Tater Frontside 5-0 Shallow End by reflector

Tater Frontside 5-0 Shallow End by 

Tater Frontside 5-0 Shallow End – Empire Park Skate Park, Newcastle, Australia

A local Skateboarder nick-named “Tater” performs a skate trick called a Frontside 5-0 in the shallow end of the Skate Bowl at Empire Park.

When you ride along the top edge of a skate ramp (or any street obstacle that you can ride on) with both trucks grinding across the coping or edge, it’s called a 50-50. Half of your truck slides along the surface, and half of the width of the truck (the wheels are attached to it) is hanging out in no mans land. A 5-0 grind is a similar trick to a 50-50, but this time you just ride on the back truck by putting lots of pressure on the tail of the board to hold the nose up off the surface/coping by doing a wheelie. Before you run out of speed, you lean into the ramp/transition a bit and turn the board back down into the ramp or if you are on a street obstacle you’ll probably have to ollie off the thing you are grinding. They call it grinding because that’s what happens to your skateboard truck every single time you do a grind – the metal gets worn away by the abrasive effects of riding steel on concrete, stone or wood etc.

There are three ways to ride/orientate yourself on a skateboard – straight-on, backside and frontside. Backside is with your back to the turn or riding surface, frontside is the opposite, and straight (ahead) is just that.

The shot was taken with a Canon 450D and a standard Canon 55 – 250 mm lens set at:
F-stop: f/4
Exposure time: 1/1600 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority Mode
Hand Held

The text and graphic elements were added in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    Great action!!

  • Thank you Cheryl! It’s a great spot and after watching a lot of skating while taking photographs there a couple of times, I’ve decided that I’ll be skating there regularly now. There are so many things to ride and so many tricks are possible there.

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    You know I don’t think I have what it takes to get back on one of these. It looks fun though. Great shot James.

  • There’s definitely a cost to Skateboarding. Every trick (even rolling along on the board) has a risk of serious injury. The harder the trick , the greater that risks can become. You just need to become somewhat “conditioned” and in a way “immune to pain”. I’ve hit the ground tens of thousands of times over the decades and that hasn’t stopped me riding for more than a few days or about a week, if I’m feeling mad keen about skating.

    On the opposite side of that equation is the massive adrenaline surge you can get and the fun you can have, skating at Mach 10, going in the air, grinding things and doing all kinds of other tricks. It’s totally addictive! :))

    Thanks for your great comment! :)

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Awesome series… fabulous capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you Evita! :))x

    Nearly every shot turned out and I’ve got stacks of them, but they often turned out to be the same trick done at a different time or part of the bowl – so they’ll be deleted – that’s life! You can’t tell what trick it will be until right when it’s being done – no predicting that.

    – reflector

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 2 years ago

    a wonderful photo capture too James, having that family element and atmosphere that makes it more intriguing

  • Thanks Solo, I was very happy with the whole photo shoot and have many more shots to upload yet – all of different skaters / tricks! I took a great family portrait later by Zooming in for a Candid of the Dad hugging his youngest kid.

    – reflector

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