“This photo of AJ Carvalho was taken about a few weeks ago. Aj is a pretty chilled soft spoken guy who doesn’t speak much, however his riding speaks very loudly. As of late, I’ve been bringing my ladder with me everywhere I go. It fits perfectly in my car. I like to bringing it along for special shots like this. I never know when I’ll run into the perfect opportunity for a golden shot of someone roastin’ tabes, turndowns, etc.. I’ve seen Aj blast this hip before and knew he would be down to maybe create a little magic. Initially, I wasn’t stoked on this photo till I went back the other night and saw it again. For some reason it works weird that way for me at times where I’ll sit on a photo for some time only to go back and find that the photo wasn’t half bad to begin with. I’m sure there’s other photographers out there as well that, maybe like me, find themselves asking “what did I not see in this photo the first time around that I’m now seeing weeks later?” Haha, I don’t know. But, what I do know is it’s kind of neat when that happens for sure! Thanks Nick.
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The first thing I noticed about this photo was the unique perspective – how Rudy chose to shoot from behind the ramp. If the rider hadn’t gotten high enough to clear that back railing, the shot would be a wash. Luckily the nicely lit barspin was thrown at a perfect height and this photograph was a success.
“Pretty much, this prefab park isn’t too far from where I’m now staying and is located in a parking lot of a cop station. I recently just started hanging out with A.j whose riding abilities are on another level. He got off at 8 pm and we met up at the cop station park & just did bikes on it. As usual, I got hyped at around 9:04 pm, before going to this other spot, when I saw him doing tucks & bars on the neat green little quarter pipe. Well crap at that point, my monkey instincts kicked in naturally & began noticing this tree I could climb like a damn ape that has been injected with heavy doses of caffeine. I originally was getting a snap of the tuck no-hands but he did this barspin, which caught me off guard, but was able to get lucky enough to snap this at a decent time or at least what I think is a decent time. I think my settings were ISO: 400, Shutter: 60, aperture: maybe 7.1 (p.c is acting up to get correct info.) Also, I’ve never owned a legitimate camera bag but hopefully one day that will change that I can get to experience that. And using a vivitar & sunpack off camera flash and still shooting with that canon t3 but i think maybe that might be changing soon.”
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