Hi. Welcome to the first edition of Gif(t) Images. 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: two Bruno Hoffman’s 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.
Bruno Hoffman – Icepick-to-wallride
I was actually a huge fan of this photo (the unique shape of the ledges, the shadow that intersects the photo, and the elusive overhead angle) and wanted to use it in Ride, but as things sometimes go, Garrett did a manual-to-barspin-wallride at the same spot and we needed a photo of him for this year's NORA Cup article, so that photo made the cut and this photo has basically been sitting around. Bruno made this look incredibly simple in about eight tries, but the pop he gets out of this flat ledge ice is absolutely unreal.
Aaron Smith – Ice-to-180
This rail in Riverside, Calfornia, has been shot to death, so yet again I found myself scaling a roof to try and shoot something a bit different. It's sort of an awkward angle, but it was just one of those situations that it was worth the climb just to see if it could work. I think the seamless of this went to Kink and they've been using it for some web banners. You can see Darryl filming in the field in the background, so you know the clip will be in Kink's upcoming DVD, Squash It. Also, you may notice some extra camera shake in this sequence—I was laying on my chest, just holding the camera, so I think I got a bit spooked when Aaron got close to the frame edge. I held it together, though, and didn't shift the camera too much.
Dakota Roche – Near Shed Death
We ran a single image from this wild fall in Dakota's feature interview (Ride issue 188) and, of course, the pulled sequence is in there, too. This was a last minute shoot after Dak got cleared to ride from his broken femur. After nearly a month of the bike, he jumped straight back into beast mode and wanted to do this huge hop and then three off the shed. As you can see, it didn't go as planned on one attempt and Dak somehow went from almost getting merked to laughing it off and pulling it the very next go. So good.
Dan Lacey – 360-to-over ice attempt
This was one of those sessions where the level of riding was so insane, yet extremely casual. Dan was coming off the high of lacing (pun intended) the perfect switch tooth-to-over tooth that ran in his interview and decided to go for this. It's a little foggy, but I barely remember having time to setup as Dan just gave it a couple looks and casually sent this, barely missing his peg and then catching an upright. Dan was pretty beat up and walked away from it, but still managed to come through with a slew of awesome photos throughout the week that would end up being in his interview.
Nathan Williams – Switch pegs-to-over pegs-to-indian
This was from a trip that I was a part of for Monster Energy with Nathan, Dakota, and Will Stroud. Dave Smidt at Monster was always real cool about having me on trips to shoot photos for Monster, but let me be able to hold onto a couple of photos for the magazine if I wanted. This sequence of Nathan, although wild, wouldn't be something I would normally shoot, just because there's not really a place for it. But, when you're shooting for a company, it's better to have more than less at the end of a trip. But hey, I'm glad I'm shot it now, right?
Darry Tocco — Manual-to-180
The undisputed of fast, popped, manual 180's is clearly Darryl Tocco. This recently blown out spot in Long Beach is actually really scary to do anything into: there's a curb on the other side and the walkway is both skinny and steep. My memory is failing me again, but I think we went to this spot with Darryl twice to get this done. Not sure. Either way, please take note of the distance that Darryl pops out of this manual and then appreciate it. This will also surely be in Kink's upcoming video, Squash It, so check it out…