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Josh Waddilove – Barspin

Josh Waddilove

Josh Waddilove, barspin off the wooden stairs set in the woods. Photo by Rudy Rodriquez

Brian Burrell – Tabletop

Brian Burrell

Brian Burrell tabletops the side of the toll-way. Photo by Rudy Rodriquez

Brian Perry by Rudy Rodriquez

Brian Perry. church roof lawnmower

Brian Perry, lawnmower on a buried church building roof steeple.

Hunter Kelly by Rudy Rodriquez

Hunter Kelly Shoe ride

Hunter Kelly, bump-jump to shoe-ride.

Brian Peters by Rudy Rodriquez

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Brian Peters rail rides while a homeless man sleeps.

Weekly Work: Rudy Rodriquez

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For this segment that we’ve been doing irregularly for a few months now, we are showcasing the work of one artist within the BMX community once a day for a week. So far it’s only been photographers but hey, that’s just how it is. Your smartphone didn’t come with a case of paintbrushes, did it? (Use the “submit news” button on the top right to show us your work.)

This week we are featuring photos from Texan Rudy Rodriquez. I first saw Rudy’s photos start popping up in the Flickr pool. He obviously had a firm grasp on successful composition and was keen on dramatic lighting. His black and white shots were tonally accurate and his color shots were vivid and lively. So far he’s had four of our Photo of the Week’s and he’ll most likely have many more- it seems he’s always shooting.

Get to know Rudy a bit more with this short bio or simply enjoy his photos for the next seven days.

“I’m Rudy and I’m from Houston TX. I’m 43 years old. I’ve been shooting for five years with cheap equipment, but for some reason seems to be my style. I’ve never owned a legit camera bag, nor light stands & have tape & a nail or two holding these ridiculous cheap tripods together which is disgusting, but for some strange reason gets me hyped because I always find a way to make it work. When I was 10 or 11, I would see this stoner looking dude riding by on a deep blue colored Schwinn with black Skyway mags pedaling doing a wheelie sitting down, smoking a cig on his way to go see his woman. He would always say “Aye, what’s up?” That was probably in 1982 or ’83. I mostly just BMX. Sometimes, skater homies as well. But, if given the opportunity, I would also shoot a thief breaking & entering into my house. I don’t know if I have a favorite photographer. There are so many good ones out there. I have a lot of favorite photos from different photo takers though. When I’m not shooting, I have a couple of homies I jam with in a garage. We like to play very loud guitars & drums and are always in search of the next riff! We’re into rock-n-roll man! And, I try to spend time with family when I can. I’m always in fear that one day this might be my last day to walk the earth or it may be theirs. My setup isn’t much at all… It’s a Canon T3, 2 flashes- a Vivitar 28FD that was given to me & Sunpack 3000 powered by soldier pixels. I’m like that kind of person that is content with jamming on a $99.00 pawn shop guitar. You can still shred on it. I used to go to a Mexican restaurant for a nice meal and large margarita & study the BMX magazine photos looking for where placement of the flashes were, how the angles were shot, what was included in the overall composition and just little things like that. That would be my advice for people who want to shoot BMX photos is look at the BMX magazines and study the photos. They will help you a whole lot.”

Photo of the Week: Rob Perry

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Chris Small in Milton Keynes, England by Rob Perry.

“I shot this photo last weekend in Milton Keynes, England of my mate Chris Small. It was taken at around 11:30 at night when we were just riding around the city having a good session and I decided to get out my camera at this cool alley spot we ride. I wanted to create/shoot the photo so it looked as if the street lights were lighting up the scene, I used a Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX kit that I was borrowing from college to light up the photo. But when I was placing the lights it was quite annoying because there was a short wire that was connecting the battery pack to the two lights, so I had to work out the different angles for the lights with them not far apart. But it worked out and this is what I got.

Camera info: Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.8. 1/100, @ f/5.6, ISO 250 and then Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX lights.”

Photo of the Week: Derrick Riggs

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Andy “Floyd” Erickson by Derrick Riggs in Tucson, AZ.

“shooting with a pegless bike rider is always one of my favorites to capture, like this one of Andy Erickson better known as “Floyd”. Like the spot GURU he is, while at a local mexican joint across the street from this, kinda ending the day, he told us about a little jib down the way, there he nailed out this wall 180. after a few slight repositions of the camera this is what we got.

shot in Tucson Az

Canon 1Ds mark III
Canon 15mm 2.8
2 einstein 640 w/ 8.5 reflectors
triggered with pocket wizard plus II’s”

Photo of the Week: Frank Christenson

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A simple icepick on a bench in San Diego by Tom Perry balances the frame in this clean shot from Frank Christenson.

“I shot this when I visited San Diego, Ca last year (2013) with a Canon Ae-1 and Canon FD 50mm lens.The aperture was all the way open while the shutter was at about 1/500. Maybe 1000. No lights. Kodak 400 C-41.

I was pumped when I got the negatives back because I had stored the rolled stored away like a time capsule, which means I didn’t process it for few months. But long story short I really like the composition. and I’m into the lines and shapes. Simple trick, and it shows that the subject is going across the picture versus running out of the frame.”

Framework: Austin Aughinbaugh – Opp Hanger

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I literally just got back from shooting this opposite hanger with Austin and thanks to free gourmet coffee drinks, I am super motivated to post this Framework piece.

We filmed this clip the other day for Flip Clips (volume eight coming soon) and on playback I noticed its potential as a noteworthy photograph. After driving him to a successful job interview, Austin and I jammed to The Fall of Troy while heading back toward ASU campus to ride this fun curved ledge spot.

Here’s the shot without any flashes-
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I decided I’d go all-in and use a classic three light setup. My key light (Lumedyne 200w Action Pack) was to the left and in front of the ledge @ f/11. My rim light (Paul C Buff Einstein 640 w/ 11″ reflector) was behind and to the right of the ledge, metered @ f/16. For fill I used a Canon 580EXII set @ 1/4 power to yield f/8, filling in any shadows created by the position of the key and rim.

At first I was thinking I’d shoot 50mm @ f/8 ISO 100 (my go-to these days) but upon further inspection, the 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm became the one. Only after setting up all the lights did I realize that the ambient was giving f/8 @ 1/250- the Arizona sun is much brighter than what I’m used to. In order to cut down on any motion blur that might arise from shooting at f/8, I decided that f/11 would be a better choice. I moved every flash in a little bit and re-metered and somewhat incredibly each one gave a perfect reading.

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I gave Austin the nod and he started locking in the opp hanger right off the bat. It took him probably six or seven tries to lace this one (this is the make) from end to end with amazing balance at a low and locked-in speed. We probably should have filmed this one as well, as it was much cleaner than the one we filmed on Sunday, but such is life.

A few on-the-spot corrections: The initial choice of f/8. I should have realized that the sun was beaming (even though we were under shade, the background was super bright) or just have metered in-camera before deciding on that. It only took a couple minutes to move the lights around for more power, but sometimes those couple minutes are the difference between getting the shot and getting the boot. At first, the rim light was casting a shadow of that second post onto the ledge. I moved it a couple feet to camera left and got the shadow to land in front of the ledge. My the fill light was really close to being in-frame and the rim was almost spilling light into the lens but simply moving myself a foot or two to the right and cropping a bit in post solved those issues. And of course, since everything went so incredibly smooth, I realized right after wrapping that I had forgot to switch from JPEG to RAW on my camera, due to shooting a sequence the other night. But knowing that this was going straight to Instagram, I really didn’t care. Life is too good to really care about minimal shit like that. We are both still happy with the results and I hope that you are psyched on this information as well. Thanks for reading, keep shooting!