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Nicky Tyler Howells

Nicky Tyler Howells
f/s shuvit b/s nosegrind b/s revert at the winter warehouse spot.
Not a whole lot of skating going down for me at the moment – the joy of fatherhood!

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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!

Wes: Tailslide to fakie

Wes: Tailslide to fakie

Headed out with some of the Bristol heads off the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed forum tonight.

Sideways

Sideways

Got a few pictures.
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Rogie Backside Smith

Rogie Backside Smith

Yet another installment of the incredibly civilised Hell Tour. Usual crew, plus a few heads from the Sidewalk forum apparently. Ramp city is amazing, the Simparch bowl got a pretty heavy sessioning and as Wes said, it was great to see Pigdog and Bob in their natural habitat!

Anyway enjoy the photo’s after the jump.

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Ideal miniramp overview

Ideal miniramp overview

Wes has finally passed his driving test and to celebrate he took us on a trip up to Birmingham to skate the Ideal Miniramp. It was kind of half skate-mission, half motorway driving lesson. As another little bonus it was the first skate trip for my new camera. Woop woop!

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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.

Chillers

The more hellish Trowbridge/Bristol connection and Jam on the right

Skate photos after the jump…

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On Sunday we went for a good old-fashioned road-trip to find some full-pipes. We had a tip-off of a skate-able pipe near Bridgend in Wales, so loaded up a couple of the Benzes and headed out west. What we found was a yard full of old silos in the middle of nowhere. Very promising!

We found the right pipe, shifted about a ton’s worth of wooden crates out of it, then set about skating the bugger. We got about 15 minutes until we were told to get out or face the wrath of the Bridgend Police. Just about managed to grab a couple of photos before we legged it.

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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:

Helen portrait.

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 ->

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