Gif(t) Images: Series Two

Hello! Welcome to the second 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: multiple Garrett Reynold'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 other times it’s just entertaining. 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.

Garrett Reynolds — Bar-to-crook-to-180
Another left over from the Cinema trip to California last year. This rail was a random one that Dak showed us. Weekday spot in front of someone's house…it felt a bit shady, but a pretty heavy session went down. Garrett, of course, coming through with the next level stuff.

Bruno Hoffman — 360-to-smith-to-feeble-to-360
Captions for the things that Bruno does usually contain a lot of hyphens, and this one was no different. I shot this sort of doubting that I could piece it together into a seamless, as he's not really traveling that far compared to all the spinning that's going on. Despite all of that, it's definitely note worthy that he did half of this completely blind, haha.

Dakota Roche — Hop-to-shed-to-360
This is one of the few sequences that I've shot in recent history that, one, wasn't intended to be a seamless sequence, and two, actually made it to print. "Old fashioned" sequences just don't make it in all that much anymore, but this is obviously insane on so many levels. Dakota pulled this immediately after taking that miraculous fall right beforehand and did it in the clinch as we all knew the guy walking up in the lower lot was going to kick us out. One of those scenarios that was just too good and all three (Dak, myself, and Veesh with the camera poke in the sequence) of us were so hyped.

Nathan Williams — Ice-to-hard 180
Thank plastic pegs for this sequence. Another pinch'd photo from the Monster San Fran trip with Dakota and Nathan, we ended up using this seamless sequence fairly small in the UpFront portion of the mag. You should notice that Will Stroud is missing from the pieced together sequence, but is all up in there in the Gif image. That's a combination of the magic of photoshop and both Will and I working well together. I can get what I need and he can move around and get the clip just as crispy as he always does.

Brian Kachinsky — Nollie-to-rail
Brian did this massive nollie grind for breakfast in Moscow, Russia. This is another where the photo doesn't match up with gif sequence. If we can't sort out something and there's a filmer in the photo, I leave the camera on the tripod and shoot a photo after the deed is done and the filmer is out of the photo—or in this case, a filmer and a secondary angle. It's sort of a bummer knowing that you're effectively changing the scene, but it's one of those necessities these days. Oh well. But really though, BK wanted to go to this spot right away and fire it out. He's crazy.

KC Badger & Jesse Tennat
I really wish I could give you the details of how this weekend came about and all the funny/shady shit that happened. But, I don't think it's appropriate. I can say that I messed up a flight, had to take a taxi, a boat ride, and a car ride to get to Phoenix. Then KC Badger and Jesse Tennat and I got really drunk and decided that going to the infamous Love Walls and having KC carve over Jesse on his Harley was a good idea the night before. Guess what? It was. I should also mention that I can't really remember why I shot a sequence. It would, of course, be fairly easy to shoot the photo at both peaks. But whatever, because that decision brought us here.

KC Badger & Jesse Tennat
I really wish I could give you the details of how this weekend came about and all the funny/shady shit that happened. But, I don't think it's appropriate. I can say that I messed up a flight, had to take a taxi, a boat ride, and a car ride to get to Phoenix. Then KC Badger and Jesse Tennat and I got really drunk and decided that going to the infamous Love Walls and having KC carve over Jesse on his Harley was a good idea the night before. Guess what? It was. I should also mention that I can't really remember why I shot a sequence. It would, of course, be fairly easy to shoot the photo at both peaks. But whatever, because that decision brought us here.