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Alex Perelson flying high at Vans Boardmasters

By Jools_jti  
Alex Perelson currently No1 in the world, from San Diego US, skated with great composure, showing why he is the best in the world. He won the Group A Vert Ramp competition at this years Boardmasters event in Newquay.

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: colmar, Image123, JohnFanning and 24 more

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colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
28 Sep 2009 11:25AM
Grand timed shot many thanks for sharing it Colin
28 Sep 2009 11:34AM
well caught
Vicky_Vicky 11 14 Ukraine
28 Sep 2009 11:59AM
Great capture.
motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 12:15PM
Very well detaiked and timed.
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
28 Sep 2009 12:46PM
Great capture well timed

maggieh 12 4 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 1:00PM
Love this I know how hard it is to catch these fellows in action.
CSuk 11 7 33 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 2:16PM
Good capture indeed.
I've been trying for a few weeks now to do skateboarder shots and they've all been crap. I've no idea how to set my cam for this type of thing Smile
Thanks 4 the share Smile
28 Sep 2009 3:20PM
Excellent shot - well done !

Jools_jti 15 257 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 4:58PM
Thanks for the comments and votes. May get away with showing a couple more of these before you're all bored Smile

CSuk - Setting were ISO200 1/6400 f2.8 with high speed synced flash, also probably using aiservo, although I didn't always.

The trick is always to track the skater, most other photographers there that week would only track the skater as they past in front and most would hold the camer out in front of them. I tend to start framing and tracking when the skater drops in on the far side, so I am composing the shot constantly. I use a low speed multiple fps, the clatter of high speed around me was amusing. Aim to get the shot you want or fire off just before it. I always try to get shot I want with the first frame, and maybe fire off a couple more. This is where the framing through the viewfinder pays dividends. You watch the trick more intently and you screen out all the surrounding distractions. Spraying the skater with frames as they pas by will just result in long edits of crap.

Skating specific tips would be to watch the skaters for a while, they will have certain moves that follow others. Especially on vert ramps, before a big move there is a set up move. recognise these and you know what's coming, where to be and when to fire. I will reposition my self on the setup move so I am fully ready. Also try and get in close. Wide angle lens distortion works really well with skate moves, all the flair in tricks comes with the extensions of the legs, watch for grabs followed by extensions, get your shot off at this point and it all works.

Oh yeah, and fill in flash is essential, even on a sunny day.

Hope it helps.

Thanks again everyone.
blackbird 14 159 15 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 5:24PM
Good explanation Smile
i like how you're got the shadows at the bottom too
30 Sep 2009 6:46PM
I can see this on a magazine cover..

Great capture

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