Josh and I decided to go explore the the woods as well as a small pump house that I remembered. It was funny looking at these after the shoot. I didn't realize how tough work boots make someone look. Not that Josh isn't tough, just seemed like he doesn't project that side of his personality when he is talking with me. Really comes through in these images, but I couldn't see it through the lens. Maybe because we were laughing a lot. Can't wait to shoot him again.
We've unintentionally been doing a tour of skates spots in San Mateo county.
It started out in El Granada / Half Moon Bay along Highway 1. After Brandon told me about it, I read an article about the project to put a skate ramp in a dusty squarish piece of ground, right off the highway that probably serves as parking for when Mavericks is running. In some of the shots that I posted earlier, you can see the giant radar "golf ball" that dominates the point, off of which, when a big storm rages in the Pacific, the Mavericks waves are pushed 30, 40, sometimes 60 feet high by the reef below. Kind of a fitting for the wave of half-pipe.
But if I back up a little further, I met Brandon when he set up the skate board I bought last summer? The summer before? I'm not actually sure. He knows Kay, so he gave me a discount on the board which fits in so well with his personality. Really nice even if you barely know him, really patient with stupid questions, really willing to let me fumble around with my camera as he skates the shit out of wherever we are. He lets me know where to be to get the good skate shot, he tells me the names of the tricks which sound like they're spoken in a language that would have been developed by the lost British boys in Lord of the Flies. Fakie, ollie, 50-50 grind, feeble, kick-flip, backside air.
So, of course, he was gracious enough to indulge me when I had an idea for a cool skate shot. A shot I have yet to get, by the way. I tried that first evening in Half Moon Bay, and failed.
After that I basically asked him to give me a heads up if he's skating in the area and he always does. And those are the photos below. First at the Foster City skatepark, then over at Shoreview.
We also always seem to shoot the shit a lot while we're doing this. Probably because I'm jealous of his life and want to know all the little details of what it's like to be a skater. This sometimes is hindered by the fact that I don't want to sound like a little high school nerd asking the popular cool kid dumb questions. Who wants to look dumb in front of the cool kid?
Anyway, was an awesome pleasure to get to shoot and to hang out with Brandon over the last few months. He's headed to on a trip to go skate the castles of Japan for November. Hopefully we'll get to try and take the shot I want when he gets back. And he's not really skating the castles of Japan, just skating in Japan. Or maybe he is... I have no idea. That would actually be really cool if he was.
And a few nights later, Shoreview Skatepark.
Kevin has a pet snake. Next time, he's bringing the snake.
I was on a quest to get a shot that I thought would be really cool. I failed. But I got some fun shots as consolation prizes.
Brandon Nguyen who, if you don't know, is an amazing local skater, sponsored by Adidas, works at Atlas Skate Shop, world traveler, etc., was cool enough to help me try to get the shot. What I had in mind was him, in flight, against a spiral or star trails. Yes, I could easily make the shot in Photoshop, but where's the challenge of that. I wanted it in camera.
He knew of a decent half-pipe just off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, so we met out there right around sunset.
I made a few misjudgments (putting the tripod on the ramp (it moved, duh), not compensating for as much light pollution as there was, and maybe the flashes set at too low power), so I didn't get what I wanted, but still got some shots that I really like. And Brandon was super cool and patient letting me try different things. You should follow him on Instagram as he has one of the coolest handles, @tokyo_school_girls.
We'll try again. I really liked combining the different types of photography I'm into, astrophotography, skate photography, etc. Maybe I'll get him to skate naked next time to combine even more genres. Haha.
I shot Tyrell before. This time he brought his buddy Josh to Wrinkled Sheet Studio. They both are massage therapists and Josh wanted a few shots for his site: www.mannbodywork.com. They're good guys, funny, and warm. Book em!
Some shots from a the road trip I took this week...
This summer I was going to try and finally get a decent Milky Way shot. But in the SF bay area you have a lot to contend with. I mean, the moon of course. I love that my Apple Watch shows me the phases of the moon. Then there is light pollution, and when you get out to a place where it's darker (usually nearer the coast), you have the fog to deal with as it floats in at night to obscure that faint bruise of stars and rocks and gas.
Don't get me wrong. I love the fog. I mean, really love it. Not sure if it's my northern european skin longing to be where it belongs, or if it's just that I run very hot, but that natural air conditioning spilling over the coastal hills in the afternoon is one of my favorite things.
Not only is it beautiful and ominous as it stacks up like snow drifts along Skyline Blvd., it's also what keeps the bay area from turning into a desert.
But I digress. And to shorten what would turn into an even longer story, suffice it to say that I got lucky a couple nights, the moon was new, the light pollution slightly muted out on Alpine Road, and the fog... I just got incredibly lucky one night.
Been following Luis on Instagram for a while. He's an explorer and I noticed we were exploring some of the the same areas, but he was discovering much cooler parts, abandoned, tagged with graffiti, etc. And he was getting some great shots, as well as selfies that didn't look like selfies.
So one day we were both looking for something to do and decided to explore Davenport. California coast is so amazing and with his added affirmation that, "I don't care. I'll get naked right here," I knew we would get some interesting stuff.
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