Skate Photos – 11/2015

Both myself, and the rider Dave Smith, were really happy with the final photos from our skateboarding photography session at Bethlehem Skate Plaza a couple of weeks ago.  The pics were very successful on Facebook and Instagram, and hopefully some large publications in the near future.

Below are some of my favorites:



Dave Smith rock and rolls a lip at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder


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Dave Smith kickflips to fakie at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder


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Dave Smith wallrides to fakie at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder


Dave Smith crooked grinds a rail at Bethlehem Skate Plaza.  Photo by Dave Blinder


Photo session outtake.  Photo by Dave Blinder


Above photos are exclusive property of Dave Blinder, but are certainly available for licensing and commercial usage upon artist and model release.

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Skateboarding Photography: Feeble Grind

I was recently watching some YouTube videos about professional skateboard photography by Michael Burnett.  I can’t remember hearing his name before, despite subscribing to TransWorld Skateboarding for several years when I was younger.  Anyways, the photos and techniques he displays in the instructional video are nothing short of top notch.  Being an industry pro, a great technician, and an artist, I just don’t don’t see how a person could be a better shooter than Michael Burnett.

He emphasizes the importance of showing the surroundings in skate shots which makes a great amount of sense.  It’s also pretty clear that his job is showcasing specific professional skateboarders, because the public and the skaters’ sponsors need to see the person doing the 360 flips or whatever.  However since I am predominantly a nature photographer and artsy fartsy person by design, I find myself drawn to shooting “just the details” of the sport at times.

Sk8 pic

A closeup view of Joe Rajsteter grinding a flat rail in New Jersey. My eyes keep getting drawn to the shadow… and I like that.

Above photo is of my friend Joe Rajsteter executing a Feeble Grind.  Photo taken handheld with the Tamron SP 70-200mm VC F/2.8 lens and the Canon EOS 6D.  Exposure settings: 1/1000 F/5 ISO 100

Skateboard Photography: Backside castle flip

Okay, so the actual name of this trick is a backside kickflip.  Photo taken today in New Jersey, and that is my friend Joe Rajsteter partaking in his favorite hobby as he has done for the past 2 decades.

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Joe Rajsteter showing he is king of this New Jersey castle by nailing a backside kickflip. Photo taken with the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 VC lens and the Canon EOS 60D DSLR.

The intermittent clouds and occasional harsh sun made for challenging exposure conditions today, but I think this frame winds up with a “near vintage” color temperature and tonality.  Photo taken with the Tamron SP 70-200mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D DSLR.  Exposure settings: 1/1000th F/2.8 ISO 250, 177mm focal length.