I had the opportunity to shot a skateboard competition at the local skate club. I used two Elinchrome elb400 flashes. One with the maxi spot reflector and one w...
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I had the opportunity to shot a skateboard competition at the local skate club. I used two Elinchrome elb400 flashes. One with the maxi spot reflector and one with standard reflector and blue gel. To see more of my work follow me on Instagram @fotografdavidg
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Cego1369 February 26, 2019
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Behind The Lens

This image was shot at the Skateboard club in Karlstad, Sweden.
It was shot in the afternoon, if I remember correctly.
It was my first attempt to shoot Skateboard using flashes. I used two Elinchrome ELB400. For the main light (positioned on the left side of the skater, just outside of the frame) I used a Maxi spot reflector and on the second light (positioned behind the camera) I used a standard reflector and blue gel to give a blue/cold feel to the environment.
I shot this with a Canon 5d mk4, Canon 70-200 f2.8 and two Elinchrome ELB400. 105mm, 1/800, f5, ISO 250
I wanted to experiment with action sports, flash and colour filters, and when the Skateboard club was having a competition I asked if I could get access and try it out.
Some basic raw conversion and minor exposure adjustment. Since it was a competition, and the jump was kind of low weight and kept moving every time someone used it, I wasn't able to fine tune the position and effect of my lights as well as I would have liked.
In my camera bag
I have multiple cameras and lenses and adjust my bag depending on what I will be shooting. For flash photography, when you only get one frame, I usually go with the Canon 5d mk4. But generally I go for the high fps Canon 1dx mk2 for sports. Lenses depend on how I want the image to look, but I often go for the Canon 70-200 f2,8 or the Canon 50 f1,2. But I have lenses covering from 15mm-600mm + 2x converters.
Trying out new stuff and new technology during a competition is not what I would recommend. Instead, talk to the athletes and explain what you want to do and try it at a dedicated shoot. And have the athlete to do something that they can repeat over and over so that you can fine tune the technique and the just focus on the timing of the shot.

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