Skate Wizard feat. Tony Hawk

Location: San Diego, CA

Last week we had the pleasure of meeting up with the absolute skateboarding legend, that is Tony Hawk, in our hometown of San Diego to create some unique light painting media.

This all started a little over a month ago after we contacted him about an idea to do a light painting animation project involving him and his halfpipe. We explained the idea to him, and much to our surprise, he was down!

We arrived, he showed us around his office spaces for Birdhouse Skateboards, the Tony Hawk Foundation and some of his killer skate-related and film-related memorabilia. He’s a big David Lynch fan, and so are we!

While creating the work with Tony, he was a big team player and held still for 50 frames during the light painting animation process. He also helped with adjustments by covering big, bright windows to block ambient light since he was the only one tall enough to do so!

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After the animation was complete, we had some fun doing one last photo, filling in the space around Tony with some skelebuddies doing assorted ‘skate and create’ activities.

After the photo session, he told us he couldn’t visit his ramp and not skate it, so we took a little break and Tony had a quick skate session.

He still rips, obviously! Here is a short clip that Jordan captured:

Overall this was an incredible experience and Tony was a great team player to collaborate with!

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Nocturnal Netherlands

Location: Netherlands - The Hague & Amsterdam

Hello again, this is the first post I've made in over a month, it feels good to be back in the states after a long travel abroad! Let's start with my trip to the Netherlands where I met up with fellow light-art photographer Hugo Baptista

He welcomed myself and Astrobandit to his home and showed us a local park that he thought we might like to take some photos at, so we stayed up late this night and came up with the following animation (above) along w a few other gems.

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This (above) was the first image of the night, we were walking down this tree-lined path when suddenly a park employee truck cast some light from behind the trees and gave me an idea for a photo! Without delay I unpacked my camera gear and set up for this shot - my 'October Skeletons' with some nice orange light from behind - thanks Hugo for the backlighting here!  

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As you can see, the fog began to grow thick late into the night, this presents some interesting lighting opportunities to silhouette figures or trees and give a mysterious feel to the environment. 

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Before we hop over to Amsterdam, I wanted to share this 'Tree Rex' image that took a bit of coordination between myself and Hugo. He did the orange backlighting combined with the front 45 degree blue lighting on each side the trees for added depth. Then I added in my pink T. Rex for a pop of dinosaur in the center using a Night-Writer w pink color-tip.

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I can tell you it wasn't easy to get this shot of Amsterdam at night, not only because of the light-pollution, but because of all the bicycles and foot traffic! I was dodging selfie-sticks and bikes throughout this image, it's not my best light-writing but it definitely captures the vibrant life of the city! Old and new together in a hodgepodge of tourism combined with a long history of trade, war, art, and culture. 

Amsterdam II

Here (above) on a more quiet street I was able to capture a better light-font with the backdrop of one of Amsterdam's famous canals that permeate the city, but I think I like the last one better overall due to the character of the city in it. Tell me if you agree, and stay tuned for more because the next city we visit is Berlin in Germany. Until then, stay bright my light friends!

Rolling Bones

Location: El Mirage, CA / Settings: (Composite of 2 images) Skeletons at F8, ISO 100, 237 seconds. Skateboard & stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds. 

After researching a few dry lake beds, I soon realized it's the responsibility of every image-capturing human being to shoot an illusion where there's something that's usually small (but appears large) in the foreground and something that usually large (that appears small) in the background.

Just take a look at some of these images at the salt flats in Boliva for example. I wanted to put my own spin on that kind of photo.

Now run for your lives ;)