Friday, July 19, 2013

Behind the Scenes of the New Wallpaper | Terry Adams and Adam Errington for Red Bull

    A few months back I had the chance to shoot a unique idea from the minds of Terry Adams and Adam Errington in Orlando.  The shoot was actually set up around the end of winder snow season.  I was on my way from shooting with the guys at shredtown in texas to do some work at Red Bull Snow Performance Camp in Colorado.   The shoot lined up the day after the Colorado shoot and gave me the ohh so fun opportunity to shoot snow in the morning and then shooting water in the evening.

    The Basic idea was to get a shot of Adam boosting over Terry while performing a flatland BMX trick.  Sounds easy until you begin to realize that there is about a million factors that do not get a long with each other!  Topping off the timing of the athletes tricks, style, position, and speed having to be right on; it was pretty much a hurricane out for the entire two day shoot.  I was also shooting with flashes only giving me one click at a time to get the shot each hit.  Also include everything being in in and around 5 feet of water with a decent white cap chop.

    I had also never shot flatland BMX before so I needed a little warm up session with Terry to get some timing and style mentally noted.  We took about 5 or 6 pics of the 3 different tricks and we were ready to go.  Adam had a pretty tough job of hitting the kicker around 23 mph and going about 60 feet to flat water with all the force pulling him down.  In the end we were able to get 3 different shots with all the timing dialed in.  There are a few videos at the bottom that show the entire shot!

Nikon D3s 1/800th a sec at F 1.6 on Nikon 85mm F1.4

    The set up i used around the 20 foot submerged platform was all Elinchrom Rangers in the water.  I had them supported by Kupo C-Stand with clamps and J-hoks to hold the packs just above the water.  I fired everything with Pocket Wizard FLexx's and ST4's.

Nikon D3s 1/640th a sec at F 6.3 on Nikon 85mm F1.4

Nikon D3s 1/1,000th a sec at F 2.5 on Nikon 85mm F1.4

Nikon D3s 1/640th a sec at F 6.3 on Nikon 85mm F1.4

Nikon D3s 1/800th a sec at F 1.6 on Nikon 85mm F1.4

Here is the Behind the Scenes Video shot by Spencer Norris for Alliance Wake

Here is the Day in the Life video Terry Adams did for the shoot featured on Alliance of Action Sports


1 comment:

  1. Yeah! It is the truth. Uncontrolled large number of elements makes it hard to capture dramatic shots, just like what you have mentioned! Sports photography takes enormous talents and skills in order to become winning. On the other hand, everything can be achieved with constant nurturing, of course.