I rarely ever regard photographs that I capture of surfing, skateboarding, BMX (or any other action sport) as being any good if the rider didn’t land (finish) the trick. And with my own surfing or skateboarding, it’s never really “counted” with me if something was radical in some way but I didn’t “ride the trick down” or complete it and ride away. It only counts if you make it, and it must be stylish (otherwise I don’t really care how radical a trick was) – not contrived (faked) style, but style that comes from the core of who you are (and looks good & clean), like a natural reflex action. Since we can’t actually see how our body moves as we do a trick (we can’t gain an outside view/perspective of our own body), the only way we can know about our own style is when people tell us how the trick looked (and if we felt it was smooth) – and that all comes down to style and if it’s good or not.
But this Aerial attempt by a Professional Surfer (a shredder!) at “Surfest 2014” was just too high and too radical to witness and not be impressed by. So I decided to include it in my Red Bubble Gallery for the Wow Factor of the scene. The second shot in the sequence has him falling faster than his board did, so he was at risk of getting a fin chop or a board to the head as it would eventually fall on him unless he was very lucky! :))
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Bits & Pieces – Sunday 2/03/2014
Australian Coastal Towns – Monday 3/03/2014
An original digital photograph captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
Exposure time: 1/1600 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 250 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]