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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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DLH!!!!!

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.

Lil Dirty Nate; 360 flip over the wreckage of the Ring of Fire

Lil' Dirty Nate; 360 flip over the wreckage of the Ring of Fire

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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:

Ollie over the deathbox to b/s 5.0

Ollie over the deathbox to b/s 5.0

And some high-grade chilling:

Dave and Gnarly Neil

Dave and Gnarly Neil

More photos:

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Learning stacking at Newport Velodrome

Learning stacking at Newport Velodrome

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.

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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

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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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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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.

Yatton Skatepark

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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!

Wes Morgan, Fakie 5/0

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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):

See the picture here