The first thing I noticed about this photo was the way the vertical lines are perfectly vertical. This is something I always try to achieve in my photographs. It is never actually necessary to do so, but in some fields of photography (especially architectural) you always want the verticals (of a building) to be straight up and down. It just looks so, so clean. Besides that, I liked the way the overpass cuts off the upper-right corner, containing the entire frame and not letting a white sky spill onto the background. The lighting is simple yet effective. The two red signs in the background are a nice touch of accent.
“I shot this photo of Joe Bolden doing edger foot jams on a windy cold Saturday. We met up with Houston street rider Brian Peters who then took us to this amazing spot under a freeway in Houston, TX. Btw, if any out of town riders are rolling through Houston & looking for street spots to ride, Brian Peters is your man. Back to the photo, we originally were here to get video street clips which we did but soon after busted out the photo camera to get some photos as well. Joe Bolden handles his street weapons with skill and fury and possess the ability to hurl edger foot jammers into objects, impale them on sharp objects or throw them off ledges. Other than it being unbelievably windy this day and the strong wind knocking over one of my flashes and breaking it, we had no hassles by any one. Anytime you have a Saturday of bicycles, coffee and friends, its sure to be a great day.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
ISO Speed: 200
Flash: Sunpak & Vivitar 28FD (courtesy of Zipps. I still have it dude!)”
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The lighting and framing of this photograph are pretty much what had me sold. That clearance of black sky was made for a rider to be placed there. The rimlight on his legs is impeccable and pops him out of the background perfectly. The action is clear and timing is great.
“Basically, I was riding my local park as I usually do with the homies who like to come out and do bicycles at a place called Bear Branch Skatepark in The Woodlands, TX, this night when I noticed Andrew Wilson getting down with this amazing looking fast plant fakie move that just got my attention especially from the angle I was at when I saw him busting out with this move. It was about 9:42 pm when I had already did bicycles enough to the point where I was kind of tired and needed to take a break or stop. So, I approached Andrew and asked if he wouldn’t mind me getting a snap of the fast plant fakie. I saw the opportunity where it was perfect to get him in between the neat little bench and the tree perfectly for a decent photo to an amazing trick. I took advantage and seized the moment.
As far as setting up, it’s a little dark in that area compared to other areas of that park so I just worked with it until I was finally content to go with this using the usual sandwich lighting method w/left flash at about 10 o’clock & right flash at about 4 o’clock. Camera settings ISO: 400, exposure shutter: 1/160, aperture: f/3.5. Unfortunately, after all monthly bills & hefty sacks of safety purchases are paid for; I never seem to have enough money leftover to buy & shoot with the camera I really want. So, right now I’m shooting with a Canon T3. But, I’ve learned that it isn’t so much about the camera or equipment you’re using but mostly about how you use it while recognizing the fact that it would be way so sick to upgrade.”
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