Photo of the Week: 5 March 2013
Congratulations to this week’s winner Brian Fick from California.
We love the lighting in this action shot and that’s why we’ve chosen it this week as our Photo of the Week. We’ve interviewed Brian Fick, the photographer behind this shot. Read below to see why he loves skateboard photography, what kind of gear he shoots with and which photographers and artists inspire his work.
Can you tell us what’s going on in this picture?
This is my good friend Wes Kremer, from Del Mar California and the trick he’s doing is called a Frontside Feeble Grind. I really got lucky with this one, I used just two flashes and somehow the clouds did what they did!
What kind of photography do you enjoy doing the most?
My favorite “type” of photography would be skateboarding and a very close runner up would be landscapes. The thing about skateboard photography, that interests me the most is, that every single time it’s gonna be different. Lighting, Angle, Spot, Skateboarder, & Trick. It keeps it interesting for me. Also it’s slightly illegal so trying to get a photo before the police come is another factor! Also since I’ve been skateboarding since 1984, it’s really cool to watch some of the best skateboarding go down first hand. It means a lot to me that some of the worlds best skateboarders have that trust in me to get “the shot” without having them do it more than once.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists?
There are so many great photographers but these names are at the top of my head right now:
- Brendan Klein
- Mike O’Meally
- Mark Whitely
- Mike Blabac
- Jon Humphries
- Anthony Acosta
- Ed Dominik
- Bart Jones
- Brian Gaberman
- Joey Shigeo
- Gabe Morford
- Oliver Barton
Non skate photography:
- Sebastio Salgado
- Rodney Lough
- Peter Lik
- Clyde Butcher
What other gear do you enjoy shooting with? This month we are focusing on Lighting, are there any particular tools you enjoy using to create different lighting effects in your photography?
My workhorse right now is a Nikon D3 but I’m hopefully stepping up to the D4 soon. Maybe I’ll wait for the D5? I also love shooting with my Hasselblad if the ambient light is really good. I’m lucky enough to have a 30MM fisheye for it and it’s incredible! I also occasionally use a 4×5. As for lighting I have about 12 different flashes! Ranging from a bunch of little nikon speedlights, to Quantum Q-Flashes to a giant battery powered Profoto strobe. As for particular tools, I just really love being able to control the lighting and create a certain mood with an image. Every time its different!
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