6.1.17 – 8.30.17

It’s been awhile since my last update. Still taking pictures, just taking three or four times as long to upload them. It’s been a busy summer from start to finish, but it’s time to finally get all of these photos logged onto my blog. Some of these photos date back to February and March of 2017, however, most are from June through August.

It’s been an eventful summer from a road trip  through the Midwest with the destination of Chicago, IL to meeting my nephew for the first time to landing dead center in the 2017 lunar eclipse path of totality. It’s definitely been one of the more eventful year’s of my life – which is not saying much – and looking through these photos serves as a good reminder as to why I should keep documenting as much as I can.

Before this last photo batch, I never viewed any of my images on a mobile device. What I noticed though is a bit of a bummer: I lean heavy on the red when I saturate my photos. As as result of my lead-red foot, everyone appears more red on a phone. On my computer screen it’s all good, but not so much on mobile.

CenterCity3rdWard

Hand-PaintedVan

ChanceCrook

RedRun

GrandpaDave

Michael Close-up

TreAndSon

MechelleRipley's

SarahRipley's

JaydenRipley's

Slim and Jayden 2

Lunar Eclipse

 

2.18.17-3.4.17

Some footage cruising the local foundation with a skate dawg (Zephyr), wandering Dark Sky Observatory (Appalachian State University) during a stargazing and production on Greensboro, N.C. artist Preme’s “Red” music video shoot.

Haven’t taken as many photos as I’d like to lately, so it’s taking me longer to get a big batch to process. But I am taking more video, so it’s all good.

12.7.16

Today is January 16th, 2017.

On another one of our unseasonably warm winter days, I ended up going to the foundation and taking some photos. I’ve always admired skate filmers, but had no idea how difficult skate photography is – especially on film cameras. Beyond have a beginners understanding of the technical workings of my camera, at the time these were taken I wasn’t aware of the best lighting for capturing portraits. By happenstance I was able to catch Brian with good shadows, but Josh’s sequence on the crooked grind is blown out.

In the future, I’m going to set up in a spot that doesn’t leave my subjects fully exposed in the sunlight, and to be sure and pick a vantage point that gives me a better overall layout with depth.

My favorite shot is of Kyle doing the backside 5-0, and I was using the zoom lens well beyond its default setting of 90mm. The others were taken with the lens focal length set at 90mm and possibly up to 120mm. I’ll have to explore the lens’ maximum distance (300mm) more though.

nocomplypolejam

Brian Gibbs – No Comply Pole Jam

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Josh Leroy – Backside Crooked Grind
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Kyle Moen – Backside 5-0

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Thrasher x Diamond Supply  – Limited Edition Halloween Hellride Hoodie