Hey! Welcome to the fourth edition of Gif(t) Images. To simply repeat the premise: this is where I'll be giving you the gift of several GIF sequences that I've shot in recent history. You get the pun, right? Giving you a GIF image as a gift. Or something. Let's just explain the concept here… It's quite obvious that the advent of digital cameras and the rapid technical progression of BMX has left photographers shooting more sequences than ever. Sometimes those sequences are just that: a sequence of images meant to be laid next to one another. These days, though, most people try to shoot what some of you may know as a "seamless sequence" or "morph sequence." That's basically what you see directly below: several Garrett Reynolds' in one image, using the "peak action" to correctly show what went down. Much like everything in life, this is done in Photoshop. But, there's often a lot of frames that get left out of the final image. And there in lies the idea behind Gif(t) Images…
Fair warning: some of the GIF's are fairly large, so they've been broken into separate pages. Wait for them to load properly and every photo is available larger if you wanna click it.
Dean Dickinson & Ryan Fudger — Over/under fullpipe loop gone awry
This is what happens when I agree to do something after I've been drinking. Dean approached me late one night about doing an over/under full pipe loop. The following day we're on our way out to Orange County to get it done. It was a bit of a shit show as we figured out the timing and even after that was solid, Dean still had the daunting task of actually looping the pipe. To be honest, I didn't really have a good feeling about it as Dean continually backed out of the loop at the last second each run. His line wasn't the one that I would've taken, but he's the one that has actually looped a pipe before and seemed confident that it was the best way to get it done. After countless runs, Dean's desire to pull it outweighed his self-preservation and he sent it to the results above. Thankfully that moto helmet and leather jacket took most of the beating and Dean walked away defeated, but okay. And then, despite our persistent refusal, he bought us pizza for "wasting our time." One of the most legit dudes ever. Button push courtesy of the greatest man of all time, John Rye.
Dan Lacey — 180-to-Smith-to-180 manual-to-360
I guess that long hyphenated thing is what this is called? I prefer to just call it "That wild smith spinning thing that Lacey does." Because really, no one does it better. This ran in Dan's interview and was obviously turned black and white because it was later in the day and had to be shot at a high ISO. Don't add grain.
Lil Dan Coller — Ice-to-over-to-rail hop
A gloomy Southern California day with the Kink dudes had us riding a lesser-traveled Long Beach school. The main attraction is in the parking lot, but I've wanted someone to do this long, yet low, rail hop for a while. Dan wasn't feeling the straight hop and decided to make his life a living hell for almost an hour as he kept scraping his bars on wall after doing the ice-to-jumpover. After screaming "I don't get mad!" a couple of times, Dan laced it and you can see the fruits of his labor in his banging intro section in Kink's new DVD, Squash It. Side note: you can see a lot of shake in this sequence. I can't remember if I was holding the camera or if I had it on a tripod, but I do remember partially hanging off of a roof, so it probably had something to do with that.
Pat Casey — Tailwhip-to-no-hander
I don't really shoot park photos all that often, and when I do, they definitely don't look like this. But, this turned out pretty sick. I'll be honest, I used to have this sequence pieced together and it was sold to Fox for their catalog (or something). Or maybe it was Monster? I can't remember, but I do remember that I can't find that seamless sequence now. So, umm, I'm sorry? Next subject, k? Pat Casey is sick.
Garrett Reynolds — Feeble-to-manual-to-bar
If you haven't noticed already, this is pretty ridiculous. What's more mind-blowing is that Garrett actually wanted a whip out of this, but had to "settle" for the barspin. And no, that rail isn't super wide; it's probably an inch wider than your average square flatrail.