Mega Air - Empire Park Skate Park by reflector

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“Mega Air”

A BMX rider blasts an aerial about 6 feet high out of the shallow end of the bowl (it’s about 6 or 7 feet deep, so he’s about 13 feet above the bottom of the skate bowl!) at Empire Park Skate Park in Newcastle, Australia. I think this trick is called a “Pancake” because the bike is laid over flat in the air like a Pancake. It’s the first time I’ve ever taken photographs of a BMX rider and he was very consistent, making it easy to get some action shots.

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Real Life Photography – Saturday 30/11/2013

The original digital photograph was captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/1250 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 100 mm [ on a 55-250 mm lens ]
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 1 year ago

    25th Nov 2013

  • Thank you!

    – reflector

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago

    Your EXPRESSIVE Image & Writing is DISPLAYED Here

  • Much appreciated Kanages!

    – reflector

  • Cee Neuner
    Cee Neunerover 1 year ago

    Brilliant shot!

  • Thank you Cee! I was very happy with the shots I got of this rider.

    – reflector

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 1 year ago

    fantastic capture!!!

  • Thanks for your great comment Heloisa!

    – reflector

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    looks fun! cool shot ;)

  • Fun, but pretty dangerous! Thanks Manon! :-)

    – reflector

  • Rimrunner
    Rimrunnerover 1 year ago


  • Thanks a lot for the feature!

    – reflector

  • Jan Timmons
    Jan Timmonsover 1 year ago

    So perfect — the blue hues below and his orangish, red, and skin tones above the horizon. Superb timing!

  • Thanks for your great comment Jan! He’s about 5 or 6 feet out the top of a 6 or 7 foot deep section of the skate bowl in this shot. I’ve got more shots of his riding to upload but I always mix up the subjects I upload during a week so as not to bombard my Gallery with just one genre.

    – reflector

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtabout 1 year ago

    You are an absolute master of action shots!!! WOW…!!!
    Congratulations to you, James! Waiting for more features….!!!
    So well deserved!

  • Aw shucks, you’ll have me looking a Red as a Tomato with all of your Ego promoting comments as the blood rushes to my head. :)) [ Actually, for the last decade or more I’ve come to regard the Ego as merely an aspect of the psyche that is only supposed to aid survival – and that it has little other use for us. When you forget the massive amounts of practice you invested to improve your skills in any given field or people’s compliments get right inside your head, then the Ego can grow right out of proportion and become a bit of a Monster. ]

    Thanks for your feedback, I am in awe of your painting skills – I was mesmerized by the artwork of Rembrandt, Da Vinci and all of the old masters as a child and I still revere great painting (from any epoch) now that I’m much older.

    – reflector

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtabout 1 year ago

    Smiles on you comment, James!
    Ha, ha, the Ego…! No did not mean to boost your Ego, for I found that usually people that know nothing have a huge Ego, see them all the time. I mend to compliment you for your excellent masterly skills in action photography, which is so well deserved, because I am trying for a long time and keep trying without success. So I can really appreciate your captures via your great ‘sight’ and skills!

  • :-))xx Everyone knows something, but in our fallible human condition we can sometimes discriminate and say that somebody doesn’t know anything – we’ve all said it about someone. But it’s actually a fallacy.

    If you have a Digital SLR camera (and not a Pocket Camera), the following tips will markedly improve your Action Shot results in either just one session or a couple of days -

    I don’t photograph any of my action shots with a Tripod – they’re very slow, restrictive & “clunky”. I use a really fast Shutter Speed (1/1000 second up to 1/4000 second – but my fave is 1/2000 second & ISO 200), then i choose Auto Focus (on the lens), Continuous Focus Mode in the camera menu (not the Single Shot option) and I Manually set/choose the center Focus Point to engage the “tracking focus” capability of my camera. By half-clicking the shutter/capture button, the camera will focus on that center point after 1/2 of a second. Make sure that the object you are trying to capture moving is under that focusing dot, just like a Sniper would eye-up his target. Then with those settings all chosen & set, the camera will continue to keep that object (surfer, bird, car or whatever) in crisp focus as it moves away from the middle of your picture/image. If you have a VR lens (Vibration Reduction – Nikon) or IS lens (Image Stabilization – Canon camera), turn that feature on with the switch on the side of the lens. With VR or IS enabled, the camera will move the mirror (inside the lens – that projects the image coming into the lens, onto the image sensor where it can be captured and saved) left, right, up or down or a combination of directions in the exact opposite directions to how your camera moved down or sideways as you clicked to take the shot. This minimizes the effects of “camera shake” which can occur in any shot, but is much more noticeable and detrimental to an images quality when shooting at any Shutter Speed, but especially at 1/60 second or lower. 1/60 second is the slowest shutter speed that my Canon Booklet recommends using for hand-held (not on a tripod) shots. Of course most action shots are captured at a far greater speed than that, but all of your action photos will turn out better with all of these settings engaged.

    Thanks for your thoughtful feedback, it always valued! :))x

    – reflector

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