I had a random twitter add a few months back from flatland BMX rider Matti Hemmings. He’d seen my stuff through a friend of a friend and after checking out his work. I mentioned that we should do a collab some time. I didn’t think much would come of it, but within a couple of days we’d organised a shoot for the following week.
It was good to work with someone who is well motivated and knew exactly what he wanted. Matti had a good location in mind in, he knew the guys at Oner Signs and Leisure in Cardiff, who kindly let us use a nearby rooftop.
I didn’t have much time to plan the shoot, so it was just a case of turning up with some gear, and getting some nice looking shots. What I did want to ensure however was that I captured the interesting surroundings, and maintain a sense of continuity throughout. It’s easy with a piece like this to just do a montage edit of flashy tricks, and have the subject jump from location to location.
I got good friend James Haddock on board to assist with camera operating, and shot using my Canon 5d mark ii. Perhaps not the best camera for the job here, as a majority of the shots were wide with deep focus. Meaning that I really struggled with moire and aliasing throughout. but without a budget for this project, I had no other option.
Lens wise I used my Canon 24-105mm f/4 L predominantly, taking advantage of it’s IS. For the wider shots I used my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, which despite being a cropped sensor lens, makes a great 16mm prime for full frame cameras.
This shoot was also the first opportunity to use my DSLR devices Mini Jib outside the day of experimenting with it for the purpose of the review I made for it. It was a great bit of kit to bring (alongside my Konova slider) as it ensured there was nearly always movement within the frame to produce more impact.
To add to the grip list, we used a manfrotto 503 and manfrotto 501 with adjustable spreader. The adjustable spreader is a great addition to the 547B legs as it means they can cover a really wide base, perfect for jib support.
Matti also brought along his Drift Innovations camera. Which is basically a GoPro with an inbuilt screen and rubber housing. I wasn’t such a fan of the poor resolution it produced, (and as a result kept shots used in the edit very short), but I did like the exposure compensation feature, something that (as far as I’m aware) the GoPro doesn’t have.
Matti is a great rider, it didn’t take him many takes to get the footage we needed, which was essential as we’d left it so late in the day to arrive (due to weather) that we only have a few hours to get it all done.
Sadly, I had no dedicated photographer (as usual) and time constraints meant we didn’t have much time to snap ourselves. Most of these are with thanks for Matti’s other half.
Hope you enjoy the video. It’s taken forever to get out of the door! Music is by Gold Panda. And the title of the video is dedicated to their EP.