Heel-flip To Fakie by reflector

Heel-flip To Fakie

A local skater at Croudace Bay Skate Park (in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales) performs a trick called a Heel-flip To Fakie on the angled bank. I asked him would he mind if I took a few photos of him skating and I captured two different tricks at the “ollie pop” stage and in the middle of the action/trick. It was a pretty overcast/grey day and the lighting wasn’t optimal so I had to use a higher ISO than I normally would.

A Heel-flip is performed by placing your front foot just behind the middle of the board, with the toes of your front foot hanging over the edge of the board. Then pop an Ollie and drag your foot up the board and kick out the side of the nose (towards the side where your toes are) at about 45 degrees, kicking down to make the board spin horizontally under your feet. Lift your legs up above the board a little bit so your feet don’t stop the board from flipping, then “catch” the board with your back foot and quickly put your front foot back on the board before landing the trick.

An original digital photograph that was taken with a Canon 450D and a standard Canon 55 – 250 mm lens set at:
F-stop: f/4
Exposure time: 1/800 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 55 mm
WB: Cloudy
Shutter Priority Mode
Hand Held

Edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where my own custom-photographed texture and customized text were added.

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  • Berns
    Bernsover 2 years ago

    Another great action shot !

  • Thank you Berns! :)) Happy New Year and the best of luck as the year unfolds for you.

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Oh just shoot me now! This is one lucky shot! I bet this one gets sold to a magazine! If you haven’t considered it then do so right now. Man, you must have been sitting with your finger on the clicker thingy the whole time:)) Good morning!

  • I couldn’t possibly do that, LOL! :))xox I took about 4 shots of this trick as 2 shot sequences and this was the best outcome. He couldn’t make the tick every time and I couldn’t anticipate his timing to sync with my capture every time, either. I could send some skate shots to Skate Magazines – but at this stage I keep forgetting to do it. Good Evening to you! :) Can you send me a photo of Henry so I can see what a great dog he is?

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Well poo poo! I thought you photographers just laid down on the clicker thingy so you couldn’t miss a shot! How am I supposed to know how it is done? I guess you got lucky then and congratulations:)) Henrys photo was just sent. He is so
    handsome and in the shot his humbleness is so apparent. It was taken by a friend last week. Yea me!

  • Laughing here! I’ve never laid on my camera even once – it would break! :)) In situations like those above (action shots with a fast moving subject) I use Continuous Shooting Mode and set the Focus Point to the Center one and select AI Servo so the camera keeps the subject in focus Automatically and I click away at just the critical moments. [ Too much tech info? :-) ] Relying on luck vanished from my technique years ago – I hate ruining any kind of shot so I’ve learned about all the techniques I need/like to use. I wanted to be a Pro and that starts with knowledge, technique, output and promoting your work. I’ll enjoy seeing your Pal Henry, for sure! :))♥

    – reflector

  • I checked my E-mail and Henry didn’t show up. Maybe he can’t fit in the Internet cables? :))

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    You only speak from the deep so I can’t understand darn it!! Just remember I grew up with three brothers and I CAN put a hurting on you! I could wrestle with the best of them and let me tell ya, before it is over you would be crying for more than your uncle! More like your entire family and then some! I meant by laying down on your camera as in putting your finger on the clicker and not letting it up so you would not risk missing any moves. Now if your trying to tell me you KNOW by some intuitive gift of yours that you KNOW when these shots are come I refuse to believe you:)))))

  • I don’t live in the deep! Although Australia could be regarded as the Deep South [Globally]. Please don’t hurt me [trembling…NOT!!! :)) ] I’ve been skating for 38 years, watching skate videos and also watching live skating for much of that time. So I know exactly to within a tiny fraction of a second when the trick will reach it’s “peak”, critical moment and when to click and get the shot. All skaters come to know that timing as do all photographers who shoot skating and other action shots. Even so, not every shot works out. But capturing at 1/800 or even up to 1/2000 of a second helps the success rate. I wish I was lying so you could feel justified and comfortable in your unbelief, but it’s actually true and it’s not really intuition, just learning through repetition and then being able to anticipate the timing. :-)

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Perfect shot James !!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks for the positive feedback on this Evita! :))xx

    – reflector

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    fantastic action shot!

  • Thanks a lot Cheryl! It was Preordered and Delivered on Time. :)

    – reflector

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 2 years ago

    Nice action shot my friend.You are having to much fun.

  • Thanks Tom! Too much fun isn’t possible is it? Unless you laugh so much you can hardly breath!

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    This is unbelievable. Wow! He is putting everything into it. Great timing James. Nicely done!

  • He even remembered to flap his wings for the take-off! :)) Thanks my friend. I got your Racing Car Video.

    – reflector

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasabout 2 years ago

    Well timed

  • Thank you! He did it a few times and all my shots looked a bit different with people coming and going in the background.

    – reflector

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