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“Destroy All Obstacles!”

A skater performs a skateboarding trick called a Frontside Smith Grind on the big ledge in the street obstacle course at the Empire Park Skate Park at Bar Beach, in New South Wales.

The original digital photograph was captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm [ on a 55-250 mm lens ]
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority

The image was edited in Photoshop Elements 7 where text and graphics were added.


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  • Donna19
    Donna199 months ago

    Good morning. Sometimes I watch these guys and they are frightening in some of the risks they take but fascinating! Nice capture

  • Good morning to you! (Yesterday, LOL!) Yes, it’s all a risk when skating but it’s all in increments of danger as the tricks get harder, faster or more technical. Thanks for your comment and opinion. :-)

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evita9 months ago

    Great work James… boys will be boys !!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks Evita! We do like smashing things, sometimes. :))x

    – reflector

  • Berns
    Berns9 months ago

    if only ! Another great action capture

  • Ha, Ha! :)) Thank you Berns! I’ve been playing around making my first iPad Cases now and this is the second one I’ve completed. Here’s hoping they start selling a few!

    – reflector

  • shallay
    shallay9 months ago

    Destroy all obstacles? You mean like – seat, pole, road…the guy running away adds to the emergency feel.. super action shot reflector!

  • Destroy Everything! But not enough that you can’t re-use it! Recycling is important, you know….
    That young Guy isn’t running away, he’s pushing his board and then skating towards another ramp. Thanks for the compliment on the shot. :)

    – reflector

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