Skatepark Spectres

After submitting my entry for the DC Shootoff this past weekend, I still had about 8 hours to kill and decided to try out some multiple exposure work with moving subjects. Since I was already in the “balance” mindset (the theme for this year’s Shootoff), I headed over to a local skatepark where I hoped riders and skaters would be willing to demonstrate their proficiency or lack thereof at balancing on bikes and boards. Several guys stepped up to the challenge, and I was able to capture the following ghostly images.

Each shot is composed of five underexposed frames that together create a correctly exposed single shot. In order to capture more than a passing fog of each rider, I mounted my camera on a tripod, threw a polarizer on the front to my lens to cut the light by 1.5 stops and shot the scenes at 1/250 of a second. I also used a pair of strobes on radio triggers to light the subjects from the front and side, which had the side benefit of freezing a clearer image of the subject’s faces.

I’m not entirely convinced the the resulting photos were a success, but I learned a couple things in the process of shooting and editing, and will definitely get out there to try something like this again in the future.

Skatepark Spectre 1
24mm @ 1/250, f/4, ISO 100
Skatepark Spectre 2
24mm @ 1/250, f/4, ISO 100
Skatepark Spectre 3
24mm @ 1/250, f/5, ISO 100
Skatepark Spectre 4
24mm @ 1/250, f/4, ISO 100
Skatepark Spectre 5
24mm @ 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 100

Check out the high-resolution versions of these shots in my set on Flickr.

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