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“While sitting down on my computer editing wedding images, I received a spontaneous phone call from my good friend Jay Dalton who was in the area,who just left doing a Ramp show performance in a elementary school. I quickly grab my light stands and camera bag, rushing out of my front door toward my car. I drove an hour to Poughkeepsie, New York where I would soon meet Jay and two other homies. An hour later, I arrive at Waryas skatepark seeing Jay and his two other friends looking quite winded from the session. I approached Jay asking to shoot a boosted T-Bog air and hopefully angle it enough where I could get him in the sky. For the photo, I used an Alienbee B800 sitting on a 10ft light stand, at around 8 1/2 foot tall. The Alienbee was angled toward Jay at around a 10-20 degree angle. The Alienbee was fired at full power, to the left of the frame, around 12-13 feet away from Jay. As far as a secondary light, there was a Nikon SB910 shooting at 1/16th as just a little filler toward the back of the frame sitting on another light stand.”
Nikon D3100, 40mm 2.8 Macro (I left my 50mm at home, so I pulled out this lens from my camera bag), Alienbee B800, Nikon SB910, two 10ft lightstands.”
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“That day me and the Stinkpit dudes heard about a couple spots up in northeast philadelphia, about a 45 min drive from where we are. The day started off pretty awesome, everyone got a photo/clip at the first spot we went to. After the first school we set out to look for another spot we had heard about and stumbled upon this school, as soon as we saw this set up we knew it was the perfect set up for Gann. i set up my gear, i decided to go with a 3 flash set up, 2 doubled up to my right on one stand and one by itself to my left against the wall. ofcourse after i set up and choose my angle, my friend nick wants to get right in closeto film with the fisheye, normally i don’t care too much but this time i wanted this photo to be perfect so i asked him to find another angle, and he did, he still managed to be in the shot but i decided i can deal with where he is because you can only see his legs, so we got started. Gann took one ran up and then banged it out, but in typical Gann fashion he was not happy with the way he did it(perfect) but that worked for me since the sun was bright and my panning was terrible. i moved the flashes in tighter, he went again and boom we got a photo we were both really happy with, then we ended the day with a few beers and some mexican food. Gann is the best dude to shoot with because he really cares about the photo, he will give me all the time i need till i feel comfortable taking the shot.
1 AD 360 at 1/4th to my left parralell with the wall. 2 yongnuo 560’s to my right over the fence at 1/2 zoomed in to 70. cactus v5’s
Nikon D610, 85mm f/1.4”
“Sometimes all you need is a little bit of luck when it comes to photography. Usually you try to plan everything out to the last detail, but sometimes things go a little haywire and you scramble at the last second to pull it all together. That situation is exactly what happened when capturing this image of Matt Lough doing a ledge ride to drop in Joliet, IL while filming for his latest edit.
Matt and Anthony Loconte, hit me up when they were going to head out for a evening of filming about 35 minutes outside of Chicago; they had said there was a set up Matt wanted to hit up around golden hour. So, I had braved rush hour traffic and headed out to Joliet to meet up with them and we kind of just cruised around and played on some nibble spots while we waited for the light to be just right. Once we were ready we headed over the the set up, which was a pretty tight ledge ride to drop that went right into a busy street and down hill. So, we tried to figure out the angles for the video and where I can get a clear photo of everything and still be out of the way of the second video angle. I settled on a head on shot, since it flattened things out and I just liked the clean look of everything as well as the side lighting coming through from the sunset. The street where Matt would land into had tons of traffic and we had to wait for the right moment where the traffic lights synced up and he could get a go at it. I knew it would most likely be a one and done situation and I had to be ready. Myself and our friend Pat Richert were on traffic duty keeping an eye on everything and all of a sudden I glance up and Matt was heading down the ledge. I guess Pat had yelled and gave the OK to go and I hadn’t realized it, while still looking at traffic. So I pulled my camera up to my eye and tried to get everything composed and lined up to where I had wanted to have him on the ledge although he was already getting to the bottom of it and I just got to fire 2 quick shots. Magically on the second shot he was coming off the ledge and the brief second where his elongated shadow synced up with the overpass tunnel was captured. I had originally wanted Matt a bit further up on the ledge, and I was super upset at myself for practically missing the shot I wanted, which I wouldn’t get a second go at. Afterwards, some of the crew really digging the shadow image I kind of started to appreciate it more and more. It was all pretty serendipitous and there was something rewarding about scrambling and getting something probably a little better than what I had originally planned.
NIkon 50mm 1.8 AF (Old Version)
f / 5.0
Tom Hibbitt, Nottinghamshire, England.
exposure – 1/200th
f-stop – f/5
ISO – 650
focal length – -50mm
flashes 2x Youngnuo yn560ii
sandwiched the rider with left slightly in front and left slightly behind.
right flash 1/1
left flash 1/2
“This photo of Brad Thomas was shot on my first trip to Woodward West as a visiting photographer. This hip was very intriguing to shoot because of it being isolated and outdoors i was able to control my light exactly how i wanted too. I waited till about 15 minutes before the sun set and starting setting up my lighting. I used two Quantum T4d Q flashes raised up about 6 ft at half power both placed right outside of the frame at 45º facing the center of the hip to provide even lighting across the quarters as well as on the subject. This photo was shot on my Nikon D3 with a nikon 85mm lens, My settings were 1/250 F4.5 @ 400 iso.”
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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”
“We shot this photo at Villanova University, there was probably about 30 people standing around watching so that was stressful, and I had to clone a couple people out of the photo. it was the first day with my new camera so i was still getting used to it. Marty didn’t even really wanna do the hanger, we didn’t film it or anything, i just thought it would make a cool photo. Marty is the man.
Nikon D610 — 1/160th — F/ 7.1 — ISO 100
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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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You might recognize the name as the winner of the Hop Photo Contest. Łukasz has a pretty impressive portfolio and this moody 180 caught my eye in the Flickr feed immediately. A cloudy day is a photographer’s dream because it’s so easy to create your own lighting when the sun isn’t there to interfere. Łukasz took full advantage of the conditions and created this dramatic 180 with just one borrowed flash.
“The photo was taken quite spontaneously. I bought my first professional camera in May 2013 and as soon as the weather got better, together with a few guys we visited one of our favorite spots – California Pool Bemowo, an old irrigation pool situated in a military-owned area. I brought with me a camera and a lamp that I borrowed from a fellow Slovenian photographer (Uros Rojc). After a few hours of riding, when I got tired, I decided to take some pictures, accompanied by Skater, who is always eager to participate in such projects. I set the lamp intuitively and we got down to the business. Skater made a turndown, a onefoot table and a 180 barspin. After one ore two attempts we were perfectly satisfied with the outcomes. Finally, I asked Skater to jump over an old tire that we’d found in a pile of trash. We dragged it all the way up to the slope, Skater made some bunny hops and said that he was able to make a 180. The first few attempts were quite painful – Skater injured his knee in a fall the previous day, so our shots were accompanied by great amounts of “FUCK, my kneeeeeeee”s. I thought that we were finished, since we didn’t want to risk any serious injury. But when I showed Skater the pictures I took, despite his condition, he decided to try once again. After only 3 more attempts I finally found what I had been looking for. I quickly returned home and for the first time decided to use Lightroom. After an hour or so I learned all the tools, made some adjustments and the photo was ready.
Rider: Łukasz „Skater” Wysokiński
Location: California Pool Bemowo, Warsaw, Poland
Time of day: Around 3PM
Gear: Nikon D600, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, 1 x Nikon SB-900, Pixel King Trigger
Settings: 1/640s, f3,5, ISO 640
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