In our post film era of photography choices have not become any easier and if you lack a film background, it just got tougher. Iso and shutter speed are relatively confusing topics for the uneducated photographer. And if you thought it did not apply to video then someone forgot to mention that its all the same when it comes to light and shutter and optics. If you have alot of time and money to burn, there is a ton of info and trial and error for your to discover. Otherwise there is always the Auto feature.
In my opinion, any camera that works is a good one, still or video. One that allows you to capture what you want the way you want it. Film still rules over digital and with many photographers switching back to analog, there is obviously something they miss. The ease of digital downloads definitely makes a strong case for the rapid acceptance and use of those types of devices. I like polaroids and disposables, but I do shoot a ton of digital because it is easy to download.
More on this topic later, I need surf while its still good and think about this…
A sick right hand kidney pool that sits under pavement now. At the time, this pool was the center piece for this run down motel in Long Beach. Rarely ridden and for the most part undocumented, this is a rare glimpse into a spot that rarely was. Rumor was that 5 minute sessions were about as much as anybody got. Must have been lucky because I rode there a few times for about 15 or so. I went back and snapped a few without skating and obviously this is not one of those. I had to time my skating with the traffic and did no kick turns only carves so I would not make any noise. Video of this spot was immortalized in the seminal pool skating documentary Chlorine.
This is a digital photograph of a mounted full frame 35mm image on 11″x 17″ black & white Ilford fiber paper printed in the University of California-Riverside dungeon/darkroom in 2003. Shot on a Cannon AE-1 Program with a Sigma wide angle zoom lens.
My 3rd pool and the 2nd session here at the Nude Bowl.
My mom took this photo of me about to spray paint my name somewhere. This was just after graduating the 7th grade and just before my birthday, so I’m 12 in the shot about to turn 13 in a few weeks. I was lucky to have rode this a couple times because my dad lived nearby in Yucca Valley and somehow got directions. Then my mom took me. I had only ridden 2 other pools up till this time so Nude Bowl was my third legit pool. I have a whole series from this session shot on 35mm film. I am so stoked to have been a part of this, but at the time it was just another pool, it would be many years before I realized the significance of that experience…the life of a pool skater sometimes starts before you even know it. I was born into this culture and now have this weird responsibility to share my experiences to inspire others to seek out greatness in their own lives…