Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sk8 or Die!!!

Canon 30D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Shutter Speed 1.6 Seconds
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Shutter Priority
Natural Light

Skaters of the 80's unite! I had a Hosoi Hammerhead and I loved it! I knew when I saw Jay'me's post I had to do this. Her boots reminded me of specialty shoes for other activities and I happen to have an old pair of skate shoes. I'll confess now that I've seen a shot very similar (only better) and I'm just trying to replicate with my own style.

First, let me just say you kids that skate now are so lucky! Do you have any idea how heavy my board was? I'd say pushing 37 pounds, give or take. But this board had to be around 8 ounces. I had to use my lightest lens just to keep it from tipping over! It was great fun and, as per the usual, I got some fantastic looks. It won't be long and I'll be known as the "Lake in the Hills guy that walks around muttering to himself."

This time, I had Ethan (my 4 year-old son) to, ahem, help. Wow that changes things! I wasn't really able to do what I set out to do. All the same, E helped me by pushing the skateboard and previewing the images. The result is I completely ran out of light in far too short of time. But I like this shot because it really conveys the motion and texture of riding. When you're on a skateboard, you feel all sorts of things in your feet. And the one thing it's not is smooth - at least on most street surfaces. So the fact it's a bit blurry doesn't bother me at all. In fact I think it adds something to the feel.

I'm also really pleased with the bit of flare and reflection from the setting sun. Though it was done intentionally, it came off better than I'd hoped. Here's to happy accidents.

I'm all out of words (sung to I'm all out of Love by Air Supply - feeling a little punchy!). Don't forget to make your guesses on Wednesday's post (well, it's actually a really early Thursday post) and thanks to Kristen for her beautiful photo of the flags. Stay rad!



  1. Great shot! I love the rugged motion. Wondering what it would look like with a higher ISO. If you and E could get back out there tonight at exactly the same time with exactly the same conditions and re-shoot at 400 that would be great :)
    You've always got such a creative idea to get a unique shot. Outstanding again!

  2. Scott- Another great pic! You can really feel the speed and motion.
    I'm waiting to overhear "Mommy what's that man doing?"
    Response: "Don't worry about him, that's just photographer Scott hanging by a rope tied to a tree branch over the highway."
    Thanks for your hard work to bring us these photos.