industrial estate ledge) is pretty sweet set up to be honest, very rare that you get hassled there, waxed up a treat, doubles up as a manual pad and is almost a bank to sub with the gradient of the parking spaces too.
Recently I’ve gotten myself into a habit of making sure my camera bag goes wherever I go and I’m glad it came with me on this venture. After having a good shred with Tom and Che, I thought I’d have a play with the camera. Instantly I knew I wanted to shoot something dead pan, I feel this setup worked well for that approach, the paint on the floor gave a form of symmetry which I wanted to include. I asked Tom to do a few icepicks and fired off a few shots before capturing him as central as possible. Good job Tom liked to slide icepicks…
I had two Vivitar 285hvs plugged into a FlexTT5 (one in the hot shoe and one into p2) to the left out of frame about 15ft both at 1/2 power and two Canon 540ez same again into FlexTT5 on the right out of frame at 1/2 power, triggered by a miniTT1 and shot with a 60D at f6.3 1/160 ISO320.”
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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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