New Jersey Lifestyle Photography

Yesterday I went to several locations in NJ, my friend Joe being the subject, to make some skateboarding action photos as well as images that reflect the skateboarding lifestyle.  With all outdoor shoots, the weather can set the mood if you choose to draw in some of the environment in the frames.  For the main action shot, I only used natural light, the other frames are intentional combinations of ambient light and the harsh artificial light of one unmodified flash.

All photos were taken handheld with the Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 Di VC USD telephoto lens and the Canon EOS 60D.  The flash I used was my Canon 430EXII Speedlite, triggered wirelessly by a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C’s.  As with all lifestyle shoots, it is my job to accurately portray the person, and also to gently direct the action.

Skateboard photography

Ollie over a backpack by Joe Rajsteter.


New Jersey Portrait Photography


New Jersey Portrait Photography

Joe steps up to the plate.


New Jersey Skate Photo

The essence of a noseslide.


New Jersey Skateboarding Photography

Behinds the Scenes shot




NJ Skate Picture

Fenced In

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.

NJ skate photo

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.