Random (Skate) Photos from Taiwan

I just-so-happened to get a lot of good skate photos in the last few days so I thought I’d share them in a “Random Skate Photos from Taiwan” post.

I’ll keep it quick with just some details of how I shot each one:

(Below) Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, 1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO 320, Nikon SB-24 on a lightstand approximately head high at camera left shooting straight down the wall (zoomed in to 85mm), Nikon SB-800 with a homemade grid sitting on a wall over head high to camera right (zoomed to 105mm).

Gav with a big wallride.

(Below) Same basic set up as the picture above, but the SB-800 on the wall to camera right was pointing down more towards the ground for a little moodier effect.

Ed with a really big wallride.

Ed with a really big wallride.

(Below) Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, 1/400 at f/9, ISO 200, Nikon SB-800 at 1/2 power with a 1/4 CTO on the ground behind him. Special Notes: I use a 1/4 CTO to match the warmth of the late afternoon sun. I knew that I wanted to keep a cool feel to the photo so I set the white balance to daylight and finished adjusting later in Apple Aperture. PS – You should really never let your flash get in the photo like that!

Dave with a difficult gap ollie on a steep bank under the Rainbow Bridge in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dave with a difficult gap ollie on a steep bank under the Rainbow Bridge in Taipei, Taiwan.

(Below) Nikon D700, Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 at 14mm, 1/320, f/6.3, Nikon SB-24 slightly to camera right and high, Nikon SB-800 to camera left. Special Notes: It was bright this day and I wanted to keep a minimal effect with the flashes so they’re basically just two fill flashes to keep the shadows off Shawn’s face.

Shawn with a nice boneless.

Shawn with a nice boneless.

(Below) Same spot, a few years earlier. Nikon D2x, Sigma 10-20mm, 1/250 at f/5.6, The flash set up on this one is the same as Shawn’s but a storm was brewing so it was darker and gave a much different effect. Both turned out to be good photos, but it reminds you how important light is.

John kickflips a gap in Taipei, Taiwan.  (On a different day that Shawn)

John kickflips a gap in Taipei, Taiwan. (On a different day that Shawn)

Also note that I’m going to upload larger files than I used to, so if you want to see them bigger, go ahead give ’em a click.

Thanks,
-neil

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Categories: PHOTOGRAPHY, Skateboarding | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Random (Skate) Photos from Taiwan

  1. Wowwww.. Just awesome..

  2. Thanks for the tips again! I like the last photo a lot. The background color, the two angle lines, and the whole composition make the photo very interesting!

  3. Thank you both very much!

  4. globetrotteri

    Nice work Neil!

  5. that shot of Gav’s wallride is S I C K. awesome awesome awesome. Not only is it all about the lighting but that shadow (due to the lighting) makes the image. I guess that distills down to “it’s all about the lighting.” Keep em coming.

  6. Cameron Hodges

    I like the angle on the Johns kickflip and the lighting

  7. Keaton D

    Wow! These were all used with a Nikon Sb24? I am buying one today and I also shoot skateboarding. What did you use to make it wireless?

    • Hi Keaton,

      My general techniques for shooting wirelessly are here and here. For skateboarding, I usually use a SB-24, a SB-800 and a few Sunpak 555s. Good luck with your new flash!

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