Coleman Skatepark, located directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge was just given a full Hollywood makeover. Although I don’t skate as much as I used too, I wanted to come out and support the IrollNY.com session and dust off my blades. Just going around the park made me realize how rusty I am. I did a few tricks then broke out my camera to get some shots of the fellas. It’s a great feeling when you show up and people still ask if you can shoot a pic of them. I guess my style of photography is still appreciated in the blading scene. It was awesome to see faces that I haven’t seen in a while and shred (well as much as I could). Check out the Photos.
Ricky Rodriguez – Top Soul
Ramelle Knight – Disaster Back Royale
John Stephens – Fishbrain
John Stephens – Back Royale
Brian Rivera – 180
Sorry for the delay on the portraits, the whole domain switch screwed up up for a moment but the blog is back and working to to be better than ever. On February 23rd the fellas and myself took a drive out to Royal Oak Michigan for the Bitter Cold Showdown. For those of you who do not rollerblade this event is one of the biggest if not the biggest competitive event we have. The opportunity to shoot on the floor during the finals and semi finals is a position that many photographers seek. So while those photogs were busting their ass trying to get that one great shot I took to the sidelines yet again this year to capture some portraits of not on the competitors but those who were in attendance that wanted to get a portrait done. I have to admit that this year the attendance and the energy was blah in comparison to previous years but i still had a great time shooting and chopping it up with the fellas in Royal Oak. I chose to use the same setup as last year, with only my Nikon speed light and shoot through umbrella at 45 degrees to the subject and my Nikon D90 DSLR. Check out the Photos and if you like what you see, repost on whatever Social Network you like.
Brandon Smith – Valo
Chris Haffey Sporting his Handle Bar Mustache – Remz
Jose Henriquez – Flatlines Skate Shop, BX
Montre Livingston – SSM
The Monster Jaren Grob, Definitely one of my favorite skaters and the only rollerblader to make it into Sports Illustrated Magazine.
Troy Dezeeuw : Rollerblader and creator of the Daily Juice Blog & Track Or Die NYC Logo.
Last but not least, My Handsome ass grill.
I decided not to shoot any competition skating this weekend for the Bitter Cold Showdown for a number of reasons. I brought limited equipment to this trip since I was sharing the car with 3 others and thats would be inconsiderate to take up all the trunk space. After the 12 1/2 hour drive we arrived too early for check in to which we decided too head over to the Coney for breakfast in order to kill time. Once we finally checked in the others fell out while I decided to tour the hotel to look for a location for some test shots. The hallway I chose was right by the weight room so I hot the weights for a quick work out. Once the fellas woke up we made our way to the park where I posted up on the Mini ramp to get some Shots of the skaters going in..I was able to get a few shots that I was proud of.
John Stephens – Mute Air
Jeff Stockwell – Front Farv (hands touched 😦 )
Vinny Minton with one of the most stylish alley oop souls in the game
John Stephens – Switch Top Mistrial
Vinny Minton – Back Slide
Jose Henriquez – Top Mistrial
Victor Arias – Front Torque
Wakums – Fishbrain Stall
Jeff Stockwell – Alley oop Negative Mistrial
After a quick liquor run I made my way back to the hotel room to edit some photos while everyone else partied. Once back in the hotel I grabbed up the fellas to shoot some hotel portraits using a single speed light with a shoot through umbrella. I chose the shoot through umbrella to provide a softer light. I set my exposure for the ambient light and positioned my subjects for their individual portraits.
Wakums counts his cash before making it rain
Navin looking like a fugitive.
Juan Ice Grilling Chris Brown
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Juan cant play Assassins Creed so he drinks away his pain
Shortly after Navin Got Kicked in the Face.
I really didnt party this weekend, it was more work than play but thats was my intentions. We went back to the hotel to finish off the liquor and bullshit. The whole weekend we picked on Juan since he was the new guy. After a night of drinking and youtube hunting for cat videos (you had to be there) we fell out but not after laughing the night away.
The next morning we cleaned up the room and made our way to the coney for breakfast before the long drive home which has become somewhat of a tradition of the past 5 years. While eating at the Coney we ran into some fellow New Yorkers also getting ready for the long ride back to the NY. The pics will say the rest.
