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That’s how we do it! 10 years strong for the DLH fun day. Organised by Dillon. Punx, Jitterz, Plastererz, Skaterz. Awesome! This year saw the return of Crazy Phil, who built a 10 foot tall ring of fire to celebrate. Predictably the ring only stood up for a few attempts at tricks through it, before becoming a pile of smouldering wreckage in front of the wedge. Then it became a bonfire.
More photos after the jump…
Another Hell Tour went down this weekend. This time the new park at Barnstaple was the destination and we had the usual crew, minus a few. It turns out Rock Park is pretty good, but is not exempt from the usual complaints about British skateparks: Too little area for the amount of obstacles; more quirky than usable; spent loads on a massive gnarly bowl, when most of the local kids were sessioning the blocks.
We had a good session though once we’d shaken off the car-legs and spent a couple of hours getting used to the park layout; and once Wes had set up another board (“This is supposed to be an 8inch, but it’s definitely not…”).
Here’s P-Doggy going over the deathbox to b/s 5.0:
And some high-grade chilling:
I’ve recently been riding at Newport Velodrome with a view to getting my track accreditation. I’m not actually sure what I’m going to do with it once I have it, as I’ve never been one of life’s natural racers. Anyway, I knew I was going to have a bit of time spare before my session started last time, so I took the old camerall down. There’s a few more shots after the jump.
This is a bit of an experiment really. It was my first time out with my new 1d mark 1. My first time shooting a sequence, and specifically my first time shooting a sequence with flashes – in at the deep end!
My lighting set-up was pretty ugly – there’s at least one visible flash in every shot! It was a pretty hard feature to light; I had my flashes on really low power to get the recycling times I needed to light up every frame, so I ended up with them really close in and one pointing at the camera. Poor form.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, here it is!
For the second year in a row we took a road trip in August. And for the second year in a row it was named the Hell Tour for reasons that I haven’t managed to figure out. Our roadtrips these days are so un-hellish, we roll in Beemers and Benzos, and Pigdog brought his food in a pink tupperware lunchbox.
Bournemouth was the destination this year; Kings Park and Slade Farm skateparks. I didn’t manage to get any shots from Kings Park as I didn’t want to lose any precious skate time between the rain showers. But I got some pics from Slade Farm, an old 70′s relic that’s pretty mellow and really good fun to skate.
Skate photos after the jump…
I decided that my photography is only going to improve so much by focusing solely on taking skate photos. So I thought I’d turn my experience in the dark arts of off camera flash into a force for good. I got on ebay and ordered me a cheapo umbrella / softbox effort from Hong Kong, and low and behold, I am now fully equipped for portraiture (well maybe not fully equipped – there’s always room for a bit more photography kit!). With a little bit of help from Strobist I was ready to rock.
As soon as I got it home I started experimenting with my new light-modifying toy, my Metz 45s and the old faithful Quantumn Radio Slave 4i’s. Here’s my first shot, my beautiful wife:
Then there was no stopping me, so when Tom popped round later in the week, he got hit with the brolly too. Results after the Jump ->
Lovely day today. Went out with Jasper to get some pictures for his interview on Crossfire. Unfortunately, our boy bruised his heel at the Hotwells big three before we’d shot a single trick. Carter came out and I was hoping to get some shots of him, but he was still pretty tired from the night before – “It’s like 12 O’Clock in the morning, man!”.
We ended up heading over to Yatton to check out the new park there. It’s nice. There’s a really good manny-pad / block, and a pretty well layed-out standard UK street course.
We cruised it for a bit, then I shot this photo of a kid called Sam from Portishead. Gutted his hand popped out of the top of the frame – it didn’t quite come together after this one. There’s a park overview after the jump.
The Thursday Night Skate Crew hit up the new block on Thursday night, with the intention of making some tricks and shooting some flicks. Job done!
If you were to buy the current issue of Sidewalk magazine (the one with Father Christmas skating a snowman pool) you would find my first published skate photo (the one with the graffiti on the right hand page):