I was immediately drawn to the composition of this photo, with the strong verticals and power lines forming a sort of arch around the rider, almost sprouting from the van in the corner. The pale blue sky complements the pale yellow barrier that frames the action and does a good job of attracting attention.
“This photo was shot during a 10 day trip from Philly to New Orleans, Paul Horan and I took back in July. We found this spot thanks to some vague directions from Steve Crandall that Paul was able to decipher. It ended up being a bit harder to ride than we thought it would be but Paul still managed to pop some nice euros out of it. I used one flash to the right hand side of the photo, up high on a light stand, to try and highlight Paul and separate him a bit from the background. When I went to get in position for the photo I almost laid in dog poop which would have been a total bummer and I probably wouldn’t have shot the photo after that. Thank god it didn’t go down like that.
Tamron 28-70mm f2.8 @ 40mm
F/11 @ 1/250
SB 800 flash triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X”
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I chose this photo mostly because of the precise composition, with the vertical columns pretty much exactly vertical and the amount of geometry in the frame. The vents that he is wallriding over mimic the lights on the inside of the building almost perfectly and the palm tree is a great balance for the edge of the car on the right side of the frame. The riders blue bike sticks out amazingly as it is the only object in the photo of that color.
“I shot this photo of Paul Horan in Daytona Beach, FL while on a spring break trip we took a few weeks back. I knew exactly how I wanted to shoot this when we pulled up to it but in order to get back far enough to frame the shot how I wanted I had to go down a hill a bit which then put a big ass hedge right in my way. I was getting all pissed off because I didn’t have my tripod or any type of ladder so my friend actually volunteered to be a human step stool. I wasn’t about to break my home boys back so I just stood my bike and framed it the best I could. It was an amazing trip and I was so happy with the way this one turned out.
Nikon 24-70 lens
1/200 @ f/6.3
1 Nikon SB-800 to the left (triggered by pocket wizard)
1 Nikon SB-24 to the right (triggered by pocket wizard)”
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