Needless to say since your reading this, I made it home safe by 3am with work by 7am. What a great weekend in total, I think the competition wasn’t as exciting as previous years but I still enjoyed myself none the less. Until Next year…..Be On the Looked Out for Faces of Bitter Cold #2
Every year I make it my business to run around the trade show like a maniac and shove my camera in the face of those who are in attendance while shopping for deals from various booths. This year was no different and although the turn out wasn’t as big this year I still had a good time doing so. For the trade show I only packed my Nikon SB600 and 35mm 1.8. Check out the faces that took the time out for a photo op. This is not the Bitter Cold Portrait Project.
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Shima – SSM, Legend
Navin – Skeptic Media
Dan Fabiano – Scribe
Montre Livingston – SSM
Adam Kilgore – Denial, Dub Caesar
Alex Broskow – Valo, 2012 Bitter Cold Showdown Champ.
Jaren “The Monster” Grob
Chris Farmer – Xsjado
Troy Dezeeuw – Graphic Artist, Creator of the Blogs Watermark
I have stated before that I never had dreams of becoming a photographer, I picked up a camera to fill a void and to keep myself from the massive amount of drinking and partying that I was doing after my break up. So now I have the camera and it’s serving its purpose and the drinking and partying has lessened. Much like anything I do, I want to put 100% into it and be the best that I can be. 9 months after I picked up a camera I presented to you “YourDailyJuice”. This has been an amazing week for me and it keeps getting better as the days go by. I was told as a youngin, “Hard work pays off” and that is the damn truth. It’s amazing what dedication, patience and hard work can get you. The blog is spreading like wild fire and i just reached my 10,000 hit mark for the year. I had my 1st article published on Be-mag.com, made the front page of Rollernews.com and was given my 1st Photo journal for Believeinone.com all of this happened on the same day. Thank all of you for supporting what I do. As cheesy as it may sound, I do appreciate the love. Now its time to get off the sentimental shit and focus back on the photos.
I figured since this photo did get me a photo journal for One Magazine, I would write about it and showcase some of the other photos taken that night. We pulled into this truck Stop after a good 6 hours on the road coming back from detroit and the 2011 Bitter Cold Showdown. All I have to say is 5 dudes, 1 chrysler sebring and a weekend of Coney Island food (Not Brooklyn Coney Island). Lets just say metaphorically speaking, we didn’t need to pull over for gas the whole way back….ewwwwwww yuck. So here we were in this truck stop in Pennsylvania freezing our asses off when we noticed a sweet 9 step rail. Since the weather was so cold the rails was freezing so that would be out of the question after a long weekend of skating. We were sore from skating and the long ass drive. I believe it was Chito who said he would attempt it 1st, Will and Wakums was with it. They threw on the skates while I set up my flashes for this shoot.
The truck stop barely had available light so before they made any attempts at the gap I would have to get my settings correct so none of the shots would be wasted. Skating shots differ from portraits in so many ways, you want to get it right the 1st time so whoever your shooting doesn’t have to do it over and over risking fatigue and injury. I needed a fill light and a light for my subject so I set up the good old SB-600’s and took a couple of test shots to to get the correct exposure. In conditions like this a light meter would make my life soo much easier but what fun would it be if it was easier right? I set my fill light at 1/16 while the main light was on TTL settings. I set my ISO to 1000 which I knew would give me much more noise in the shot but what could I do, it was dark. Aperture is f6.3 at a shutter speed of 1/200th of a sec. Now that the easy part has been taken care of, here comes the hard part. Capturing a moving object in total darkness would be my goal for this shoot. I had already had the way I wanted the shot in my head now to implement the actual picture.
Will was the 1st to attempt the gap while I patiently waited and froze my balls off. I wanted to get the shot the 1st time and keep it moving or “On to the next one” some might say. Will is not the tallest skater out there but he charges at any obstacle with so much confidence and this gap was no different. I caught this mute 180 to the street.
Next up I caught Chito airing the gap. now I give Chito so much props because the dude is 31 and still attempting gaps. The way my knee’s are, I wouldn’t attempt that.
Last but not least was Wakums, Im not sure which of his personalities did the gap but much props to it. I captured 2 shots of Wakums this night the 1st of which made it to One Magazine for my Photo Journal.
Wakums – 180 Mute to street
Wakums – 180 Stale to street.
