Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Pole Camera


1987 Upland Pipeline Combi Pool- I had always wanted to shoot a skate photo with a pole cam. I think I got the idea from a photo a surf photog had shot. I mounted my Nikon FM2 with a 16mm fisheye on a tripod head and mounted that on a mono-pod and hooked up a squeeze bulb shutter release with the hose coiled around the pole. I shot a roll of black and white and a roll of color, one shot on each came out nicely.
I really wanted to get our two shadows in the photo as a reference to show how far above coping Chris Miller’s frontside air was and to show that I was using a pole cam. I think our shadows in the upper right of the photo tells the whole story, I will stop now.

8 comments:

SPONTAZY! said...

I've seen this photo a few times before but never noticed the shadow. It puts a whole new perspective on the shot. Thanks for pointing it out. Rad!

11:11 said...

beautiful!!

highdesertsultan said...

looking forward to more posts grant

jenks said...

One of the all time classic shots of skateboarding, Grant. Perfect shot, subject and place.

bernie said...

What jenks said. Thanks Grant!

sockrider said...

Thanks Grant, I grew up looking at your photos for hours on end. I bet I've drawn a few of your photos while growing up.

Great job, keep it up!

thad said...

i remember when that photo was in.....tws? was it on the cover or was it for a Chris Miller inerview - - - or neither?

T.H.L.A.T. (can't spell) said...

is that a frontside rock grab?!?!?!

you remember that right? haha

TB