Speed Freak – Empire Park Skate Park, Newcastle, Australia

Last week I was shooting a simple Skate Video at this skate park and George was skating very well that day. But today he was concentrating much more and seemed far more determined to rip it up – he achieved his aim!

Here he is seen coming back in from a fast Front side 5-0 grind in the shallow end of the skate bowl. Approaching the “lip” or top of the ramp, begin to lift up your front wheels to do a wheelie and a kick-turn at the same time, while riding along the coping (top edge of the ramp) with lots of pressure on your back foot to “power through” the coping and extend the length of the grind. If you approach the top of the ramp with a wide, carving angle and you manage to get nearly all of your weight over the coping and you’ve got a lot of speed the longer you will grind – unless you’re just going way to fast and something goes wrong, and you hang up and slam!

There are two ways to ride/orientate yourself on a skateboard – backside and frontside. Backside is with your back to the turn/riding obstacle and frontside is the opposite.

An As-Is and Untouched digital photograph that was taken with a Canon 450D and a standard Canon 55 – 250 mm lens set at:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 250 mm
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority Mode
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  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Excellent shot James !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you Evita! ♫:-)x Most non-skaters see little difference between these skate shots and start to tune out – it seems “all the same”. But I know the difference – there are maybe as many as a couple of hundred skate tricks and I never upload the same trick on RB.

    – reflector

  • shallay
    shallayabout 2 years ago

    Great action shot, reflector. Afraid I’m not up with the different skate tricks either, but this one has a kind of generic appeal The shadow helps capture the late afternoon atmosphere. (Personally, I’d cut this guy out of his background altogether, and transplant him into a blue sky with a plane flying past ;)

  • Thank you! Zooming doesn’t always work out well with skating – they can get out the top of the frame very easily, ruining the shot. I’ve taken a ton more skate shots there – including tricks in the Street Obstacle Section a week later – and I’ll be able to extract some of those Skaters to make Skate T-Shirts when I get the spare time. I’m skating there every week now, too – it’s my new “Home (Base) Park”.

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Wow, this shot is so good! Really great capture James.

  • I got two shots of that trick in succession but this was the best. I’m really happy with the Scale he is in the frame. Thanks again, Donna! :))xx

    – reflector

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