Skate and shoot
May 12, 2003 11:13 AM   Subscribe

Synchroballistic. Photography and skateboarding in a new light.
posted by rich (9 comments total)
May I be the first to say.... SIIIIIIICKKK DUUUUUUDEE!
posted by gwint at 11:37 AM on May 12, 2003

Nice stuff. Slow-mo kickflips look incredible no matter how many times you watch them.
posted by mathowie at 12:47 PM on May 12, 2003

posted by DragonBoy at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2003

Very groovy. It's the clever use of what looks like focal plane shutter distortion, a bit like photo-finish photos.
posted by marvin at 12:58 PM on May 12, 2003

Yeah, I remember seeing a still using this technique a few years back in Transworld (or possibly one of the other skate mags?). Beautiful, surreal pictures indeed. For more technical info, there's a peice here (by Andrew Davidhazy of Rochester Institure of Technology, thanks Google!). I was hoping to find some examples of the military/projectile analysis stuff this technique was invented for, but no such luck. Anybody?
posted by arto at 1:46 PM on May 12, 2003

Very cool - makes me wish I was still young enough to ride a skateboard. *sigh*
posted by dg at 3:56 PM on May 12, 2003

I noticed the same technique used at the horse track the other day. Of course the horses look fine, the move fairly linearly, but the background was crazy, like Marvin's link.

posted by tomplus2 at 4:00 PM on May 12, 2003

I knew a guy about 15 years ago, an Australian photog, who was using this technique to make mural-sized images that were really amazing. Since the basic technique involves exposing a vertical slit that moves along a stretch of film, he was able to play with the direction of the slit's motion, its speed, the distance it moved across the film, etc.

It would take him days to get the right feel for a certain subject, like I'm sure it did for this skateboarding, but as I recall, he did images of bullfights, rugby (which was how I knew him), and many other subjects. Haven't talked to him in years, but his name was Ian, if anyone comes across it. Very cool guy--tremendous images. Was always surprised that I haven't heard more from him since.
posted by LairBob at 4:21 PM on May 12, 2003

What is the ASCII emoticon for a twirling index finger?
posted by HTuttle at 9:50 PM on May 12, 2003

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