Airborne Grommet - Empire Park Skate Park by reflector

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Airborne Grommet – Empire Park Skate Park, Newcastle, Australia

In both Surfing and Skateboarding a young rider is called a Grommet. This kid might have only been about 10 or 11 years old, but he was mad keen on skating and he was attacking the bowl whenever it was his turn to ride. This trick is called a front side aerial.

After I’d taken a bunch of shots of many of the skaters, I showed this Grommet what was one of the poorer quality shots I’d captured because I flicked through them very quickly. But when I was reviewing the whole photo shoot later on I found this better shot.

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I’ve got a few more shots of his skating plus a lot of great tricks the other riders were doing that I’ll upload in the next few weeks. I try not to upload the same subject all in a very long sequence of shots and vary the subject matter over days and weeks instead.

The shot was taken with a Canon 450D and a standard Canon 55 – 250 mm lens set at:
F-stop: f/4
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400 (I don’t usually go above ISO-200 if possible, but I didn’t want to lose any shots due to inadequate lighting in this shadowy scene and I didn’t want to use the Flash all the time)
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority Mode
Hand Held

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Very cool, reflector!! Great job!!

  • Thanks for your visit and your positive comment Laurie!

    – reflector

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 2 years ago

    great capture James, his expression is priceless

  • He looks like he’s almost got his eyes closed and is flying blind – but he’s in full control. Thanks Larry!

    – reflector

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonover 2 years ago

    hey nice shot! great timing!

  • Thanks Paul! It was a great photo session.

    – reflector

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    outstanding action!

  • Thank you Cheryl! There were heaps of great tricks being done and I caught lots of them with my camera.

    – reflector

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 2 years ago

    fantastic photo capture James

  • Thanks Solomon! This has the best in-frame scale, but I have cleaner shots I’ve yet to sort through.

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    I like this. Precious

  • He might have started skating a bit younger than when I started and we had no skate facilities/boards as good as this when I started. Thanks for your feedback Donna1 :))

    – reflector

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Great action shot James wonderful image

  • Thank you! I was very happy with so many shots from yesterday.

    – reflector

  • Sarah-jane Monro
    Sarah-jane Monroover 2 years ago

    brilliant – love the tongue sticking out with concentration!! [I do that!!]

  • Thanks very much! I’ve done it when trying to thread a needle. I didn’t notice his expression until reviewing the shots on my PC.

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Totally awesome … wow… !!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks Evita! :))x He’s a brave kid and if he sticks with it he might go places one day. He may not realize it but that’s the same age Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk and Lance Mountain all started skating bowls like this one and they’ve got magic skills, they’ve had awesome careers and they’ve all earned millions.

    – reflector

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago


    awesome capture .. many congrats on the feature

  • Thanks LoneAngel and EnchantedDreams, for deciding to make this a featured image!

    – reflector

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