Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Taking Pictures Of Myself…

As I mentioned in my first post here at Skate Sessions, I usually have to skate alone due to the lack of booters left around here.

This had made it extremely difficult for me to document my sessions with photographs. That was until I had an epiphany; I could use my camera’s self-timer to take photos of myself!

Now I have to admit that this isn’t the easiest task, since the only viable timer is a 10-second delay. So, to achieve a successful photo I have to first find a place where I can stand the camera and have the rail/gap in the frame. Once I set and activate the 10-sec countdown, I have to skate into position and throw my trick hoping that 1) I land the trick and 2) I end up in frame when the camera takes the shot.

The first session I tried this at was in Gloucester on one of my lunch sessions. Most of my attempts were unsuccessful because I was new to this task and felt very rushed. I had a hard time even sticking a simple pornstar or soul grind. I did end up getting a couple good shots though, on both the low rail and the pyramid rail.

The next time I decided to try this was much more successful. During my session at the Old YMCA rails in Marblehead I was able to land a variety of tricks, on my first try, and have the pictures come out great. My only serious miss was a session ending shinner-soul that still turned out to be a good photo.

I’d recommend that any of you out there that find yourself skating by yourself, with a camera that has a timer, try this out. It is a great way to get some pics of you rolling and sometimes it’s the only way.




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