Hi hi hi! Welcome to the sixth 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.
Connor Lodes – Nollie pegs-to-quick bar
This was shot on a Premium trip to Chicago in 2011. I remember the trick itself being pretty uneventful. Connor is dialed and he did this pretty much right away. What I do remember is that we bumped into some kid along the way and he came to this spot with us and just chilled. He was quiet, but seemed all right. Premium TM Colin McKay hooked him up with a shirt and did some sort of social media swap. Well, this unassuming kid straight up filmed a majority of the session, put it online, and ignored requests from Colin to take it down. Well-played, young scumbag. Photo-wise, this is definitely a place-the-camera-on-the-ground photo and I left the gif sequence pretty much untouched. I do remember being somewhat psyched on the relative tight framing…having one of those moments where I thought I may have blown it as Connor popped the bar a little more than I expected. But, all was well. This was shot at a higher ISO (1000 on a Canon 7D in this case), so I turned it black and white just to make it tolerable. 1000iso on a 7D turns up pretty noisey in the mag.
Kevin Kiraly – Nollie 360
A story of perseverance. This massive nollie three was shot during the week I stayed with Kevin for his Ride interview in September of 2010. The first visit clearly did not go well at all and Kevin went back and iced pretty much everything to come back the next day to not do it just once, but several times to get it absolutely perfect. I guess I want to point out that he did this at a time when people weren't really doing nollie threes all that much, either. Photo-wise, I really wish the pulled version had happened later in the day similar to the first attempt. It just has a better feel overall and you don't see many flash sequences these days, either. I used a flash on the pulled version for some reason, too. I think I just wanted it to look a bit better than the average point-and-shoot ambient sequence. This also meant that I had to time the nollie (Kevin was concerned with making the nollie as steep as possible) not just hold the button down. Pretty sure I was stressing it, but it all worked out for both of us.
Drew Bezanson – Superman Seatgrab-To-Icepick-To-Bar
This day sorta sucked. Drew and Stew Johnson were working on his Props Owned section and we specifically wanted to go out to this ditch around 200 miles away from my place. We got up insanely early and made the drive only to run into 30mph winds…the spot was unrideable. Mid-day and in the middle of nowhere, we headed down to the Clairemont park in San Diego and Drew decided he wanted to do a superman seatgrab-to-ice on the sub. Not sure if you know this, but as far as sub tricks go, that's pretty awesome. If memory serves me, it didn't come easy. Drew was either not doing the superman seatgrab up to his expectations or just squatting it on the ice. After about forty goes, he laced the superman seatgrab-to-ice and then decided it wasn't up to par. Ten or so more goes and one barspin in (that eight frames a second didn't catch right) and the day was salvaged. 400 miles in one day, but hey, fuck it.
Trey Jones – No Hander
Shot in August, 2011, in Cheboksary, Russia, on the Shadow Conspiracy Soviet Tour. The sequence itself was pretty simple…shooting the entire thing was pretty much required simply because of the fact that Trey had to gap onto the curb at the end. And I'm fairly certain Trey did this first or second go. On a photo geek level, the seamless sequence was pieced together in 2011 and you can see the lack of detail in the sky. I made the gif sequence yesterday and without even thinking, I lowered all the highlights to bring all that out….an example of how time changes the process of how I color-correct my photos. Side note: A lot of us (not Trey) went to a club down the street from this spot the night before and ended up getting really drunk and swimming in the river at sunrise. For one reason or another, Ryan Sher left his Shadow shirt on the beach and while we were riding this spot, a haggard Russian dude casually strolled by rocking the shirt with a smile ear-to-ear. Came up.
Andrew Jackson – Wallie
Huge fan of Andrew's simplistic and gnarly style of riding and this bump/wallie over a wall into a big bank that we shot in March, 2011, in Mexico City is a perfect example of what sets him apart from the masses. No one besides maybe Eric L would think of something like this and I feel like many photographers wouldn't consider this a "photo trick." But, you wanna know the best way to go about determining what's a photo trick and what's not? Shoot it and decide later. Another random side note: I shot this about 30 minutes after I tried a gap to wallride and dislocated my left index finger (fortunately not my trigger finger). The following five days pedaling through the rough streets of Mexico City weren't that much fun anymore. Really solidified my policy of not riding on "work" trips anymore… Oh, and shout out to Richard Forne’s leg.