- Bottle of water at the local mini mart. $1.39
- Toll fair for the Bay Bridge. $3.00
- Running up the face of a mini ramp with a strobe in one hand, and your camera in the other. Priceless.
- Having your lens smashed by an amazing smith grind. Expensive.
Everything happened but the last part. But it could happen.
Continuing on my journey into skateboard photography, I followed my friend Dan (insert Forest Gump reference here) on his weekly skate ramp fix. This week we headed to another mini ramp in the Bay Area. Other than the Crib Ramp, this was the only other chance I've have to shoot at a mini ramp. It's funny how they call it a, "mini ramp". The ramps I built in front of my house with a sheet of plywood and anything we could find to stick under it were mini ramps. Can I say mini ramp one more time?
Anyway, this thing was big. I only have 2 remote strobes so that means 1 for the main light and 1 for fill. Problem is, this place is so large, that light doesn't go a long way.
For these shots I placed my fill strobe on the opposite platform, behind one of the ramps extensions, and pointed it directly at the ceiling. I needed to add some dimension to the background, and this was the easiest thing to do. I like the results, but personally I want to see more light in the background. Lots of blocked shadows or blown highlights really bug me.
Can't wait to go do it again. I wish I had 2 more strobes. That's a birthday hint. Nikon SB-800. Just in case you need the model name. :)