Every Monday I show a travel photo from some of my journeys around the world including local spots in Australia like Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane and Alice Springs to overseas like Japan, London, Budapest, California, Vienna and the Netherlands.
Today i’ll take you back to this photo i shot of Ryan Williams. Ryan is the worlds best at rider a scooter. He just came back from another tour with Nitro Circus on the mega ramp. I shot this photo earlier this year for his French Toast Magazine profile. This the biggest air ever recorded on a scooter to date. I knew it would be a strong shot for his profile and being his local park, we needed at least one photo from here.
I have photographed him airing this quarter pipe a few times before so this time i thought i’d take a new angle on it. Most of the time, shooting this angle of an air can make the image a little flat but this quarter pipe is very enclosed so angles are limited. I chose this angle as i could get a little foreground blur and still have some quarter pipe to tell the story of what he was doing. I included the before photo on this one as i wanted to show how busy the frame was when i photographed. With any action sport, i never change the position of the rider or what obstacle they are riding but i do agree with cleaning up the frame and taking away any distractions that take your eye away from the trick itself. In this case, all those poles and lights in the back ground were a real distraction for me, so they disappeared. The photo went full page and was definatly a milestone in the sport.
I used 3x580ex’s, 2 from the left of frame and one from the right which you can see in the before.