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.

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Techniques #6.1 – Off Camera Non-TTL

That last post explaining the basics about how to use remote flashes and strobes had a picture in the end that I never fully explained.  Shot with two strobes, this is a good one to help visualize how to set up a simple, two flash set up.

Two flashes were used for this quick skateboarding shot.

Two flashes were used for this quick skateboarding shot.

More remote strobe set-up after the jump…

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Inspirational Photography Links #3

A lazy, long holiday weekend has led me to some cool on-line discoveries.  I probably shouldn’t call this post “Inspirational Photography Links,” just “Links” or maybe “Nerdy Links” but I like to try to keep everything neat and orderly.

The first one is just cool…  And by “cool” I mean all my fellow nerds out there will like it.  It’s a page with some pictures from NASA’s landing rovers on the surface of Mars.  Scroll down about 6 pictures until you come to the animated gifs of dust devils rolling across the screen…  How cool is that?!?!

Number deux is one that the skaters and design nerds will like.  It’s a blog called Club Mumble and features the work of some talented skateboard photographers, designers and other nerds.  It gets updated, like 20 times a day so it’s a good one to check often.

Number 三 is for the all the professional and semi-pro photographers out there.  It’s a link to the U.S. Copyright office.  Copyrighting your photographs is incredibly important for many reasons, but basically if someone steals one of your pictures off the internet and tries to claim them as their own, it makes it a lot easier to prove that the picture is yours.  In these days of Flickr, facebook, and the crappy economy, you should protect yourself.  Even if you’re not a American citizen, I think this is still your best option.  It’s easy and cheap, so quit being lazy (like me) and get you pictures properly copyrighted!

The last one is for the travel nerds.  We can all bitch about how bad Lonely Planet Guidebooks can sometimes be, and yet we’re all out there carrying them around.  Well, they did something pretty cool for once; They are now allowing you to download specific sections from different books.  So if you’re going to visit a small part of China, you don’t have to buy the whole book and carry that heavy-assed thing (trust me) around with you. Just download the chapter you want, and pint it on your own printer… nice.

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Saturday Skate Day in Taipei

In Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday often means skateboarding day for me and my friends.  We’ll go to many different street spots around the city and county and often head to another city like Taichung.  It’s usually the same group of my friends: Dave, John, Chris, myself, and lately Gav.  We have a few friends in other cities, and a few other guys in Taipei skate, but we don’t seem to see them as often.

Taiwan is a great place to skate because unlike most places in the western world, we rarely get kicked out of spots by angry security guards.  Lucky for our group of (slightly) older skaters, there are also a lot of banks, wall-rides, and transitions to skate.  There’s also an abundant supply of 7-11s for when the session starts to wind down.

This past Saturday, I was in the mood to shoot some pictures.  I don’t always like shooting skate pics, because usually I’d much rather skate or just hang out.  It’s also difficult to carry all the gear required needed to get good pictures.  We usually take the MRT or walk/skate from spot to spot and the nearly 80 lbs of gear can obviously wear me down.  Sure, I could just carry a camera and shoot natural light photos, but skateboarding photography usually requires a few remote strobes to isolate the subject from the background and give the picture more “pop”.

I actually wanted to get some lifestyle pictures this weekend, and the first picture of John was an attempt at that, but as the day went on, we ended up shooting a lot more skate photos.  It’s alright though, because we got some good ones.

Post Script – Please, please, please don’t wear black shirts on skate photo day!!!

John with his lifestyle shot.  Not exactly what I wanted but it worked out ok.  John walks around like that all the time... I swear.  He also thinks Sanchong is Awesome, Dude.

John with his lifestyle shot. Not exactly what I wanted but it worked out ok. John walks around like that all the time... I swear. He also thinks Sanchong is "Awesome, Dude."

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