I take alot of skating photos but that’s not the type of photography I want to be known for. The majority of my friends Rollerblade and if I can give them quality shots of their hard work why not. I showcase Rollerblading because this sport is my passion and I would like to educate those of you who may not be aware of what Rollerblading is. I Rollerblade and I shoot photos, this is me in a nut shell and wat you just finished reading is Your Daily Juice. Until Next time. Forever F.T.S
Side Note : If your interested in viewing any of the articles I had published on other sites last week, the links are below.
This year I wanted to do something different with my photography for The Bitter Cold Showdown. As excited as I was to get on the floor and get shots of the amazing skating that was going on, there were so many photo and videographers all looking for that one great shot to hopefully be published in One Magazine or Be-mag. I did however bring the Big Doofy lens with me which would have gotten me some great shots from almost anywhere in the park. I decided rather not to scramble for that one great shot but to take numerous shots of the Pro and Am skaters while they are not skating. I wanted to travel as light as possible for this assignment since the trade show is super packed and I value my equipment. I decided to go with the bare minimum setup for low light portraits (my personal preference). I loaded up the Nikon D90 with my 50mm 1.8 and Nikon SB-600 equipped with Sto-fen omni bounce diffuser. Travel light, get in for the shot and get out.
I walked into the packed trade show and proceded with my portrait mission. I have to tell you, some of the pro skaters in this industry are too full of themselves. You are not Lindsey Lohan and the photographers are not paparazzi. So enough about the suckas that were too good to take portait shots, I will focus on the ones who I captured. Now it was crazy in there so I grabbed as many portraits as I could with the amount of time that I had but keep in mind that I did com late. My take on portraits is not the “Say Cheese” method, that sucks and is very generic. I like the candid shots that give you a feel of the Subjects personality even if you do not know them personally. The aperture I selected was 2.8 and my focal point was the subject eye ball. A blurry eyeball is all it can take to ruin a portrait and at 2.8 the Bokeh effect (blurred out background) is really strong. Since I was using a flash I underexposed the ambient light to compensate for the flash. Like I stated in one of my previous blogs, I often show the image to whomever I am shooting directly after I shoot.
I decided not to do Black and White photos because I really wanted to focus on the correct colors and skin tones in post production. More often than not, I spend the most time removing blemishes and boogers than anything else. Yea I have been up more noses in lightroom than I would prefer but its all part of the job. Here are some of the Shots that I had captured during the trade show. I also did a separate strobist portrait shoot after the trade show for Be-mag and I will link that once it’s up on the site. So for tose of you who helped me for that and I shot, the pics will be on there.
My anticipation to attend a single event was never higher than it was for the 2011 Bitter cold showdown for many reasons….Great skating, too many available photo ops, Coney Island, seeing all my fellow bladers from across the world and last but certainly not least the preview of the new VALO LIGHT boot. Photos have been floating around the Internet of Valo’s newest Carbon Fiber Boot. What should you expect from the Valo lights you ask? Well 1st of all the boot is 100% carbon Fiber however the cuff is still plastic, 2 kilos lighter = 1.1 lbs lighter per foot. That’s a total 2.2 lbs lighter than the original Valos.. The shell is 5 mm wider and 5 mm longer. This gives more space for wider feet which should take away the need to toe cut your Valo boot. This is good for me since I wear a size 13 sneaker and I would never wear a 13-15 shell (long boot), I usually get the 11-12 shell and toe cut it and im good to go. I will now be able to get away with downsizing to size 12 with no need to toe cut, Wooooohoooooo!
There are other improvements with the boot as well, there is more of an open shell still with lace eyelets for those of you who lace the shell. These boots are amazing from my inspection which I did thoroughly not only at the Valo booth but on Jon’s foot also (don’t judge me damnit!). The liner has also been improved on the 1st line of the Valo lights which are also Jon’s 2nd Pro model on Valo. There is also a new 2 piece mid sole system which eliminates base plates and offers more of a customizability once the new color ways drop. The new Carbon boot and soles are also compatible with older Valo Skins if you have a personal preference in skins. After speaking to a few of the visitors who attended the Valo booth to view these new boots, there will be many people switching over to Valo once these babies drop. I always Enjoy the energy that the Valo team brings to the trade show. I have yet to see any rider turn down the many photo ops thrown at them. Also valo provides more than enough free stickers and posters for those who attend and visit the booth. The Price tag for the Valo lights havent been released yet but the release date should be late May early June 2011. Here are some shots I took for those of you who were unable to attend this years Bitter Cold trade show.
Jon & the Valo Lights
NYC’s Very own Franco Cammayo & the Valo Lights.