Photo of the Week: Matt Vargason

Derek Nelson - Resized

I’m pretty sure this was Matt‘s first upload to the Push It A Stop Flickr pool, and I’ll be damned if it isn’t the greatest first impression ever. I was taken aback to learn that this was shot with only existing light- I guess it’s the mixture of color temperatures that threw me off. The whole ambiance is surreal- a dark, snowy night on the outside, and a quarterpipe (in a library) on the inside. The framing in the doorway is perfect. I’d love to have this hanging on my wall. In fact, I’ll be asking Matt for a print as soon as I’m done writing this.

“It’s always cold in New York at this time of year. The night I shot this photo was no exception, either. The sun had just gone down, and a snowstorm was rolling in. I was actually getting ready to head home when Derek [Nelson] started doing wall rides on the inside of a bookshelf in his skatepark, HCS. I had been toying with this composition for a couple of days at this point, but it never felt complete. The light snow falling outside was exactly what it was missing. Naturally, I walked outside and propped the door open. It took around fifteen minutes for me to get this shot. Spending that period of time kneeling in the snow caused my knee to freeze to the ground and my hands to go numb, causing the tail end of shooting to become somewhat difficult. I only used the available light at the park to shoot this photo, creating a stark contrast between the different temperatures of light indoors and the light outdoors. This was my first photo of 2014, and I think it was a great start to a new year.

Gear & Settings:

Body: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 6400

Vestal, NY”

Check out more of Matt’s work here. See Derek’s unique riding here.

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